The Royal Exchange Theatre (RET) is an award winning producing theatre company that has built its reputation for inspiring audiences with its ambitious programming and dynamic productions covering a broad spectrum from fresh approaches to classic plays to new work commissioned by the theatre from some of the country’s leading playwrights. As one of the country’s leading theatres for new writing the RET also invests in developing writers at all stages of their careers, particularly through the nationally acclaimed award, the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.
The theatre is also a widely respected centre for creative learning, running participation programmes for people of all ages, working with community partners from across the Greater Manchester region and beyond. A third significant strand of work is the part the theatre plays nationally in developing theatre making talent. It offers a range of programmes from opportunities for young people from Greater Manchester to access skills and training right the way through to supporting national training initiatives for emerging directors, designers and writers. With an exciting and challenging plan to extend its reputation and engagement internationally, nationally and locally The Royal Exchange is now seeking a Chair to lead the Board at a time of change and development.
The role will require the Chair to be strongly networked and have an outgoing positive approach to attracting others to the theatre and its mission. Strongly aligned to Manchester and the North West area, its partnerships and commitment within the region and the UK are important. You will also need to understand and support creative risk, whilst bringing strong business acumen to the development of income earning streams to support a new business model. You will be required to actively support the theatre’s fund raising activity (corporate sector and major donor relationships) and be confident in developing relationships with senior figures in key stakeholder bodies. It is highly likely that the successful candidate will already be a strong advocate for the value of arts and culture and have a keen interest in theatre including the programme at The Royal Exchange Theatre.
The role will require 20 days / year.
Please submit a short covering letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements of this role and email with your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference number: SETB4703. Alternatively, please Tel: 0845 261 0600.
Deadline: 22 September
All third party and direct applications will be forwarded to Warren Partners.