General Manager at Alphabetti Theatre
Title of post: General Manager
Hours: Standard 40 hours, with regular evening and weekend work
Salary: £19,000 per annum
Holiday entitlement: 30 days per annum (including public holidays)
Benefits: 30% discount on food/drink in the Alphabetti Bar & complimentary tickets to productions at the venue.
Contract: Initial 1 year contract (with intention to extend) subject to a month probationary period
Start: 1st May 2019
About Alphabetti Theatre
Alphabetti Theatre is an award winning, artist led 75-seater theatre located in the Newcastle upon Tyne city centre. We are a registered Charity with an additional trading arm as well as the venue our building consists of: a bar / café space, rehearsal room, prop and costume workshop and 4 artist studios. We are the only dedicated studio theatre in the region. We strive to sustain a socio-economically accessible venue believing that great art should be for everyone not just those who can afford it. Running a unique and progressive ticketing policy, the majority of our tickets are part of our ‘Pay What You Feel’ scheme (meaning that audiences members pay what they are able to afford) the remaining tickets are £10 or under.
Alphabetti create, produce and programme new original work from across the performing arts. Alphabetti is a safe and welcoming space for the community and provides a platform for artists and audiences to experiment, evolve and discover excellence. We create and present high quality performances that are accessible, relatable and challenging. We operate as a meeting ground, hosting regular community group events and talks, and our bar/café space is a safe space for people to gather. We continue ensure our work makes connections with underrepresented or disadvantaged groups; regularly developing projects and collaborations with these individuals.
The company and venue was founded and built out of necessity in 2012 in response to a lack of opportunities for emerging and early-career artists in the North East; whilst providing a space for non-theatre going audiences to enjoy arts and culture. Embracing a DIY ethos the venue has been built by artists and volunteers our limited resources are focussed on the people that engage with us – audiences and artists. This has led to a removal of the pretentiousness that may be found unintentionally in other arts and culture venues.
On average yearly, we work with 1000 artists; welcome 9000 audience members and hosting a minimum of 240 performances including 2/3 festivals.
The General Manager provides the glue which holds together a beautifully diverse mixture of people, projects and priorities. The General Manager will manage our people and our day-to-day operations – with a main focus on the bar and café space however role will also including managing private events, studio holders, rehearsal room bookings and general company administration. You will be responsible for the profitable development of these areas, maximising return on investment. The role involves bar shift work (three evenings per week). The post holder will recognise and value all that makes Alphabetti Theatre one of the most ambitious and exciting producing and receiving houses in the region.
You will have line management responsibility for the general assistants and caretaker/cleaner.
The role will include but not exclusive to:
Person Attributes required for the role
This is not a job for the faint-hearted, however it will be extremely rewarding. Alphabetti is about to go through another burst of growth; we want someone who has the capacity to hit the ground running and can grow with us through our next phase.