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Dramaturgy Intern

Dramaturgy Intern

  • Internship
  • Toronto, ON
  • Applications have closed.

Website Canadian Stage Company

Canadian Stage Company

POSITION TITLE: Dramaturgy Intern

STATUS: Part time, 16 hours per week for 20 weeks

START DATE:Week of Nov 26, 2018 (Interviews will take place the week of Nov 19, 2018.)

Canadian Stage, one of Canada’s leading professional non-profit theatres, is searching for a Dramaturgy Intern to join the artistic team. Reporting to the Dramaturg & Artistic Associate, Birgit Schreyer Duarte, this Intern position offers an excellent opportunity to be exposed to the overall artistic activities of a large theatre organization, but will have a strong dramaturgical focus.

Main activities include tasks related to season programming (researching and evaluating new plays and projects, assessing touring productions for potential programming), and new play development (where applicable). If the internship falls into the production period of Canadian Stage, tasks may also include assisting in production dramaturgy (accompanying a production with research support and artistic feedback before and during the rehearsal phase). The successful candidate will also gain knowledge and experience in running Professional Development programs, such as the OAC’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program in which Canadian Stage participates as a third-party recommender and which fosters and supports theatre artists, both established and emerging voices. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to shadow other activities in the artistic department, as they may also be asked to assist the larger artistic team when needed.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Assisting with the research and organization of prospective projects for upcoming  seasons
  • Processing new plays as they are acquired, entering them into the play library and  archival system
  • Reading and analyzing plays and discussing their programming potential with supervisor
  • Conducting research on plays and playwrights, providing context and information on emerging work and artists both locally and internationally
  • Attending play readings and workshop productions of new plays to foster the creation of new work, providing feedback as requested, to supervisor and/or creators (orally and/or written)
  • Request scripts and videos from artists or their agents, follow up on previous communication
  • File, evaluate and report on submissions to Canadian Stage as a recommender in the OAC’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program, in collaboration with supervisor
  • Assisting with artistic staff’s tasks as required, including assisting in opening night activities, Dora Award registration, etc.
  • Documenting artistic activities, compiling feedback, and contributing to the reporting and evaluation of program


  • Where appropriate, the Intern will have opportunities to participate in artistic program planning
  • Regular one-on-one mentorship meetings with Dramaturg
  • Opportunities to give and receive feedback in a supportive and educational environment
  • Access to staff meetings, internal project screenings (where applicable), and informational meetings with Canadian Stage staff and affiliated artists
  • Complimentary tickets to our 18/19 season and/or dress rehearsals
  • Letter of reference

A $ 500 honorarium will be provided.


  • Ideal Personal Qualities:
  • Exceptional interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
  • Intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm for the art form, eagerness to learn
  • Full training is provided, but the successful candidate will at times work independently on assigned projects and therefore must be a self-starter
  • Interest in theatre creation, season curating, script assessment, and artistic development Exceptional analytical skills in regard to assessing and discussing the merit of theatrical work
  • A working knowledge of Toronto’s professional theatre scene is essential
  • Fluency in multiple languages is an asset
  • Being enrolled in a course of study that involves interning at an arts organization is an asset but not required

Please apply with a 1-page cover letter outlining your interest in the program, resume and three phone references by Friday, Nov 16, 2018 at 5:00pm by email to Birgit Schreyer Duarte, Dramaturg & Artistic Associate, and Scott Leaver, Intern Program Coordinator at and Please note in your cover letter where you saw this posting.

We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications are considered confidential. Canadian Stage is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications by people with disabilities and by people from all communities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


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 Accessible Ticket Program, 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

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