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Powerhouses do not come much smaller, nor more powerful, than the Donmar Warehouse' - SUNDAY TIMES - London

   ‘Powerhouses do not come much smaller,
nor more powerful, than the Donmar Warehouse’
                  SUNDAY TIMES
Powerhouses do not come much smaller, nor more powerful, than the Donmar Warehouse' - SUNDAY TIMES - London
The Donmar is one of the world’s great                      candidate to build on his impressive legacy
theatres. It may be small in size but                       and that of his predecessors. The new
consistently punches far above its weight;                  Artistic Director will be central to defining
we’ve won 132 awards and transferred 78                     the theatre’s identity as an independent
productions to the West End, Broadway, on                   charity with quality and accessibility at its
tour and on screen in our 30 year history. Often            heart, consolidating its appeal to a range of
described as ‘the actors’ church’, our alumni               audiences. They will work with outstanding
include Nicole Kidman, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jude               talent, including high-profile actors and
Law, Idris Elba, Adrian Lester, Eddie Redmayne,             world-class writers, directors and creative
Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Gwyneth Paltrow,                  teams, to make exceptional work both at
Rachel Weisz, Kit Harington and Daniel                      home in Covent Garden and for the West
Kaluuya. We play a key role in the cultural                 End, Broadway, and beyond. They will join our
life of our community locally and support the               highly experienced Executive Director Henny
next generation of artists and administrators               Finch, and jointly with her they will lead a
through our skills programmes.                              team of 50 talented staff. The theatre is in a
                                                            strong financial position and our new Artistic
In spring 2024 Michael Longhurst will leave                 Director will be supported by a strong,
the Donmar after 5 wonderful years and                      experienced and diverse Board of directors
many achievements including delivering a                    There couldn’t be a better time to join us.
major capital project, steering the theatre
through Covid and directing and/or producing                This is an outstanding opportunity for an
many exceptionally high quality shows.                      ambitious, skilled and experienced candidate
The Board is now looking for an outstanding                 and we would love to hear from you.

Cover: Donmar Warehouse, photograph by Richard Davenport;
Blindness, photograph by Helen Maybanks
Powerhouses do not come much smaller, nor more powerful, than the Donmar Warehouse' - SUNDAY TIMES - London
The Donmar Warehouse makes unmissable,          End, Broadway and beyond, and that legacy
high quality productions of classic plays,      is the foundation of our approach today.
new works by leading writers, and intimate      We enable exceptional emerging talent
musicals to thrill and inspire our audiences.   to find new routes into the industry, and
In our converted Covent Garden warehouse        we create extraordinary opportunities for
space, in the heart of London’s West End,       local young people. Core to our work is
audiences experience the power of live          the belief that embracing a diverse range
performance up close, as they sit no more       of voices enriches us all, fostering a more
than four rows away from the action. The        empathetic society. The Donmar’s audiences
Donmar has blazed a trail for thirty years      are passionate about theatre, and we are
creating legendary performances by some of      passionate about them. We want to make
the world’s greatest artists, reaching global   them think, make them feel, and leave
audiences through transfers across the West     them wanting more.

Kayla Meikle in Marys Seacole,
photograph by Marc Brenner
Powerhouses do not come much smaller, nor more powerful, than the Donmar Warehouse' - SUNDAY TIMES - London
Located in one of London’s most visited
and interesting parts of London, our Covent
Garden home has had a long and varied
history. Thomas Neal MP established the
Seven Dials area in the 1690s, hoping it would
become as popular with well-off residents
as the nearby Piazza. Instead Seven Dials
became one of the most notorious slums
in London, and was later taken over by
workshops and breweries. The building now
housing the Donmar was a vat room and
hop warehouse for a local brewery. By the
1920s the warehouse was used as a silent
film studio, and then the Covent Garden
Market banana ripening-depot. In the 1960s,                 home for Britain’s most innovative touring
Donald Albery formed Donmar Productions                     companies, including Cheek by Jowl, plus
(amalgamating his first name and his wife’s                 stand-up comedy and cabaret, under the
second name – Margaret), purchasing what                    leadership of Ian Albery and Nica Burns.
would become the Donmar Warehouse.
During this time, the Donmar played host                    In 1989, Roger Wingate’s ACT purchased
to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the                  the theatre and began a major renovation;
London Festival Ballet. During the 1970s                    in 1990 Roger invited Sam Mendes to take
and 1980s, the Donmar became the home                       up residency as Artistic Director and the
for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s studio                  refurbished theatre opened in 1992 with the
productions before becoming the West End                    UK premiere of Sondheim’s Assassins. Other
                                                            productions under his direction included
                                                            Cabaret, Company, Uncle Vanya, Twelfth
                                                            Night and The Blue Room with Nicole Kidman.

