New Opportunity : Creative Director for Perth Theatre

January 13, 2016 by Perthshire Creates

Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre is looking for a brilliant, passionate, audience-driven artistic leader to spearhead the launch of the 116 year-old theatre back into Scotland’s cultural landscape when it reopens in autumn 2017 after its £16.6m redevelopment.

Starting from April this year, the Creative Director, Perth Theatre will maximise the potential of the newly transformed theatre, establishing a dynamic, vibrant creative hub for the Scottish theatre sector which will become fertile ground for new work, collaborations and partnerships.

Applications for the position of Creative Director, Perth Theatre close at 12 noon on Monday 1 February. To download an application pack visit

Perth Theatre has a long history of artistic innovation and excellence having been at the heart of cultural life in Perth for over a century.  The transformation of the theatre will restore and redevelop one of Scotland’s oldest and best loved theatres for generations to come.

Gwilym Gibbons, chief executive of Horsecross Arts said:

“Our ambition is for Perth Theatre to become a national inclusive hub for theatre makers with an extensive programme of work including co-production, partnerships, training and development. We are looking for an exceptional individual who can share our vision for the role the transformed Perth Theatre will play in the Scottish theatre community. Whilst they may have a proven track record in directing; above all we are looking for a great producer, able to bring talented people together to deliver outstanding work.”

The B listed Edwardian auditorium will be restored to its former glory and a new 200 seat studio theatre will be created. The newly transformed venue will have increased workshop spaces for creative learning and community projects including the thriving Perth Youth Theatre, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016, and there will be improved access and facilities for audiences and visitors.

Horsecross Arts has been pledged £15.1m for the Perth Theatre redevelopment from project partners Perth & Kinross Council, Creative Scotland, The Gannochy Trust, the Heritage Lottery Fund, trusts and foundations, generous individuals and other supporters or funding bodies.  Horsecross is working hard to raise an additional £1.5 million to ensure that the newly transformed venue is fully equipped and furnished for a new century of theatre in Perth.  Trusts and foundations, local businesses, communities and many of the theatre’s patrons have been showing their support.

Theatre lovers and audiences have also been playing their part through donation schemes and seat dedication.