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What type of jobs do you hire for?

Seven people work behind the scenes for every actor you see on our stages!  

We regularly hire in these areas:

  • Production (Props, Wardrobe, Stage Management)
  • Marketing and Fundraising
  • Audience Development (Call Centre, Cafés & Catering, Retail, Ushers)
  • Education
  • Administration
  • Facilities & Building Maintenance

…and the list goes on!  The majority of our positions are seasonal.

When do you hire for next season?

Hiring decisions for most production and backstage positions occur in the fall for the upcoming season. Recruitment for customer service roles takes place in the spring. For general questions, please send us an email.

Also, when applying, please submit your cover letter and resume by the closing date, ensuring that you have the job title in the subject line.


OPEN POSITIONS

Based in Stratford, Ontario, the Stratford Festival is one of the world’s foremost repertory theatre companies. It operates year round, presenting a season of about a dozen plays each year between the months of April and November, a rich stream of digital content and hundreds of Forum events, designed to deepen understanding of the plays. For every person a theatregoer sees on our stages, we have seven people working behind the scenes, some of the world’s most dedicated and experienced arts workers. At this time we are undergoing a culture shift to support anti-racism and anti-oppression and ensure a respectful, equitable and inclusive environment in which all staff, artists and audience members can feel a true sense of belonging.

If you would like to be part of this change and contribute your own remarkable talents to North America’s largest not-for-profit theatre, we’d like to hear from you. We are currently welcoming applications for:

Assistant Manager - Facilities Operations
Posted: September 17, 2021

Assistant Manager - Facilities Operations

This position reports to the Facilities Manager or designate and is part of the Facilities Management team.   

This position will be responsible to oversee operational work routines, liaise with organizational managers for facilities operational requirements, and provide direction and overview towards security, training and development of operating procedures.  

This full time position will require the candidate to embrace a flexible work schedule which includes primarily afternoon shifts (3pm-11:30pm) and occasional day and night shifts.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with co-ordination and development of training plans for Facilities staff
  • Assist Facilities Management with identifying and managing security, safety, maintenance and operational building requirements of the Stratford Festival's theatres and facilities
  • Assist with management of  building access security system, CCTV system monitoring and reporting (including key control and door control monitoring operations)
  • Manage and direct staff with respect to daily duties and responsibilities
  • Assist team in actively planning, scheduling and replacing staff as required to meet operational needs
  • Monitor compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to coordinate responses to activities and operational requests and requirements
  • Assist in the performance of the duties of Assistant Facilities Manager as required to cover absences
  • Perform on-call Facilities Management services on rotating basis

  Qualifications:

  • Experience developing training modules and delivery to staff
  • Experience tracking staff training and identifying any training gaps
  • Awareness and experience in building and property operations including safety and security
  • Minimum 5 years' experience managing or supervising in a unionized or professional services environment
  • Post-Secondary education in a related field or relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and respond to frequently changing demands and priorities in a timely manner
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Motivated and proactive team player with ability to follow through with multiple tasks at hand

Preference will be given to candidates with experience related to building security systems, security procedural planning and operational requirements.

This full time position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin October 2021.

Job Type: Full Time 

Annual Salary: $60,000 - $68,000

The Festival is working diligently toward a safe and healthy workplace for everyone.  We welcome applicants of every identity, and encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Deaf, disabled and 2SLGBTQ+ folks. We are committed to accommodating people with disabilities throughout the recruitment process and beyond. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible interview site, alternate format documents, ASL Interpreter, or Assistive Technology) during the recruitment and selection process, please let our Recruitment team know.

If you have the qualifications to fill this role and feel you could make a meaningful contribution to the Stratford Festival, please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter in a single PDF by 5:00pm on September 27, 2021 to:

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Assistant Manager - Facilities Operations

Membership Administrator
Posted: September 17, 2021

Membership Administrator  

This position reports to the Membership Manager or designate and is part of the Advancement team. The Membership Administrator is responsible for the timely acknowledgement of donations, preparing income tax receipts in accordance with CRA and IRS regulations and for the coordination and preparation of all solicitation mailings in the General Membership areas.

