Who is Jake Orr?
I’m a Producer.
A culture-changer, creating a shift in society.
Writing biographies is always tough when you do your best to not place limits on what you do. A producer, a former artistic director, a theatre-maker and an occasional troublemaker, that’s Jake Orr? What does any of that really mean? My work in theatre is fuelled by the belief that we can change society through culture. Does society need to be changed, I hear you ask? I believe it does. I want theatre and the arts to be a vital lifeline as that of the NHS, libraries, post offices and doctor surgeries.
My core values when making theatre are; compassion, passion, kindness and fun. This is how I make the theatre, and it runs through everything I do on a day-to-day. Its good to know what your core values are, it keeps you focused and gives you a mantra to turn to when the theatre industry throws its worst at you.
Jake Orr is a Producer
At present I am Producer of Nottingham Playhouse, a 750 seat theatre in the heart of Nottingham city. I joined the Nottingham Playhouse team in October 2019 following two years at producing at the new writing venue Theatre503 in London. .
In 2019 I launched Jake Orr Productions, as a company to bring together my freelance producing. The inaugural production is Pops by Charlotte Josephine in a co-production with HighTide and Live Theatre.
You can have a look at some of the other productions I have produced in a freelance capacity on the Portfolio page, including the award-winning BLUSH by Charlotte Josephine and No Miracles Here by The Letter Room.
Jake is an Artistic Director
After ten years as the Artistic Director of A Younger Theatre, I passed on the reigns of the company that supports young emerging creatives to have their voices and work heard. It was an hour to be the founder of the company and to lead its work for so many years, supporting hundreds of young people in developing their creativity.
For six years I co-directed and produced Incoming Festival with Eleanor Turney and David Byrne of New Diorama Theatre. The festival continues today and presents the best emerging theatre companies across the UK through its festival that tours to London, Manchester and Bristol.
I am a culture-changer, and this starts with providing space and time for developing those that need the support in the industry. Whether that is founding the UK Theatre Producer’s Facebook group, offering mentoring sessions or teaching at drama schools and at ITC, finding time to share is vital to me.
a supportive, caring mentor that gives people new to the theatre industry the opportunity they so desperately needMiro Magazine
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. So maybe you’ll want to hire me to act as a culture-changer in your place of work?