Abbey Theatre Seek Literary and New Work Director


The Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theatre, is seeking a full-time Literary and New Work Director. This role will be part of the Senior Management Team and will work closely with the Head of Producing.


Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Leading the Literary and New Work Department in developing and sustaining an effective infrastructure for the commissioning and development of new work for the stage.
  • Developing relationships with writers commissioned by and previously produced by the Abbey.
  • Establishing new relationships with Irish and International writers and theatre makers.
  • Identifying writers and theatre makers to be commissioned.
  • Providing modes of support for writers and theatre-makers through workshops and similar structures.
  • Developing a multi-faceted dramaturgical support structure for the development of new work which accommodates a wide range of approaches to the creation of theatre.
  • Supporting the dramaturgical development of commissions.
  • Building and maintaining connections to playwrights, agents, and the artistic staff of other theatres in order to scout potential new projects 
  • Managing and acquiring rights and options of plays
  • Liaising with literary agents executing and implementing writer contracts.
  • Managing internal and external stakeholder relationships with clarity and integrity
  • Collaborating with the Co-Directors and Head of Producing on selecting, developing, and producing new productions each season.
  • Input into strategic planning and the creative development of the department and leading on the delivery of same.
  • Working and collaborating with the other members of the senior management team.
  • Any other duties that are deemed reasonable and appropriate.

The closing date for applications is 5 pm on 30/09/2022

Further details here.

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