Job Description

The Unicorn Theatre is seeking an inspirational Artistic Director. We’re looking for someone who has a deep respect and creative interest in making work for children and young people, who has the skills to attract and nurture artists of a high calibre to make their best work for the best audiences, and who wants to lead the UK’s largest children’s theatre in to the future with heart, generosity and ambition.

The Artistic Director is a joint CEO role with the Co-Executive Directors. We are open to the skillset of the new Artistic Director being from a range of experiences within theatre-making, and encourage applications from individuals from a diverse range of lived experiences.

To apply, please see the Candidate Pack for full details and submit your CV and cover letter addressed to Dr Vanessa Ogden, Chair of the Unicorn, outlining:

  • Why you are interested in the position.
  • How your skills and experience match the job description and person specification.
  • How you think you could contribute to the next chapter of the theatre’s artistic future.
  • Your commitment to work for children and young people.
  • Contact details for two referees who have seen your work.

Sue Emmas is acting as recruitment advisor. If you would like an informal, confidential chat regarding the position before applying, please contact her at

We are accepting proposals in writing, video / audio format and BSL. If you are sending large files please use WeTransfer and send to same email address.

You will need to include Equal Opportunities monitoring form and Additional Information form.

Please email your application to

BSL Translated with Captions - Candidate Pack key information

Audio version of Candidate Pack