Abbey Theatre Seek Literary And New Work Director


Abbey Theatre is looking for a Literary And New Work Director with extensive knowledge of the theatre industry and previous experience of working with writers.

  • 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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