Call For Applicants: Creative Director

Galway Theatre Festival GTF is seeking an innovative and dynamic Creative Director to lead the Festival through an exciting stage in the organisation’s development. This is a fixed-term contract for 3 years starting in June 2021. Founded in 2008, Galway Theatre Festival has quickly become known for its fresh, innovative and adventurous programming of work by emerging and independent artists. In particular, it champions early and mid-career artists from Galway and the West of Ireland, offering a professional, curated platform that attracts audiences through its commitment to offering high-quality, engaging and imaginative theatre experiences.

In keeping with the Festival's location in the bi-lingual city of Galway, Galway Theatre Festival seeks to use and promote the Irish language, and to support artists making and presenting work in Irish. The Festival is mindful of gender equality and pays particular attention to respecting the gender identities of its artists and audience, and to achieving a balanced gender representation in its programming, team and board.

This is an exciting time in Galway Theatre Festival’s development. The Festival is currently finalising the strategic plan for the next three to five years, has partnered on a successful Creative Europe Project Make a Move, and has successfully delivered the Galway2020 project InterAction, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.


  • 2 - 3 years’ experience in a similar arts-related area, demonstrating a track record in Arts Management

  • Experience building and managing budgets

  • Knowledge of the Galway and Irish independent theatre scene, and additional knowledge of other performance disciplines in the region - circus, spectacle, storytelling, etc.

  • A deep passion for Theatre and Art and a vision for what the theatre and performance in Galway and the West of Ireland can bring to local, national and international audiences

  • Exceptional leadership skills and the ability to manage, delegate, and bring out the best in a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience of reporting to, or operating at, board level

  • A track record of applying for, and receiving, public funding at local and/or national level

  • Experience in income generation (funding and / or sponsorship) and the management of key sponsors and donors

  • Understanding of the challenges relating to inclusion and diversity in the arts and ideas to address these challenges

  • Knowledge of the Irish Language - spoken and written communication

  • Good understanding of the project management lifecycle of a festival and/or year-round arts

  • Organisation

  • Experience curating and / or organizing diverse programming, series and events

  • Excellent time management and prioritisation skills, and awareness of the importance of a 

    healthy work schedule and environment

  • An approach that values teamwork, collaboration, clear communication, entrepreneurial 

    approaches and a good sense of humour.


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