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  • Gregory Nash

Project Administrator - Mid-scale Theatre Venues Network

Updated: Apr 27

Applications for this opportunity have now closed

The project

I have been commissioned by an informal network of twenty mid-scale theatre venues in England to work with them on an impact study and advocacy plan between April and July this year. The venues range in size from 300 - 750 seats, are a mix of producing and presenting houses and are situated in non-metropolitan towns and cities in England.

The aim of the study is to enhance understanding of, and develop a case for support for, the essential contribution that mid-scale theatre venues make to arts engagement, social impact and the creative industries and how increased investment could produce greater and more sustainable returns.  

The principal audience for the study is decision-makers, influencers and stakeholders beyond the arts sector and it is intended that this work will contribute to and be informed by initiatives being undertaken by other networks and industry bodies.

I am working closely with a project steering group comprised of senior colleagues at Exeter Northcott, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

While the overall project period is April to July there is a focused element which requires intensive work with the venues to gather and collate data and build a series of case studies during May, with the results ready to present to the project steering group in early June. Data baselines will have been established prior to the engagement of the Project Administrator.

It is envisaged that the work will take 12 - 15 days to complete.

Depending on the availability of applicants we may engage two people - one working on the data picture and the other on the case studies narrative  - at 6-7 days each. Applications from individuals wishing to share the role with a colleague are welcome.

The role

  • establishing and maintaining contact with colleagues at network venues via phone and Zoom 

  • developing and sharing the brief

  • collecting and collating data according to agreed baselines

  • building narrative case studies with venue colleagues 

  • taking notes and maintaining records 

  • reporting to the lead consultant and, where required, the steering group 

  • contributing to the interim report

The person(s)

  • experienced at collecting, analysing and presenting data

  • rigourous attention to detail 

  • good spoken and written English

  • excellent communication and rapport-building skills

  • ability to introduce ideas and initiate enquiry

  • strong self-motivation

  • the ability to prioritise, to work to agreed deadlines and to deliver 

  • a solution-finder and problem solver

You will need

  • a dedicated, quiet work space from which you can conduct confidential calls and Zooms

  • a strong wi-fi connection

  • to be IT confident and with Excel skills 

  • to be able to work flexibly and responsively

We can offer

  • an opportunity to meet and work with theatre teams across England and to make a valuable contribution to an important piece of work   

  • a fee of £175 per day payable on invoice on a schedule to be agreed

  • reimbursement of essential costs to be agreed 

  • a dedicated email address to use for the assignment

  • access to a designated Zoom account 

  • support, guidance and feedback as the assignment progresses

How to apply

Please send a CV and brief covering letter outlining relevant skills and experience and telling us why you would like to be part of the project team to Gregory Nash at no later than 10:00 on Friday 26 April. Informal interviews via Zoom will take place early in the w/c 29 April.


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