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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:

Associate Technical Director
Posted: September 16, 2022

Associate Technical Director

 This position reports to the Director of Production or designate and is part of the Production Management team.   

 Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Technical Directors in the management of the Production Department with a specific focus on sound and music departments.
  • Coordinate Sound Department issues with all other Festival Departments.
  • Coordinate the sharing, rental and purchasing of sound and technical equipment between theatres.
  • Coordinate outside recordings in consultation with the Music Department, Sound Designers, Heads of Sound and Composers' schedules.
  • As assigned, coordinate technical aspects of non-stage events, in rehearsal halls, lobbies or other locations.
  • Plan capital purchases in consultation with the Heads of Sound.  Lead the preparation of grant applications, quotes, installation schedules and related training required.
  • Oversee the Stratford HD film series with the Technical Directors and in doing so, be responsible for the advance planning of budgets, schedules and logistics and daily success of filming.
  • Oversee problems and conflicts and provide guidance or interpretation of personnel policies.
  • Inform and advise the Director of Production of issues or concerns within Production Department.
  • Adhere to the Stratford Festival Health & Safety Commitment and Procedures, and ensure that safe work practices and policies are supported and enforced within reporting structure.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 Qualifications & Experience:

  •  Post-secondary diploma or equivalent education and experience in a field related to production management or technical direction for live performance
  • Experience working in a unionized environment with knowledge and experience of IATSE collective agreements and Canadian Theatre Agreement
  • Resilience while working in an environment of continually changing demands, distractions, priorities and goals
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in a technical direction role, preferably in the performing arts industry

Preference will be given to candidates with an avid interest in supporting multiple shows, stages, events and varying activity of a large arts organization.

 This full-time position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin on or around October 24th, 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.

 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 October 2nd, 2022 to:

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Associate Technical Director

Call for Apprentice Stage Managers and Production Assistants
Posted: September 22, 2022

Call for Apprentice Stage Managers and Production Assistants

In an effort to broaden the reach of our recruitment efforts, we are posting an open call for Apprentice Stage Managers and Production Assistants to apply for our 2023 season. The Apprentice Stage Manager positions report to the Stage Manager of a specific show and the Production Assistant positions report to the Production Stage Manager of each venue. The positions are part of the Production team.

Responsibilities:

  • Apprentice Stage Manager responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • As a member of the Stage Management team for your production, your duties will be discussed and determined by your Stage Manager and will be tailored to the needs of the Stage Management team and the production, taking into consideration your skills and experience
    • Adhere to the Stratford Festival Health & Safety Commitment and Procedures, and ensure that safe work practices and policies are supported and enforced within the reporting structure

  •  Production Assistant responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • Organizational and administrative support to the Stage Management offices and PSM
    • Copy and distribute production memos and post notices regarding company information
    • Create, type, and maintain chart work
    • Type and distribute daily and weekly schedules
    • Answer phones, take messages, and direct calls
    • Distribute scheduling information to actors, coaches, cutters, and designers
    • Order office supplies
    • Assist in ensuring individuals are present for rehearsal calls, classes, and fittings
    • Adhere to the Stratford Festival Health & Safety Commitment and Procedures, and ensure that safe work practices and policies are supported and enforced within the reporting structure

 Qualifications:

  •  Strong organizational skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Training or experience working in theatre production
    • Stage Management experience
    • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
    • For Apprentice Stage Managers: previous experience as a Stratford Festival Production Assistant or a minimum of 4 Canadian Actors' Equity Association Apprentice credits

Preference will be given to candidates with a desire for a career as an Equity Stage Manager.

These seasonal positions are located in Stratford, Ontario. Contract dates vary in length with some to begin in late-January and some to finish in early-September.   

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 completing the online form below, along with submitting your resume and cover letter in a single PDF by 5:00pm on Friday,October 7, 2022. If you submitted an application for the 2021 or 2022 season, we already have your resume on file. You are welcome to submit an updated resume and cover letter.

 Online Form: https://airtable.com/shrsk0E534ATf8QJ0

 Please note that you must complete the online form to be considered for this position.

