JOB AD: Theatre School Manager & Community Lead

We are looking for an organised, friendly and values-driven individual to join our team. This person will work alongside the Theatre School Coordinator to manage our growing Theatre School offer, including the development of community relationships as the Bristol Improv Theatre enters a new phase in terms of its community outreach and engagement programmes.

You may find it useful to read through our vision, mission and values


Purpose of role 

To work towards making the Bristol Improv Theatre a world-renowned institution of improvisation training by running the Theatre School in a manner that is creative, professional and values-driven. To maximise profit for the theatre by actively growing the theatre school offer while ensuring a high standard of teaching and student satisfaction. To develop relationships with community partners as part of the theatre’s renewed commitment to community outreach.

Responsibilities of role 

  • Managing the Theatre School’s pool of freelance instructors, including:
    • Recruitment and training of new instructors
    • Auditing and providing feedback to trained instructors
    • Running professional development sessions for all instructors
  • Maintaining and updating Bristol Improv Theatre School course syllabuses and related resources
  • Actively growing the Theatre School offer by writing or commissioning new courses in response to student demand, perceived gaps in the improvising community skillset or Bristol arts education market
  • Supporting the Theatre School Administrator in scheduling and coordinating a year-round offer of training for students at all levels of ability and experience 
  • Ensuring all relevant paperwork for Theatre School activities (including event rundown forms and risk assessments) are completed and supplied to operational staff in good time 
  • Gathering and regularly reviewing student feedback on all elements of Theatre School activities, in collaboration with the co-manager 
  • Developing relationships with specialist improv practitioners and local arts practitioners to compliment and diversify our Theatre School offer 
  • Working with the co-manager and the Marketing Manager to identify and access new audiences for improv courses and training 
  • Actively promoting the values of inclusivity and accessibility in all areas of the Theatre School, including teaching practice, course content and student communications
  • Collaborating with the Programming Manager to create opportunities for Theatre School students to develop their practise and gain performance experience
  • Building and maintaining relationships with community organisations to create a foundation for the Bristol Improv Theatre’s community outreach programmes
  • Working with the Artistic Director and external partners to develop  targeted community outreach offers from the Theatre School as part of wider community outreach programming
  • Working with the Artistic Director to identify funding opportunities for community outreach and other partnership opportunities involving the Theatre School

Person specification 


  • Proven interest and understanding in improvisation training or a desire to develop knowledge in this area 
  • Experience of managing skilled and independent freelance and part-time staff
  • The ability to work independently, with excellent organisational and time management skills 
  • Friendly and approachable with strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Personal commitment to diversifying the Bristol arts scene and championing inclusivity in working culture and practices.
  • Commitment to making the Theatre School a safe and equitable space as far as possible
  • Ability to collaborate and demonstrate teamwork skills; role will involve working closely with the Theatre School Administrator


  • Experience of managing or developing arts education or training programmes for adults
  • Experience of developing partnerships with organisations and practitioners, especially in arts or community contexts 
  • An understanding of the modern history and global context of improvisation training 

How to apply 

Please send your CV and a short covering paragraph explaining your reasons for applying and why you would be a good fit for the role to

We also accept applications via video or audio recordings no longer than 5 minutes in length. 

Deadline for applications: 1st August

Interviews: w/c 8th August

Commence in the role w/c 5th Sept or earlier

Terms & Conditions 

Hours: 90 hours per month

Salary: £18,382 pro rata 

Holiday: 5.6 weeks pro rata 

Contract type: Permanent, however the role is subject to a six month probationary period.