We are Recruiting: Freelance Producer and Agent for Change

Extraordinary Bodies is looking for a Freelance Producer and Agent for Change who will work alongside a network of producers to lead transformational partnerships nationally.

The role may include working with festivals, co-producers and communities. You will report to the Senior Management Team and be line managed by the Becky Chapman, Diverse City’s Executive Director (Extraordinary Bodies is the partnership between Diverse City and Cirque Bijou). Opportunities for development include peer to peer exchange and facilitated Action Learning Set.

The job description for the Freelance Producer is detailed below. You can also download it as a Word document or as a PDF file.

We strongly welcome application from BAME and disabled applicants. We recognise the lack of representation with regards to race, ethnicity and disability in the arts. We acknowledge our role in changing this and that we must move right now to be part of the solution not continue to part of the problem. We will guarantee an interview to any D/deaf or disabled candidate who fulfils the minimum criteria for the role and we are open to proposals of ways this role might be undertaken if our proposed structure presents barriers to any applicant.

The Basics

Reports to: Diverse City’s Senior Management Team (SMT).
Location: Flexible with regard to time and place – option to be based at home, but travel within the South West and London required.
Freelance Fee: £7,000 – agreed expenses reimbursed for project e.g. travel.
Contract Term: ASAP or January 2020 until June 2020. Depending on funding, this contract will be extended until September 2020.


Application Deadline: Saturday 30th November, 9:00am
Interviews: Friday 13th December
Start Date: ASAP or January 2020

About You

We’d love to meet people who have:

  • Lived experience of barriers to participation and engagement in the arts
  • Experience of producing complex touring performance projects at all stages of development
  • Considerable experience of budget management and financial control
  • Passion for and knowledge of equality and diversity in contemporary theatre, emerging and next generation artists and the relationship to audience development and engagement
  • Excellent people management skills and experience of working with independent artists including directors, designers, musicians, actors and circus artists
  • Strong negotiation skills and a good knowledge of UK touring networks, both outdoor and indoor
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • High standards of confidentiality, discretion, initiative and tact

And maybe a bit of experience in:

  • Producing touring work
  • Programming venues or festivals
  • Working with diverse and emerging artists

Your Responsibilities

Your to-do List

  • Lead-produce remount of What am I Worth? (The Production), including all creative access, and tours to confirmed venues The Lowry Salford and Theatre Royal Plymouth, and potentially to unconfirmed venues which are funding dependent. Please see Appendix 1 in Job Description for project background, outline and tour schedule.
  • Initiate and set parameters for The Production and create a producing plan that will realise the ambition of directors and design teams, with the support of the SMT, Production Management and Finance Manager.
  • Negotiate contracts with venues, promoters, agents and creative teams. This includes access, availabilities, royalty agreements, fees, work permits, Access to Work, travel and accommodation arrangements, community participation and engagement process, marketing, FOH and evaluation requirements where appropriate.
  • Provide support and timely information about the production to SMT, colleagues in Production, Marketing and Communications, CYP and Doing Things Differently.
  • Support the director(s) and creative team through the planning, rehearsal, production and ongoing evaluation process and act as company representative/manager on tour.
  • Take on all producing responsibilities in order to deliver The Production to the highest standard with support from Production, Marketing and Communications and administration teams.
  • Ensure accurate and prudent management of all delegated production budgets, provide timely and accurate updates of budget projections, cashflows and other financial information as required and within agreed finance procedures.
  • Adhere to the collaboration agreement between Cirque Bijou and Diverse City.


  • Contribute to company artistic planning through sharing opportunities for re-tours, extended partnerships and new collaborations at quarterly producer meetings.
  • Liaise with the CYP and Doing Things Differently Producers to ensure that venue partner needs and assets in relation to equality and diversity are identified and opportunities for organisational change are supported through programmes of training and/or consultancy.
  • Play an active role in quarterly Action Learning Sets with Consultant Producer and Producer network to support professional development and network.

Artist Development

  • Support artist development initiatives including mentoring, identifying training/support needs and opportunities for developmental activity.
  • Participate in key regional and national networks on behalf of Diverse City from time to time.

How to apply

If you are a good fit for the role, please send your application to info@diversecity.org.uk by Saturday 30th November, 9:00am.

Your application should include:

  1. Your CV (maximum 1 page A4) plus Names and contacts for 2 referees
  2. A statement about yourself and how you fit this job role, either:
    • Written statement (maximum 1 page A4) or
    • Short video (maximum 3 minutes)

Please also complete:


If you have any specific access requirements please tell us what they are in the Access Audit and whether you are registered for an Access to Work grant when you apply. If you would like the Job Description in another format or if you need further information, please contact info@diversecity.org.uk.

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