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Call for Apprentice Stage Managers and Production Assistants

Call for Assistant Designers – Set/Props, Costume, Lighting, Sound, Video/Projection
Posted: September 23, 2022

Call for Assistant Designers - Set/Props, Costume, Lighting, Sound, Video/Projection

 To heighten awareness of the opportunities available and to broaden the reach of our recruitment efforts, we are posting multiple contract positions for Assistant Set Designers, Assistant Costume Designers, Assistant Lighting Designers, Assistant Sound Designers, and Assistant Video/Projection Designers for our 2023 season. These positions report to the Head of Design and are part of the design team. All positions require full time residency for the contract period in Stratford, ON.

Contract lengths vary depending on the production and assignments but range from approximately 8 weeks to 32 weeks and begin as early as January 3, 2023.  There will be events where Assistant Designers may be required to attend prior to their official contract start date (TBD virtual and/or on location). More details will be provided to candidates who are selected for interviews.

 Please indicate which design discipline you are applying for in your cover letter.

 Responsibilities:

    Assistant Set/Props Designer responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist the set design process on specific productions by following through the visual aspects of the productions and interpreting drawings for props and sets
  • Research and acquisition of photographic reference and distribute this information to the various departments and craftspeople
  • Assist in the building of the set model
  • Attend production and design meetings with the designer to support the creative team on the design process
  • Assist with crossover items between set/props and costumes as required
  • Compile all paperwork for archiving of production

 

    Assistant Costume Designer responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist the costume design process on specific productions by following through the visual aspects of the productions and interpreting drawings for costumes
  • Research and acquisition of photographic reference and distribute this information to the various departments and craftspeople
  • Assist on buying trips to acquire fabric samples and materials
  • Attend production and design meetings with the designer to support the creative team on the design process
  • Attend all fittings with the designer
  • Assist with crossover items between set/props and costumes as required
  • Compile all paperwork for archiving of production

 

     Assistant Lighting Designer responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist the lighting design process during the creation of the lighting used for the production
  • Prepare floor plans, cue sheets, tracking sheets, plots, and other forms for the documentation of the lighting design
  • Attend production and design meetings with the designer to support the creative team on the design process
  • Prepare an accurate sketch of all lamps as focused
  • Maintain tracking information and cue sheets during lighting sessions and technical rehearsals
  • Coordinate with stage management to confirm placement of all called cues
  • Create follow spot cueing and tracking paperwork (Musicals)
  • Compile all paperwork for archiving of production

 

    Assistant Sound Designer responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist the sound design process during the creation and execution of all sound for the production
  • Prepare cue sheets, tracking sheets, plots, and other forms for the documentation of the sound design
  • Attend production and design meetings with the designer to support the creative team on the design process
  • Record a detailed description of the function, content and operation of all cues created for the production
  • Help coordinate and manage microphone placement and tracking (Musicals)
  • Coordinate with stage management to confirm placement of all called cues
  • Compile all paperwork for archiving of production

 

    Assistant Video/Projection Designer responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist the video/projection design process during the creation and execution of all video and projection used for live stage performances
  • Assist in creating and editing digital content such as photography, video, graphics, and animation
  • Understand digital media basics such as file formats, resolution, and compression
  • Attend production and design meetings with the designer to support the creative team on the design process
  • Record a detailed description of the function, content and operation of all cues created for the production
  • Coordinate with stage management to confirm placement of all called cues
  • Compile all paperwork for archiving of production

 

   Qualifications:

  •  Experience working as a Designer or Assistant Designer in a theatre environment
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to multi-task
  • Self-motivated
  • Superior file management skills
  • SET/PROPS or COSTUME: Proficient in Photoshop, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office Suite
  • SET/PROPS: Experience with 3D printing is an asset, but not a requirement
  • LIGHTING: Proficient in AutoCAD and/or Vectorworks, Lightwright, and ETC consoles
  • SOUND: Knowledge of sound systems, system design, and Digital Audio Workstations
  • SOUND (Musical): Knowledge of live performance sound and Digico Consoles
  • VIDEO/PROJECTION: Knowledge of video technology, processes, and equipment

 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 by 5:00pm on Friday, October 7, 2022 to:

 Please follow this link to submit your application: https://airtable.com/shrrB7EHeUEb74cHG

 We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Call for Assistant Designers – Set/Props, Costume, Lighting, Sound, Video/Projection

Call for Stage Managers and Assistant Stage Managers
Posted: September 22, 2022

Call for Stage Managers and Assistant Stage Managers

 In an effort to broaden the reach of our recruitment efforts, we are posting an open call for Stage Managers and Assistant Stage Managers to apply for our 2023 season. These positions report to the Director of Production or designate and are part of the Production team.

