Jobs and Auditions



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.


Posted: March 1, 2017

The Stratford Festival is seeking a visionary and innovative Director of Education to design and enhance its educational outreach activities. This position is responsible to develop and oversee all programs for the approximately 55 thousand students (elementary, secondary and post-secondary) who visit the Festival annually. The Director will develop a plan to meet the Festival's objective to draw more students and youth to the Festival by leading the education department staff to build a network and to introduce innovative resources and programs which will encourage Festival attendance.

The Director will cultivate partnerships and relationships among teachers, schools and school boards, post-secondary institutions, and arts and community organizations with the goal of developing educational programming that is engaging for this network. The Director will further energize students and teachers using digital platforms and other technological forms of curriculum delivery. This position will work in a collaborative and integrated fashion with the Marketing department to bring more students to Stratford and the Advancement department to garner more funds for the Festival. The Director will also work closely with the Directors' Office to coordinate enhancement activities for young patrons as part of the Festival's Forum.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in - and a passion for - drama and Shakespeare and will have either worked in an educational capacity for a large cultural organization, or will have prior experience in the elementary or secondary school system as a teacher. Candidates are expected to have post-secondary education at the Bachelor's or Master's level in theatre, English, or a related discipline, or equivalent experience as a teaching artist/instructor.  Experience in creating and delivering digital educational curriculum and knowledge about trends in digital learning are expected.  Proven strategic leadership abilities and the ability to work comfortably and collaboratively with the education team and other departments is required. 

This is a full-time position located in Stratford, ON.

Recognizing that diversity – in our workplace, in our audiences and on our stages – fosters a rich and creative environment, we welcome applicants with disabilities and are committed to accommodating them throughout the hiring process. We encourage all qualified applicants to provide a resume and cover letter in a single PDF document no later than May 1, 2017 to:

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
Subject: Director of Education


When are they held?

General auditions are held annually across the country, usually in February or March. Members of Canadian Actors’ Equity are given priority.  

How do the auditions work?

Actors selected to audition are asked to prepare two contrasting classical speeches, at least one Shakespearean.  Each monologue should be no longer than two minutes.  As audition slots are limited, we rarely see anyone who has auditioned in the previous 2 years.

How do I apply? 

If you would like to be considered for an audition, and are eligible to work in Canada (citizen, permanent resident, or work permit) please send your headshot and resume at any time by email. Please include "General Auditions" in the subject line of your email.

We Want You

If You – 

Have a passion for the arts

Have an enthusiastic, professional attitude

Are a team player

Believe quality really does matter

Are creative and self-motivated

Can communicate effectively