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Creative Producer

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Job details

BATS Theatre
25 Jan 2021
Work type
Full time employment, Contract, Fixed Term
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Management & Admin, Performing Arts



This is a new role funded by CNZ as part of a year-long adaptation project in the areas of digital delivery, artist support and business resilience.  The following position description is how we envision the role however there is scope to make this role your own.


Role Purpose


The core purpose of this position is to maintain and facilitate relationships with artists, festivals and companies as well as developing and maintaining long term artistic and programming strategies. 


The Creative Producer will facilitate our Co-Pro programme as well as aiding in the resilience of the sector by working alongside all artists coming through the building to support sustainable artistic careers. They will lead our digital art creation and delivery targets and encourage interart at all stages of development. 


The Creative Producer will be assisted by a Programmer to ensure a full programme of activity.


Programme Management


Creates and determines the style and content of the programme by:

  • Maintaining BATS current programming philosophy, investigating new ideas and generating the personality of the BATS programme.

  • Creating and implementing BATS' artistic plan in partnership with the Chief Executive.

  • Managing changes to the programme and ensuring a balance of works from all streams of the BATS life cycles. 


Supports the Programmer in delivering BATS artistic content by:

  • Seeking out new works

  • Through whakawhānaungatanga strengthening relationships with practitioners and artistic companies/co-ops

  • Attending the majority of productions staged at BATS - opening nights where possible.


Leads space activation and helps ensures continuity of activity by:

  • The active seeking of all forms of digital creation

  • Supporting the Operations Manager in overseeing space hire and events.

  • Producing and budgeting support for artists including COVID response plans.

  • The presentation of at least 7 interarts productions annually (as per CNZ investment feature target)


Fosters artistic development and educates by:

  • Being accessible, supportive and encouraging

  • Offering advice, direction and informing practitioners of opportunities

  • Having an awareness of the political and cultural climate

  • Coordinating script development opportunities with Playmarket

  • Always being on the lookout for new talent

  • Encouraging practitioner self-assessment and development

  • Passing on information and critiques

  • Formulating and developing educational workshops, seminars, readings etc.


Working with BATS’ staff, supports productions at BATS by:

  • Collating and maintaining information packs

  • Contracting co-ops

  • Meeting with co-ops to advise on marketing campaigns

  • Assisting co-ops and tracking each project's progress

  • Monitoring box office percentages

  • Continual support throughout season

  • Final debrief meeting with co-ops

  • Coordinating the commissioning process for the annual major STAB and STAB Lab commissions and executive production of the STAB commissions in partnership with the CE.


Business Development and Stakeholder Management


In conjunction with core staff, ensure that BATS Theatre is strong for the present and the future by:

  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders including sponsors, partners, funders etc.

  • Engaging in fundraising activities led by the Marketing and Fundraising Manager and Partnerships Programme Developer.

  • Supporting the writing of funding applications to CNZ, WCC and other funding bodies.


Supports the Chief Executive to promote BATS and maintain relationships with a range of organisations, including (but not limited to):

  • BATS Theatre Charitable Trust and its shareholders

  • Theatre practitioners/co-ops

  • Creative New Zealand

  • Wellington City Council

  • Current and potential sponsors

  • Other theatres & arts organisations (e.g. NZ Fringe & NZ International Comedy Festivals, national arts festivals, Young & Hungry)

  • Other relevant organisations (e.g. Playmarket, DANZ)

  • Local and national media

  • The arts community in general

  • BATS Theatre landlords


Marketing and Publicity


Supports the Marketing and Fundraising Manager (who is responsible for overseeing all marketing and publicity activities) with their responsibilities which include:

  • Co-ordinating BATS advertising and media relationships/agreements

  • Ensuring BATS databases are managed and updated

  • Ensuring regular audience survey data is gathered and analysed

  • Collating copy for programmed shows for the Guano and the BATS website

  • Communicating with media about the BATS artistic vision.


Health and Safety


The Technical and Facilities Manager is primarily responsible for managing Health and Safety in the organisation. However, the Creative Producer will ensure:

  • Health and Safety practices are continuously improved and maintained

  • All incidents are sufficiently investigated

  • All staff follow health and safety policies and practices


Additional Duties of Creative Producer 


  • Maintenance of a tidy and efficient office/theatre environment

  • Ensuring Opening Nights hum with excitement

  • General cleaning and putting out rubbish/recycling

  • Being helpful and friendly face to the public

  • All reasonable and lawful instructions of the employer


BATS Strategic Pou


Artists    To develop, support and champion practitioners across all the cycles (BATS Cycles) of their careers from emerging practitioners, to those touring or moving to larger venues, and those returning to BATS to experiment.


Audiences     To grow our relationship with audiences and build community resilience through social connectedness. 


Industry     To be visible, recognised as a sector leader and valued locally and nationally.


Home        To provide an ambitious, well-resourced and fully functional hub for live art.


Title: Creative Producer 


Reports to: Chief Executive


Hours: 40 hours per week (Mon - Fri, mostly 9am - 5pm, with some hours in the  evening and weekends) 


Fixed Term Contract: Expected contract duration February 2021 - December 2021.



How to apply

Email your cover letter and CV to Jonty Hendry at

Written by

BATS Theatre

21 Dec 2020

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