                                                            Michael Grandage succeeded Sam Mendes
                                                            as Artistic Director in 2002. Under his
                                                            tenure, the Donmar began a national touring
                                                            programme to reach as many people as
                                                            possible across the UK. Productions under
                                                            Grandage’s tenure include Frost/ Nixon, Piaf,
                                                            Mary Stuart with Harriet Walter and Janet
                                                            McTeer, Proof with Gwyneth Paltrow, Ian
                                                            Mckellen in The Cut and Eddie Redmayne
                                                            and Alfred Molina in Red.

Elizabeth McGovern and Colin Firth in Three Days of Rain;
Sheridan Smith in Into The Woods photograph by Ivan Kyncl
Powerhouses do not come much smaller, nor more powerful, than the Donmar Warehouse' - SUNDAY TIMES - London
In 2012 Josie Rourke became Artistic Director,                   Michael Longhurst took over as Artistic
creating a programme that reached new                            Director in March 2019. Highlights of his
audiences in the UK and overseas, especially                     programme have included Alice Birch’s
New York. A number of hit productions were                       [BLANK], co-produced with Clean Break,
broadcast across the world with NT Live,                         Branden Jacobs Jenkins’ Appropriate
including Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston,                        with Monica Dolan, Blindness with Juliet
Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Janet McTeer                       Stevenson which reopened the theatre in
and Dominic West, and Saint Joan with                            August 2020 (‘the Donmar has made stage
Gemma Arterton. Other notable productions                        history’, New York Times) and toured the
included Privacy, The Vote – broadcast live on                   world during 2020, Constellations, with
More4 on the night of the 2015 election – and                    four different casts, ‘a short, sharp, smart
the all-female Shakespeare Trilogy staged at                     hit of first-class drama HHHHH’ (Evening
Donmar King’s Cross.                                             Standard), Force Majeure with Rory Kinnear,
                                                                 Henry V with Kit Harington, A Doll’s House,
                                                                 Part Two with Noma Dumezweni and The
                                                                 Band’s Visit.

Derek Jacobi in King Lear, photograph by Johan Persson;
Alan Cumming in Cabaret;
The Company in Assassins, photograph by Michael Le Poer Trench
Powerhouses do not come much smaller, nor more powerful, than the Donmar Warehouse' - SUNDAY TIMES - London
THE BAND’S VISIT                               HENRY V
HHHHH Here’s a musical made of magic to        HHHHH Harington’s thrilling performance
send the soul soaring… a new, effortlessly     makes it a show for today
seductive production by Michael Longhurst      METRO
featuring a crack Israeli and Arab cast
                                               BY NICK PAYNE
THE TRIALS                                     DIRECTED BY   MICHAEL LONGHURST
BY   DAWN KING                                 HHHH This offbeat romance is the classiest
DIRECTED BYNATALIE ABRAHAMI                    show in the West End
HHHH Gripping parable about the near           TELEGRAPH

future that’s also an unsettling window into
the vertiginous chaos of revolution
                                               BY JOSÉ SARAMAGO
                                               ADAPTED BY SIMON STEPHENS

BY   LUCAS HNATH                               HHHH The Donmar Warehouse has made
DIRECTED BY JAMES   MACDONALD                  stage history as the first playhouse here to
HHHHH Essential viewing…                       open its doors…Brave? Yes, and even better,
Noma Dumezweni is magnificent                  with a brilliant production
THE TELEGRAPH                                  NEW YORK TIMES

MARYS SEACOLE                                  [BLANK]

HHHHH Could not feel more topical...           HHHH A potent, devastating exploration
Wild, brave and absolutely riveting            of the criminal justice system
WHATSONSTAGE                                   INDEPENDENT

