Job Description

The Artistic Director is a key strategic role in the leadership of Hackney Empire. The
Artistic Director will drive the creative and artistic vision to ensure a strong and dynamic
programme of produced, co-produced and presented work that is inclusive and diverse;
a programme that engages with and builds our audiences, and strengthens our
relationships with our communities.

The Artistic Director is central to the strategic delivery of Hackney Empire’s Learning and
Participation department, and ensuring its importance, prominence and profile within the
organisation and the wider sector. With the Executive Director, they are responsible for
shaping the organisation's Vision, Mission and Values to ensure the development of the
theatre and its role in society, engendering a culture of well-being and contributing
positively to the wider cultural industries.

We are looking for someone who will play a pivotal role in the vibrant and varied
programme that Hackney Empire is known for and we are open to a broad range of
proposals as to how this might be realised, depending on the skills and vision that you
bring and how you demonstrate your approach to cultural leadership in whatever form
that takes. We are looking for ideas and projects of significance and ambition, regardless
of scale – creating or producing work that is directly informed and relevant to our
communities and our audiences.

We are looking for someone who can build alliances, strengthen partnerships and inspire
creativity from all our varied stakeholders. We expect the post holder to bring passion
and drive, underpinned by exceptional communication skills and experience of working
with diverse communities.

To find out more about the role, please download our Recruitment Pack (PDF) here, download our Recruitment Pack (Large print Word document) here, or via the links below.

To apply: Please send your CV and a covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) setting out your interest in the role and examples of how you meet the person specification to [email protected] with the reference ‘HEAD’ as the subject line.

Please also send us a completed equal opportunities monitoring form, which you can download below, with your application. This form is for statistical purposes only and will not be used in the assessment of your application.

If you need any of our recruitment documents in a different format, please email [email protected] or call 020 8985 2424 and we will send them over to you.