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Executive Director 

Are you committed to enriching the lives of children and their grown-ups through excellent theatre projects?  

If you share Tall Stories’ passion and ambition, we’d love you to join our executive team.  

Tall Stories is a mid-scale touring theatre company that creates and shares stories which broaden horizons and inspire generations. We are a registered charity, internationally recognised for our exciting blend of storytelling theatre, catchy music and lots of laughs. Our work is focused towards 3 to 11 year-old children and their families. 

This key senior leadership role is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of Tall Stories, alongside the Artistic Director and Marketing Director, ensuring its continued position as a leading family storytelling company.  

We are looking for the right person to seize the opportunity to lead on the business and operational aspects of this successful company. Our Executive Director will be a dynamic individual with the drive and talent to build on our rich history of over 25 years, while working in partnership with our executive team to create and implement a strategy to further delight, enrich and excite the lives of existing and new audiences at home and abroad. 

The post will work strategically to manage and deliver the company’s business plan by developing Tall Stories’ artistic, operational and financial activities.  

Deadline for applications: Monday 8 January, 10am 

Role: Executive Director  

Contract: Permanent, full time. 

Salary: £45-55k, dependent on experience. 

Reporting to: the Board of Trustees. Working alongside the Artistic Director and Marketing Director as part of the Executive team.  

Base: the Tall Stories office in Islington. The company is open to a conversation about a balance of remote working and flexible working hours.  

Join our Board of Trustees at Tall Stories

We want to develop our board so it best reflects who we are and where we work.

We are looking to recruit individuals to join our vibrant and engaged Board of Trustees to lead the company through an important phase in our development, to support and guide the delivery of our artistic work and our Islington community and outreach programme.

We are particularly interested in candidates with knowledge and experience of some/all of the following:

Education, community and outreach

Artistic visioning and strategy at mid-scale

Digital reach and audience development

We are particularly interested in candidates who feel passionately about the need for diversity and inclusion in the arts. Knowledge of the Borough of Islington would be of interest.

This is a voluntary position but all pre-agreed expenses will be covered.

Closing Date: Ongoing

Please read through the full recruitment pack below and if you are excited about what we do and how we do it and feel like your experience can add value to our board, please fill in our equal opportunities form and get in touch at – we’d love to hear from you.


We have a number of upcoming shows for 2024 with a wide range of much-loved characters and so are interested in meeting new performers for this year’s companies. We are looking for performers with strong storytelling skills, strong singing voices and physical theatre training/experience. Tall Stories prides itself on creating long lasting relationships with our artists that last beyond just one show. You can view the spotlight link here.

We are looking for collaborators who are first and foremost great storytellers and can bring our company values of fun, excellence and bravery to the heart of their tales.

Contract: Equity – Minimum Agreement

Casting details:

Self-tape Audition – Wednesday 3rd January 2024

As a 1st round we will be requesting self-tapes of a song from one of our shows and a short piece of text.

Workshop Audition – Friday 26th January 2024

The second round audition will be a group workshop audition with a focus on storytelling, devising and physical theatre/movement. We are looking for positive, creative and collaborative company members who excel in ensemble focused theatre. This will take place in the studio in London with step-free access.

Performer/Tall Stories Company Member

Gender: Any

Playing Age: Any

Height: Any

Appearance: Any

Contract Info: For UK tours we pay in line with ITC rates. Current rates are: Weekly fee £545.

Living away allowances are also in line with ITC rates.

For a West End run we pay in line with SOLT rates.


Tall Stories is a collaborative company whose work is created as an ensemble. We are keen to find performers who have a creative, collaborative and proactive attitude, with a passion for storytelling.

Our shows are filled with songs, laughs and imaginative fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups. Our characters are playful, bold and adventurous. They require precise physical movements, creativity and energy.

We are looking for engaging performers with strong physical/movement skills, excellent comic timing, great audience contact and strong singing voices – as well as a passion for performing for family audiences.

If you are interested in working with Tall Stories, please do get in touch, either by spotlight, or by emailing us at

If you don’t have all the experience listed above but think you could be the right artist for us, we’d still love to hear from you. We are committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all performers and are interested in hearing from people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Stage Managers and Creatives

We are always on the look-out for potential new stage managers and if you are interested in working with us please send your CV to Please specify your experience in touring, company management, relighting and sound operating (including QLab and radio mics).

Creatives interested in working with us (directors, designers, composers, lighting designers, etc.) should also send their CV to