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What type of jobs do you hire for?

Seven people work behind the scenes for every actor you see on our stages!  

We regularly hire in these areas:

  • Production (Props, Wardrobe, Stage Management)
  • Marketing and Fundraising
  • Audience Development (Call Centre, Cafés & Catering, Retail, Ushers)
  • Education
  • Administration
  • Facilities & Building Maintenance

…and the list goes on!  The majority of our positions are seasonal.

When do you hire for next season?

Hiring decisions for most production and backstage positions occur in the fall for the upcoming season. Recruitment for customer service roles takes place in the spring. For general questions, please send us an email.

Also, when applying, please submit your cover letter and resume by the closing date, ensuring that you have the job title in the subject line.


OPEN POSITIONS

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:

Scene Shop Manager
Posted: May 6, 2022

Scene Shop Manager

 The Scene Shop Manager is part of the production management team at the Stratford Festival reporting to the Director of Production. This position, based at our scenic workshops, manages the operation of the Scene Shop and the logistics involved in the construction and delivery of scenery to our stages. In partnership with the Technical Director-Scenic Construction, you ensure that work flow through the scenic carpentry, scenic art and other departments is efficient, safe, and timely. The active monitoring and accurate reporting on costs is essential to the success of the scenic construction process. This position also oversees the inventory and warehousing of past productions, scenery, and technical equipment.

 Responsibilities:

  •  Ensure the morale and staff of the Scene Shop is positive and focused on productivity.
  • Aid the technical management team by actively monitoring and reporting on costs, progress and status of projects.   
  • Prepare, maintain, and distribute the Scene Shop calendar/schedules keeping all up to-date with key deadlines, goals, progress and changes.
  • Create a project list for each production that details the approved projects and the budget allocated to each project.
  • Communicate the expectations of the construction schedule and/or projects with the Scene Shop department heads and staff; and assist with any challenges in meeting deadlines and budget.
  • Manage construction schedules and in cooperation with the respective Technical Directors, coordinate all activities related to scenery construction, scenic art, delivery of scenery, maintenance and improvements in order to meet deadlines as established by the schedules.
  • Manage and communicate the daily trucking, logistics and movement of scenery between the shop and stages.
  • Chair the weekly Scene Shop meeting including detailing the goals for the week. 
  • Coordinate changes and alterations to scenic stage effects as requested by the Technical Directors.  Ensure the repair and maintenance of production elements as necessary.
  • Coordinate any involvement between the Properties Department, the Scene Shop and Scenic Art with the Technical Directors.
  • Coordinate the rental of shows and liaise with the Directors' Office and other theatres as required.
  • Plan the external warehouse needs and advise on changes required as planning decisions are made.
  • Act as the liaison between the Scene Shop, Production Management Team, Stages, Departments and Designers.
  • Adhere to, implement, and enforce the Stratford Festival's Health and Safety Policy and Procedures guidelines.  Inform the Director of Production of any condition observed to be unsafe.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

         Qualifications:

  •  Post-Secondary or equivalent education and experience in a field related to theatre production.
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in technical theatre, preferably in a unionized environment.
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Strong verbal communication and leadership abilities are considered important attributes.
  • Understanding of budget forecasting.
  • Applicants with a degree in theatre production is considered an asset.

 This full-time position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will ideally begin in August/September, 2022.

 Job Type: Full-Time

 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 9:00am on June 6, 2022

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Scene Shop Manager

Associate Director of Research & Revenue
Posted: May 2, 2022

Associate Director of Research & Revenue

The Revenue and Research team, within the Marketing Department, is a trusted partner that departments across the organization can turn to for information when they need to make evidence based decisions relating to the audiences they serve and the revenue they deliver.

The Associate Director of Research & Revenue is responsible for delivering the marketing research and revenue strategy for the Stratford Festival, under the guidance of the Marketing Director - Revenue & Promotions, and the day-to-day operations of the Research and Revenue Team. 

