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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:

Education Associate – 2 Positions Available
Posted: July 22, 2021

Education Associate - 2 Positions Available

This full time contract position reports to the Director of Education or designate and is part of the Education Department team.  

There are two full-time, temporary contract positions available from August/September 2021 until December 2022.

Responsibilities:

  • Creating and delivering student and youth programs both within and outside of school contexts;
  • Developing and administering teacher professional learning programs and resources;
  • Stewarding partnerships with schools (elementary to post-secondary) and community organizations;
  • Planning and administering lifelong learning events and programs;
  • Providing support to teaching artists facilitating educational programming;
  • Collaborating with and creating resources in connection with artistic programming;
  • Liaising with Archives, Artistic, Advancement, Marketing, Sponsorship and other departments;
  • Providing copy and web updates;
  • Reporting on key programs.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Education with training in Drama/Theatre or equivalent training/experience
  • Experience working with young people and learners of all ages
  • Experience working in arts administration
  • Proven record of implementing systems to support Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent administration, organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Engaged, collaborative and interested in learning
  • Proficient with Microsoft applications (Excel, Word, Outlook)
  • Driver's License preferred

Programming is year-round and takes place virtually, onsite at the Festival and onsite at various locations in Ontario and Michigan. Some travel, evening and weekend work is required.

Job Type: Full time, temporary contract

Annual Salary: $46,450 - $60,000

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 5pm on August 9, 2021 to:

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Education Associate

Forum Assistant (10 Week Contract)
Posted: July 30, 2021

Forum Assistant (10 Week Contract)

This position reports to the Associate Producer, The Meighen Forum and Digital Programming or designate and is part of the Director's Office team.  The Meighen Forum includes both events produced for live audiences on our Stratford campus and events produced and recorded for online distribution to audiences around the world.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Associate Producer, The Meighen Forum and Digital Programming to research potential Forum guests to assemble detailed background  information and summarize the material
  • Actively participate in development meetings providing input and suggestions and assist in future planning including schedule development and researching potential guests
  • Oversee Forum events to ensure smooth operation
  • Draft invitations to potential guest for future Forum events
  • Coordinate prep meetings, recordings and approvals
  • Coordinate marketing assets for Forum events including images, descriptions and photos
  • Track guest honorariums and payments

Qualifications:

  • Post-Secondary Education in an Arts or Communications program and/or equivalent work experience
  • Strong writing and research, documentation skills required
  • A keen awareness of local, national, and international events and the Canadian arts landscape with an ability to generate innovative ideas for the Forum events 
  • High level of self-discipline to effectively organize, execute and deliver assignments on deadline 
  • Training and/or experience in film/TV or digital recording will be an asset 
  • Solid interpersonal skills 
  • A high level of confidentiality is required on all work performed 
  • Proven ability to work independently and in a team setting 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

Must be highly organized, detail-oriented and methodical with an ability to multi-task.

This is a full-time contract position begins as soon as possible and will require the successful candidate to work both remotely and onsite. 

Job Type: Contract (10 weeks)

Hourly Rate: $20-23 per hour

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 August 9, 2021 to:

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Forum Assistant (10 Week Contract)

Health & Safety and Disability Coordinator
Posted: August 4, 2021

Health & Safety and Disability Coordinator

Reporting to the Human Resources Manager, the Health & Safety and Disability Coordinator will be responsible for administering the organization's occupational health and safety and disability management programs. 

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the Stratford Festival's health & safety program is compliant and adhering to all applicable legislation related to the OHSA, WHMIS 2015 and WSIB
  • Provide leadership and guidance to management and staff in all areas of health & safety including organizing training, site inspections/audits, investigations, hazard assessments, policy creation and annual review
  • Work with the JHSC scheduling meetings, taking minutes and following through with appropriate internal stakeholders on health & safety initiatives
  • Liaise with the Ministry of Labour, interpret government regulations and compile and prepare reportin
  • Provide advice and guidance to managers and staff regarding the disability program
  • Liaise with both internal and external stakeholders to adjudicate and manage claims, support employees and facilitate safe and timely return to work and accommodation for non-complex short term absences, long term disability, and WSIB claims
  • Keep records of all safety related issues and ensure corrective measures are in place

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 1 year of progressively responsible health & safety program experience; or a combination of disability claims and health and safety experience
  • Post-secondary education or certificate in Health & Safety or Human Resources Management
  • Excellent working knowledge of occupational health and safety legislation and best practice procedures, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Ontario Human Rights Code, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
  • A thorough working knowledge of WSIB claims management and safety inspection processes
  • Demonstrated ability to implement and administer programs on an organization wide level
  • Experience developing and facilitating health and safety training
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience in a unionized environment with exposure to understanding and applying collective agreement provisions an asset
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines

Preference will be given to candidates with experience working within the performing arts industry.

This full time, position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin September 2021. This position requires the candidate to work both onsite and remotely when required.

Job Type: Full time

Annual Salary: $46,000-58,000

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 5:00pm on August 11, 2021 to:

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Health & Safety and Disability Coordinator

Technical Director – Avon Theatre
Posted: July 30, 2021

Technical Director - Avon Theatre

The Avon Theatre is located in downtown Stratford and contains the Avon & Studio stages, rehearsal halls and public areas.  Reporting to the Director of Production, as part of the Production Management Team

Responsibilities:

  • Implement technical aspects for productions, events and activity within the Avon Theatre
  • Evaluating designs and proposals for safety and financial feasibility
  • Evaluating designs and proposals regarding changeover and relationship within the repertory season
  • Ensuring that productions fall within established budgets & schedules
  • Preparation of season cash flow and regular forecasting of financial accounts
  • Planning and scheduling of onstage technical events
  • Management of unionized department heads
  • Advising production management on all technical aspects of productions, tours, schedules, technical facilities and equipment of the Avon Theatre
  • Ensuring adherence to the Health & Safety policies of the Stratford Festival

Qualifications:

  • Minimum five years' experience as a Technical Director in a unionized environment
  • Advanced knowledge in Vectorworks or AutoCAD and Microsoft Office
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Self-motivated and flexible
  • Excellent team player
  • Collaborative and positive attitude

Preference will be given to applicants with experience creating new productions for a proscenium theatre, working in a repertory environment and touring.  A degree in Theatre Production is considered an asset.

This full time position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin October 2021. This position will require the successful candidate to embrace a flexible work schedule, working on-site and remote when required.

Job Type: Full time

Annual Salary: $85,000-$90,000

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 5:00pm on August 27, 2021 to:

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Technical Director – Avon Theatre

Stage Door (Casual)
Posted: July 28, 2021

Stage Door (Casual)

This position reports to the Facilities management team and is part of the Facilities team. This position is a coverage position for Stage Door's vacation and sick time and there is no guarantee of hours.

Responsibilities:

  • Liaise with members of the public and internal staff
  • Monitoring and maintaining security of all Stratford Festival buildings
  • Completing communication logs
  • Controlling parking and access to loading docks
  • Shipping and receiving duties
  • Lifting, bending, pushing and pulling boxes and packages
  • Performing maintenance duties - Cleaning, room setup etc.

Qualifications:

  • Bondable with a valid Ontario Driver's License
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong computer skills - Microsoft Office

Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in security. The successful candidate will be required to complete various training including, but not limited to Standard First Aid /CPR/AED.

This unionized position is a casual position located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin immediately. Candidates must be available to work rotating twelve hour shifts and must be available evenings and weekends (including holidays).

Job Type: Casual

Hourly Rate: Currently $25.20

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 August 5, 2021 to:

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Stage Door (Casual)

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

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