Job Opportunity: Director, Jeremiah

Critically acclaimed spoken word artist and theatre maker Jack Dean is looking for an experienced theatre director to support his new production ‘Jeremiah’, which will premiere at Exeter Phoenix in Autumn 2018.


Jack Dean is an Exeter-based writer, performer and theatre maker who has carried his love of weird and wonderful arrangements of words to many places, from the Bowery Poetry Club in New York, Latitude Festival and the South Bank Centre. Previous productions include ‘Grandad and the Machine’, ‘Horace and the Yeti’, and ‘Nuketown’ which is currently touring across the UK.

‘Artists like rap storyteller Jack Dean make us excited about what they might do next’ // GUARDIAN

‘Incredibly innovative… Writer Jack Dean enthrals his audienc’ // REVIEWS HUB

‘Impressive poetic, musical and narrative skills…  undoubtedly a performer with an exciting career ahead of him’ // EXEUNT



Jeremiah is a loud, rambunctious new show with live music by rap storyteller Jack Dean. Featuring a live band of three musicians and an original score, it will tell the incredible true story of the much misunderstood Luddite rebellion – a movement that spanned the whole North of England, had more British soldiers fighting it than Napoleon, and made the destruction of machinery a capital offence. The story will be told through the lens of the life of Brandreth, the instigator of the Luddites’ final gambit, the Pentrich Rising, and the last man to be beheaded in the history of Britain, weaving alongside it the parallel tale of William J. Oliver, the government spy that betrayed him.

Jeremiah has already undergone a period of research and development supported by Unlimited, who support ambitious, creative projects by outstanding disabled artists and companies.

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We are looking for an experienced theatre director to help refine the material created during the research and development phase and lead the rehearsal process in the run up to the show’s premiere, facilitating lead artist Jack Dean to achieve his artistic vision.



  • Experience of creating high quality studio scale theatre
  • An artist-centred and faciliatory approach to directing work
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • A calm demeanour the ability to create a supportive work environment
  • Strong time-management skills
  • Good problem-solving abilities.



  • Experience of working with musicians
  • Experience of directing spoken word or hip hop theatre



25 June:  Deadline for applications

2 July:  Interviews

16 July: Attending musician auditions

Monday – Friday weeks of 27th August, 3rd, 10th & 17th Sept: Rehearsals at the Barn, Exeter –

25th September: Technical Rehearsal at Exeter Phoenix

26th September: Technical Rehearsal and 1st performance at Exeter Phoenix

27th September: 2nd Performance at Exeter Phoenix 


£2940 (5 days prep, 21 days rehearsals and 2 days noting performances at company rate of £105 per day), plus travel and accommodation.


Please send an application to , consisting of the following:

  • C.V. detailing relevant experience
  • Examples of relevant work (links, images, film etc.)
  • A covering letter that outlines how you fulfil the skills and how you would approach the project.


Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a face to face interview on 2 July. Please note that you must be able to attend this interview to qualify.


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