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Director Of Production

Director of Production

  • Full Time
  • Toronto, ON
  • Applications have closed.
  • Salary: Competitive – Commensurate with experience

Website Canadian Stage Company

Canadian Stage Company

POSITION TITLE: Director of Production

STATUS: Full-time permanent

START DATE: Immediately

SALARY:  Competitive – Commensurate with experience



Reporting to the Executive Producer, the full-time Director of Production (DoP) management position is a fundamental part of the company’s senior management team, responsible for managing all aspects of production and building operations.

DIRECT REPORTS:           Production Manager

Technical Director

Building Operations Manager

Head of Properties

Contract and seasonal staff (Stage Managers, Production Co-ordinator, Production Assistants)



  • Prepares and documents, under the management of the Executive Producer, the annual production budgets, including all productions, production overhead, production facility maintenance, long term theatre maintenance, and capital acquisitions.
  •  Administers the production budgets as approved by the Executive Producer, including, but not limited to:
    • monitors all direct production expenses on a daily basis
    • authorizes all direct production expenses, either directly or through Department heads
    •  maintains, with the assistance of the Technical Director and Production Manager, a full set of Production Accounts, and labour cost records
    • reports monthly on the status of all direct production budgets to the Artistic  Director, Executive Director, Executive Producer and Controller
    • monitors and authorizes all production overhead expenses
    • monitors and authorizes approved production related capital purchase and projects
    • prepares any capital related financial reports required by the Executive Director
    • works with Production Manager in the reconciliation of all co-productions.
  • Approves all production related time sheets:
    • prepares production payroll summary for the payroll department
    • ensures that all Federal and Provincial labour regulations are respected
    • ensures that all Union agreements are respected.
  •  In conjunction with the Executive Producer and Executive Director, advises and assists the Controller with any changes to the accounting procedures related to any areas of production.


  •  Prepares the Production Calendar;
    • prepares and publishes individual production timetables, including design deadlines, construction starts, etc.
    • ensures that the financial requirements of the Season Calendar are in line with the corporate budgets of the Company.
    • responsible for the staffing of the Production Department:
    • directly responsible for the hiring, firing, discipline, and morale of the Technical Director, Production Manager, Building Services Manager, and Head of Properties
    • directly responsible for the hiring, firing, discipline, and morale of all seasonal production staff
    •  ensures that seasonal production staff compensation is accounted for in the company’s departmental, production, production overhead or corporate budgets, as applicable
    •  in consultation with the Artistic Director, Executive Director, Executive Producer, Production Manager and Director, is responsible for the hiring, firing, discipline and morale of stage managers, assistant stage managers, and apprentice stage managers.
    •  in consultation with the Artistic Director, Executive Director and Executive Producer, is responsible for the hiring, firing and discipline of all Designers.
    • negotiates contracts for all Designers
  •  In conjunction with the Health and Safety Committee, the Technical Director, House Manager(s) and Building Operations Manager, establishes and maintains Emergency Procedure Policies.
  •  In conjunction with Canadian Stage Health and Safety Committee Safety Committee ensures that the facility operates in safe and responsible manner.
  • Within Canadian Stage planning process, takes responsibility for production capital and infrastructure planning.
  • Maintains production staff resume files.
  •  Chairs weekly Production Department Staff Meetings.
  • Participates in weekly Producers meetings.
  • Represents the Production Department at weekly senior staff meetings.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, negotiates and manages the IATSE and other collective bargaining contracts.
  • Establishes and maintains Policies and Procedures as related to all areas of Production.


Direct Production

  • In consultation with the Technical Director, allocates human and material resources among the Bluma Appel Theatre, Berkeley Theatres, High Park Amphitheatre and any touring productions.
  • In consultation with the Technical Director, Designer, Artistic Director, Executive Director, Executive Producer and Director, is the lead arbitrator between artistic desires and the budget realities. Final arbitration rests with the Executive Director.
  • In conjunction with the Technical Director, ensures that the production requirements of each production are met effectively and economically and on time.
  • Ensures that effective communications are taking place between all members of the production team.
  • Keeps Artistic Director, Executive Director and Executive Producer apprised of the status and related issues of all production problems.
  • In conjunction with the Technical Director, maintains the budget of the Production.
  •  In conjunction with the Technical Director, and the Stage Manager, establishes the Production Schedule for each show.
  • Provides advice and guidance as required to the Technical Director and to all Department Heads.
  • Leads all production meetings.
  • In conjunction with the Technical Director(s) ensure that all aspects of a production are safe both for the performers and crew and for the public.
  • Authorizes overtime as required.
  • Is present on a regular basis in the theatre, for all load-ins, tech weeks, preview periods and load-outs, as is appropriate.
  • Attends technical and dress rehearsals and assists and advises the Technical Director as necessary.
  • Maintains lead relationship with the IATSE House crews at each venue.


Building Operations

  • In consultation with the  Building Operations Manager, oversees Building and Operations budgets and activities, including maintenance and general upkeep, building security, and liaison with the City of Toronto
  • Other related duties as assigned



Founded in 1987, Canadian Stage is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit contemporary performing arts organizations. The company produces, presents, commissions, and collaborates with multiple partners on cross-disciplinary work with a focus on performance styles that integrate theatre, dance, film, visual arts and more. Sharing innovative and vibrant performance work from Canada and around the world, the company stages an annual season at three Toronto venues (The Bluma Appel Theatre at Civic Theatres Toronto; The Berkeley Street Theatre; and the High Park Amphitheatre), in addition to running a series of artist training through our MFA in Theatre Stage Direction in collaboration with York University, RBC Emerging Artist Program, and TD  Programs, Canadian Stage has established a distinct place within the national cultural landscape. Operating in the culturally vibrant downtown east end of Toronto, Canadian Stage is a home for new, challenging dynamic art forms, as well as an incubator and exporter of leading edge contemporary and multidisciplinary activity. Our vision is to be a catalyst to shape, revitalize, and animate the physical and social character of our ever-changing neighbourhood around arts and cultural activities. For more information, visit


Submit a letter of interest and CV to­­­­­ Lisa Traini, by FRIDAY 28 September, 2018 via email: Please note “CS Director of Production” as the subject line. No telephone inquiries, please.

We thank everyone who applies, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications are considered confidential. Canadian Stage welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


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