Get Involved

Chiswick Playhouse relies on a team of loyal and dedicated staff and volunteers. If you would like to join the Chiswick Playhouse team, please check out the opportunities to get involved below.


We are currently recruiting for a Producer and a Theatre Administrator (see below for full job descriptions).

To apply, email tara@livegeneralmanagement.com with a covering letter and up-to-date CV by Wednesday 18th December. Interviews will be held on 19th & 20th December.

Producer (Part-time, Paid)

Reporting to: Executive Director & Board

Responsible for: Theatre Administrator, Box Office Supervisor, Technical Staff

Hours: 24 hours per week, 2pm – 6pm plus one morning each week (requires some flexibility)

Pay rate: £25,000 pa (pro rata)

Terms: Permanent (subject to a 6 month probation period)

Leave: 20 days (pro rata) plus bank holidays

Notice period: 2 months (1 month during probation)

Overview of the Role

The Producer is responsible for ensuring that Chiswick Playhouse is a safe and welcoming space for audiences and artists alike. They will lead on producing in-house shows and programming and supporting visiting companies. They will assist with the day-to-day running of the building, including ensuring the theatre is compliant with current licensing and health and safety regulations. They will oversee HR across the organisation. They will work with the Executive Director on financial administration and accounting. The Producer will also play a key role in sourcing new ways to monetise the space (eg hires of the auditorium) and support the Board in its long-term strategic aims (eg fundraising, accessibility, future life of productions). Due to the nature of this role and being a working theatre, some evening and weekend work is required.

Role Responsibilities & Duties

IN-HOUSE PRODUCTIONS, VISTING COMPANIES & HIRES

  • Acting as lead liaison with in-house teams & visiting companies:
    • for the safe and efficient get in and out of their productions, alongside the Technical Manager and the visiting Production Manager
    • for operational matters during the run of show (including welcoming companies, H&S briefing)
  • Programming the venue – assisting the Executive Director and Board with finding plays to produce in-house and preparing a schedule of visiting shows for each season
  • Make offers to and draft contracts for:
    • Licenses
    • Creative team & cast
    • Visiting companies
  • Financial administration of in-house productions (eg paying invoices, managing and reconciling budgets, overseeing petty cash expenditure)
  • Draft settlements for visiting shows & invoices for hires
  • Attend first days, production meetings, rehearsal room run-throughs, tech rehearsals, first preview and press night for inhouse shows

MARKETING & PR

  • Lead on theatre-wide marketing & PR:
    • Layout and approval of season brochure
    • Approving tube site artwork
    • Liaise with PR on season press releases
  • Lead on in-house production marketing & PR:
    • Arranging bespoke paid advertising (eg OLT/WOS eshots etc)
    • Liaise with Graphic Designer on images for inhouse shows
    • Arrange photographer/videographer for creation of assets
    • Liaise with PR on show press and assist arranging interviews with cast & creative team

OPERATIONS

  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the building
  • Managing the Theatre Administrator, Box Office Supervisor & Technical Staff
  • Overseeing ongoing maintenance and repairs of the venue and its equipment and external contractors when required (working with agreed budgets and timescales)
  • Ensuring all statutory guidance on Health & Safety policies and procedures is adhered to and that the building meets specific fire regulations, health and safety, licensing, security and insurance requirements (inc. organising fire drills and taking a leading role in the evacuation of the building if necessary)
  • Ensure Box Office Supervisor is training volunteers in venues H&S procedures inc fire evacuation
  • Acting as a first aid officer for Chiswick Playhouse (training will be given if necessary)

HUMAN RESOURCES

  • Assist the recruitment of new staff, including posting job advertisements, processing applications and arranging interviews
  • Contracting staff and maintaining employment records (where applicable)
  • Assisting DBS checking process (where applicable)
  • Being a main point of contact for staff, volunteers and visiting companies/teams for HR and Wellbeing related issues

OTHER

  • Attend monthly meetings with the Executive Director & Board on programming and to provide a general update on all theatre matters
  • Run weekly meetings with the Theatre Administrator and Box Office Supervisor
  • Assist the Executive Director & Board with roll-out of fundraising strategies and creation of materials (this may include drafting funding applications)
  • Manage the relationship between the theatre and the Tabard Inn
  • Act as an ambassador for the Chiswick Playhouse at all times

Person Specification

ESSENTIAL

  • Minimum 1yrs administrative experience in a theatre building, theatre production company or other cultural venue or organisation.
  • Experience of managing junior staff/interns.
  • Experience cash-handling.
  • Self-motivated/ability to work solo and manage own workload/multiple tasks.
  • Proven problem-solving abilities.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people.
  • Excellent IT skills.

