Recruitment: Artistic Director

After a brilliantly accomplished ten-year tenure James Grieve and George Perrin will step down as joint artistic directors of Paines Plough in the summer of 2019. The Board of Trustees, led by the Chair Kim Grant, are seeking to appoint dynamic and visionary artistic leadership to build on their legacy and to ensure that Paines Plough continues to grow in profile and reputation and remains at the forefront of discovering and developing new writers and producing new plays for the UK theatre ecology and around the world.  In addition, Paines Plough will continue to be a fertile developmental company for theatre artists, technicians and administrators.

What The Board is looking for:

The Board of Trustees is looking for exceptional artistic leadership, be that an individual artistic director or a different form of artistic and executive partnership, who will bring a coherent ambitious and compelling vision for the company and proven commitment to nurturing and developing new writers, combined with artistic flair, innovation and sound financial judgement.

You will have a strategic understanding of the field of new playwriting, a commitment to working with playwrights, be committed to creating industry-respected, excellent and innovative work and a proven ability to collaborate with a diverse range of practitioners and inspire the highest standards of work across all aspects of the company. You will have a profound commitment to touring small and medium scale plays to communities across the UK, with little cultural infrastructure; forming creative and strategic partnerships with other arts organisations and providers and making best use of digital innovation to increase access.

How to Apply:

The Application pack, available at the bottom of this page, contains the following information for the position of Artistic Director at Paines Plough:

  • Job description
  • Person specification
  • Terms and conditions
  • Extract from Paines Plough Business Plan

If you wish to apply for the position you need to provide the following information by 10am on Friday 1 March 2019:

  • A comprehensive CV
  • A covering letter (no longer that two sides of A4) telling us why you feel you are the right person(s) for the role and demonstrating your ability to meet the attributes and skills as detailed in the person specification, including your artistic vision to develop the company
  • A completed equal opportunity form (also available at the bottom of this page)

Send all three documents to:, please state Artistic Director in the subject line. Alternatively you may post your application to:
Kim Grant, Chair, Paines Plough, 4th Floor, 43 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DN.

If you have any questions:

For an initial, confidential and informal conversation about the role, with either Kim (Chair) or James or George (Artistic Directors) please contact Gemma Grand, Administration and Finance Manager at PP, who will make the arrangements. By email: or call Gemma: 0207 240 4533.


First round interviews will take place on either Tuesday 12 March 2019 or Wednesday 13 March 2019, in the evening.

Second round interviews will take place on Monday 18 March 2019 in the evening.

Please advise if you have any problems with availability on these dates.

We look forward to receiving your application and thank you for your interest in Paines Plough.

Kim Grant

Chair, on behalf of the Paines Plough Board of Trustees

Application pack available here.

Equal Opportunities form available here.

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