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement all research, revenue and analytics strategies and operations in line with business needs, objectives, tracking needs and reporting standards
  • Plan and implement strategies for revenue maximization through performance scheduling, yield management, pricing recommendations, holds management and capacity management in collaboration with the Revenue Optimization Specialist
  • Prepare revenue and attendance forecasts for all shows and events in consultation with the Senior Director of Marketing and Audience Development, Marketing Director - Revenue & Promotions, and Revenue Optimization Specialist
  • Build systems to transform raw data into actionable business insights, including the interpretation of complex data sets and findings in simple to understand terms
  • Deliver effective, insightful and timely data analysis and reporting for Marketing leadership and other key departments (E.g. Advancement, Audience Development, Education and the Meighan Forum)
  • Design and deliver research programs to support business intelligence and customer engagement activities
  • Apply industry knowledge to interpret data and improve performance
  • Lead effective intra-departmental and cross-departmental communication, diplomacy and negotiation
  • Define company-wide metrics and relevant data sources and evangelize a spirit of data-driven mindset for the Stratford Festival
  • Supervises and mentors three full-time staff:  Revenue Optimization Specialist, Reporting Coordinator and Tessitura Administrator
  • Keep abreast of industry news and trends

Qualifications:

  • BSc/BA in Computer Science, Statistics, Data Management or a related field
  • 5 years combined experience with program and people management
  • Background in data analysis, reporting, market research and project management
  • Collaborative leader with effective communication and strong organizational abilities
  • Problem-solving aptitude
  • Expert experience with Excel, R, CRM (Tessitura preferred), surveying and surveying tools and business intelligence tools, including dashboards.
  • Ability to lead a high-performance hybrid team

Experience with yield management, dynamic pricing, pricing models and predictive modelling and/or SQL experience an asset.

This full time contract position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin as soon as possible.
This position may be performed remotely, but some onsite work in Stratford, Ontario will be required for project completion.

Job Type: Full time

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 June 5, 2022 to:

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Associate Director of Research & Revenue

Human Resources Coordinator
Posted: May 24, 2022

Human Resources Coordinator

The HR Coordinator will be exposed to all human resources procedures and will assist with tasks throughout all areas of the HR department. In addition to recruiting and placing new employees, the HR Coordinator will assist in guiding employees through various human resource processes and answer any questions they may have about policies. This position reports to the Human Resources Manager or designate and is part of the Human Resources team.   

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with all internal and external HR related inquiries or requests
  • Coordinate the talent acquisition process for non-unionized employees, including preparation of job postings, circulation of job postings, screening and reviewing applications, follow-up with potential candidates, interviewing, reference checking, hiring, onboarding and orientation
  • Prepare contracts for new and returning employees as per information provided by the hiring manager.  Ensure that the employment offers made by the departmental manager are consistent with the Festival's policies and practices
  • Upon request, review the Conditions of Employment with new staff
  • Maintain digital copies of employees' records including updating records of new staff
  • Maintain appropriate records documenting all elements of the Stratford Festival's disability program. Liaise with both internal and external stakeholders to adjudicate and manage claims, support employees and facilitate safe and timely return to work and accommodation for non-complex short term absences and long term disabilities
  • Maintain organizational charts
  • Distribute News Items and other All Staff emails as requested
  • Employees contact for employees assistant program
  • Assist with performance management procedures
  • Assist with employee events
  • Coordinate training sessions and seminars
  • Assist with updating and ensure accuracy of employee communications notice boards in all buildings and intranet
  • Produce and submit reports on general HR activity
  • Coordinate and arrange departmental Roundtable sessions with Executive and Artistic Directors
  • Assist with reviewing and updating job descriptions

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma related to Human Resources
  • Proven experience as an HR coordinator or relevant human resources/administrative position
  • Knowledge of human resources processes and best practices
  • Experience using HR software and HRIS databases
  • Must be self-motivated, reliable and personable
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, goal-driven and confirmed ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects with a positive attitude, meeting tight deadlines in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment

This full time position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin as soon as possible. This position may be performed remotely, but some onsite work in Stratford, Ontario will be required for project completion.

Job Type: Full time

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 June 5, 2022 to:

 

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Human Resources Coordinator

Seasonal Gardener
Posted: May 25, 2022

Seasonal Gardener

The seasonal Gardener will work under the direction of the Head Gardener and will share in the responsibilities for maintaining the Festival's renowned gardens which contain extensive perennial beds, carpet bedding, roses, annuals and maintained lawns and gardens. 

