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Shakespeare’s Globe to ‘review management dynamics’ as it advertises for Emma Rice replacement

Shakespeare's Globe. Photo: John Wildgoose Shakespeare's Globe. Photo: John Wildgoose
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Shakespeare’s Globe is advertising for a new artistic director to succeed Emma Rice, with the organisation confirming it is working to “review the dynamics of the current executive and senior management leadership structure”.

The brief also offers the possibility that the next artistic director or joint artistic directors “could come from a range of differing acting, directing or creative backgrounds”.

Rice announced her departure last year, following a row over her introduction of artificial sound and lighting at the theatre.

The news that Rice would be leaving in April 2018 was accompanied by a commitment from the Globe’s board that it would return to more traditional practices following her tenure.

The candidate brief for the new artistic director emphasises this, and claims that a review is currently being undertaken to ensure that the “mission, vision and values are better articulated and reflect more effectively [its] commitment to the unique architecture of the Globe”.

The person specification for the artistic director role explicitly lists a requirement for the successful candidate to have genuine passion, commitment and care to the “past and present story” and its relationship to the future work of the Globe.

The document also says that alongside the mission and vision review, the organisation is reassessing the dynamics of its senior leadership to ensure that it can deliver its long-term strategic goals.

“The governance and effectiveness review of the executive and senior management team structures being led by AEA Consulting will make time to hear from, reflect and accommodate the structure needed by the new artistic director(s),” it adds.

Applications for the artistic director role are open until April 24, with first round interviews taking place in May.

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