Responsibilities:

  • Preparation and mailing of solicitation and stewardship letters for membership program
  • In accordance with the CRA and IRS regulations prepare, mail/email and track of all donation receipts for the Advancement Department
  • Manage solicitation schedule for membership program
  • Coordinate and schedule Stratford Festival volunteers when needed
  • Represent the Festival in a positive and professional manner when responding to Members and patrons via phone and email regarding letters and receipts
  • Maintain inventory records for membership stationary including tracking, ordering and reviewing on a monthly basis
  • Participate in membership stewardship activities onsite and via mail
  • Assist in the planning and facilitation of major mailings
  • Participate in annual audit with Finance and external auditor
  • Assist when needed in the set up and deployment of marketing emails
  • Assist with the planning and execution of Member events

Qualifications:

  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Tessitura
  • Strong understanding of charity tax law and receipting  
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple project and meet deadlines
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience delegating and organizing volunteers and/or staff
  • Motivated and proactive team player

Preference will be given to candidates with experience using Tessitura and who have demonstrated work experience with Microsoft Word and specifically mail merge.

This full time position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin October 2021.

Job Type: Full Time 

Annual Salary: $33,000 - $40,000 

The Festival is working diligently toward a safe and healthy workplace for everyone.  We welcome applicants of every identity, and encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Deaf, disabled and 2SLGBTQ+ folks. We are committed to accommodating people with disabilities throughout the recruitment process and beyond. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible interview site, alternate format documents, ASL Interpreter, or Assistive Technology) during the recruitment and selection process, please let our Recruitment team know.

If you have the qualifications to fill this role and feel you could make a meaningful contribution to the Stratford Festival, please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter in a single PDF by 5:00pm on September 27, 2021 to:

 

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Membership Administrator

IT Technician – 12 Month Contract
Posted: September 21, 2021

IT Technician - 12 Month Contract

This position reports to the Manager of Information Technology or designate and is part of the Information Technology team. You will be responsible for resolving technical assistance requests for standard commercial and proprietary applications in a Windows 10 and Mac - networked environment

Responsibilities:

  • Provide support - both hardware and software - for incoming technical assistance requests
  • Record and maintain issues on Help Desk tracking software
  • Analyze and solve technical problems by effectively communicating with customers and IT staff
  • Escalate problems to Senior Team members when required
  • Configure and install computers, printers, monitors etc.
  • Lift and move computers, printers, monitors etc.
  • There will be some after hours work including a rotating on-call shift

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional phone skills with strong verbal and written abilities
  • Ability to prioritize, organize and work independently
  • Strong level of skill using / supporting Windows 10 Enterprise and Mac O/S X
  • Experience with Active Directory - managing users, groups and computers
  • Experience with Microsoft Office 2016/2019
  • Hands on experience using and troubleshooting PC hardware and peripherals
  • Experience installing Windows 10 Enterprise and Mac O/S X
  • Exposure to Parallels virtualized desktop environment
  • Networking experience - Switches, Routers, Wireless APs

Preference will be given to candidates with a post-secondary diploma or higher in Information Technology or a related field.

This full time contract position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin as soon as possible.

Job Type: Full time contract (12 month) with possibility of extension

Annual Salary: $42,840 - $51,409

The Festival is working diligently toward a safe and healthy workplace for everyone.  We welcome applicants of every identity, and encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Deaf, disabled and 2SLGBTQ+ folks. We are committed to accommodating people with disabilities throughout the recruitment process and beyond. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible interview site, alternate format documents, ASL Interpreter, or Assistive Technology) during the recruitment and selection process, please let our Recruitment team know.

If you have the qualifications to fill this role and feel you could make a meaningful contribution to the Stratford Festival, please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter in a single PDF by 5:00pm on October 5, 2021 to:

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: IT Technician

Head of Design
Posted: September 9, 2021

Head of Design  

Reporting to the Artistic Director and the Director of Production, you are the leader of the Festival's Design Department.   In doing so you ensure design supports the vision of the Artistic Director and the goals of the Stratford Festival.    You are responsible for facilitating the design process and liaising with all Designers and Assistant Designers throughout the season. The position is part of the Production management team and collaborates on the leadership of the Production Department.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in season planning with a specific-focus on the design production process
  • Ensure that diversity and inclusion is a priority in the selection of each season's designers
  • Engage in long-term planning of building or other capital projects
  • Act as a liaison for all Designers and provide support as required
  • Provide orientation and onboarding for returning and new Designers
  • Share information about season design with audience-facing departments including marketing, advancement, education and audience development
  • Facilitate mentorship and training opportunities for Assistant Designers
  • Foster and promote the growth of Assistant Designers through relationship-building
  • Lead the development of the training program for assistant designers
  • Gather feedback and look towards improving the design process in subsequent seasons

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years' experience as a theatre designer
  • Training or experience working in design, theatre production or related fields
  • Comprehensive understanding of how each design discipline intersects
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Collaborative and positive attitude
  • Ability to successfully manage, mentor, and maintain relationships with others
  • Experience working in a repertory and/or unionized environment is an asset, but not a requirement

This full time contract position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin in November 2021. This position will require the successful candidate to embrace a flexible work schedule, working on-site and remote when required.

