Former theatre blogger, freelance producer and programmer Jake Orr will join South London’s Theatre503 as an in-house Producer commencing on 3rd July 2017.
In 2009 Jake founded A Younger Theatre, an organisation that supports and nurtures young people through journalism training. It has since supported over 500 young writers and partnered with organisations including the Guardian, Royal Opera House, The Globe and the English National Opera. In 2014 Jake co-founded Incoming Festival with New Diorama Theatre, a festival that supports emerging theatre companies. To date the festival has presented the work of over 100 companies to 4000 audiences.
Jake is co-director of producing company Making Room working with artists across the UK. As Associate Producer his credits include The Bombing of the Grand Hotel (Cockpit Theatre and Tour), Mouse Plague (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, BAC and Tour) and The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, BAC and Tour). Jake also co-curates Dialogue with Maddy Costa and produces Dialogue Festival. He was a freelance marketer before moving into producing and is a trustee of Boundless Theatre. Jake was nominated as Best Producer in the 2014 Off West End Awards.
Speaking about the appointment, artistic director Lisa Spirling said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have Jake join the team at an exciting time in 503’s development. He brings a wealth of experience to the role, as well as a passion and commitment to supporting emerging artists and companies, who play such a major role in the life of our venue.”