Jobs and Auditions

CAREERS AND AUDITIONS

APPLYING FOR JOBS

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:

Posted: January 12, 2021

Company Manager (seasonal contract)  

Reporting to the Producer, the Company Manager is a key member of the Directors' Office team with overall responsibility for ensuring that Festival company members - including actors, creative teams, artisans and staff - are supported throughout their engagements. This position is the first point of contact for many people, and is an essential contributor to building a welcoming creative environment.  

Responsibilities:

  • Arrange travel and orientation for visiting artists, including preparation of the Company Handbook
  • Maintain the Festival's relationships with a wide variety of medical and wellness providers, managing  appointments, assisting with insurance, and providing other administrative support
  • Model and promote respect in the workplace and all forms of health and safety, including mental health and anti-oppression, and serve as a member of the Festival's Joint Health & Safety Committee
  • Liaise with all Festival departments to ensure support for all members of the Festival company
  • Liaise with unions and associations in matters of membership and insurance
  • Support special events, including opening nights, promotional appearances, touring activity, etc.
  • Administrative and other duties as assigned 
  • Fulfill all responsibilities with an ethic of care, respect, and generosity  

Requirements:

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task and demonstrate grace and kindness under pressure
  • Attention to detail and strong communication skills are essential, including proficiency 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 artists from a wide variety of backgrounds, identities, and abilities  

This position is ideally suited to individuals with management and coordination experience and a passion for the arts who are interested in bringing their experience to support theatre-makers at a national institution. Experience in performing arts, the hospitality industry or other human-centered, fast-paced, highly changeable environments is strongly preferred. Successful candidates must pass a background check including vulnerable sector.  

This is a Full-Time Contract position with requirements to work both remotely and onsite as required at the Festival in Stratford, Ontario. This seasonal contract will begin March 2021 for approximately six months. During the season the company manager is expected to work Tuesday through Sunday, and is typically on-call after hours, so flexibility is essential as hours will vary.

Compensation: based on $50,000 to $60,000 annual full time salary; salary will be pro-rated based on contract length.

The Festival is creating 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 January 26, 2021 to:



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

Posted: January 8, 2021

Shift Engineer (4th Class)   

This position reports to the Chief Engineer and is part of the Facilities Department.     

Responsibilities:

  • Operate, maintain, inspect and repair high/low pressure steam or high temperature water boilers
  • Operate and maintain HVAC equipment
  • Monitor plant equipment to assure optimum efficiency and to prevent or reduce downtime and maintenance costs. Test and control boiler water, condensate, cooling tower water and add corrective chemicals as required. Includes cooling towers, pumps, motors and related equipment
  • Perform routine as well as unscheduled maintenance on physical plant equipment.  Determine causes of failure / problems and take appropriate corrective action
  • Perform preventative maintenance and filter changes according to established schedules and operational requests and guidelines
  • Operate and respond to fire panel and fire system needs
  • Operate and maintain U.P.S. and Emergency Power back-up systems. Includes Diesel Generators (shared equipment with Electrician)
  • Perform and assist with minor electrical repairs and installation. Example:  light fixtures, ballasts, switches, motors, etc.
  • Perform Repairs/maintenance/replacement to facilities operational equipment
  • Operate and repair company waste treatment equipment. Perform basic plumbing / repairs and installations. Maintain and repair sanitary/wastewater/storm drain systems
  • Monitor external contractors when inspecting or repairing equipment
  • Keep logs of plant operations and records maintenance and repair work performed.  Document all necessary information
  • Perform emergency repairs as required to base building and operational functions and equipment

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 4th Class Stationary Engineer Certificate
  • Experience with Microsoft Office
  • Experience with building automated system programming
  • Working knowledge of fire alarm systems
  • Valid driver's license with a clean drivers abstract

This full time unionized position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin immediately. Candidates will be required to work a flexible work schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays as scheduled. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in Siemens Insight Apogee/Desigo and Carrier Iview systems.

Job Type: Full Time

The Festival is creating 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 January 22, 2021 to:



Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Shift Engineer

Posted: January 5, 2021

Stage Manager

This is a Stage Manager position for a workshop of Death and The King's Horseman by Wole Soyinka, directed by Tawiah M'Carthy. We require a Canadian Actors' Equity Association Stage Manager to support the creative team with a week long online (Zoom) workshop from January 18 - 23, 2021.  This position will ensure the planning and coordination of the workshop. This position reports to and receives direction from ted witzel, Artistic Associate - Lab throughout the workshop process, and will be part of the Director's Office team.

Responsibilities:

  • Run Zoom meetings for rehearsals
  • Maintain daily schedule and distribute to Artists
  • Manage script changes and send updates to Artists as applicable
  • Read stage directions when required by Director
  • Time each reading/scene
  • Ensure adequate breaks are provided
  • Provide support to creative team as needed
  • Work with Director to establish and maintain a healthy and generative work environment
  • Maintain an online resource pool (Dropbox, Google Drive etc.)
  • Maintain records as necessary to advise the theatre and equity on matters of company discipline, overtime, meal breaks, working environment, health and safety

Qualifications:

  • Qualified Canadian Actors' Equity Association Stage Manager
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Previous experience in a production administrative role 
  • Experience with online meeting platforms such as Zoom
  • Experience maintaining an online resource pool (Dropbox, Google Drive etc.)  

This one week contract will require the candidate to work remotely beginning January 18, 2021 until January 23, 2021.

Job Type: Contract - 1 week from January 18-23, 2021 

The Festival is creating 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 January 12, 2021 to:



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

AUDITIONS

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. Youth auditions are held in the fall. Please check the website in September and October for postings about youth auditions.

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