The Watermill Theatre seeks Executive Director

Closing Date: 5 March 2021

The Watermill Theatre

Location: Bagnor, Newbury, Berkshire

Remuneration: Competitive, according to experience


The Watermill Theatre Logo. The WaterMill with two lines representing water under the A and a duck under ER, the word Theatre sits below.

The Watermill Theatre is creating the new post of Executive Director to work closely with the Artistic Director/CEO on the strategic vision and planning of the company, with specific responsibility for financial stability and viability. The role also encompasses responsibility for the company’s legal and other compliance and takes overall responsibility for company administration.

The successful candidate will support and work alongside the Artistic Director/CEO as well as the Board of Trustees to deliver the strategic aims and objectives of the theatre. They will support the Artistic Director/CEO to create a high-quality, balanced artistic programme delivered by world-class creative teams and casts, and to lead the operational teams to ensure the smooth running of the organisation. A crucial part of The Watermill team, the Executive Director will maintain strong relationships across the staff, and throughout the sector to ensure The Watermill Theatre continues to thrive.

The Executive Director will work with the Artistic Director/CEO, Associate Director and Producer to continue to develop opportunities for The Watermill’s work to reach far beyond its walls through the transfer of productions to London, on tour and to international venues, ensuring The Watermill’s work is available to considerably larger audiences and to generate new sources of income.

The successful candidate for the post of Executive Director will have relevant theatre experience and be able to demonstrate creativity, vision and leadership consistent with the overall mission and objectives of The Watermill. They will enable the theatre to continue to grow, building strategies to enable The Watermill to chart its way through a new era.

About The Watermill Theatre

The Watermill Theatre is a regional powerhouse, consistently making an innovative contribution to the vibrant and diverse landscape of UK Theatre reaching far beyond the 200 seats of the theatre itself. One of the most beautiful theatres in the country, it can be found nestled on the banks of the River Lambourn, in the hamlet of Bagnor, just outside Newbury, Berkshire. The theatre sits at the heart of its community to whom it offers a wide programme of work, nurturing emerging artists, generating new pieces and offering a thriving Outreach programme.

Closing Date: 5pm Friday 5 March 2021

To view the full job description and download an application form please visit our website.

The Watermill Theatre is committed to equality of opportunity and access for all. We aim to create a working environment which values and respects the variety of lifestyles and cultures found within theatre and within our local community.

The Watermill Theatre is a registered charity no.261430