Open Space Producer

Salary: GBP £30,000 pro rata, equivalent to £18,000 a year for 3 days per week

Application Deadline: March 29, 2020 11:00 pm

Company: Improbable

Job Details


Improbable is recruiting an Open Space Producer to join us from Spring 2020. This is a central role within the company. Key responsibilities include:

  • Shaping, planning and managing our Open Space events;
  • Nurturing relationships with partners;
  • Developing Improbable’s corporate Open Space for Hire offer;
  • Looking after the nationwide community of arts folk who engage with our Devoted & Disgruntled programme.

Open Space (or more formally, Open Space Technology) is a system used to run meetings and events in which participants create and manage their own agenda of parallel working sessions around a central question. Improbable uses Open Space to run events and to inform our internal meetings, rehearsal rooms and office work. You can read more about Open Space on our website:

About Improbable

Led by Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson, Improbable is a theatre company that defies categorisation. We create work on every scale from remarkable productions in the great opera houses to tiny improvisation gigs in the tiniest venues; we are at the forefront of arts activism through Open Space, and create ground-breaking participation work; we help to hold the history of improvisation, and to shape and secure its future through the International Institute of Improvisation, the iii!.

At the heart of our work is the practice and philosophy of improvisation, and all our work draws on improvisatory processes such as Open Space and Worldwork. This is true even for the large-scale opera and music theatre pieces that form the bulk of Improbable’s upcoming programme. We are a company that follows our intuition.

Improbable was founded in 1996 as a limited liability partnership; became a charity in 2014; and is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England 2018-22.

Purpose of the Open Space Producer Role

The Open Space Producer is responsible for the shaping and delivery of Improbable’s Open Space events. There are two main strands to this work: Devoted & Disgruntled and Open Space for Hire.

  1. Devoted & Disgruntled (D&D) is an ongoing conversation about theatre and the performing arts. Created in 2005, and facilitated using Open Space, Devoted & Disgruntled brings together artists, audiences, funders, front of house staff, puppeteers and production managers to work together on key questions in theatre and the performing arts. The D&D programme comprises one annual 2.5 day event and several smaller half-day events each year, and operates across the country. Its website – – holds an archive of past conversations, and a platform for ongoing discussion. D&D is the largest gathering of independent artists and arts practitioners in the UK.
  2. Open Space for Hire is what we call Improbable’s facilitation of Open Space events for external organisations. Over the last few years, this has grown to become an increasingly significant part of the charity’s work and of our annual income, and has seen us facilitate events for arts, charitable, governmental and commercial organisations. Recent Open Space clients include Turner Contemporary, Southbank Centre, the Wellcome Trust, the Academy of Medical Sciences, John Lewis, Open University, the Guilty Feminist / Joyful Resistance and the European Parliament.

The Open Space Producer is responsible for both these areas of work. They will work with the Artistic Directors to shape the D&D programme and with the Executive Director to hone Improbable’s Open Space offer to external organisations; and will work with the full team and external facilitators on the delivery of D&D and Open Space events.

Key Details

  • Reports to: Executive Director
  • Line manages: Project and event teams as required
  • Salary: £30,000/year pro rata, equivalent to £18,000/year for three days per week. The role is offered on an employed basis until March 2022 (the end of Improbable’s current NPO funding period), with the potential to be extended subject to continued funding. Improbable actively supports training and other CPD initiatives.
  • Hours: This is a part-time post, 24 hours/week. We anticipate that these hours will be worked over three full days, but are open to other set-ups. This role will require working evenings and weekends at Open Space events, for which Improbable operates a Time Off in Lieu system.
  • Holiday: 15 days/year (based on 25 days/year Full Time Equivalent) plus statutory bank holidays and Christmas holiday closures.
  • Pension: Improbable offers a workplace pension through The People’s Pension.
  • Place of work: The Open Space Producer will be based at Improbable’s London office. The role will require travelling and staying away from London as necessary.

How to Apply

For more information about the role (including person specification and full job description) and instructions on how to apply, please see our website:



Contact Details

Jeremy Wong
[email protected]

Job Posting title: Open Space Producer
Closing Date: 2020-03-29T23:00:00+01:00