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General & Artistic Director

General & Artistic Director

  • Full Time
  • Toronto, ON
  • Applications have closed.
  • Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Website theatrecentre The Theatre Centre

The Theatre Centre is a nationally recognized cultural hub where city building and the arts intersect. We believe that art is a powerful tool to engage citizens around issues vital to the growth of healthy, viable, and inclusive neighbourhoods. We seek to redefine what a theatre can be to its artists and community. We are convinced that theatre is a place of questions, not answers.

The Theatre Centre operates a live arts hub and incubator in the former Carnegie Library in Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood. Our core activities can be organized into five categories or “pillars”:

Residency is our new work program that provides artists with the resources of money, space, time and mentorship to create new works over long periods, from idea to production. Over thirty companies have benefitted from the program since 2005.

The Theatre Centre is commited to producing the production of these works.

In addition to our own productions, we present national and international productions, placing the work of Toronto artists in a global context.

The Theatre Centre regularly tours the work we produce to communities regionally, nationally and internationally.

Through a series of carefully co-designed programs, The Theatre Centre is committed to community engagement. By sharing our resources, we are changing the relationship a public has to an arts centre. We are asking audiences to reimagine our centre as a space where they can participate in civic life. We encourage our neighbours to think of us as a town hall.

The Theatre Centre seeks an inspiring General & Artistic Director who is genuinely passionate about the organization’s mission, has a talent for selecting the artists and ideas to be supported by the organization, who seeks and recognizes unique opportunities to engage in new partnerships and who is a champion and mentor to artists and staff.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the General & Artistic Director shares responsibility for the overall vision and management of the organization, is a collaborative partner to the senior management team, and is accountable for the following areas:

– Providing inspirational artistic leadership and selecting and refining the artists and artistic development programs;

– Realizing the vision of The Theatre Centre in collaboration with the Board and senior management;

– Maintaining and communicating the values, principals and vision of the organization, contributing to a healthy, inclusive and safe work atmosphere that inspires, motivates and supports excellence;

– In collaboration with the Board and senior management, establishing and overseeing the fiscal, operational and administrative direction of the company, always taking into consideration its long term sustainability;

– Creating collaborative and strategic partnerships with artists, funders, donors, sponsors and other creative and community organizations;

– Representing the work of the artists and seeking new opportunities and partners for their projects locally, nationally and internationally;

– Recognizing the importance of fundraising and placing a high priority on establishing and maintaining relationships with key donors, sponsors and other stakeholders;

– Overseeing effective and timely reporting to the Board of Directors and external stakeholders such as government funders.

Qualifications include, but are not limited to: 

– A demonstrated track record of inclusive leadership, vision and team building which inspires board, staff, volunteers, partners and funders to achieve the organization’s artistic, social and business goals;

– Well connected to, and knowledgeable about, the performing arts culture, programming trends and emerging artists in Toronto, across Canada and internationally;

– Demonstrated excellence in the production/direction of new work that is regarded as visionary and leading edge;

– Demonstrated excellence in the management of a growing organization; strong command of the business and financial administration of a not for profit company;

– Experience in managing change, including the ability to develop and implement long term plans, goals and strategies;

– Demonstrated experience engaging stakeholders and prospects in the organization’s vision and revenue generation;

– Experience in successfully building collaborative community partnerships;

– Experience working with a Board.

– Innovative artistic vision – sees art as a catalyst for dialogue and change;

– Natural relationship builder and connector; proven ability to build and nurture trusting relationships;

– Ability to convey a vision and map-out and manage an effective operational plan;

– Adept, diplomatic approach to problem solving;

– Operates at a high level of professionalism, emphasizing integrity, inclusivity and relationship building

Application Process 

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and a cover letter, stating their salary expectation, no later than March 31, 2019. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Theatre Centre thanks, in advance, all applicants, however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.  No agencies please.

The Theatre Centre is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities in all parts of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

Please send your resume and/or questions or requests for accommodation to

Date posted:  March 15, 2019

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