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Producer (Asia)

Working location: Shanghai, China and London, UK

Responsible to: Operations Director

Key Relationships: 

Internal: Artistic Director, Operations Director, Producers, Legal & Business Affairs Manager, Creative Producer, Head of Communications

External: Stakeholders on international projects in Asia, including Sleep No More, Shanghai and other opportunities in Asia Productions: Creative and production teams

Manages: Freelance production assistants


Our History

Formed in the UK by Felix Barrett in 2000, Punchdrunk has pioneered a game-changing form of immersive theatre in which roaming audiences experience epic and emotional storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds. Blending classical texts, physical performance, award-winning design installation, and unexpected sites, the company’s infectious format rejects the passive obedience usually expected of audiences. Our award-winning productions invite audiences to rediscover the childlike excitement and anticipation of exploring the unknown and experience a real sense of adventure. The company’s international production, Sleep No More, has recently celebrated nine years of its extended run in the USA. It made its Asian premier in 2016 and will soon be celebrating its third anniversary of a record-breaking season in Shanghai.


Punchdrunk’s award-winning productions include:

  • Faust (in collaboration with the National Theatre, 2006)
  • The Masque of the Red Death (in collaboration with BAC, 2008)
  • Tunnel 228 (in collaboration with The Old Vic, 2009)
  • It Felt Like A Kiss (with Adam Curtis and Damon Albarn, Manchester International Festival, 2009)
  • Sleep No More (with the American Repertory Theatre, Boston, Mass., 2009)
  • The Duchess of Malfi (with ENO, 2010)
  • The Crash of the Elysium (Manchester International Festival, 2011)
  • The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable (with the National Theatre, 2013)
  • Kabeiroi (2018)
  • Small Wonders (LIFT Festival 2018, Edinburgh International Children’s Festival 2019)

Since 2008, Punchdrunk’s Enrichment department has taken the company’s practice into communities, creating performances with and for children, young people and the wider community.

Key projects to date include schools projects The Lost Lending Library and A Small Tale, alongside Small Wonders, a production for 5-11 year olds and Against Captain’s Orders, a family adventure created in partnership with the National Maritime Museum, and Greenhive Green, which took place in a care home for older people including those with dementia.


Our Current Context

Punchdrunk (a charitable organisation) and Punchdrunk International (a commercial company) are co-located in Punchdrunk’s offices currently based in Tottenham. The organisations work alongside each other with the charity focused on work with children, young people and communities, research, and development, while Punchdrunk International produces the company’s large-scale international work and a selection of key partnerships.


Job Description

Punchdrunk International is seeking a talented and experienced Producer to oversee the successful ongoing management, maintenance and development of its production of Sleep No More in Shanghai (SNM) and to manage new opportunities in Asia.

Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More is currently playing in Shanghai, co-produced by Punchdrunk International and SMG Live. The production has found huge success in Shanghai since its opening in December 2016, breaking box office records and becoming one of the fastest selling theatre productions ever in the city. It is now the second longest running show in Shanghai theatre history.

Sleep No More is Punchdrunk’s visceral, tactile and darkly cinematic telling of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth, spanning five floors of a vast, purpose built building in the Jing’an district of the city. This is the first immersive work of this scale to be performed in China. The performing company is made up of local and international artists, and there is a resident team of rehearsal directors who maintain the work on a daily basis.

Alongside this Punchdrunk is perusing new opportunities in Asia in response to the success of Sleep No More and the appetite for our work in the territory.

The role is a senior member of Punchdrunk International, and will be required to embody the style of collaborative and creative production management approach the company is renowned for, as well as form excellent working relationships with the artistic and production leadership of the company.


Sleep No More, Shanghai

The Producer will work closely with key internal team members and the show’s creative and production teams. They will be responsible for the timely and accurate communication of information to wider Production, Creative and Development, staff enabling them to support the production appropriately.

The role is responsible for ensuring the company’s consultation and co-management services to the Production are of a high quality at all times. This role is responsible for representing Punchdrunk International as an excellent co-producer to our Chinese partners, managing and maintaining a diplomatic yet strong and sustainable relationship with SMG Live and acting to support the best interests of the production. This role will also protect the profitability of the production, ensuring its long-term value is preserved for Punchdrunk International and connected artists alike.

The role is expected to navigate the highly sensitive political climate in China, and model excellent professional and personal behaviour at all times.



Project Lead: Strategic

  • Working as Punchdrunk International’s lead on the project, functioning as the primary point of contact for the production and all stakeholders.

Financial Management:

  • Taking the lead in overseeing and managing all income and expenditure relating to SNM at Punchdrunk International

Marketing & PR:

  • With the Head of Communications, work with co-producers on the successful planning and realisation of all ongoing marketing and sales activities relating to the production, ensuring they are executed in line with our production Licence.


