Pentabus is looking for a visionary Artistic Director and joint Chief Executive, to lead and develop the company’s artistic vision, ensuring that we continue to create world-class theatre which champions the rural world, engages with our communities and responds inspirationally to the Arts Council’s new ten year strategy.

Pentabus is the nation’s rural theatre company. We tour new plays about the contemporary rural world to new audiences in village halls, fields, festivals and theatres, telling stories with local relevance, plus national and international impact.

The new Artistic Director will inherit a creatively and financially robust organisation with a history of over 45 years of producing engaging and innovative theatre. This is a significant opportunity for an ambitious individual to work as joint Chief Executive, alongside the Executive Director, to deliver and develop the company’s creative vision and lead the organisation through this next chapter in its history.

We are committed to reflecting the diversity of the UK across all aspects of the company and its work. We are currently under represented in our staff team by Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, as well as those who identify as D/deaf and disabled. We are committed to addressing this under representation, and actively encourage applicants from these backgrounds. We operate an inclusive recruitment process. If you have any particular requirements which will support your application, please let us know at any point during the process.

If applicants would like an informal discussion prior to submitting an application please do email to arrange a time to speak to our current Artistic Director Sophie Motley; Executive Director Catrin John, or Chair of the Board Ros Robins. Please note that the Pentabus Team will not be working from Thu 24 Dec to Fri 1 Jan inclusive. 

Salary: circa £30,000

How to apply: You can find full information regarding the job description and how to apply below in the job pack. 

Please complete the application cover sheet and equal opportunities monitoring form which you can find below and send them, along with a CV and a letter of application both of which are no more than 3 pages long, detailing your reasons for applying for the role and the vision, skills and experience that you would bring to the company. All applications should be sent to

Closing Dates for applications: 10am Monday 4 January 2021

First Interviews: Tuesday 12 January 2021 (via Zoom)

Second Interviews: Tuesday 19 January 2021 (location & format tbc dependent on current Covid guidelines)

It is expected that candidates will visit Pentabus to get a real understanding of our rural location, COVID guidelines permitting. We have a number of available dates that someone can meet you at our base if you would like to travel (safely) to Bromfield in advance of your application.