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Improbable

About Improbable

Improbable is a theatre company that defies categorisation. We create work on every scale from remarkable productions in the great opera houses to tiny improvisation gigs in the smallest venues. We are at the forefront of arts activism through Open Space and create ground-breaking participation work. We help to hold the history of improvisation, and to shape and secure its future through the International Institute of Improvisation (the iii). Improbable is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.

At the heart of our work is the practice and philosophy of improvisation. This is true even for the large-scale opera and music theatre pieces that form the bulk of Improbable’s upcoming programme. We are a company that follows our intuition.

About the role

The role of Lead Producer will be a new, full-time and central one within the company, leading on all Improbable’s performance projects. The Lead Producer will work with the Artistic Directors and Executive Director to shape Improbable’s output; be alive to opportunities to create and present Improbable’s projects; and create a strategy for how the extraordinary breadth of our work fits together.

In the next 18 months, projects include international touring of Tao of Glass, which Co-Artistic Director Phelim McDermott created with Philip Glass; revivals of Cosi Fan Tutti and Satyagraha with ENO in London; plus numerous projects in development or yet to be announced. Co-Artistic Director Lee Simpson will continue work as Director of Improvisation, involving workshop and research activities alongside the development of a new production. Lee and Phelim will work together on the inaugural iii Summer Academy in June 2020. 

The Lead Producer will be responsible for the shaping and delivery of Improbable’s productions; initiating and managing relationships with artists, partners, commissioners, co-producers and venues; supporting the work of the Director of Improvisation; and supporting the delivery of Improbable’s participation, Open Space and iii events. An important aspect of the role will be working with commissioning partners and co-producers (who are often organisations much bigger than Improbable), ensuring that the shows we make with them have a strong connection back to the Improbable company.

More details about the role's responsibilities, person specification and application instructions can be found in the Recruitment Pack, downloadable from our website.

Apply via company website

Closing date: 21 February 2020