FORCE MAJEURE                                  APPROPRIATE
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL LONGHURST                  HHHH An audacious, vividly atmospheric
HHHHH A dazzling production                    tour de force. Dolan is terrific
OBSERVER                                       EVENING STANDARD
Powerhouses do not come much smaller, nor more powerful, than the Donmar Warehouse' - SUNDAY TIMES - London
‘The Donmar is a credit
                                                  to the British stage’

The Donmar operates across two sites; our        During Covid we undertook a major £4m
Earlham Street theatre and a substantial         capital refurbishment of the theatre
building in nearby Dryden Street which           building, significantly remodelling the front
comprises four floors of creative and office     of house areas to improve accessibility and
space, including a rehearsal space in the same   audience experience and replacing outdated
dimensions as the Donmar stage, two green        heating, electrical and ventilation systems.
rooms, a soundproof music room, two large        Historically, the theatre had been managed
open plan office spaces (one currently let       by ATG, but during 2021 the Donmar took
commercially) and a self-contained               full ownership and brought all roles into our
residential apartment.                           direct employment.

Powerhouses do not come much smaller, nor more powerful, than the Donmar Warehouse' - SUNDAY TIMES - London
In a typical year, we welcome c100,00 people                We’re committed to reaching the widest
for six productions; core audiences are                     possible audiences for our work and ensuring
predominantly London-based but with our                     ticket prices are not a barrier: our Young
reputation and location we are also a key                   +Free ticket scheme gives over 4,000 free
destination for tourists, and our work online               tickets per year to audiences aged 26 and
and in cinemas has a global presence.                       under, and our Donmar Daily scheme ensures
                                                            there are tickets available each week at a
Our key audience groups are:                                range of prices.
  	Theatre enthusiasts living in central,
    South West and North London. Bookers
    tend to attend in pairs, mainly coming
    once per year.
    International theatre attenders in London
    West End and US transfer audiences
    Key influencers / decision makers
  	Funders: individual supporters /
    members / philanthropists / corporate
    decision makers / trusts and foundations
  	Local children and young people
    especially from schools in our home

Since 2019 we have significantly increased
the diversity of our audiences (especially
the number of audiences from the Global
Majority) through programming and
targeted schemes.

Given the size of our auditorium, it is part of
our DNA to transfer shows regularly outside
the building; into the West End, to schools
and on tour (where commercially viable).

Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus, photograph by Johan Persson
Powerhouses do not come much smaller, nor more powerful, than the Donmar Warehouse' - SUNDAY TIMES - London
In addition to our work on stage, our schools,                                   SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES
community, and talent development                                                 	Westminster and Camden have highly
programmes are central to the Donmar’s                                              diverse populations and wealth inequality
mission. Through Donmar LOCAL, we reach                                             with areas of affluence alongside
thousands of young people each year, inviting                                       significant deprivation. 43% of all children
them to engage with our work as audiences,                                          in Camden and 42% of all children in
young artists and future workforce.                                                 Westminster live in poverty once housing
CATALYST, our flagship talent development                                           costs are accounted for
programme, supports the next generation of
                                                                                    	Engagement with arts subjects at secondary
talent who are historically underrepresented
                                                                                      school level is declining significantly.
within the sector.
                                                                                      Children living in poverty are less likely to
“The whole process has helped them find their                                         experience the arts outside school
 smile…They have found the Donmar a safe,
                                                                                    	Westminster has reduced youth services
 inclusive, creative space and neither of us
                                                                                      budgets by 97% and Camden by 18% since
 under-estimate just what that’s worth,
                                                                                      11/12, and we are pleased to work with
 nor the effort it takes to create”
                                                                                      both local authorities to support young
                                                                                      people who experience physical, social
                                                                                      and economic barriers to taking part

                                                                                    	Participation in our projects supports
                                                                                      personal development and wellbeing,
                                                                                      develops confidence, develops skills and
                                                                                      embeds interest in careers in the sector

