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London’s most exciting cultural project is seeking a creative leader.
Can you bring big, bold ideas to life for London’s most vibrant producer of new theatre, comedy and cabaret in London’s most vibrant borough, Waltham Forest?
This is a unique opportunity for an artist, cultural practitioner, programmer or creative leader to bring their inspirational voice and vision to London’s most exciting cultural project as Creative Director of the new Soho Theatre Walthamstow. Set to open in early 2023, this innovative partnership between Soho Theatre and Waltham Forest Council will transform the glorious former Granada Cinema into the new 1,000 seat Soho Theatre Walthamstow.
Soho Theatre’s vision is to create ‘a local theatre with a national profile’, becoming a home to comedy, theatre, cabaret and an annual panto. We will create a cultural hub with education and community spaces, one-off events, and buzzing bars where artists, locals and audiences mix and mingle.
With this collaboration Soho Theatre and Waltham Forest Council are giving the borough a new lease of creative and expressive life. The Creative Director will help set the agenda for this transformation and make a big cultural impact.
The Creative Director will lead collaboratively, working with our highly experienced team to develop, plan and articulate the creative launch programme for the opening year. They will represent Soho Theatre’s values and vision, and impactfully introduce the venue to local audiences and London’s wider cultural scene.
As the broader Soho Theatre group enters a time of ambitious development and growth, the Creative Director will join the Executive Team to take responsibility for Soho Theatre Walthamstow and its creative output.
The original venue has a rich history as a beautiful 2,200 seat cinema, with an impressive live music heritage – acts that have graced the stage include the Rolling Stones, The Ronettes and Johnny Cash. This is a unique opportunity to re-imagine its future as a home for world class comedy, performance, inclusive participation work and events that will inspire the local community and beyond.
We are looking for a dynamic and inspiring individual with relevant experience or demonstrable potential to take on this role. Someone who has a vision, the ability to communicate that vision and bring people along with them to realise it. You might be an artist, an actor, someone who has run creative festivals or cultural projects – we are open-minded. Most importantly, the right candidate will be collaborative and ambitious for this project – and as excited by this new lease of creative life as we are.
If that sounds like you – get in touch.
Mark Godfrey & David Luff
Executive and Creative Directors, joint CEOs
Alessandro Babalola & Lucy Davies
Co-Chairs, Soho Theatre Walthamstow Board
For full information about the role and to apply, download the application pack.