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Executive Producer, Cabaret and Commercial

Job details

Adelaide Festival Centre
25 Oct 2020
Work type
Full time employment, Fixed Term
Work classification
Management & Admin, Performing Arts


  • Full time vacancy on a 3 year fixed term contract
  • Based in Adelaide CBD
  • Experienced in producing in festival and commercial context
  • Develop your career at heart of the arts in South Australia

 About the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust

Established in 1973, Adelaide Festival Centre Trust (AFCT) is the creative hub of South Australia and leading Asia Pacific cultural centre. The AFCT produces a bold, exciting and extensive program of festivals, events and performances all year round to inspire educate and entertain audiences from a variety of ages, experience and cultures. The AFCT prides itself on providing constant support, development and maintaining a positive work environment for all employees whilst upholding exceptional customer service to external organisations and patrons, as the home of performing arts in South Australia.

 About the vacancy

Adelaide Festival Centre is seeking an innovative and experienced Executive Producer to take the lead in the curation, management and delivery of Adelaide’s iconic Cabaret Festival and also manage the attraction and coordination of Adelaide Festival Centre’s commercial programming.

 In consultation with the Adelaide Cabaret Festival Artistic Director, the Director, Programming, Development and Venue Sales and the CEO & Artistic Director, the successful applicant will be responsible for the management and delivery of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival on an annual basis incorporating artistic excellence, niche market interest, box office viability and inclusion of local, national and international artists.

This role will also be responsible for identifying opportunities for improvement, including systems and practices, for all programming activities that fall within the incumbent’s brief and implementing or recommending appropriate responsive action.

In addition, this role will work closely with senior management and venue sales to ensure Adelaide Festival Centre venues are filled with commercial product including but not limited to touring musicals, and for making Adelaide a destination of choice for producers, promotors and artists alike.  Adelaide Festival Centre has two lyric theatres in operation, with the completion of the redevelopment of Her Majesty’s Theatre in addition to the Festival Theatre. This role (in conjunction with venue sales) will ensure both fulfil their potential.

 The successful applicant will have: 

  • Experience in programming and producing in both a festival and commercial context;
  • A well-established network in the commercial theatre community locally, nationally and internationally;
  • Significant experience in the planning, presentation and production of performing arts events, specifically in the management of large scale projects and development of new work;
  • Experience with assessing the audience and box office potential of a wide range of arts events;
  • The ability to effectively manage large volumes of information and achieve multiple, often competing deadlines;
  • Experience in managing a team;
  • Experience with budgets and financial management;
  • Demonstrated high level project management skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities and generate relevant reports for tracking purposes;
  • Sound contemporary understanding of the arts/entertainment/music industry.

This employment opportunity will initially be offered as a 3-year full time contract. Significant intrastate, interstate and international travel is required.

 Benefits and Culture

The Adelaide Festival Centre Trust offer a range of benefits to its employees including salary packaging, flexible working arrangements and staff price tickets to shows, festivals and productions.

The South Australian public sector supports flexible ways of working including part-time working arrangements wherever reasonably possible. The sector is diverse and desires to increase in diversity and to create opportunities for more South Australians.

How to apply

All applications will be treated in strict confidence and must include a cover letter stating your potential contribution to this role, the relevant skills and experience you can offer Adelaide Festival Centre, together with a current resume identifying relevant career, personal and educational achievements.

For more information about the Adelaide Festival Centre and a copy of the position description, please visit the Employment page on our website: Enquires can be directed to Elizabeth Hawkins,

 Please submit all applications via SEEK by 5:00 pm ACDT 25 October 2020

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The Big Idea Classifieds

12 Oct 2020