General Director wanted for FLARE17

The directors of Flare are looking to appoint an additional director to the team, to oversee the production, staffing, travel, accommodation, catering and (non theatre) events of the Flare International Festival of New Theatre 2017.

Following the success of the Flare International Festival of New Theatre 2015, and previous festivals and weekenders, FLARE17 will again bring around 20 international emerging performance companies to Manchester for 5 days of public performances, workshops, discussions and networking opportunities. Taking place from 4-8 July 2017 at venues including Home, Royal Exchange, the Lowry, Martin Harris Centre and No.70 Oxford St (previously the Cornerhouse), the Flare festival will present a selection of innovative theatre-based performances by new theatre makers from this country, the rest of Europe and further afield. Further info at

Working alongside the Artistic Director Neil Mackenzie and the Audience Director Clare Simpson, the post commences on 5th January 2017 with a fixed fee of £4000 for a total of 42 days employment.

Hours of Work: 1 day per week initially, building to full time in the weeks of 26 June and 3 July 2017.

Salary: fixed fee £4000 (pro-rata £24k).
Applications: Please send CV and covering letter via email, with General Director Application in the subject line, to

Closing date: 30th November 2016. Interviews will take place on 12th December in Manchester.

Job Description

  • Overall responsibility for the logistics of the festival - production, staffing, travel, accommodation, catering and (non performance) events - in discussion with the other Directors.
  • Line management of the Flare Production Manager and festival producers with specific responsibilities.
  • Contribute to the design and management of the event overall, particularly from a logistics point of view.
  • Lead on the recruitment and experience of the volunteer team.
  • Lead on the management of the festival hub (No.70 Oxford St/Cornerhouse).

Person Specification


  • Significant experience in managing substantial festivals/events (preferably theatre/arts)
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative and leadership skills, plus enthusiasm & energy
  • Ability to work independently
  • Flexible approach to work
  • Strong IT and internet skills


  • Knowledge of Manchester theatre/arts scene
  • Commitment to the development of contemporary theatre/experimental performance
  • Own transport