 Since we are working on finalizing the schedule for the season, we are requesting that interested applicants provide us with information regarding their availability via an online form. More details will be provided to candidates who are selected for interviews. Please see below for more information on how to apply.

 Responsibilities:

  •  Stage Manager responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • Overseeing a production during the rehearsal period and during performances
    • Maintain and assemble prompt scripts including detailed notes on blocking
    • Maintain artistic and technical intentions of the director, producer, and designers after opening
    • Coordinate and communicate with heads of all other departments
    • Maintain records as necessary to advise the theatre and Equity on matters of company discipline, overtime, meal breaks, working environment, health and safety
    • Adhere to, implement, and enforce the Stratford Festival's Health & Safety Commitment and Procedures, and ensure that safe work practices and policies are supported and enforced within the reporting structure
  • Assistant Stage Manager responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • Organizing a production during the rehearsal period and backstage during performances
    • Prepare and maintain detailed notes and lists on props, costumes, scene timings, costume changes, actor entrances/exits, and scene changes
    • Coordinate and liaise all aspects of a production by communicating information to all departments involved on a daily basis
    • Oversee an efficient backstage area during a production by paging scenes and accounting for props and costumes
    • Adhere to, implement, and enforce the Stratford Festival's Health & Safety Commitment and Procedures, and ensure that safe work practices and policies are supported and enforced within the reporting structure

 Qualifications:

 Qualified Canadian Actors' Equity Association Stage Manager

  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
    • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

 Job Type: Seasonal Contract

 Fee Range: As per the fees in the Stratford Festival Addendum to the CTA

 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 completing the online form below, along with submitting your resume and cover letter in a single PDF by 5:00pm on Friday,October 7, 2022. If you submitted an application for the 2021 or 2022 season, we already have your resume on file. You are welcome to submit an updated resume and cover letter.

 Online Form: https://airtable.com/shrfELHCTaJclUoeL

 Please note that you must complete the online form to be considered for this position.

 

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Call for Stage Managers and Assistant Stage Managers

Call For Technical Assistants
Posted: September 28, 2022

Call For Technical Assistants

Reporting to the Technical Directors and as part of the Technical Management Team, the successful candidates will assist in implementing technical aspects for off-stage events and related activity at the Tom Patterson Theatre, Festival Theatre or other Stratford Festival venues.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide assistance to the Technical Directors & Associate Technical Directors - in their areas of responsibility
  • Ensure the smooth operation of events as assigned
  • Assist with the processing of timesheets and other paperwork
  • Assist with the creation and distribution of the technical schedules
  • Aid in producing CAD drawings for projects, as directed. Update CAD drawings as needed
  • Liaise with all production and non-production departments keeping them current with event information and any changes that occur
  • Plan & coordinate the details of Union work calls
  • Assist with information flow during the set-up, rehearsal, tech notes, operation and load-out of events. This work may take place on evenings and weekends.
  • Participate in managing the installation, maintenance and inventory of technical equipment and facilities
  • Work collaboratively in a positive and proactive manner with all
  • Take minutes during production meetings and similar events

 Qualifications:

  •  University Degree or equivalent education or experience in a field related to theatrical production. 
  • Experience or education in in a technical director role or similar,  preferably in a performing arts industry
  • Superior communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Experience supporting events and activity off stage
  • knowledge in Vectorworks or AutoCAD and Microsoft Office
  • Self-motivated and flexible
  • Excellent team player with a collaborative and positive attitude

 These seasonal, full-time, contract positions are located in Stratford, Ontario from early January to September 2023.

 Job Type: 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 least five business days prior to start date. 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 Nov 17, 2021 to:

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Call For Technical Assistants

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.