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Artistic Director

Artistic Director

  • Full Time
  • Winnipeg, MB
  • Applications have closed.

Website SIR_Winnipeg Shakespeare in the Ruins

Shakespeare in the Ruins seeks candidates for the position of

Artistic Director

Shakespeare in the Ruins (SIR) is a professional theatre company in Winnipeg, MB specializing in presenting the works of William Shakespeare in unique outdoor settings. The company also has a strong focus on youth and community programming, and on making Shakespeare accessible, understandable and socially relevant, using the Bard’s works to make a positive difference in our community. SIR has evolved from our proud roots as an artist-driven co-operative founded in 1993 to an incorporated non-profit organization with an annual budget of  $340,000.00. Based for many years on an ensemble structure, the company has made a change to a more traditional non-profit theatre structure: we are governed by a Board of Directors, with day-to-day operations managed by professional staff. A core of dedicated Artistic and Technical Associates supports the company in a number of ways.

Our programming has typically included one 9-actor promenade-style mainstage production in and around the ruins of the Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park in the south Winnipeg suburb of St. Norbert, and one 4-actor touring production that travels to high schools across Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario and Saskatchewan. We also engage in new play development initiatives and other special projects, including high-quality training workshops for local theatre artists. Our community programs introduce inner city youth and federal inmates to Shakespearean acting with surprising and inspiring results. Our company is well positioned to grow, with exciting possibilities on the horizon for our 26th season and beyond.

SIR is a proud member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT).

The Position

The Artistic Director (AD) provides artistic vision and leadership for SIR. A primary focus is artistic programming for our season, and the artistic tasks and decisions associated with this (which will include hiring guest directors, designers, actors, composers, etc. when necessary). The AD is one of two senior leadership positions in our organization, along with the General Manager (GM). Reporting individually to the Board of Directors, the AD and GM work in close collaboration to achieve the strategic and financial goals in a manner consistent with SIR’s mandate, mission and values. The AD fosters strong relationships with our funders and donors, local theatre artists, as well as our audience, the media and the wider community. These relationships and knowledge of local and national social issues are an integral part of maintaining the socially relevant aspect of our work. The new AD will maintain a solid foundation of the above while bringing their own signature flair, imagination and innovation to the position.

The unusual nature of our outdoor, promenade style mainstage productions make senior leadership with SIR a unique role – flexibility and adaptability are essential, and a sense of humour is invaluable. In addition to these, our ideal candidate will possess:

·         A love of/familiarity with William Shakespeare’s plays

·         Demonstrated experience directing successful theatre productions

·         Senior level artistic leadership experience

·         A high degree of motivation and professionalism; ability to self-direct while managing multiple tasks

·         Demonstrated fundraising experience, including writing successful grant applications

·         Exceptional communication and relationship skills; ability to foster/contribute to dynamic, synergistic working relationships in the office, boardroom, rehearsal hall and on the stage, with Artistic and Technical Associates, as well as with funders, donors, government, media and the general public.

·         A network of connections in the larger theatre community

·         Experience reporting to a board; and/or other non-profit experience

This is a full-time year round position that requires the incumbent to live in our community. If the successful applicant does not already live in Winnipeg, they must be willing to relocate. Assistance with moving expenses will be provided if necessary. Start date preferably March or April of 2019.

To apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter and three references to, by November 12, 2018 with “Attention: AD Hiring Committee” in the subject line. Only email applications will be accepted. No phone calls please. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those under further consideration will be contacted. For more information about SIR, please visit:

Shakespeare in the Ruins is committed to equitable and inclusive hiring in all departments of our company and will consider all submissions without regard to age, disability, ethno-cultural identity, gender, or any other basis of unfair discrimination.

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