Who is Jake Orr?
I’m an artistic director, freelance producer, theatre maker, thinker, trustee and writer on theatre.
As a creative practitioner, producer, curator and commentator; I’ve never been able to define myself in just one role. This has led to developing a multitude of skills and projects, and building a portfolio career. This is fine by me but it does make having a concise business card troublesome!
As Artistic Director of A Younger Theatre, I have spent many years developing a company that supports young emerging creatives to have their voices and work heard. AYT’s work spans managing criticism and journalism schemes, a thriving digital publication, and it co-produces and programmes Incoming Festival. A Younger Theatre is where it all started and I’m proud to continue to lead the company today.
As a producer, I work with artists and companies who are often classed as emerging – a difficult label I know. I like nothing more than seeing a glimmer of potential and helping it to be realised. From contemporary plays, to emerging circus and theatre companies, to festivals, the work I produce is diverse and bold.
I’m interested in producing work with companies and artists who blur the lines. I always want work that strives to be more than just a show, that wants to shift culture and society. As a programmer, I can’t get away from contemporary, devised and visual-led theatre.
I’m also good at writing funding applications and regularly lead workshops at drama schools, conferences or events. I can deliver a pretty decent speech when required, too.
I love theatre and the arts, and I’m passionate about the work I produce. If you’d like to collaborate, ask a question or have a conversation, then do get in touch.