The Trials tech session, photograph by Helen Murray; Take the Stage, photograph by Heather Pasfield; Young Writers’ Group, photograph by Ali Wright
Powerhouses do not come much smaller, nor more powerful, than the Donmar Warehouse' - SUNDAY TIMES - London
OUR DONMAR LOCAL                                                                 SKILLS
                                                                                 We invest in talent and skills development
   	LOCAL Performances: Offering 2,000+                                         to support the sector to rebuild post Covid.
     young people per year the opportunity                                       The pilot year of our flagship programme
     to see our work for free with supporting                                    CATALYST supported 13 people from under-
     workshops and post show talks                                               represented backgrounds to enter
     with artists                                                                the arts workforce via paid training and
   	Schools Touring: Adapted versions of
     Donmar productions created with alumni                                      Our renowned Resident Assistant Director
     from our talent development programmes                                      scheme trains Artistic Directors: alumni
     and shared with schools who have a lack                                     include Roisin McBrinn (AD, Clean
     of access to cultural opportunities                                         Break), Lynette Linton (AD, Bush),
                                                                                 Rupert Goold (AD, Almeida).
   	Take the Stage and My Future: engaging
     200 young people per year to devise work
     in response to our productions and around
     issues such as climate justice

   	Young Talent Development: An annual
     work experience programme supported by
     the whole workforce to explore pathways
     into the industry and the Junior Creative
     Assistant programme, offering paid
     placements for 16-18 year olds on
     Donmar productions

Elements & HCA, photograph by Ali Wright; Take the Stage, photograph by Ali Wright;
Jairaj Varsani, Honor Kneafsey and William Gao in The Trials, photograph by Helen Murray
       The Donmar is led by the Artistic Director                               Our highly experienced and representative
       and Executive Director who are joint Chief                               Board of Trustees, led by Chair Adam
       Executives, reporting to the Board. They are                             Kenwright includes skilled individuals from
       supported by a senior management team of                                 the world of the arts, finance, academia, law,
       8 – current structure below – and a diverse                              business, policy and audience development.
       wider team of 50.

                                                               BOARD OF DIRECTORS

                    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR                                                       ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

  Head of       General              Lead            Director of     Director of     Director of   Casting     Director of
 Production     Manager            Producer           Finance         Strategic      Audiences     Director   Participation
and Premises                                                        Development                                               Literary
                                                                   and Fundraising                                            Manager

       Gemma Arterton in Saint Joan, photograph by Jack Sain
The Donmar Warehouse is committed to                We know that racism, prejudice and
becoming an actively anti-racist organisation.      discriminatory behaviour exist in our society
We are committed to creating an inclusive           and therefore we believe it can exist in our
environment free of discrimination,                 organisation. Systemic racism (overt or
harassment and bullying, where everyone             covert) enables white superiority individually,
is treated with dignity and respect.                ideologically and institutionally and our anti-
                                                    racism work is action based and ongoing.
We do not accept discrimination in any
form and this includes age, disability, socio-      Anti-discrimination action is everyone’s
economic status, gender reassignment,               responsibility; we are actively working to
marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy           dismantle systems of oppression and racist
and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and   behaviour. Anti-racism and anti-oppression
sexual orientation. We are actively seeking         shapes our thinking and behaviours, and
to work with a greater range of people              we aim to embed anti-racism into every
in our teams and as freelancers, creating           aspect of our work and practice. Racism
the conditions in which people from all             and discrimination in any form will not
backgrounds can thrive at the Donmar.               be tolerated.

Daniel Monks and Siena Kelly
in Teenage Dick, photograph by Marc Brenner
A registered charity, with a turnover of around
£7m per year, the Donmar is funded by a
combination of box office (45%), fundraising
from individuals, Trusts and Foundations
and corporate sponsorships (40%), and other
income eg commercial revenues (15%).
Previously Arts Council England contributed
7% of our turnover in regular National
Portfolio Organisation funding, but as we exit
the portfolio in March 2023, we are confident
that we can replace this with additional
fundraising, box office and ancillary income
streams, maintaining a robust and well-
resourced model.


