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Derby Theatre

Job Description

Derby Theatre goes beyond the expectations of a traditional producing theatre; in addition to creating impressive and acclaimed productions, the theatre plays host to a wealth of learning opportunities through its ground-breaking Learning Theatre model.  Learning is at the heart of the theatre’s vision.

In a unique relationship, students from the University of Derby’s Theatre programmes study in the theatre, learning from our professional staff and putting on productions in a professional environment.

The theatre’s innovative Artist Development scheme – In Good Company – extends learning and development to emerging artists, and our youth theatre programmes and ground-breaking work in a range of communities engage thousands of people of all ages each year in the process of theatre-making.

Since 2015 Derby Theatre has been one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations, and in April 2018 received an uplift in its core funding of 59% - one of the largest uplifts across the portfolio. In 2017 the theatre won the Clothworkers’ Award at the UK Theatre Awards and in 2019 was named one of five successful bidders nationally to the Arts Council’s Youth Performance Partnerships Fund.

Who are we looking for?

Following a review of our governance structure we are looking for passionate and committed individuals to join the board as advisors, advocates and ambassadors. Applications are welcome from individuals at any career stage with an appropriate range of expertise and professional experience, reflecting the various communities Derby Theatre sits within.

A personal commitment to the arts and learning is key, as is a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

We are interested in hearing from people with skills, knowledge and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

- Fundraising and philanthropy

- Theatre and arts/culture organisations

- Arts education and participatory work

- People who reflect the diversity of our community, particularly people with disabilities or from a BAME background

What commitment is expected?

- Attendance at board meetings – currently between 8-10 per year

- Willingness to join subcommittees, meeting  approx. 4 times per year (in addition to board meetings)

- Act as an advocate and ambassador for Derby Theatre, contributing to fundraising campaigns

- Attend press nights and public events, wherever possible

- Board members serve for three years, possibly extending to six years maximum

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK and must meet the standards/compliance requirements for trustees.

Trustees are not paid, however reasonable travel expenses incurred whilst on theatre business may be reimbursed. You can also expect invitations to press nights and events, and opportunities to develop such as training.

How to Apply

Download the Role Description and Equal Opportunities and Diversity Form from our website

Please send a CV and letter outlining your interest in and suitability for the role, along with the diversity monitoring form, by Friday 28 June, 10 am.

We positively encourage people with disabilities or from minority ethnic backgrounds to apply to join our teams as they are under-represented within Derby Theatre’s workforce and Board. We guarantee to interview any candidate with a disability or from an ethnic minority background who meets the essential criteria for the role.

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