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:
Lab Coordinator (one year contract, with possibility of extension)
This position in supports the Laboratory and New Play Development, which includes the Festival’s research and development initiatives, working closely with the Artistic Associate for Research & Development and with the Director of New Plays. As a member of the Directors’ Office team, you will also assist in arrangements for the Festival’s season as directed. This position also serves as an occasional substitute for the Festival’s Company Manager.
This position is ideally suited to an emerging theatre producer or arts manager.
· Budget, arrange and support all phases of Laboratory and New Play Development activities, including workshops, residencies, commissions, etc.
· Draft and track contracts and other paperwork for a variety of simultaneous projects.
· Initiate and track payments and expenses, and ensure fulfillment of other contractual commitments.
· Arrange travel and appointments, and serve as the main point of contact, for visiting artists.
· Collaborate with stakeholders throughout the Festival.
· General administrative duties, including data entry, proofing text, correspondence, filing, etc.
· Represent the Festival with a high standard of professionalism with both internal and external contacts. Fulfill all responsibilities with an ethic of care, respect, and generosity.
· Exceptional communication skills, organization and attention to detail.
· Well-versed in anti-oppressive producing practices and artist care.
· Superior analytical and problem-solving skills.
· Training and/or experience in an arts organization, particularly in unionized environments.
· Experience producing projects involving artists from a range of backgrounds, identities, and practices.
· Ability to work independently and adapt to shifting priorities and timelines.
· Collaborative team player.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
Particular consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate a passion and track record for empathetic and inclusive practices and working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, identities, and abilities.
This is a full-time contract position, to begin as soon as possible. While the successful candidate will have the option of some remote work, many responsibilities of this position will require onsite presence on the Festival campus in Stratford, Ontario. Work hours are regularly Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, though occasional evenings and weekends (subject to compensatory time off) may be required.
About The Lab:
Founded by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino in 2013, the Laboratory is the Stratford Festival’s research and development wing: a suite of experiments and investigations that drive our artistic and organizational evolution in an era of exciting cultural change.
Advancing inclusive and innovative practice, the Lab…
INCUBATES NEW WORKS for our stages by supporting long-term and unconventional development processes.
CONDUCTS EXPERIMENTS through our resident Lab Ensemble, to build our capacity to support other forms and cultural protocols, and to create new relationships with artists from across Canada and beyond.
BUILDS CONNECTIONS with the national artistic community by hosting and supporting gatherings of makers to share practices, questions, challenges and strategies.
FOSTERS ENSEMBLE by offering full-company sessions to encourage horizontal learning and build a shared spirit among the huge group of artists who come together at the Festival every season.
OPENS DIALOGUE, internally and externally, by creating spaces to reflect on the Festival’s role as a heritage institution and the growth and change necessary to ensure that it remains a vital asset to Canada’s cultural ecology.
Like any successful R&D wing, the Lab will be agile and flexible in its response to the changing landscape. The scope of its activities will expand and shift as we identify new challenges and opportunities to serve our community of artists and audiences, locally, nationally and beyond.
Job Type: One Year Contract, with possibility of extension
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.
As a condition of hire, all successful job candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of full vaccination at time of contracting. This condition is subject to the provisions of the Human Rights Code.
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 May 20, 2022 to:
Subject: Lab Coordinator
We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
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