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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:

Wardrobe Apprentice
Posted: January 14, 2022

Wardrobe Apprentice

This introductory position gives the candidate a great overview of everyday activities within the wardrobe department. This seasonal full-time position reports to the Costume Director, or designate, and is part of the Wardrobe Department team.   

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates, monitors and maintains fitting room areas.
  • Assists in sewing tasks as required.
  • Assist in both wardrobe and crafts areas as required.
  • Provides cutters and design teams with items required for fittings.  
  • Ensures fitting rooms and storage areas are fully stocked and tidy.
  • Works with the Costume Buyers to complete notions inventory.
  • Tidy and help maintain fabric stock.
  • Work with design teams to move large costume racks. 

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary diploma, equivalent education or experience in costume construction is an asset.
  • Professional sewing experience required.
  • Organized with a strong ability to multi-task.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills.
  • Self-motivated with proven ability to work independently.
  • Must be available to work 40 hours per week plus overtime when required.

Preference will be given to candidates with professional sewing experience.

This Full Time Seasonal Contract position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin February 22, 2022.

Job Type: Full Time Seasonal Contract

Hourly Rate: $16.00

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 January 23, 2022 to:

 

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Wardrobe Apprentice

Costume Cutter
Posted: January 14, 2022

Costume Cutter

The Stratford Festival is looking to expand our wardrobe team and we are currently accepting applications for the position of Costume Cutter for the 2022 season. This position reports to the Costume Director or designate and is part of the Wardrobe Department team.   

Responsibilities:

  • Manage simultaneous workloads for multiple productions.
  • Interpret designs and take direction from designers to ensure all elements are included.
  • Distribute workloads amongst a sewing team of up to 6 sewers.
  • Provide training to your sewing team as required.
  • Meet multiple deadlines (Quick Change Reh, Tech Dress, Preview Notes, etc.). 

Qualifications:

  • Proven knowledge and experience in both men's and/or women's tailoring techniques.
  • Excellent knowledge and working experience in costume construction in (flat pattern making and draping techniques).
  • Working knowledge of costume history, period shapes and how to adapt them for theatrical costumes. 
  • Minimum of three (3) years' experience as a Costume Cutter in a professional theatre company, film industry or equivalent.
  • Works well under pressure.
  • Organized with excellent time management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and professionalism is required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is an asset.
  • Must be available to work 40 hours per week plus overtime when required.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in Repertory Theatre.

This Full Time Seasonal Contract position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin February 2022

Job Type: Full Time Seasonal Contract

Hourly Rate: $28.00-$36.00

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 January 23, 2022 to:

 

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Costume Cutter

Sewer/Tailor
Posted: January 14, 2022

Sewer/Tailor (multiple positions available)

The Stratford Festival is looking to expand out wardrobe team and we're currently accepting applications for the position of Sewer/Tailor for the 2022 season. We are looking for candidates with intermediate to senior level sewing experience. This position reports to their Cutter/Tailor and theCostume Director and is part of the Wardrobe Department team.   

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for completing sewing tasks within a timely manner.
  • Proficiency, accuracy and independent sewing required.
  • Positive work ethic and willingness to learn new techniques.
  • Willingness to take direction and improve upon current skills and speed.

Qualifications:

  • The sewer/tailor needs to be proficient in the following skills:
    • Flat basting, tailor tacking, hand finishing.
    • Ability to build collars, cuffs and bum rolls without supervision.
    • Confident in fine hand finishing, working with multiple layers and difficult fabrics.
    • Ability to set in a variety of zippers, sleeves, collars and complete pockets.
    • Basic understanding of doublet and/or bodice construction, trouser construction, cartridge pleating, robes and capes, unstructured coats, basic jackets and waistcoat construction.
  • Ability to understand the Cutter's and First Hand's step by step instructions.
  • Must be available to work 40 hours per week plus overtime when required.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience sewing historical costumes.

This Full Time Seasonal Contract position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin March 2022. 

Job Type: Full Time Seasonal Contract

Annual Salary: $16.00 - $28.00

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 January 23, 2022 to:

 

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Sewer/Tailor

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