Responsibilities:

  • Perform general grounds and plant maintenance activities on Stratford Festival properties / locations, such as planting, seeding, cultivating, mowing, edging, weeding, trimming, pruning, raking, spraying, and fertilizing
  • Participate in new plant bed and landscape construction projects as required
  • Fertilize lawns and shrubs and practice weed control in flowerbeds and lawn
  • Operate and maintain sprinkler system, cleaning, repairing, adjusting and replacing sprinkler heads as required
  • Operate applicable equipment including mowers, sprayers, power washers, edgers and hedge trimmers, etc.  Maintain equipment to prevent malfunction.  Assist the Head Gardener in conducting a preventive maintenance program to keep equipment in optimal condition
  • Remove snow from walks and steps with a shovel or snow blower as appropriate for amount and location of snow.  Keep sand and de-ice product on walks and steps during icy/slippery conditions
  • Recommend repairs, maintenance and operations as related to gardens, grounds, fixtures and equipment. Perform related tasks as required
  • Respond in a professional, polite and helpful manner when liaising with patrons and staff

Qualifications:

  • Postsecondary degree or diploma in horticulture and/or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of two years' of hands on experience working in the field of horticulture is an asset
  • Experience with pesticide-free gardening methods would be considered an asset
  • Knowledge of perennials is essential
  • This job demands physical dexterity and the ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential given frequent interaction with the public
  • The successful candidate will have hands on knowledge of each of these aspects of gardening
  • Experience with pesticide-free gardening methods would be considered an asset
  • Must possess a valid Ontario driver's license

This seasonal position is a unionized position located in Stratford, Ontario. Seasonal recall each year typically runs from April to November.

Job Type:  Full-time Seasonal

Hourly Rate: Currently $27.81

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.

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 to: 

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Seasonal Gardener

Student Gardener
Posted: May 25, 2022

Student Gardener

The Student Gardener will work under the direction of the Head Gardener.   They will share in the responsibilities of maintaining the Stratford Festival grounds and properties including the main Festival Theatre property, the Avon/Studio Theatre gardens, the Tom Patterson Theatre gardens and the Brunswick St. Warehouse facility. The grounds consist of extensive perennial beds, annuals, rose and carpet beds and the lawns that surround all the Festival Theatre buildings.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform general grounds and plant maintenance including, grass cutting, raking, edging, weeding, trimming, watering, mulching, planting, pond maintenance and other care for the lawns, gardens and container plants.
  • Clean up and removal of litter, leaves and debris from the grounds.
  • Power washing the sidewalks and parking surfaces.
  • Painting of exterior fixtures, handrails.
  • Assist Gardeners with other gardening tasks and duties as directed.

Qualifications:

  • Interest in gardening and ground care are preferred.
  • Past experience operating powered equipment such as leaf blowers, grass trimmers and lawn mowers with an interest in gardening and ground care are preferred.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills are expected as interaction with the public is required.
  • You must be able to work flexible hours including days, weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to meet the physical requirements of the job including: bending, lifting utilizing hand tools and working in various weather conditions.
  • Must provide own CSA approved footwear.

This seasonal student position is a full-time contract position located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin in May until Labour Day with weekend work until November 2022.

Job Type: Seasonal Contract

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 to:

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Student Gardener

AUDITIONS

The Festival is intent on continuously evolving its understanding of equity, inclusion and anti-racism. We welcome actors of every identity and encourage artists who identify as First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Black, People of Colour, D/deaf, disabled and the 2SLGBTQ+ community. 

We are committed to accommodating people with disabilities throughout the auditioning process. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible audition site, ASL Interpreter, or Assistive Technology) please let us know when submitting your request to audition.

General Auditions are customarily held annually across Canada, usually between late January and early March. Due to the pandemic, we did not hold in-person General Auditions this year, and we are hopeful that we may resume these auditions in 2022. Audition notices will be posted in several locations including this website, the Equity e-Drive and Casting Workbook.

Actors selected to audition are asked to prepare two contrasting monologues; at least one should be a Shakespeare speech and each monologue should be no longer than two minutes. As our goal is to meet as many new artists as possible each year, we ask that you do not submit an audition request if you have been seen in the previous 2 years.

If you would like to be considered for an audition, and are eligible to work in Canada (as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident) please send your headshot and resume to casting@stratfordfestival.ca. Please include "General Auditions" in the subject line of your email.

Members of Canadian Actors' Equity are given priority when appointments are scheduled.

Non-Equity child and jobber auditions are usually held in the fall. Please check the website in September and October for postings and details about these auditions.