                    4% 2%                                                   4%


                                     45%                     26%



  Production         Development      Other income       Staff Costs         Production    Overheads and
                                                                                           other costs

  Theatre            Donmar Beyond                       Development         Discover      Donmar Beyond
  tax relief
Artistic Director and Joint CEO
PURPOSE OF THE ROLE                                   RESPONSIBILITIES

                                                      Artistic Leadership
The Artistic Director is a Joint CEO role,
working in close partnership with Executive            	Set a clear, distinctive and dynamic
Director Henny Finch to deliver shared artistic,         artistic vision for the Donmar that has as
strategic and financial objectives. Both roles           a starting point the unique intimacy of our
report to the Chair and Board of Directors of            space, that serves all our audiences and
the Donmar.                                              stakeholders and is in line with our mission
                                                         and values
The Artistic Director will bring an audience-led
approach to the role. They will understand the         	Work with the Senior Management team
extraordinary creative opportunities provided            to ensure this vision is embedded across
by one of the best stages and most powerful              every aspect of the organisation
platforms in London, and create a compelling
and popular programme of work that will thrill         	Create a clear and compelling approach
our core audiences and help us to reach new               that aligns our work on stage with our
ones. They will have wide ranging contacts                community and talent development work
among leading actors and creatives, and be
able to attract star talent to our stage. They will   Programming and Producing
be eager to embrace commercial opportunities
                                                       	Programme all shows at the theatre
for our work in the West End and on Broadway.
                                                         to serve and further the artistic vision,
They will be focussed on artistic excellence
                                                         attracting the best acting and creative
above all else; skilled at working with leading
                                                         talent from the UK and internationally
artists both on and off the stage, confident
                                                         to make their best work at the Donmar,
about taking artistic risks, and supporting new
                                                         supported by our exceptional
talent, they will bring significant networks in
                                                         producing team
the creative sector. They will champion equity,
diversity and inclusion and will ensure that it is     	Actively engage with and attract high
embedded in all aspects of our work.                     profile actors to work at the Donmar,
                                                         proactively cultivating relationships with
The Artistic Director is supported by an
                                                         exceptionally talented star actors who
experienced Senior Management Team in
                                                         have a wide following
achieving the Donmar’s vision and goals.
                                                       	Act as lead creative producer, seeking
Although we use the term ‘Artistic Director’             out and holding relationships with key
in this job description, we are open to new              creatives, and helping them to make their
models of how our artistic leadership could              best work in a way that best suits the
be structured - including partnerships and               intimacy of our space
jobshares - as long as they can provide clear
leadership and deliver the needs of our model.
Working with writers to make exceptional                                       	Jointly with the Executive Director, provide
    plays at the Donmar, including by                                                overall management of all employees,
    providing strong dramaturgical advice                                            across both our sites, both permanent and
                                                                                     production staff together with freelance
  	Provide appropriate advice and support
                                                                                     artists (writers, actors, creative teams and
    to ensure that artists are maximising
                                                                                     any associates who may be appointed)
    their potential while working at the
    Donmar, and that all the work we stage is                                      	Contribute to organisation-wide strategic
    consistently excellent and unmissable, and                                       and financial plans that deliver the
    reaches a large, diverse audience                                                artistic vision

  	Create a strategy for commissioning new                                        	With the Executive Director, oversee
    work and a rigorous dramaturgical process                                        implementation and direction of all
    that ensures that the Donmar’s new plays                                         activity to the highest possible standards.
    are best in class and suited to commercial
                                                                                   	Hold joint accountability for the Donmar’s
    future lives
                                                                                     financial sustainability, working closely
  	Extend the reach of the Donmar’s brand                                           with the Executive Director to ensure
    by actively commissioning and creating                                           the efficient and responsible financial
    projects with wide commercial appeal,                                            management of the Donmar
    supported by the Executive Director
                                                                                   	Facilitate maximum income generation
  	Creatively develop the Donmar’s work                                             from artistic and other commercial
    with children and young people, and our                                          opportunities
    sector skills development programme
                                                                                   	Work with the Director of Audiences to
                                                                                     create a compelling brand and positioning
Leadership and Management
                                                                                     for the Donmar and for specific projects
  	Provide ambitious, confident and
                                                                                   	Jointly with the Executive Director, be
    inspirational artistic and strategic
                                                                                     accountable to and work closely with the
    leadership that motivates and
                                                                                     Board, supporting individual trustees to
    enthuses staff and artists through a
                                                                                     contribute appropriately
    period of change and renewal for the
    organisation. Promote best practice,                                           	Line management of the Literary Manager,
    equality of opportunity and professional                                         Director of Participation, Casting Director
    development, creating a safe and                                                 and freelance directors
    supportive environment where everyone
    can give of their best

