Head of Development


This important new full-time position represents an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to take their career in Fundraising to the next level, specifically through their efforts to secure support for Polka – one of the UK’s leading theatres for children – and our programme of pioneering theatre and creative learning. As part of Polka’s Senior Management team, this person would lead on shaping Polka’s fundraising strategy at a pivotal moment in our history, including securing legacy funding from our current capital campaign supporters.

Polka is a rare and special thing: an acclaimed producer of world-class theatre for babies to 12 year olds, an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation, and one of the few venues in the UK still exclusively for children. We attract over 90,000 visitors annually and are committed to making live theatre accessible to all young audiences.

Since opening in Wimbledon in 1979, we have welcomed over 3.5 million young visitors and their families and thanks to early commitments from the Arts Council and other major supporters, we now have a chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to redevelop Polka for future generations. The new Head of Development will help us capitalise on the momentum surrounding our redevelopment so we can secure a sustainable future for Polka and deliver our bold vision for children’s theatre.

Application deadline: Monday 29 January, 5pm

For full information, please click here to download the Application Packincluding job description.

Please click here to download the Job Application Form  and Diversity Monitoring Form.

Please email completed application packs to or by post to: Development Director, Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB



Work Experience


Each year, a group of year 10 and 11 students get the opportunity to experience life in a real working theatre. They will experience all areas of theatre production and talk to members from each department at Polka.

The next Work Experience Week will take place from 16th – 20th July 2018.
If you would like to apply, please download the application form here.

The latest we can receive applications is 9 February 2018 and will have contacted all students by 9 March 2018 if we are able to offer you a place.  We are now receiving and processing applications, so please return your form as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please contact