Rose Theatre Kingston is returning to an artistic director model for the first time in six years, following a review of its leadership structure.
The move follows news that Jerry Gunn, the company’s executive producer, is to leave the organisation after 13 years.
When it was first opened in 2008, the theatre’s artistic director was Stephen Unwin, before the venue moved to a model led by Gunn in 2013.
At the time, chief executive Robert O’Dowd said this would create the freedom to work on a diverse range of projects.
“We have been delivering our work with a producer-led model, but the board now wish to appoint an artistic director to be the creative lead. We will continue to focus artistic effort on the Rose shows that we produce and present each year complemented by the best of touring work that will strengthen the appeal of our programme,” the theatre said.
It added: “The aim will be for Rose productions to be ambitious whether these are world premiere dramas, known titles and re-presentations or engaging family shows. The artistic director will be responsible for leading the creative direction of the Rose in the next phase of our growth.”
The new post will report to O’Dowd.
O’Dowd said he wanted to find an “individual who not only excels artistically, but also puts education and outreach work at the centre of their ethos”.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on October 22.
Earlier this year, the venue warned it faces a “profound risk” of closure following the planned withdrawal of local council funding.