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11 May 2012

Recruitment: Druid Seeks a General Manager


General Manager Position

“Because it’s Druid, expect top-notch production values and acting to die for.”
The Irish Times

Be a valuable part of world class theatre as Druid seeks a General Manager.
The successful candidate will lead and manage the full production process from initial planning to the final performance. Including, but not limited to, promotion and budgeting as well as general management of the administrative office and theatre in Galway.

We seek a highly organised team player with excellent communication, administrative and IT skills. She/he will play a pivotal role working with innovative and dedicated artistic professionals in a fast paced environment, impacting theatre on a global level.

This is a full-time position, based in Galway. It will involve travel throughout Ireland and overseas. The contract is offered for a 1 year term subject to a 3 month probationary period.

Applications in confidence detailing relevant experience by email, to DruidTheatreGM@gmail.com before 5pm Thursday 7th June 2012.

Position Description

Title: General Manager, Theatre Production
Reports to: Dual reporting line to the Artistic Director and Finance Director
Team: Direct reports include: The Production Manager, Marketing and Development Manager, Stage Management, and Literary Manager.
Position Type: One Year Contract subject to a three month probationary period.
Location: Galway, Ireland

About Druid

Druid was founded in Galway as the first professional theatre company in Ireland, to be based outside Dublin. The company tours Ireland and key global centres, making Druid one of the best known Irish theatre companies in the English speaking world. In 2009 alone, Druid toured to Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA presenting 364 performances in 26 venues. Since 1979, the company has had its own theatre on Druid Lane in Galway. The theatre is the birthplace of all Druid’s work and continues to serve as a facility for the promotion and development of the arts in Galway. Through its writing programme, Druid nurtures and supports new playwriting talents and consistently commissions, develops, and produces new plays by a wide range of emerging and established writers from Ireland and abroad. In the past fifteen years, Druid has premiered 23 new plays, 14 of which were the professional debut for the writer, demonstrating the company’s commitment to new writing.

Druid passionately believes that audiences have a right to see first class professional theatre without having to travel long distances outside their own communities. Since 1978 the company has toured Ireland and since 1982 has toured extensively overseas. The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh won five prestigious New York theatre awards in 2009 after it transferred to the Atlantic Theater in New York from Galway. It was also the best-selling production up to that time at the award-winning theatre. The production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, which played in a parish hall in Bangor-Erris, rural Ireland, was the same production that played at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway and won Druid four Tony awards including Best Director for Garry Hynes, the first woman to win the award. Most recently, in February 2012, Druid completed the last of 58 performances of Big Maggie, in 10 venues over 10 weeks, playing to record breaking audiences of over 32,500 people solidifying Druid’s ongoing commitment to bringing theatre to audiences throughout Ireland.

A world-class organisation embedded in the fabric of Galway, Druid continues to set the standard for theatre globally.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • The planning, budgeting and promotion of Druid productions, general management of Druid’s administration office and Druid Lane Theatre in Galway.
  • Working closely with the Artistic Director on the effective delivery of the company’s Artistic vision.
  • Devising and managing production budgets in liaison with the Finance Director & Production Manager.
  • Management of contracts for writers, cast, creative team, stage management and production personnel.
  • Overseeing and signing off on the Marketing concept for a production with the Artistic Director.
  • Managing relationships with venue managers, actors and writers agents, casting agent, funders (both government and non-governmental funders).
  • The successful candidate will tour with the company and manage the company’s public relations and promotional campaigns.
  • Developing a plan for promotion and hiring out of Druid Lane Venue.
  • Others duties as assigned by management.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Relevant practical experience and demonstrable record of management in a comparable setting.

The successful candidate will have the following skills:

  • Vision, motivation and drive
  • Leadership and team working skills
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills
  • Good Organizational, logistical and general administrative skills
  • Flexibility and time management
  • High level of IT skills

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