We're looking for Trustees from January 2021 who can sharpen our thinking and bring new and diverse experience to the table as we chart our way through a new era.

If you are thoughtful about and committed to the recovery of arts and culture in the UK, convinced by the power of theatre, education and culture to enrich society, able to amplify the voices of the underrepresented in the communities we serve, and prepared to engage in robust dialogue, then we would like to hear from you.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Play for the Nation, 2016

Who are we?

We're the world’s best-known theatre company and the only English national performing arts company based outside London. We're globally renowned for excellence in classical theatre, for relevance and innovation onstage, online, on screen and in classrooms. We're proud of our history of diverse, often ground-breaking casting and commissions, but we recognise we have more to do to be the representative and inclusive organisation we aspire to be.

Why now?

In common with all cultural organisations, we're facing considerable challenges as we plan for recovery from the effects of Covid-19. Whilst we have a proud record of innovation, diversity and excellence onstage, and although we must now take tough decisions in order to survive, we're determined to grasp the opportunity to become an even more progressive, relevant and ambitious organisation than we have been to date. Our Board is key to that transition and new trustees will be joining at what is undoubtedly a turbulent time, but one full of potential.

The crisis in the performing arts, together with the global shockwave of #BlackLivesMatter means we must reflect on the RSC’s role in all the communities we serve and shape a new narrative for the future. We're clear that to do this with vision and confidence we must have a greater diversity of voices in senior roles, and so we're particularly keen to hear from candidates from backgrounds currently under-represented in our leadership and governance (in particular Black and Asian candidates and candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds, and those who identify as D/deaf or disabled).

We're specifically seeking theatre practitioners, people who teach and write about Shakespeare and people with experience of leading change, but we're equally keen to hear from people who don’t meet these criteria, but believe they could challenge our thinking and contribute to our future resilience. You don’t need to have experience in governance at this level - we are committed to full and appropriate induction and training for all new Trustees.

If you're thoughtful about and committed to the recovery of arts and culture in the UK, convinced by the power of theatre, education and culture to enrich society, able to amplify the voices of the underrepresented in the communities we serve, and prepared to engage in robust dialogue, then we'd like to hear from you.

We ask that you can dedicate the time and effort required to fully participate as a Trustee, the Board usually meet every six weeks either in Stratford-upon-Avon, London or online.

To apply

You will need your CV or a short summary of experience and a paragraph describing why you believe you could make a contribution to our success as a Trustee of the RSC. For further information download the Trustee Information Pack. The application deadline is midnight on Monday 26 October. We'll hold online interviews in November.

Please contact Rachel.lloyd@rsc.org.uk if you have any access needs.

The Royal Shakespeare Company (no. 212481) is a publicly funded registered charity.

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