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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:

Lab Coordinator
Posted: May 10, 2022

Lab Coordinator (one year contract, with possibility of extension)

 

This position in supports the Laboratory and New Play Development, which includes the Festival's research and development initiatives, working closely with the Artistic Associate for Research & Development and with the Director of New Plays. As a member of the Directors' Office team, you will also assist in arrangements for the Festival's season as directed. This position also serves as an occasional substitute for the Festival's Company Manager.

  This position is ideally suited to an emerging theatre producer or arts manager.

 Responsibilities:

  •  Budget, arrange and support all phases of Laboratory and New Play Development activities, including workshops, residencies, commissions, etc.
  • Draft and track contracts and other paperwork for a variety of simultaneous projects.
  • Initiate and track payments and expenses, and ensure fulfillment of other contractual commitments.
  • Arrange travel and appointments, and serve as the main point of contact, for visiting artists.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders throughout the Festival.
  • General administrative duties, including data entry, proofing text, correspondence, filing, etc.
  • Represent the Festival with a high standard of professionalism with both internal and external contacts.
  •  Fulfill all responsibilities with an ethic of care, respect, and generosity.

  Qualifications:

  •  Exceptional communication skills, organization and attention to detail.
  • Well-versed in anti-oppressive producing practices and artist care.
  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Training and/or experience in an arts organization, particularly in unionized environments.
  • Experience producing projects involving artists from a range of backgrounds, identities, and practices. 
  • Ability to work independently and adapt to shifting priorities and timelines.
  • Collaborative team player.
  •  Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Particular consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate a passion and track record for empathetic and inclusive practices and working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, identities, and abilities.

 This is a full-time contract position, to begin as soon as possible. While the successful candidate will have the option of some remote work, many responsibilities of this position will require onsite presence on the Festival campus in Stratford, Ontario. Work hours are regularly Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, though occasional evenings and weekends (subject to compensatory time off) may be required.

 About The Lab:

 Founded by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino in 2013, the Laboratory is the Stratford Festival's research and development wing: a suite of experiments and investigations that drive our artistic and organizational evolution in an era of exciting cultural change.

 Advancing inclusive and innovative practice, the Lab…

  •  INCUBATES NEW WORKS for our stages by supporting long-term and unconventional development processes.
  • CONDUCTS EXPERIMENTS through our resident Lab Ensemble, to build our capacity to support other forms and cultural protocols, and to create new relationships with artists from across Canada and beyond.
  • BUILDS CONNECTIONS with the national artistic community by hosting and supporting gatherings of makers to share practices, questions, challenges and strategies.
  • FOSTERS ENSEMBLE by offering full-company sessions to encourage horizontal learning and build a shared spirit among the huge group of artists who come together at the Festival every season.
  • OPENS DIALOGUE, internally and externally, by creating spaces to reflect on the Festival's role as a heritage institution and the growth and change necessary to ensure that it remains a vital asset to Canada's cultural ecology.

 Like any successful R&D wing, the Lab will be agile and flexible in its response to the changing landscape. The scope of its activities will expand and shift as we identify new challenges and opportunities to serve our community of artists and audiences, locally, nationally and beyond.

 Job Type: One Year Contract, with possibility of extension

 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.

 As a condition of hire, all successful job candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of full vaccination at time of contracting. This condition is subject to the provisions of the Human Rights Code.

  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 May 20, 2022 

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Lab Coordinator

Scene Shop Manager
Posted: May 6, 2022

Scene Shop Manager

 The Scene Shop Manager is part of the production management team at the Stratford Festival reporting to the Director of Production. This position, based at our scenic workshops, manages the operation of the Scene Shop and the logistics involved in the construction and delivery of scenery to our stages. In partnership with the Technical Director-Scenic Construction, you ensure that work flow through the scenic carpentry, scenic art and other departments is efficient, safe, and timely. The active monitoring and accurate reporting on costs is essential to the success of the scenic construction process. This position also oversees the inventory and warehousing of past productions, scenery, and technical equipment.

