Artistic Director, Riding Lights Theatre Company


Riding Lights Theatre Company is looking for a new Artistic Director to join us as we move into a new phase of the company’s life.

Riding Lights is one of the UK’s most productive and long-established independent theatre companies, founded in 1977 and based at Friargate Theatre, the company’s home in York city centre.

From small scale and community venues to regional and West End theatres, Riding Lights has carved out a reputation for powerful theatre with a spiritual heart, balancing new writing with classic plays.

Together with the new Executive Director, the Artistic Director will be instrumental in pushing us forward and collaborating with artists and external partners to develop our programme of work. Both Directors will share a considered, innovative, and resilient vision for an exciting future for the company, growing from our rich past and core ethos. They will also have an income-generating mindset, and ideas for increasing membership.

If you are our new Artistic Director, you will have a playful approach to your creativity and a commitment to collaborative co-creation. You will be an experienced and creative theatre practitioner, although not necessarily a theatre director. You will be a confident leader with experience in delivering engaging and exciting experiences with a range of partners. You will be an excellent communicator and ambassador for the company and have a significant track record in audience-focused roles. You will also have a clear understanding of the christian faith and an openness to how that might be expressed.  There is a genuine occupational requirement for the successful applicant to be a committed christian, in order to undertake the requirements of the role with integrity and authenticity.  Religion is considered to be a genuine occupational requirement – Equality Act 2010.

Riding Lights Theatre Company

Artistic Director_Candidate Pack


Applications should be made following consideration of the role and person specification. Let us know why you’re who we’re looking for in whatever way you feel most comfortable, e.g. letter, email, self-tape, voice note etc.

Applications will be considered equally, regardless of how you choose to apply.

Applications should be submitted to by Friday 7 June 2024.

Please complete the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion form and send as directed on the form.

Riding Lights Theatre Company is committed to being an inclusive employer. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith, or disability.


Some recent work by Riding Lights


A perilous voyage through the storms of life.

A brave adventurer sets off to win the girl everyone is talking about.  Uncovering a sinister truth, Pericles weighs anchor and plunges into a rolling surge of events which leave him broken, gasping for life.

With its topical themes of abuse of power, desperate crossings of the Mediterranean and sex trafficking, this extraordinary saga sails uncomfortably close to home.  And yet there is a delightfully unexpected end to the journey to steer us into port.

Riding Lights, a York company with an enviable reputation for breathing new life into Shakespeare’s less well-known comedies, premieres a sparkling, streamlined version of this gripping story for the 2021 York International Shakespeare Festival online.

Crosslight – A Passion Play

The disciple chosen to lead, is in pieces. Caught in the crosslight of the flickering candles at the last supper, the torches of Gethsemane, the firelight in the courtyard, by the searching gaze of his Lord, Simon ‘the rock’ is shattered.

As he hangs from the cross, Jesus is surrounded by a jeering crowd, laughing at his claim to be the Son of God. A small group of family and friends stands by until the agony ends. But the great friend who, more than any other, has stood by Jesus throughout the story is conspicuous by his absence.

One man is missing – one who knows the truth.

Crosslight draws us into the dramatic events of Christ’s Passion and into the experience of one disciple who failed, despite everything he believed so passionately…

A communal experience of theatre and worship.