Director of Producing and Programming at Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Application closing date: 26 Apr 2024 12:00pm

Based: Birmingham

Salary: £50,000 per annum

Position: Director of Producing and Programming

Contract: Full Time


Job Role:
The Director of Producing and Programming leads The Rep’s Producing Team and works closely with the Artistic and Associate Directors to develop Rep-led productions and co-productions and programme visiting productions. Our vision is to be a theatre for everyone and our artistic strategy is to create artistically ambitious popular theatre.

The Director of Producing & Programming will lead a team producing around 10 shows a year and programming an exciting mix of visiting productions. Many Rep productions go on to enjoy future life through transfers and tours and the ambition is that this will increase. The artistic programme also encompasses talent development and creative learning and the role has oversight of productions across these areas too.

The Rep is the only producing theatre in Birmingham and as such plays a unique role in the city’s cultural landscape. Birmingham is one of the youngest and most multicultural cities in Europe, with a dynamism and energy at its core. This ‘City of a Thousand Trades’ has undergone a renaissance in recent years and now ranks as the joint second most globally influential city in the UK after London.

Our mission at The Rep is to create a programme that is representative and inclusive of the city we serve, and we aim to imaginatively engage with the people of Birmingham and beyond to create productions that fill our theatres with people. In all our programmes and activities, we promote inclusivity, diversity, and equality.

Purpose of Post:
The Director of Producing & Programming works closely with the Artistic, Associate and Executive Directors to develop and deliver a programme of productions, co-productions and visiting productions across the House, Studio and Door auditoria that resonate with and reflect the rich diversity of the city. The role will build on the resurgence of The Rep over the past few years and continue to deliver productions which uphold the highest artistic standards for the widest possible audience.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Producing & Programming

  • Work closely with the Artistic, Associate and Executive Directors to initiate, develop, plan and schedule productions across all three auditoria within agreed financial parameters
  • Assign Lead Producing responsibility for projects to members of the Producing Team and personally lead produce at least one production each year
  • Manage the pipeline of productions and projects, establishing systems for collating, evaluating and developing producing proposals
  • In liaison with the Artistic, Associate and Executive Directors oversee the curation of an exciting and relevant programme of visiting productions for the House, Studio and Door
  • Identify and develop relationships with potential co-producing partners across the commercial and funded theatre sectors regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Secure and negotiate co-producing deals with a range of partners
  • Manage and develop relationships with key stakeholders including co-producers, agents, creatives, actors, companies
  • Lead the process of delivering productions, maintaining oversight of production processes and regularly updating the Artistic Director and Executive Director
  • Ensure productions reflect The Rep’s commitment to diversity and work proactively to ensure that the demographic of the city and the many diverse voices of its residents are represented in productions across all three stages
  • Contribute to creative team and casting discussions and decisions
  • Oversee the delivery of regional, national and international tours, managing and overseeing the work of independent producers and partners
  • Proactively seek future life potential for Rep productions nationally and internationally
  • Work closely with the Director of Production to ensure productions are delivered to the highest production standards within available budgets
  • Work closely with Associate Director and Creative Learning Director to ensure support for talent development and creative learning productions is integrated into the work of the Producing Team

Financial & Contract Management

  • Work closely with the Executive Director to set producing budgets within the parameters of the theatre’s annual budget
  • Manage the annual Producing budget, reporting in to the Executive Director on a monthly basis
  • Lead contract negotiations with co-producers on all financial and contractual matters, including production enhancement, royalties, payment schedules, future life terms and other contract terms and conditions
  • Draft budgets (or commission the drafting of budgets from members of the Producing Team) for all productions and co-productions ensuring financial viability before projects are green-lit
  • Once projects are green-lit manage productions within budget, monitoring expenditure against budget and providing regular forecasts to the Executive Director and Finance Director
  • Support the Marketing Department to develop income targets for all productions
  • Work closely with the Finance Director to ensure the correct accounting of productions and to maximise recovery of Theatre Production Tax Relief
  • Negotiate deal terms with Visiting Managers which balance the creative range of the programme with income targets

Other Producing

  • Support the Marketing Department in the development of marketing assets and campaigns
  • Attend industry fora, events and shows to network and keep abreast of theatre trends and practice
  • Chair meetings as required
  • Ensure effective administration systems are in place to support productions

Line Management & Strategic Responsibilities

  • Lead the work of the Producing Team and line manage a team
  • Contribute to the strategic and operational running of The Rep as a member of the Senior Leadership Team
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of The Rep’s Business Plan
  • Provide content for Board reports, Arts Council reports and reports for other stakeholders as required
  • Contribute to organisational development initiatives
  • Uphold The Rep’s values in all aspects of your work
  • All other duties as reasonably requested by the Artistic Directors.

General Responsibilities

  • Adhere to and implement the guidelines, procedures and policies of the company as detailed in the staff policies (available from the staff handbook).
  • Ensure you and your team are fully compliant with all mandatory training and development.
  • Play a role in the life of the company to develop a positive and engaged organisational culture including playing active and positive roles in staff forums/committees.
  • Take ownership for the safety of the working environment for your team by being fully compliant with the Health and Safety policies, rules and training for yourself and your team members including casual and freelancer staff
  • Be aware of, and comply with, rules and legislation pertaining to data security, and GDPR, at work and abide by the procedures set out in the Data Protection Policy.
  • All staff are expected to demonstrate an understanding of, and adherence to, our safeguarding policy, including a duty to report any issues of concern.

Key Relationships

This role forms part the Senior Leadership Team and leads the Producing Team. You will be managed by the Artistic Director. You will manage the Producer, Assistant Producer, Producing Coordinator, and Stage One Trainee Producer.

This structure may change from time to time based on business needs but reflects the broad areas of responsibility.


  • Executive Director
  • Senior Leadership Team
  • Marketing Team
  • Production Team


  • Co-Producing Partners
  • Local, Regional and National Producers across the industry

Person specification:

You must have…

If you do not demonstrate that you meet all these criteria you may not be shortlisted.

  • Significant experience of producing theatre across different scales including mid/large scale
  • Significant experience within the theatre sector – ideally encompassing commercial and subsidised theatre
  • Experience of co-producing with a range of partners nationally and internationally
  • Experience of tours and transfers into a range of venues nationally
  • Excellent industry knowledge – agents, creatives, actors, venues, productions, etc.
  • Commitment to achieving representation across The Rep’s produced outputs
  • Financial and commercial acumen – ability to set and monitor budgets across multiple productions and projects and with significant turnover attached
  • Excellent negotiating skills and experience of negotiating deals and contracts at high level
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – ability to build and manage relationships across a wide range of talent
  • Experience of line managing staff
  • Experience of collaborating with Marketing teams
  • Experience of programming touring work

It’d be great if you had…

If we need to choose between candidates who meet the essential criteria, we may take these factors into account.

  • Experience on Senior Leadership Teams
  • Established voice on critical industry issues
  • Experience of Green Book producing and of environmental responsibility issues

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