  • With the Head of Communications and coordinating artistic consultation on the production’s sponsorship activity

General Management, recasting, pastoral care and regular attendance at meetings are among some of the roles required of this position. A full role and responsibilities pack will be distributed when invited for an interview.

The Producer works across all areas of this complex and artistically led production, building and maintaining strong working relationships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders and ensuring that all relevant aspects of the production are delivered at all times to the highest possible standard.



Punchdrunk International is also pursuing new opportunities in Asia. The role plays a key part in the development of these opportunities into fully formed projects, as well as in their ongoing realisation and management. Areas of work will include:

  • Managing and developing existing partnerships
  • Deal negotiation and contracting
  • Financial management and budget creation
  • Establishing team structures
  • Recruitment

Person Specification



  • At least four years producing large scale live works
  • Significant experience in successfully developing and launching new production opportunities
  • Significant large-scale project budget creation and ongoing management experience
  • Proven experience in strategic production planning and forward thinking
  • Line management and recruitment experience
  • Experience negotiating and contracting production team members and artists, and of casting productions
  • Experience dealing with IP, copyright issues and artists agreements
  • Experience of working on international productions or experience of working in China or the Far East
  • Experience of working in the commercial entertainment industry

Knowledge & Skills:

Performing Arts:

  • A passion for Punchdrunk’s work
  • A desire to add value to the organisation and act as an ambassador for Punchdrunk International nationally and internationally

Project Management:

  • Excellent administrative skills, including use of Microsoft Office (particularly Excel)
  • Meticulous attention to detail and ability to manage a wide range of evolving project priorities
  • Flexibility in working evenings and weekends when required

People Skills:

  • A high level of diplomacy, and a calm collaborator
  • Confident and articulate working with commercial partners at a senior level
  • Understanding the needs of artists and an ability to instil confidence and gain trust
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Delegation skills and the ability to work with teams comprising varied skills and levels of experience


  • To be either based in Shanghai, or able to relocate there as their primary place of residence for the duration of the contract.



  • Experience of producing multi-disciplinary work
  • Experience of working in non-traditional performance spaces
  • Experience working with contemporary dance artists or physical theatre performers
  • Experience of managing a long running show


This is a guide to the nature of the work required of the Producer (Asia). It is not wholly comprehensive and may be reviewed with the post holder and the line manager from time to time.

The role will be based in Shanghai, China, where our production of Sleep No More is based. There will be frequent needs to travel elsewhere within the territory as well as intermittent visits to London to connect with teams there.

The successful candidate will either be based in Shanghai, or able to relocate there for the duration of the contract. Where relocation is required, a relocation package appropriate to the relevant circumstances will be offered as a part of an offer of employment.

Candidates and should advise the company prior to interview of anything they believe would prevent them successfully gaining a visa to travel and work in China or elsewhere in Asia.

If you are called for an Interview you will be required to sign a Punchdrunk International Non-Disclosure Agreement in advance of the meeting.

If you have any questions regarding this or any other aspect of this role, please call us on 020 7655 0940 or email [email protected].



Salary: Up to £45,000 per annum, depending on experience

Contract: 12-month fixed term contract

Probation period: Three-month probation, (notice during probation 4 weeks either side) After successful completion of probation, three-month notice period

Pension: Statutory contribution

Annual Leave: 25 days holiday per annum + UK bank holidays

Place of work: Punchdrunk International offices in Shanghai and London. Due to the nature of this role evening or weekend work will be required



To apply, please submit your CV and a brief statement (maximum 1 A4 side) describing your suitability for the position and specifically how your past experience matches the person specification.

Applicants should provide contact details for two professional references and we will seek your permission before making direct contact with any referees. Please note that it is likely we will seek to take up 1 reference for candidates progressing to second interview, prior to making an offer.

Please address your application to Simon Barfoot and submit it by email to [email protected] by 12pm on Monday 27th January 2020 with “PRODUCER (ASIA)” marked in the subject line.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by Friday 31st January if they will be invited to first interview week commencing 3rd February. Second interviews are likely to take place in the next week. We are seeking to fill this position as soon as possible, so will be considering applications from the date they are received and may begin the interviewing and appointment process prior to the closing date.

Please notify us if you cannot attend the specified interview dates at the time you submit your application. All offers of employment will be subject to the receipt of satisfactory references.

As an Equal Opportunities Employer, Punchdrunk International welcomes applications from all sectors of the community, regardless of gender, age, race, sexuality or disability and makes appointments based solely on ability to fulfil the duties of the post. Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be given the opportunity to specify any access needs so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Please complete a short online equal opportunities monitoring form, accessible via the following link.

All information will be treated in confidence and will not be seen by staff directly involved in the appointment and used only to provide information for monitoring and evaluation purposes.


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