DESIRABLE

  • Understanding of Health & Safety legislation (inc First Aid) & Licensing legislation and relevant HR practices.
  • Experience of customer-facing roles.
  • Knowledge of accounting software.
  • Knowledge of ticketing software.
  • Experience editing websites.
  • Basic knowledge of technical theatre.

Theatre Administrator (Part-time, Paid)

Job Title: Theatre Administrator

Reporting to: Producer

Responsible for: Interns

Hours: 20 hours per week, 2pm – 6pm (requires some flexibility)

Pay rate: £21,000 pa (pro rata)

Terms: Permanent (subject to a 6 month probation period)

Leave: 20 days (pro rata) plus bank holidays

Notice period: 2 months (1 month during probation)

Overview of the Role

The Theatre Administrator is responsible for ensuring that Chiswick Playhouse is a safe and welcoming space for audiences and artists alike. They will support the production administration of in-house shows and visiting companies, and manage the relationships and logistics of daytime hires and events. They will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the building. The Theatre Administrator will manage the social media accounts, manage the website and ensure print & digital assets are up in the theatre and pub. Due to the nature of this role and being a working theatre, some evening and weekend work is required.

Role Responsibilities & Duties

IN-HOUSE PRODUCTIONS, VISTING COMPANIES & HIRES

  • Supporting the Producer with production administration
  • Lead on press night invitations and arrangements for inhouse shows
  • Assist the Producer with programming one-nights & hires
  • Ensure that ancillary events and hires (outside of artistic programme) are scheduled efficiently and contracted in a timely fashion
  • Ensure events and hires clients are welcomed and given H&S briefing (if required)

MARKETING

  • Put confirmed shows on sale via ticket sales site and website
  • Assist the Producer on theatre-wide marketing:
    • Collating content for the season brochure
    • Keep website up-to-date
  • Assist the Producer on in-house production marketing:
    • Manage theatre social media channels (inc boosts)
    • Ensuring marketing assets (print & digital) are up in venue, stairwell & pub
  • Visiting companies:
    • Send welcome pack and marketing templates
    • Ensuring marketing assets (print & digital) are up in venue, stairwell & pub

OPERATIONS

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the building (inc. ongoing maintenance and assist the Producer with compliance)
  • Ensure that on arrival each day, FOH, auditorium & backstage areas & office are clean and tidy and provide a welcoming environment to all users of the theatre
  • Acting as a first aid officer for Chiswick Playhouse (training will be given if necessary)
  • Managing internship placements (timetables, training, duties, evaluation)

OTHER

  • Attend weekly meetings with Producer
  • Act as an ambassador for the Chiswick Playhouse at all times

Person Specification

ESSENTIAL

  • Minimum 6 months administrative experience in a theatre building, theatre production company or other cultural venue or organisation.
  • Self-motivated/ability to work solo and manage own workload/multiple tasks.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people.
  • Excellent IT skills.

DESIRABLE

  • Experience of customer-facing roles.
  • Knowledge of ticketing software.
  • Knowledge editing websites.
  • Basic knowledge of technical theatre.
  • Experience managing interns.

We are also recruiting for Front of House Team Members:

Front of House Duty Managers (Part-time, Paid)
We are looking for reliable and responsible individuals to help oversee the building before and during performances. You will be responsible for running the Front of House operations (ticketing, bar, etc) prior to performances and act as the lead liaison with performance companies and audiences.

Front of House Ushers (Part-time, Volunteer)
We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly ushers to welcome our audience to our theatre. This is an excellent way to become part of the team and gain first hand experience of working in the theatre. As well as seeing the shows for free!

For more information on either Front of House role or to apply, please contact victoria@chiswickplayhouse.co.uk