Company Manager

  • Location : Northampton , United Kingdom

  • Salary : £33000.00 per annum

  • Posted : 12/01/2021

  • Position: Full time

Job Description

The Company Manager is a key role providing the link between the creatives and actors and our in-house team for our Made In Northampton productions.  They will manage the stage management team and the rehearsal process, including the touring of our productions. You must have proven stage management experience in a producing theatre, have excellent project management and organisational skills and be a great communicator

Job Purpose

To manage the Stage Management Department and Rehearsal Process for Royal & Derngate's own productions and productions in which Royal & Derngate have an interest, including touring.

Essential Skills


  • Extensive Professional experience working at a senior level in Stage Management in producing theatre
  • Experience of supervising and running technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals and performances
  • Experience of budgeting and scheduling


  • Knowledge and experience in the finding and purchasing of properties, furnishings and other items.
  • Full driving licence
  • Health & Safety practices
  • Passion for, understanding and commitment to live performance
  • Committed to accessibility, diversity and equality of opportunity for all


  • Proven ability to manage and motivate staff
  • Proven ability to plan, schedule and manage the output of a stage management team
  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with Directors, Designers, Actors and other departments
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work creatively
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Ability to work and remain calm under pressure
  • Excellent customer service skills and a positive attitude
  • A commitment to creating a happy, cohesive working rehearsal environment
  • Willingness to learn and undertake new challenges

Desired Skills


  • Experience of touring and moving shows between venues
  • Experience of new writing and working with music


  • Successfully completed a recognised Stage Management Training course
  • A working knowledge of AutoCad
  • Working in producing theatre company, and/or Repertory theatre system


  • Prop-making skills

Closing Date: Friday 17th December 2021
Interview Date: Monday 17th January 2022

How To Apply

Please submit a Covering Letter (no more than 3 sides of A4) stating your relevant experience, knowledge and skills for the role and your CV.

We are an inclusive organisation, committed to fair recruitment, and equality of opportunity. We particularly welcome applications from those whose backgrounds are currently under-represented in our workforce and in the Arts more widely. We want to encourage socio-economic diversity, as well as representation from ethnically diverse groups, people who identify as D/deaf and disabled and/or those who identify as LGBTQ+. 

As part of our commitment to being an inclusive employer, we would like you to complete an equal opportunities monitoring form. You will receive an email from us to acknowledge your application which will include a link to complete this.

Royal & Derngate are a PIPA (Parents and Carers in Performing Arts) Charter Partner, striving towards creating a more family friendly working environment. We encourage proposals from anyone who requires flexible working/job share/remote working around caring responsibilities, and anyone looking for a positive work/life balance.

For further information about Royal & Derngate and the role, please see attachments below (Large Print & Audio available).

About Company

Royal & Derngate Northampton is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northamptonshire, with attendances for live events and films numbering 358,000 last year, and an additional 119,000 seeing its work on tour at over 100 venues. Named Regional Theatre of the Year in The Stage Awards in 2011 (and nominated again in 2016), the theatre won the UK Theatre Awards for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre in 2015 and Best Touring Production in 2016 for The Herbal Bed, and The Stage Ensemble Award and a Fringe First for Education, Education, Education in 2017.

In 2019 Royal & Derngate was nominated for the UK Theatre ‘Excellence in Inclusivity’ Award. Alongside touring nationally and internationally Royal & Derngate’s Made in Northampton productions have transferred to the West End and Broadway as well as Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre, The Southbank Centre and the Lyric Hammersmith. Productions transferring to London recently include Education, Education, Education, The Worst Witch, Our Lady of Kibeho, The Singing Mermaid and Touching the Void.

The venue also presents a diverse range of visiting productions on both the Derngate and Royal stages, featuring musicals, dance, comedy and music, including a residency from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Last year the venue hosted the UK Musical Theatre Conference, Devoted & Disgruntled 14 and the International Teach First conference. Royal & Derngate’s award-winning, nationally recognised Get Involved programme engages with over 20,000 participants each year, including schools, families and communities in Northamptonshire and beyond, and its two-screen cinema welcomed over 78,000 audience members to the best in world, independent, British and mainstream fi lm. Meanwhile, the theatre’s Generate artistic development programme supports hundreds of local and emerging artists and practitioners each year.

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