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Live Theatre seeks new Artistic Director with the passion and experience to drive forward its award-winning work

Exterior of Live Theatre Monday, September 4, 2017

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. The new Artistic Director 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.

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 need to 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. They 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.

Jim Beirne, Chief Executive Live Theatre said:

“This is an exciting new role at Live Theatre and we are looking nationally and internationally for a new Artistic Director. Max Roberts, who has led Live Theatre’s artistic programme for 30 years with immense national and international success, has a new role as Emeritus Director at Live Theatre and as Visiting Professor of Performing Arts at University of Sunderland.”

Live Theatre has an international reputation as a theatre for new work and new writing, many of which regularly tour nationally and internationally. Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, written by Lee Hall, and co-produced with National Theatre of Scotland won an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and has just completed a West End run, and The Red Lion by Patrick Marber, starring Stephen Tompkinson, transfers London in winter 2017. In 2016 its play Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing was chosen by BBC Radio 4 Front Row listeners as one of the best regional theatre production of the year, and Iris was one of The Guardian readers’ Best Stage Shows.

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

Live Theatre also seeks out and nurtures creative talent. It has the largest free drama education and participation programme in the region and work with young people was recognised with an Outstanding Contribution Award at the North East Youth Work Awards and awarded Investors in Children status for its child-led approach. 

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

The deadline for the role is 12noon on Monday 16 October 2017 with initial interviews scheduled for the week of Monday 30 October, in Newcastle. For more information see www.live.org.uk/jobs and to request an application pack email jobs@live.org.uk or ring (0191) 269 3493.

 

Notes to Editors:

Max Roberts

Max is the current Artistic Director and a founding member of Live Theatre. 

Over the years Max has worked with some of the country’s finest playwrights, all with strong connections to the North East region including C.P. Taylor, Tom Hadaway, Alan Plater, Phil Woods, Julia Darling, Pater Straughan, Lee Hall, Michael Chaplin, Sean O'Brien, Paddy Campbell, David Almond and Shelagh Stephenson.

Max’s recent productions for the company include The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes by Nina Berry, Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing by Shelagh Stephenson, The Savage by David Almond adapted from his novel, Iris by Alison Carr, Wet House by Paddy Campbell which won a host of Journal Culture Awards including Best Production, and transferred to London’s Soho Theatre.

In 2014 Max was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from Northumbria University as an acknowledgment of his work in the theatre and in 2016 he was given a professorship at Sunderland University. In 2011 Max received the Journal Culture Award's Special Contribution Award which was given to honour his achievements in bringing national and international recognition to the work of Live Theatre. In 2017 he will become Emeritus Director of Live Theatre. 

About Live Theatre

Live Theatre has an international reputation as a new writing theatre. As well as producing and presenting new plays, it seeks out and nurtures creative talent.

A high proportion of Live Theatre’s work regularly tours to other venues across the UK and internationally, including to Broadway, London’s West End, Melbourne, Galway and Brighton Festivals, and the Festival of Art and Ideas, Connecticut. Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, written by Lee Hall, and co-produced with National Theatre of Scotland won an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and has just completed a West End run, and The Red Lion by Patrick Marber, starring Stephen Tompkinson, transfers London in winter 2017.

In 2016 its play Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing was chosen by BBC Radio 4 Front Row listeners as one of the best regional theatre production of the year, and Iris was one of The Guardian readers’ Best Stage Shows.

Live Theatre’s work with young people was recognised with an Outstanding Contribution Award at the North East Youth Work Awards and awarded Investors in Children status for its child-led approach. It has the largest free drama education and participation programme in the region.

The theatre is based in a carefully restored complex of five Grade II listed buildings, on Newcastle’s Quayside, which combine state-of-the-art facilities in a unique historical setting with a flexible and welcoming theatre space, studio, rehearsal room and writers’ rooms.

Live Theatre draws on a broad portfolio of income streams and is recognised as a national leader in developing new strategies for increasing income and assets. These include The Schoolhouse, a hub for creative businesses, Live Garden, a beautiful outdoor performance space, Live Tales, a centre for children and young people’s creative writing, and Live Works, a commercial office building which has won architectural awards from RIBA and the Civic Trust. Live Theatre receives a percentage of the income from award-winning gastro pub The Broad Chare and from Head of Steam, Quayside.

Live Theatre was awarded a 4 Star Creative Green Award in recognition of its strong commitment to managing its carbon and reducing its environmental impacts.

Live Theatre is funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation, and receives financial support from Newcastle City Council through the Newcastle Culture Investment Fund managed by the Community Foundation, and from other trusts and foundations, corporate partners and Friends.

For more information see www.live.org.uk