Noma Dumezweni and Patricia Allison in A Doll’s House, Part 2, photograph by Marc Brenner; Gwyneth Paltrow in Proof;
Clare Perkins and Martha Plimpton in Sweat, photograph by Johan Persson
Fundraising                                                                    Strategic relations and representation
                                                                               alongside the Executive Director:
  	Given our high reliance on fundraising,
    provide exceptional leadership in the                                       	Be an ambassador for the Donmar and
    fundraising strategies of the Donmar,                                         a leading artistic voice for the theatre,
    working closely with the Director of                                          promoting the organisation with a
    Strategic Development and Fundraising                                         wide range of high-level stakeholders,
    and Executive Director                                                        politicians and funding bodies both
                                                                                  nationally and internationally
  	Champion, support and participate, where
    appropriate, in all fundraising activities                                  	Develop positive relationships with
                                                                                  the press and media, acting as a key
  	Develop and maintain excellent relations
                                                                                  spokesperson for the company, supported
    with the Donmar’s key sponsors, donors
                                                                                  by our press team
    and members
                                                                                	Provide proactive management of
  	Proactively involve freelance creatives and
                                                                                  reputational risk, with the support of the
    artists in delivering fundraising activity for
                                                                                  Ethics and Reputation Committee
    supporters and prospects
                                                                               This list of responsibilities is not exhaustive
Equity, diversity and inclusion                                                and may be reviewed from time to time.
alongside the Executive Director:                                              The Artistic Director may be required
                                                                               to perform duties outside of this as
  	Provide confident, informed leadership                                     operationally required and at the discretion
    on all aspects of Equity, Diversity and                                    of the Board.
    Inclusion, ensuring the Donmar is
    an actively anti- racist and inclusive                                     The Artistic Director will at all times be
    organisation                                                               expected to carry out the responsibilities
                                                                               of the post with due regard to the
  	With the Senior Management Team,
                                                                               Donmar’s policies.
    ensure that the Donmar’s creative,
    production, actors and staff teams
    represent the diversity of London

  	Ensure that the Donmar’s work is made
    for, and reaches, the most diverse and
    widest possible audience

  	Uphold and develop the Donmar’s Anti-
    Racism and Inclusion policy at all times

Lenny Henry in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui photograph by Helen Maybanks
The ideal candidate will be a senior creative                                     	The ability to set an inspirational and
leader, actively working in the theatre sector                                      distinctive artistic vision for the Donmar
at present and with wide ranging networks                                           that is ambitious and that understands
and credibility within the industry. They will                                      the social, cultural and financial context in
be committed to making excellent work for                                           which the organisation is operating
wide audiences and have a track record of
                                                                                  	Experience of leading programming and
doing so recently and successfully. They will
                                                                                    producing, ideally within the context of a
be looking to make the Donmar their home,
                                                                                    producing theatre or company, and proven
working with and supporting a talented
                                                                                    skills at taking projects from concept to
senior team in a collaborative and inclusive
                                                                                  	Leading an audience-led approach to
Essential qualities, skills and experience:
                                                                                    programming and a willingness to engage
  	A theatre practitioner with significant                                         with various stakeholder groups
    experience of directing, writing or creating
                                                                                  	Experience of working in or transferring
    plays, with a track- record of highly-
                                                                                    projects into the commercial theatre
    acclaimed work, an in depth experience of
                                                                                    sector, creating or producing work that has
    the creative development and production
                                                                                    been popular and commercially successful
    process, and the ability and desire to
    inspire excellence in others                                                  	An extensive network of senior contacts
                                                                                    in the theatre sector in the UK, the
  	Strong networks among leading actors
                                                                                    generosity of spirit to work with a diverse
    and their agents, and a proven ability to
                                                                                    range of artists to develop their craft, and
    secure high-profile talent for their work
                                                                                    demonstrable experience of doing so

