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APPLYING FOR JOBS

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:

Seasonal Maintenance
Posted: June 15, 2022

Seasonal Maintenance (Housekeeping)

This position reports to the Head of Maintenance or designate and is part of the Facilities team. 

Maintenance 1 Responsibilities: To perform cleaning and housekeeping duties inside and outside the Stratford Festival's facilities.  Duties and responsibilities shall include but not be limited to the following:

  • Perform daily cleaning, housekeeping or other duties throughout all Stratford Festival facilities as assigned.  Use proper equipment and cleaning supplies at all times.
  • Daily cleaning duties but not limited to as follows:  sweep, mop, scrub, and floors.   Vacuum carpets, furniture, drapes and other fabrics.  Dust and clean walls, doors, windows, woodwork, blinds, and furniture.  Stocking and supplies to all areas as required.
  • Remove trash from all areas interior and exterior, including consolidating recyclable materials for pick-up.  Deliver trash and recycle bins to trash collection area.  Pick up of grounds as required.
  • Perform room set-up for meetings, lectures, conferences, special events, etc., as required.
  • To log, note, or otherwise participate in communication logs, checklists, inventory control, etc.
  • Notify the Head of Maintenance of repairs and maintenance work for the building and equipment.
  • To perform and assist with emergency maintenance duties as required, ie. Floods, spills, etc.
  • Respond in a professional, polite and helpful manner when liaising with patrons and staff. This includes communication and response with staff on radio headsets.
  • Adhere to the Festival's Health and Safety Policy and Procedures guidelines.  Comply with fire, safety and other emergency practices.  Inform the Facilities Manager/Head of Maintenance of any condition observed to be unsafe.
  • Perform other related duties within the job classification as assigned.

Maintenance 1 Qualifications:

 

  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the job (regular light to moderate lifting and carrying; occasional heavy lifting (up to 50lbs)

This seasonal unionized position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin as soon as possible.

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: Seasonal Maintenance

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.