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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:

Posted: April 6, 2021

Director of Human Resources

Reporting to the Administrative Director, the Director of Human Resources will provide overall human resources leadership and support to the Stratford Festival. Within this generalist role, the position implements and oversees policy development and human resources practices to support a positive, professional, fair, and safe work environment for its 1000+ staff and contracted artists.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain policies and procedures to meet legal requirements and support best employment and Health & Safety practices
  • Advise managers and supervisors regarding employment matters, from the perspective of legal rights and responsibilities and best practices
  • Advise employees on current human resources policies and programs, as well as general advice on problem solving with respect to their employment relationship with the Festival
  • Act as a representative of the Festival in labour relations matters
  • Provide interpretation of collective agreements to management and staff
  • Oversee the Health & Safety program for the organization to ensure legal compliance and best practices are followed
  • Manage the organization's compensation structure and job evaluation program 
  • Provide leadership on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs for Festival staff and patrons
  • Oversee payroll staff and ensure that payroll practices are in compliance with legislation, policies and collective agreement requirements
  • Ensure the Festival's HRIS system is kept up to date and all security and reporting requirements are met 
  • Oversee the Company Accommodations program
  • Oversee the organization's benefit programs
  • Oversee employee communications activities and programs
  • Oversee all employee recognition programs
  • Manage budgets and allocation of funds for training programs
  • Provide direct guidance and supervision to the Human Resources department staff
  • Set and monitor budgets for the human resources department

Qualifications:

  • University Degree or equivalent education and experience in a field related to Human Resource Management, Arts, or Commerce
  • CHRP or CHRL designation is required
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in a senior human resource role
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team setting
  • Exceptional organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience in a unionized environment

The ideal candidate will have prior experience in a cultural or not-for-profit environment, or a strong interest in the performing arts.

This is a full-time position with requirements to work both remotely and onsite as require at the Festival Theatre in Stratford, Ontario.

Job Type: Full Time

Annual Salary: $93,000-$116,000

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 May 9, 2021 to:

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

Posted: April 7, 2021

Payroll Coordinator

Reporting to the Payroll Manager, your primary focus will be to administer accurate, efficient and timely payroll for employees and independent contractors. This position reports to the Payroll Manager and is part of the Human Resources team.  

Responsibilities:

  • Administer payroll for 1000+ employees, self-employed contractors and non-residents on a weekly and bi-weekly payroll using Ceridian Dayforce
  • Process and balance payroll information including but not limited to master file changes, earnings, deductions, expenses, adjustments, leaves, new hires, terminations and year-end tax documents
  • Maintain all payroll related record keeping
  • Act as primary payroll contact for several departments and provide a timely response from inquiries to managers and employees
  • Process electronic ROEs and other payroll related forms/documentation accurately as required
  • Prepare various payroll and management reports
  • Provides support to the Payroll Manager for payroll related projects and duties as required
  • Administer 9 collective agreements within compliance
  • Audits payroll earnings, deduction and payroll registers for accuracy and obtaining necessary approvals
  • Assists with the development, testing and implementation of changes to the payroll system
  • Balance and reconcile general ledger payroll accounts and remittances on a monthly basis

 Qualifications:

  •  Canadian Payroll Association - PCP designation or currently working towards designation
  • 1-3 years of hands on experience in full cycle payroll processing including time and attendance tracking
  • Experience with and or working knowledge of Ceridian Dayforce is an asset
  • Experience administering a unionized payroll with excellent analytical problem solving skills, attention to detail and accuracy
  • Solid comprehension and understanding of payroll/timekeeping practices, employment legislation, CRA regulations and accounting principles
  • Attention to detail with the ability to work in a highly organized fashion where accuracy, urgency and confidentiality are critical
  • Superb customer service skills along with excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft applications (Excel, Word) with adaptability to learn new applications
  • A self-starter with strong planning and organization skills

This full time, position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin immediately. This position requires the candidate to work both onsite and remotely when required.

Job Type: Full Time

Annual Salary: $43,300 - $54,000

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 April 23, 2021 to:

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

Posted: April 6, 2021

ROKU & Android Developer - Intermediate

(12 Month Contract) 

This position reports to the Interim Director of IT.  This role is responsible for developing the Stratford Festival's native app platforms in order to enhance our STRATFEST@HOME streaming video service on Smart TVs, mobile and tablet. Our goal is to let subscribers to STRATFEST@HOME watch their favorite Festival content across different devices effortlessly, with intelligent search, insightful discovery and community interaction made easy. In short, we're building the digital arts watching experience that we've always wanted for ourselves.

Responsibilities:

  • Write clean, concise, readable code that follows common design patterns while adhering to best engineering practices
  • Strive to constantly improve quality of engineering through code reviews, tech talks, pair programming and other collaborative practices
  • Understand business needs and design quality software solutions that work well within the wider architecture
  • Push technical boundaries and propose new processes and technologies
  • Ensure quality and confidence in software by writing effective automated unit tests
  • Design and develop high-quality code
  • Test, debug, analyze and fix application problems/issues
  • Work closely with stakeholders to fix issues in a timely fashion

 Qualifications:

  • Knowledgeable of web services and data driven application architecture
  • Extremely proficient in BrightScript, SceneGraph Framework, Java and/or Kotlin
  • Familiar with the Android ecosystem including feature sets and best practices across devices and operating system versions
  • 5+ years of mobile development experience

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with: Eclipse IDE, Visual Studio .Net C#, HTML, JS, CSS and developing video streaming apps for use on other Smart TV operating systems.

This contract will begin immediately for 12 months. This position may be performed remotely or onsite work in Stratford, Ontario.

Job Type: 12 Month Contract

Annual Salary: $51,000-$70,000 based on work experience

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 April 23, 2021 to:

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: ROKU & Android Developer – Intermediate

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

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