Executive Director, Riding Lights Theatre Company



Riding Lights Theatre Company is looking for a new Executive 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.

The Executive Director will work with the new Artistic Director in joint leadership of the company. 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. The Executive Director will lead in administrative and financial areas, driving forward business and future planning, and overseeing the management of our productions, operations, venue, and team.

Like all arts and cultural organisations, we face challenges in the current economic climate, and the Executive Director will have a keen business acumen and be confident in identifying areas and opportunities for growth, to ensure the financial sustainability of the organisation.

If you’re our new Executive Director, you will be resilient, bold and innovative. You will be ambitious for the company, motivating staff and working to foster a culture of collaboration. You will have energetic approaches to income generation and increasing Membership.  You will be as committed as we are to the communities we serve, and you will play a key role in continuing to broaden our reach, representing the company as you build relationships with stakeholders in business, politics, faith organisations and the media as well as artists, partners and audiences.

Riding Lights Theatre Company

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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 executiveridinglights@minervasearch.com by Friday 7 June 2024.

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

The interview date will be confirmed.

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


Some recent work by Riding Lights

My Place

My Place highlights the fact that we can all play a part in transforming the lives of vulnerable children and young people. The evening is co-presented by Riding Lights Theatre Company and national charity Home for Good, which works and advocates to find a home for every child who needs one.

Fizzy Finn Finds His Feet

Many young children have found recent lockdowns and absences from friends and family very stressful, causing anxieties they find hard to articulate.  Riding Lights has created this wonderfully insightful Christmas show to address some of these problems in a gentle, fun way.  Through the character of Finn and his discovery of Tink the cobbler and her amazing story-telling Shoe Shop, we jump right into tales of bravery, fear and finding your feet in a stormy world.