21 Dec 2020
Interests Inspiring people, new ideas, innovation and exciting performance - nurturing the lifeblood of theatre practice in Aotearoa New Zealand since 1989!
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.
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.
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
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
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.