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Live Theatre seeks new Chief Executive with the passion, inspiration and experience to drive forward its award-winning work

Live Theatre… has supported generation after generation of new writers, actors and theatre artists.” Lee Hall, Playwright

Live Theatre, Newcastle, one of the UK’s great new writing theatres, is looking for a new Chief Executive with the announcement that after 20 years at the helm, Jim Beirne MBE is moving on to new projects.

Lucy Winskell OBE, Chair of the Board, Live Theatre said:

“Jim’s leadership at Live Theatre has been creative, strategic and inspirational working with Emeritus Artistic Director Max Roberts and Artistic Director Joe Douglas, he has overseen an outstanding and high quality cultural programme that reflects the society in which we live. We are immensely proud of the impact Live Theatre has made nationally and internationally.”

The new Chief Executive will need to be an inspirational cultural leader and should have a passion for engagement, a proven ability in enterprise, and the experience to drive forward the organisation’s award-winning work.

Live Theatre has an international reputation as a theatre for new work and new writing. In the last three years Live Theatre’s work has received an Olivier Award following an eight-week run of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at London’s National Theatre, and the production was also presented by international festivals in Melbourne, New England and Galway. The Red Lion by Patrick Marber, directed by Max Roberts, starring Stephen Tompkinson, was staged at the Duke of York Theatre in London’s West End and nominated for an Olivier Award.   In 2016 Live Theatre’s commission from Shelagh Stephenson, Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing was nominated as best regional theatre production by BBC Radio 4 Front Row listeners. Guardian readers nominated Iris, commissioned from Alison Carr as Regional Play of the Year and Clear White Light written by Paul Sirett, directed by Joe Douglas was voted one of the Guardian readers’ top theatre shows in 2018.

Jim Beirne MBE, CEO 2000 – 2020 said:

“I am very proud of the achievements of the team at Live Theatre, it is one of the few theatres outside London celebrated for and dedicated to presenting new stories with a social and political focus, regionally, nationally and internationally. The engagement work with hundreds of children and young people is exceptional and helps embed us  in our corner of the city. Live Theatre is also recognised as being one of the most forward-thinking award winning cultural businesses, through its entrepreneurial approach to income diversification. This makes the work challenging, a privilege and a lot of fun!“

The deadline for the role is 5pm on Friday 13 March 2020. For more information see to request an application pack.

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund


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