New work manager
Closing date: 10am, 4th March 2024
Hours: 35 per week
Are you passionate about fostering creativity and driving innovation in theatre?
The New Work Manager is responsible for leading on the commissioning, development, and delivery of new work at the Globe – including new plays, new writing festivals and other projects and events across both playhouses, in consultation with senior members of the Theatre Department and wider Globe teams.
The role will also be responsible for identifying and developing emerging writers and working closely with the Artistic Director to programme new work.
This role will also work closely with the Associate Artistic Director, Senior Producers, Assistant to the AD, and other members of the Theatre Department team in the development of Globe work.
The ideal candidate will have substantial experience in working with and supporting writers and creative teams in the commissioning, development and producing of new plays, ideally in mid to large scale venues.
They will also have experience in dramaturgy, script reading and in line producing new plays, festivals of work, and one-off events. They will be calm and personable, able to work well under pressure; experienced in working sensitively with creative teams, and able to demonstrate tact, discretion and confidentiality.
- Work closely with the Artistic Director to oversee the development of new writing in the Globe and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
- Manage the commissioning process - negotiating with agents, issuing contracts and license agreements for commissions, workshops, options and translations.
- Working alongside the Senior Producers to check and obtain licences or underlying rights for productions.
- Lead on the development of any prospective commissions / projects including managing R&Ds for new and prospective work, working alongside the casting team and Assistant Producer to do so within established parameters and ways of working.
- Work with the Artistic Director and other members of the Theatre Department to curate new writing festivals, scratch nights and writers' workshops – taking on the management and line producing of these projects.
- Support writers and build relationships with creative teams on long-lead new work projects, working collaboratively with creative teams to develop projects and ensuring writers and other creatives are supported throughout the process.
- Provide dramaturgical support to writers as required.
- Identify and develop emerging writing talent – through attending workshops, readings and productions.
- Nurture and manage new and existing relationships with writers and other creatives involved in new work processes and projects.
- Work with the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director to identify and recruit the Globe’s Resident Writers and to oversee their development and any commissions and to provide pastoral support.
- In collaboration with the Senior Producers, manage the New Work and Commissioning budgets.
- Read submissions from literary agents or as requested by the Artistic Director, supported by the Assistant to the Artistic Director.
- Assist the Development department with grants and funding applications as required.
- Manage and line produce other productions, projects and one-off events as may be directed by the Senior Producers.
- Take an active role in the selection, recruitment and contracting of creative teams for any line-produced shows, projects and events, ensuring that the Artistic Director and Senior Producers are fully informed at each stage.
- Anticipate and manage artistic and production needs within the constraints of schedules and budgets.
- Work with the Senior Producers to create budgets for productions and other events, tracking income and managing expenditure against budgets for line produced projects and shows.
- Liaise with the Audiences team to update on the development of productions and feed into the creation of copy, images, press releases and campaign plans; working together to ensure sales targets are met and that audience information is up to date.
- Support the producing of all productions, projects and events alongside the rest of the Producing team, as agreed with the Senior Producers, including attendance at shows, tech previews and press nights for all productions.
- Undertake research related to productions from time to time, as required by the Senior Producers.
- Oversee the evaluation of productions and projects, ensuring that learning is captured and applied to the planning and delivery of future activities.
- Work within the Company’s agreed finance and accountancy procedures. This will include the speedy and accurate signing off and coding of order forms, invoices and expenses claims.
- Represent Shakespeare’s Globe at key industry events as required.
- Together with the Producer, deputise for the Senior Producers as required.
- Undertake other duties as may be reasonably requested of the New Work Manager by the Senior Producers.
Knowledge, skills and experience
- Substantial professional experience of the commissioning, development and producing of new plays, ideally in mid to large scale venues.
- Substantial knowledge of emerging and existing writers.
- Experience of working with and supporting writers and creative teams to develop new plays.
- Experience of dramaturgy.
- An excellent understanding of working with creative teams, able to pre-empt and respond to their needs within practical and budgetary parameters.
- Experience of curating, contracting and delivering complex events and productions.
- The ability to handle delicate situations with tact and sensitivity and exercise discretion and confidentiality as required.
- Solid understanding of artist contracts including commissioning agreements, experience of negotiating complex contracts and deals.
- Demonstrable experience of effectively managing production budgets, monitoring expenditure and developing work within strict financial parameters.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to build strong relationships across departments, organisations and the industry.
- Willingness to work collaboratively as a conscientious and valuable team member.
- Personable and calm manner while working under pressure and to tight deadlines, with the ability to remain flexible, take charge and proactively troubleshoot when required.
- Excellent administrative and organisational skills with a strong attention to detail and a solid understanding of Office 365, particularly Excel, Outlook and Word.
- Knowledge and passion for theatre, new work, writers and artists.
Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and the Global Majority are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single specification. If you’re excited about the role but your experience or qualifications don’t perfectly align, we encourage you to apply anyway.
We are committed to improving diversity and inclusion across our organisation. We are particularly interested in applications from Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent people or applicants who have lived experience of disability. We also encourage applications from underrepresented groups such as the global majority, LGBTQA+, those with a disability and neurodiverse conditions.
Please state in your application that you found this role through Creative Access.
Fields of study
- Performing arts / TV
Level of experience
- £31,000 to £40,000 per year