Job Posting: Associate Artistic Director
Start Date: September 13, 2021
FT Salary: $48-$55,000 + benefits
Currently in an artistic leadership transition, Tarragon is a
theatre that creates, develops and produces new Canadian
plays and provides the conditions for that new work to thrive through high-quality development, production and administrative infrastructure. The theatre trains and supports new generation, emerging and established artists through extensive residencies, flexible play development programs and substantial producing capabilities. To complement its new creations, Tarragon presents new plays from across Canada, revives significant Canadian plays, produces international work, and runs education and community engagement programs. Its rehearsal halls, Workspace and Extraspace are used extensively by the arts community for the creation and production of new work.
About the Position:
An integral role to the Tarragon artistic structure and community, the Associate Artistic Director works closely with the Artistic Director and supports their short and long-term artistic vision while upholding the company’s mission, which supports artists (creators, playwrights, directors, etc.), their voices and their practices.
You are a dedicated theatre practitioner with a keen interest in artistic leadership, as well as a comfortable and recognized practice in theatre and development. You have a drive to support the process and culmination of a creation process. You have a noted background in spaces that support dramaturgy, and with that, you have the capacity to lead dramaturgically while having the ability to respond to the specific needs of a creator/playwright and their work in development. You recognize that dramaturgy within the theatre sphere can also be complemented by other disciplines including, but not limited to dance, music, or other forms of performative language. You believe in the impact of mentorship and building a foundation for both emerging and established artists to thrive and empowering them through their art.
You enjoy working in a fast-paced, artistically engaging, and collaborative work environment.
Working with and reporting to the Artistic Director, your responsibilities include:
• Assisting the Artistic Director in season planning.
• In discussion with the Artistic Director, opening opportunities for Assistant Directing or Directing
• Serving as an artistic ambassador to Tarragon which may include attending (in person and virtually) productions and readings in Toronto and across the country.
• Organizing and leading General Auditions
• Organizing and updating Actor Files
• Casting and contracting Playwright’s Unit
• Reading and responding to plays sent from across the country, the US, Europe
• Serving as Lead Dramaturg for Mainspace and/or Extraspace productions.
• Managing all aspects of play development including commissioning playwrights, facilitating residencies, readings and workshops; dramaturging for ongoing projects; recommending scripts and playwrights to Artistic Director; developing and implementing play development strategies.
• Providing dramaturgical feedback for all play development activities including playwrights-in-residence, readings, workshops.
• With the Producer, managing the Workspace program and staged reading series which includes scheduling and contract coordination.
• Managing special projects supported by Ellen Ross Stuart Award, RBC Emerging Playwright Award, and Ontario Arts Council’s recommender grants (includes final reporting).
• Organizing and leading Urjo Kareda Residency Submissions and Interviews.
• Assisting with grant-writing including Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and other foundation grants as required.
• Working with and supporting Tarragon staff (including Education and Community Engagement, and Marketing) in study or audience guides/communications about plays in development or in production.
• Managing workflow, ensuring that deadlines (commissioning, works in development) are respected
• Advocating and supporting the mandate of the company and the many programs offered
• Other administrative tasks include, responding to emails, printing scripts and other documents, filing documents
Other Qualifications and Skills
• A minimum of 5 years of accomplished work in dramaturgical environments or theatre practice.
• Proficiency in MS Office with expertise in Microsoft Word and Excel
• Exceptional communication skills, problem-solving, attention to detail, completing work in a timely manner and multitasking.
To apply, please send by email a cover letter and resume with references in a single pdf to Mike Payette, Incoming Artistic Director, c/o [email protected], 30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto, ON M5R 1X3. Please use the subject: Associate Artistic Director Application. The application deadline is Monday, July 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Tarragon Theatre believes in a richly inclusive working environment and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. If you need accommodation pertaining to accessibility at any stage of the application process, please do not hesitate to make a request.
We thank all applicants for their interest in Tarragon Theatre, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.