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Artistic Director

The Board of Trustees are looking for ambitious artistic leadership.

c. £50k pa dependent on skills; pro rata for part-time or job-share

Application deadline: March 1st 2019

After a brilliantly accomplished ten-year tenure James Grieve and George Perrin will step down as Joint Artistic Directors of Paines Plough in the summer of 2019. The Board of Trustees, led by the Chair Kim Grant, are seeking to appoint dynamic and visionary artistic leadership to build on their legacy and to ensure that Paines Plough continues to grow in profile and reputation and remains at the forefront of discovering and developing new writers and producing new plays for the UK theatre ecology and around the world.  In addition, Paines Plough will continue to be a fertile developmental company for theatre artists, technicians and administrators.

The Board of Trustees is looking for exceptional artistic leadership, be that an individual Artistic Director or a different form of Artistic and Executive partnership, who will bring a coherent, ambitious and compelling vision for the company and a proven commitment to nurturing and developing new writers, combined with artistic flair, innovation and sound financial judgement.

You will have a strategic understanding of the field of new playwriting, a commitment to working with playwrights, be committed to creating industry-respected, excellent and innovative work and a proven ability to collaborate with a diverse range of practitioners and inspire the highest standards of work across all aspects of the company. You will have a profound commitment to touring small and medium scale plays to communities across the UK, with little cultural infrastructure; forming creative and strategic partnerships with other arts organisations and providers and making best use of digital innovation to increase access.

The Application pack can be downloaded at: 

If you have any questions or for an initial, confidential and informal conversation about the role, with either Kim (Chair) or James or George (Artistic Directors), please contact Gemma Grand, Administration and Finance Manager at PP, who will make the arrangements.

By email:; or by phone: 0207 240 4533.


How to apply:

If you wish to apply for the position you need to provide the following information by 10am on Friday 1 March 2019.

  • A comprehensive CV
  • A covering letter (no longer than two sides of A4) telling us why you feel you are the right person(s) for the role and demonstrating your ability to meet the attributes and skills as detailed in the person specification, including your artistic vision to develop the company
  • A completed equal opportunity form


Send all three documents to:, stating Artistic Director in the subject line. Alternatively you may post your application to: Kim Grant, Chair, Paines Plough, 4th Floor, 43 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DN.

First round interviews will take place on either Tuesday 12 March 2019 or Wednesday 13 March 2019, in the evening.

Second round interviews will take place on Monday 18 March 2019 in the evening.

Please advise if you have any problems with availability on these dates.


Paines Plough strives to be an Equal Opportunities Employer and to ensure that no person is unfairly discriminated against in its recruitment and selection policies and procedures. We encourage applications from those currently underrepresented in our teams including BAME and disabled people.

If you need this information in a different format or have access requirements for the interview, please contact Gemma Grand, Administration and Finance Manager at PP, by email: or call 0207 240 4533.


Your application and any associated personal information will be stored and processed in accordance with our Privacy Policy and destroyed after six months. We will keep your equal opportunities form for a period of six months, after which point the data will be anonymised and aggregated for monitoring purposes. If you are employed by us, the information you supply will be kept securely and will form part of your employment record.

Deadline: 10am on Friday 1st March 2019

Paines Plough

London WC2B4DN

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