 Responsibilities:

  •  Ensure the morale and staff of the Scene Shop is positive and focused on productivity.
  • Aid the technical management team by actively monitoring and reporting on costs, progress and status of projects.   
  • Prepare, maintain, and distribute the Scene Shop calendar/schedules keeping all up to-date with key deadlines, goals, progress and changes.
  • Create a project list for each production that details the approved projects and the budget allocated to each project.
  • Communicate the expectations of the construction schedule and/or projects with the Scene Shop department heads and staff; and assist with any challenges in meeting deadlines and budget.
  • Manage construction schedules and in cooperation with the respective Technical Directors, coordinate all activities related to scenery construction, scenic art, delivery of scenery, maintenance and improvements in order to meet deadlines as established by the schedules.
  • Manage and communicate the daily trucking, logistics and movement of scenery between the shop and stages.
  • Chair the weekly Scene Shop meeting including detailing the goals for the week. 
  • Coordinate changes and alterations to scenic stage effects as requested by the Technical Directors.  Ensure the repair and maintenance of production elements as necessary.
  • Coordinate any involvement between the Properties Department, the Scene Shop and Scenic Art with the Technical Directors.
  • Coordinate the rental of shows and liaise with the Directors' Office and other theatres as required.
  • Plan the external warehouse needs and advise on changes required as planning decisions are made.
  • Act as the liaison between the Scene Shop, Production Management Team, Stages, Departments and Designers.
  • Adhere to, implement, and enforce the Stratford Festival's Health and Safety Policy and Procedures guidelines.  Inform the Director of Production of any condition observed to be unsafe.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

         Qualifications:

  •  Post-Secondary or equivalent education and experience in a field related to theatre production.
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in technical theatre, preferably in a unionized environment.
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Strong verbal communication and leadership abilities are considered important attributes.
  • Understanding of budget forecasting.
  • Applicants with a degree in theatre production is considered an asset.

 This full-time position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will ideally begin in August/September, 2022.

 Job Type: Full-Time

 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.

 As a condition of hire, all successful job candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of full vaccination at time of contracting. This condition is subject to the provisions of the Human Rights Code.

  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 9:00am on June 6, 2022

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Scene Shop Manager

Associate Director of Research & Revenue
Posted: May 2, 2022

Associate Director of Research & Revenue

The Revenue and Research team, within the Marketing Department, is a trusted partner that departments across the organization can turn to for information when they need to make evidence based decisions relating to the audiences they serve and the revenue they deliver.

The Associate Director of Research & Revenue is responsible for delivering the marketing research and revenue strategy for the Stratford Festival, under the guidance of the Marketing Director - Revenue & Promotions, and the day-to-day operations of the Research and Revenue Team. 

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement all research, revenue and analytics strategies and operations in line with business needs, objectives, tracking needs and reporting standards
  • Plan and implement strategies for revenue maximization through performance scheduling, yield management, pricing recommendations, holds management and capacity management in collaboration with the Revenue Optimization Specialist
  • Prepare revenue and attendance forecasts for all shows and events in consultation with the Senior Director of Marketing and Audience Development, Marketing Director - Revenue & Promotions, and Revenue Optimization Specialist
  • Build systems to transform raw data into actionable business insights, including the interpretation of complex data sets and findings in simple to understand terms
  • Deliver effective, insightful and timely data analysis and reporting for Marketing leadership and other key departments (E.g. Advancement, Audience Development, Education and the Meighan Forum)
  • Design and deliver research programs to support business intelligence and customer engagement activities
  • Apply industry knowledge to interpret data and improve performance
  • Lead effective intra-departmental and cross-departmental communication, diplomacy and negotiation
  • Define company-wide metrics and relevant data sources and evangelize a spirit of data-driven mindset for the Stratford Festival
  • Supervises and mentors three full-time staff:  Revenue Optimization Specialist, Reporting Coordinator and Tessitura Administrator
  • Keep abreast of industry news and trends

Qualifications:

  • BSc/BA in Computer Science, Statistics, Data Management or a related field
  • 5 years combined experience with program and people management
  • Background in data analysis, reporting, market research and project management
  • Collaborative leader with effective communication and strong organizational abilities
  • Problem-solving aptitude
  • Expert experience with Excel, R, CRM (Tessitura preferred), surveying and surveying tools and business intelligence tools, including dashboards.
  • Ability to lead a high-performance hybrid team

Experience with yield management, dynamic pricing, pricing models and predictive modelling and/or SQL experience an asset.

