Wayward is a new production company, making extraordinary theatre and live performance. 

Wayward will champion brilliant original artists and develop work from unexpected sources, making artistic work of excellence and of the utmost relevance.

Working with established artists - writers, directors, performers - as well as developing and nurturing the talent of the future, Wayward will produce an all-embracing and inclusive programme of work of the highest quality.

Wayward’s first production is Grief is the Thing with Feathers adapted from Max Porter’s award winning novel.

The company is currently developing: Christie Watson’s best selling memoir on nursing - The Language of Kindness and is working on The Cherry Orchard with International Theater Amsterdam (formerly Toneelgroep).

Read The Stage’s article about the company here.

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Who we are

Producer judith dimant

During her 25 years at the helm of Complicité, Judith produced all of the company's work including The Encounter, The Master and Margarita, A Disappearing Number, Shun-kin, The Elephant Vanishes, Measure for Measure, Mnemonic, The Chairs and revivals of The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol and The Street of Crocodiles - all directed by Simon McBurney. She also produced Lionboy, directed by Annabel Arden, Clive Mendus and James Yeatman and most recently Bryony Kimmings' A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer.

Before Complicité, Judith worked as press officer at the Royal Court Theatre and programmed comedy at the Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe in the early 1990s, where she was responsible for booking Graham Norton, Frank Skinner, David Schneider and Armando Ianucci amongst others, at the start of their careers.

She is part of the producing team at Emma Rice’s new company, Wise Children.

Photo: Sarah Ainslie

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Assistant Producer Claire Gilbert

Claire is an independent theatre producer with a focus on new, political theatre. She is also company producer for Romanian company BÉZNĂ Theatre, Squint Theatre and Out of The Forest Theatre. She previously worked at Complicité and Good Chance Theatre

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Assistant Producer Hannah Smith

Hannah is a freelance producer who has worked with devising company The Wardrobe Ensemble since 2013. During that time she has produced national and international touring shows including Education, Education, Education and 1972: The Future of Sex. The Wardrobe Ensemble is currently a Complicité Associate company. She has also produced for Cardboard Citizens and curious directive and before going freelance, she worked at Fuel and was an intern at the Bush Theatre.

Finance Manager Lucy Williams

Lucy is a Management Accountant. She was previously Head of Finance at Watford Palace Theatre and then Finance Manager at Complicite, where she then became General Manager. She is also a trustee of Kandinsky Theatre.

Work with us

Assistant Producer

Applications Deadline Friday 1 March 5pm

Who we are

Wayward is a new theatre production company led by Judith Dimant.  Judith was Executive Producer at Complicité for 25 years until 2018 producing all of Simon McBurney’s work including Mnemonic, The Master & Margarita, A Disappearing Number and The Encounter. Her record at Complicité is unsurpassed: she produced 27 shows, touring to more than 30 countries including seasons on Broadway and in London’s West End.  She also oversaw the development of a highly successful, award winning Creative Learning Programme working with schools, colleges and other groups in the community.

In 2014 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Theatre

Wayward is Judith’s new venture. The company’s inaugural productions are Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter, adapted and directed by Enda Walsh which will be seen in London and New York in spring 2019 and The Cherry Orchard directed by Simon McBurney for ITA Amsterdam (formerly Toneelgroep) The company is also developing The Language of Kindness, Christie Watson’s bestselling memoir of being a nurse.


Person Specification

Essential

·       At least 1.5 years experience in theatre administration and producing

·       Experience of touring theatre and scheduling

·       Negotiation skills

·       Highly developed verbal and written communication skills

·       Ability to work under pressure to schedule and on budget

·       Excellent attention to detail, methodical, with a creative approach to problem solving

·       Experience of negotiating and drafting contracts

·       Knowledge and understanding of theatre union agreements

·       Willingness to work flexible hours

 

Desirable

·       Knowledge and understanding of the arts funding system with particular reference to Arts Council England

·       Experience of casting

·       Knowledge of Apple Mac programs and IT skills


Job Description

Duties include:

Production

·       Working with the Producer negotiating venue contracts and performance dates

·       Working with the Producer on casting and recruitment of the creative team alongside the Director

·       Carrying out availability checks for actors, designers and production personnel

·       Negotiating and drafting contracts with actors, designers, agents and production personnel

·       Creating and maintaining production budgets

·       Being responsible for the music rights for productions and liaison with PRS

·       Being the first point of contact for the Production Manager whilst productions are developed and on tour

·       Overseeing booking of company travel

  • Overseeing relevant visas and work permits for tours

·       Overseeing and creating company tour schedules

·       Researching and making contact with venues in the UK and abroad

·       Creating and distributing production information packs to potential presenters

·       Responding to touring enquiries and maintaining and updating contacts

 

Research & Development

·       Alongside the Producer, lead or assist on Research and Development projects  

·       Investigate availability of rights and rights agreements where required

 

Funding

·       Drafting funding applications and reports with Producer

·       Exploring new avenues for fundraising and sponsorship, including trusts and foundations, corporate and individual private givers

 

Communications and marketing

·       Responsibility for all social media (facebook, twitter, Instagram) and for maintaining company website

·       Building and maintaining a mailing list

·       Co-ordination of newsletters, programmes, post show talks and other events

 

Other

·       Work with the Producer on becoming an organisation with Charitable status

·       General support for Producer

·       Keeping up to date with theatrical trends and artists, actors, writers, directors, designers and production personnel

Salary Circa £22,000 per annum. One year contract. Full Time

Wayward productions is a start-up company

To apply please send CV, covering letter explaining your suitability for the role to Judith Dimant at info@waywardproductions.co.uk

Applications Deadline Friday 1 March 5pm