Jobs & Opportunities

Live Theatre, Newcastle, seeks new Artistic Director


Artistic Director

Live Theatre, Newcastle, one of the UK’s great new writing theatres, is looking for a new Artistic Director with exceptional experience as a theatre artist. They will have a talent for leadership, a proven ability to work with writers and other theatre makers, a passion for engagement and the experience to drive forward the organisation’s award-winning work.

“Live Theatre… has supported generation after generation of new writers, actors and theatre artists.” Lee Hall, Playwright

Live Theatre has an international reputation as a theatre for new work and new writing. As well as producing and presenting new plays, many of which regularly tour nationally and internationally, it seeks out and nurtures creative talent, and runs the largest free drama education and participation programme in the region.

The new Artistic Director will need outstanding creative skills, an eagerness to be located in the North East of England, and a commitment to engaging with the communities of the region. They will have the tenacity, diplomacy and creativity to take on the artistic leadership of a theatre with a rich heritage and an eye to the future.

The Artistic Director will be a professional theatre director/artist, with an ability to work with writers and other theatre makers. They will require national and international contacts, and will be passionate about engagement, access and diversity.

“One of the most fertile crucibles of new writing” The Guardian

The Artistic Director will take a leadership role in the cultural and social development of the region, and be eager to commit to the company and region for the medium to long term.

The Artistic Director will initially work alongside previous longstanding Artistic Director, Max Roberts who is now a part-time Emeritus Director and Visiting Professor of Performing Arts at University of Sunderland.

Live Theatre is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

Deadline: 12noon, Monday 16 October 2017

Initial Interviews scheduled: w/c Monday 30 October, in Newcastle


Please email jobs@live.org.uk or ring (0191) 269 3493 to request an application pack


Live Tales Volunteers

Do you want to help children to become more creative and confident story-writers?

Do you have time to volunteer on Thursday or Friday mornings?

Live Tales, Live Theatre’s new creative writing centre for children, is looking for Volunteers to help with creative writing workshops for young people.

Live Tales is located behind Live Theatre just off Newcastle’s Quayside.  Launched in September 2016, Live Tales offers fun and interactive story writing workshops for Key Stage 2 classes (ages 7-11). Alongside experienced drama workers from Live Theatre's Education and Participation team, volunteers at the Live Tales workshops encourage and inspire young people to explore their imagination, develop communication skills and grow in confidence. The workshops are free for schools, partly due to the help of our committed volunteers.

Live Tales is looking for:

Volunteers to encourage young people one to one and in small groups to develop their story-writing ideas.

Volunteer Illustrators to bring the young people’s ideas to life by creating illustrations to accompany the story.

Find out more. 


Want to blog for Live Theatre?

Do you love theatre?  Do you love to write?  Do you want to know more about what goes on behind-the-scenes in a vibrant and busy working theatre?  If you answered yes to any of those questions then Live Theatre needs you.

Live Theatre is looking for budding bloggers to write reviews and non-fiction articles about Live Theatre and the diverse work it creates.  Become part of a lively blog site and build your online profile and writing portfolio.  Bloggers chosen to write for Live Theatre's Blog will be given the opportunity to become bloggers for the theatre for a period of one month.  During this time you will receive complimentary tickets to Live Theatre shows and events to review for the blog.  You will also gain exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Live Theatre and have the chance to interview Directors, Actors and other members of the creative teams. 

Plus, if you have an idea for a one off blog post then please let us know your idea by emailing info@live.org.uk


Live Theatre is seeking bloggers to write about Live Theatre and the work it creates and champions.

If you are interested then please send a short blog post (approx 100 words) outlining your interest in theatre to info@live.org.uk