This full time contract position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin as soon as possible.
This position may be performed remotely, but some onsite work in Stratford, Ontario will be required for project completion.

Job Type: Full time

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.

As a condition of hire, all successful job candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of full vaccination at time of contracting. This condition is subject to the provisions of the Human Rights Code.

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 May 22, 2022 to:

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Associate Director of Research & Revenue

Seasonal Maintenance (Housekeeping)
Posted: May 5, 2022

Seasonal Maintenance (Housekeeping)

 This position reports to the Head of Maintenance or designate and is part of the Facilities team. 

 Maintenance 1 Responsibilities: To perform cleaning and housekeeping duties inside and outside the Stratford Festival's facilities.  Duties and responsibilities shall include but not be limited to the following:

  •  Perform daily cleaning, housekeeping or other duties throughout all Stratford Festival facilities as assigned.  Use proper equipment and cleaning supplies at all times.
  • Daily cleaning duties but not limited to as follows:  sweep, mop, scrub, and floors.   Vacuum carpets, furniture, drapes and other fabrics.  Dust and clean walls, doors, windows, woodwork, blinds, and furniture.  Stocking and supplies to all areas as required.
  • Remove trash from all areas interior and exterior, including consolidating recyclable materials for pick-up.  Deliver trash and recycle bins to trash collection area.  Pick up of grounds as required.
  • Perform room set-up for meetings, lectures, conferences, special events, etc., as required.
  • To log, note, or otherwise participate in communication logs, checklists, inventory control, etc.
  • Notify the Head of Maintenance of repairs and maintenance work for the building and equipment.
  • To perform and assist with emergency maintenance duties as required, ie. Floods, spills, etc.
  • Respond in a professional, polite and helpful manner when liaising with patrons and staff. This includes communication and response with staff on radio headsets.
  • Adhere to the Festival's Health and Safety Policy and Procedures guidelines.  Comply with fire, safety and other emergency practices.  Inform the Facilities Manager/Head of Maintenance of any condition observed to be unsafe.
  • Perform other related duties within the job classification as assigned.

 Maintenance 1 Qualifications:

 Ability to perform the physical requirements of the job (regular light to moderate lifting and carrying; occasional heavy lifting (up to 50lbs)

 This seasonal unionized position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin as soon as possible.

 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.

 As a condition of hire, all successful job candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of full vaccination at time of contracting. This condition is subject to the provisions of the Human Rights Code.

  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 May 26, 2022 

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Seasonal Maintenance (Housekeeping)

Student Gardener
Posted: May 4, 2022

Student Gardener

 The Student Gardener will work under the direction of the Head Gardener.   They will share in the responsibilities of maintaining the Stratford Festival grounds and properties including the main Festival Theatre property, the Avon/Studio Theatre gardens, the Tom Patterson Theatre gardens and the Brunswick St. Warehouse facility. The grounds consist of extensive perennial beds, annuals, rose and carpet beds and the lawns that surround all the Festival Theatre buildings.

   Responsibilities:

  •  Perform general grounds and plant maintenance including, grass cutting, raking, edging, weeding, trimming, watering, mulching, planting, pond maintenance and other care for the lawns, gardens and container plants.
  • Clean up and removal of litter, leaves and debris from the grounds.
  • Power washing the sidewalks and parking surfaces.
  • Painting of exterior fixtures, handrails.
  • Assist Gardeners with other gardening tasks and duties as directed.

 Qualifications:

  •  Interest in gardening and ground care are preferred.
  • Past experience operating powered equipment such as leaf blowers, grass trimmers and lawn mowers with an interest in gardening and ground care are preferred.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills are expected as interaction with the public is required.
  • You must be able to work flexible hours including days, weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to meet the physical requirements of the job including: bending, lifting utilizing hand tools and working in various weather conditions.
  • Must provide own CSA approved footwear.

   This seasonal student position is a full-time contract position located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin in May until Labour Day with weekend work until November 2022.

 Job Type: Seasonal Contract

 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.

 As a condition of hire, all successful job candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of full vaccination at time of contracting. This condition is subject to the provisions of the Human Rights Code.

  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 May 18, 2022 

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Student Gardener

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.