Job Type: Full Time Contract (24-month term)

Annual Salary: $68,459 - $85,574

The Festival is working diligently toward a safe and healthy workplace for everyone.  We welcome applicants of every identity, and encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Deaf, disabled and 2SLGBTQ+ folks. We are committed to accommodating people with disabilities throughout the recruitment process and beyond. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible interview site, alternate format documents, ASL Interpreter, or Assistive Technology) during the recruitment and selection process, please let our Recruitment team know.

If you have the qualifications to fill this role and feel you could make a meaningful contribution to the Stratford Festival, please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter in a single PDF by 5:00pm on September 24, 2021 to:

 

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Head of Design

DIRECTOR, EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Posted: February 12, 2021
Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: DIRECTOR, EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

AUDITIONS

The Festival is intent on continuously evolving its understanding of equity, inclusion and anti-racism. We welcome actors of every identity and encourage artists who identify as First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Black, People of Colour, D/deaf, disabled and the 2SLGBTQ+ community. 

We are committed to accommodating people with disabilities throughout the auditioning process. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible audition site, ASL Interpreter, or Assistive Technology) please let us know when submitting your request to audition.

General Auditions are customarily held annually across Canada, usually between late January and early March. Due to the pandemic, we did not hold in-person General Auditions this year, and we are hopeful that we may resume these auditions in 2022. Audition notices will be posted in several locations including this website, the Equity e-Drive and Casting Workbook.

Actors selected to audition are asked to prepare two contrasting monologues; at least one should be a Shakespeare speech and each monologue should be no longer than two minutes. As our goal is to meet as many new artists as possible each year, we ask that you do not submit an audition request if you have been seen in the previous 2 years.

If you would like to be considered for an audition, and are eligible to work in Canada (as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident) please send your headshot and resume to casting@stratfordfestival.ca. Please include "General Auditions" in the subject line of your email.

Members of Canadian Actors' Equity are given priority when appointments are scheduled.

Non-Equity child and jobber auditions are usually held in the fall. Please check the website in September and October for postings and details about these auditions.


AUDITIONS FOR THE 2022 BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATORY:

OUT OF RESPECT FOR INDIGENOUS ARTISTS WHO ARE IN DEEP MOURNING AT THIS TIME, THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS EXTENDED TO JUNE 7.

Auditions:                            Monday July 5, 2021 - audition invitations to be sent by June 17
Call backs:                           Fall 2021 - date TBD

Please submit photo and resume to: casting@stratfordfestival.ca. Please put 2021 CONSERVATORY in the subject line.

Start date:                         Monday, January 24, 2022 - The Conservatory is a 2 yr. commitment.
End date:                          Monday, December 18, 2023 - Date are approximate and subject to change.
Contract type:                  Conservatory Participant, Letter of Agreement

Audition requirements:
If you receive an invitation to audition, please submit a self-tape. Your self-tape should include: 

  • an introduction
  • 2 contrasting Shakespeare monologues
  • 1 contemporary monologue and/or a piece of music (self-accompanied, if you wish)
  • each monologue should be no more than 1.5 minutes in length
  • you may present one of your monologues in a language other than English, if you wish 
  • please conclude your tape telling us why you would like to audition for the Birmingham Conservatory

*These self-tapes are not expected to be studio quality. We understand that each artist will be using whatever resources are available to them.*

Comments:
In present artistic circles, the use of the word “Conservatory” can refer to an imperialist, white supremacist, patriarchal desire to conserve the exclusionary practices of the past. However, as the Stratford Festival consciously works to recognize its involvement with these practices, our objective is to employ the word “Conservatory” to refer to an incubator and sanctuary for tender plants, a place where they may flourish and grow, a place where they can establish themselves. It is designed for artists who have acquired foundational training (either from a theatre school, or a non-conventional, experiential learning process) and have two to five years of professional experience. The Birmingham Conservatory is a paid two-year intensive where artists are invited to further develop their voice and craft alongside and within the professional environment of the Festival’s repertory company. Diversity in our workplace, in our audiences and on our stages fosters a rich and creative environment. We welcome applicants of every identity, and encourage artists from Indigenous, Inuit, Metis, Black, People of Colour, Deaf, disabled and 2SLGBTQ+. For more information about the Birmingham Conservatory please click here.

Director of Conservatory: Janine Pearson
Casting Director: Beth Russell
Artistic Associate, Casting: Marcel Stewart
Casting Assistant: Jennifer Emery
Contact info: casting@stratfordfestival.ca