Technical Theatre Manager

Full time, term time only plus to weeks during achool holidays.
40 hours per week;  8.30am to 4.30pm with a 30-minute unpaid meal break.
term time only plus two weeks during school holiday periods — total 43 weeks per year.
Flexibility required to adjust working hours to support events outside
core working hours throughout the year will be required.

Founded in 1646, Reading Blue Coat is a leading independent day school of circa 800 pupils from ages 11 to 18. The School is located on a beautiful 46-acre campus in the village of Sonning, just outside Reading.

The School employs more than 180 staff, of whom 50% are academic staff, and provides a stimulating, friendly and supportive atmosphere in which each pupil can realise his or her full intellectual, physical, and creative potential.

We are looking for a Technical Theatre Manager to join us in August 2024 for the start of the new academic year. This is a fantastic opportunity to work within a broad and varied role supporting the Director of Drama & Dance.

The ideal candidate will have theatre industry experience in all aspects of live performance and events with up-to-date knowledge of lighting systems, control apparatus and digital audio and audio-visual equipment. Experience of working in theatre for a school, college is desirable. 

You will be highly committed and enthusiastic, with the ability to inspire our pupils. You will make a significant contribution to the project managing of lighting and sound, set construction, and editing of music/video footage, whilst also preparing students for examinations and leading on co-curricular events within Drama, Dance & Music. 

This is a full-time role working 40 hours per week from 08:30 to 16:30 (with a 30 minute unpaid meal break), term time only plus two weeks during school holiday periods (a total of 43 weeks per year). Flexibility to adjust working hours to support events outside of core working hours throughout the year will be required. 

Reading Blue Coat offers an exceptional working environment and an attractive rewards package, including excellent benefits such as a pension scheme; free meals; extensive staff discounts; tax-saving cycle-to-work and car-leasing schemes; free sports and leisure facilities; Employee Assistance Programme; and a strong commitment to professional development.

Further details and an application form can be downloaded from our website: or contact the HR Department on 0118 933 5813 or by email:

Closing date: 09:00 on Monday 13 May 2024

Applications are reviewed and shortlisted on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to interview, appoint and close adverts early due to the volume of applications we receive. 

We therefore encourage you to apply at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment as once we have closed a vacancy you will be unable to submit your application form.

Applications must be submitted to the email address above by application form (which can be found on our website) and accompanied by your covering letter. Applicants must already be eligible to work in the UK.

No agencies, please.

A Co-Educational Independent Day School for Students aged 11–18
Registered charity number 1087839.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced check.

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