Ruth Wilson and Jenny Galloway in Anna Christie, photograph by Johan Persson; Imogen Poots and James Norton in Belleville, photograph by Marc Brenner
A genuine and demonstrable commitment                                          	A commitment to and enthusiasm for
    to ensuring the Donmar is relevant,                                              leading on fundraising, ideally with
    inclusive and diverse across all areas                                           some fundraising experience, and
    of its work                                                                      acknowledgement that philanthropy is at
                                                                                     the core of the Donmar’s business model
  	Proven and demonstrable literary,
    dramaturgical and commissioning skills                                         	A demonstrable understanding of the
                                                                                     role an Artistic Director plays in leading
  	An ability and desire to act as ambassador
                                                                                     a multi-faceted organisation and uniting
    for the theatre, with excellent
                                                                                     a team
    communication skills and a persuasive,
    charismatic approach                                                        Desirable (but not essential) qualities, skills
                                                                                and experience:
  	A collegiate and inclusive leadership
    style with strong interpersonal skills                                           Networks in the arts sector outside the UK
    and the ability to inspire and motivate
                                                                                   	Experience of line management and
    others with generosity
                                                                                     working with senior teams to drive success
  	A willingness to develop a thorough                                              Experience of leading a producing theatre
    understanding of the Donmar’s financial
                                                                                   	High level contacts among philanthropic
    structure and the opportunities and
                                                                                     individuals and organisations
    threats inherent in it, and produce and
    programme work accordingly                                                     	An entrepreneurial spirit to extend the
                                                                                     reach of the Donmar’s work outside
                                                                                     our walls
                                                                                   	Experience of working with Boards

Iain Glen and Nicole Kidman in The Blue Room; Lyndsey Marshal, Oliver Savell, Rory Kinnear and Bo Bragason in Force Majeure, photograph by Marc Brenner;
Eddie Redmayne in Red, photograph by Johan Persson; Cush Jumbo in Julius Caesar, photograph by Helen Maybanks
This full-time position will be offered as a    Lifestyle
5 year contract in the first instance, with
                                                   Season ticket loan (travel)
a mutual six months probationary period
                                                   Subsidised local gym membership
(extendable by the Board). Following a
successful probationary period, the notice         £25 towards annual eye tests
period will be six months.                         Cycle to work bike loan scheme
                                                  Discount at Donmar bar on food
                                                  and drinks
Competitive with similar roles in                	
                                                  Complimentary tickets to attend
the sector.                                       Donmar performances
Start date
                                                Professional Development
We hope to appoint by May/June 2023 and
                                                  Staff training and professional
for the candidate to start not later than
                                                  development programme
December 23 (subject to negotiation at the
point of offer).                                 	
                                                  Employee welfare programme
                                                  1 -1 HR drops-ins for all staff
Working hours
Core office hours are 10am-6pm Monday-          Any offer of employment will be subject to at
Friday, but additional hours will be expected   least two satisfactory independent references.
due to the nature of the role. There are        Verification of identity and Right to Work in
significant evening commitments for             the UK will be required at interview stage.
productions and fundraising. The Donmar         We are committed to developing a diverse
operates a flexible working and TOIL policy.    and inclusive workforce and welcome and
                                                encourage applications from candidates of all
                                                backgrounds, identities and lived experiences.
Enhanced holiday scheme with 25 days per
year (rising a day per year, up to 30 days)
excluding Bank Holidays.
Annual Birthday leave.

Benefits (post-probation)
6% employer pension contribution as part of
the Donmar’s stakeholder pension scheme.
Recruitment is being led by our recruitment
consultant Donna Munday. For a confidential
conversation with her before applying,
please contact jobs@donmarwarehouse.com
or + 44 7970 630229. If relevant Donna will
also be able to arrange further conversations
with our Chair and Executive Director.

Applications should comprise a CV
plus a covering letter of no more than
3 pages stating why you are interested
in and suitable for the job sent to

If you have access requirements and wish to
make an application in an alternative format,
please contact jobs@donmarwarehouse.com
to make arrangements.

Applicants should also complete an equal
opportunities monitoring form via google
sheets, please follow this link: Equal
Opportunities Form

Applications must be received by:
12 noon on April 17th 2023

Interviews are scheduled
for the following dates:
Round One: 3rd/4th May 2023
Round Two: 16th/17th May 2023

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