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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:

Digital Marketing Manager, Content & Editorial
Posted: November 23, 2022

Digital Marketing Manager, Content & Editorial

Would you like to play a meaningful role with North America's leading classical repertory theatre? At the Stratford Festival, we attract the world's finest talent, offering a unique experience for staff, artists and actors alike.

This position reports to the Director of Marketing, Content & Editorial and is part of the Marketing team. With a robust presence on social channels and paid digital sales representing 45% of annual revenues, the Festival is seeking a Digital Marketing Manager who is creative and growth-focused to oversee our digital strategy and be responsible for digital media buying, analytics and SEO as related to website integration and optimization. Ideal candidate is a tactical strategist with strong analytical skills and a keen ability to interpret insights and both build big picture plans, as well as make informed pivot recommendations in a face-paced environment and exciting industry.  

 Responsibilities:

  • Develop a digital marketing plan to innovate search and display ads, optimize channels and strengthen algorithm.
  • Manage Google Grant and create campaigns on Google Ad, including automated bidding.
  • Create and manage campaigns on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Monitor and optimize existing campaigns.
  • Support Organic social posts/campaigns through a revenue lens.
  • Write targeted digital ad copy, specific to channel and campaign.
  • Setup weekly and monthly reports to track results.
  • Setup conversion tracking.
  • Work closely with Website Manager to review website analytics, supply regularly reporting and create actionable tasks for improvement and upgrade initiatives, including building and supporting an SEO strategy.
  • Stay informed on SEM trends to help support Website Manager in building conversion-focused landing pages.
  • Lead the digital side of media planning and integrated sales campaigns with members of the Marketing team in Sales and Promotion.
  • Work with Graphics team to design digital advertising.
  • Manage relationship with the Research & Revenue team.
  • Manage quarterly forecasts and monthly/annual digital paid budget

 Qualifications:

  • University Degree or equivalent education and experience in a field related to Marketing Communications and/or Digital Marketing, Commerce and Business.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years' experience as in Digital Marketing (agency or client-side) with at least 2 years' experience in management role.
  • Solid understanding across variety of marketing disciplines and integrated marketing approaches and best practices, experience in agile marketing beneficial.
  • Skilled with digital tools including Google Ads, Google Tag Manager, Google Analytics, Facebook Ads, Instagram Ads and LinkedIn Ads.
  • Quality copy writing and editing skills.
  • Strong communication skills, working with multiple levels within the organization.
  • Exceptional project management skills, excellent attention to detail and a strong ability to prioritize projects and meet deadlines.
  • Experience in search engine optimization and using SEO tools.
  • Proven ability to drive strategic direction based on post-click performance and revenue generation.
  • Marketing experience in the cultural, tourism and/or entertainment industry preferred.

This is a full-time position in a remote-friendly office with flexible hours. For this role we will consider all applications from those based in Canada with the option to work from our Stratford, Ontario office. Start date is January 16, 2023.

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 December 11, 2022 to:

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: resumes@stratfordfestival.ca
Subject: Digital Marketing Manager, Content & Editorial

Junior Buyer
Posted: November 9, 2022

Junior Buyer

 This fast paced job allows you to work on multiple productions at once for our 2023 season. You will work directly with the design teams and production wardrobe team members to fulfill their purchasing needs. This position reports to the Costume Director or designate and is part of the Wardrobe Department team.  

 Responsibilities:

  •  Research and sourcing of materials and costume pieces with an emphasis on quality, sustainability, location, availability and shipping options
  • Purchasing wardrobe related items from shops within Stratford and surrounding areas with the weekly trips to Toronto, ON
  • Data Entry and tracking items purchased and returned
  • Ensure timely returns of items that were unable to be used in productions
  • Process customs paperwork for all American based orders
  • Complete accounting paperwork such as credit card receipts, petty cash receipts and mileage forms
  • Purchasing wardrobe supplies and all notion type items for the costume departments

 Qualifications:

  •  Experience as a professional buyer is an asset
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proven ability to multi-task
  • Extremely organized
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills
    • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Self-motivated
    • Valid Ontario Driver's License with a clean driving record and use of personal vehicle is required.

 Preference will be given to candidates with an understanding of textiles, notions, costume construction and costume history.

 This Seasonal Full Time Contract position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin February 27 - May 26, 2023.

 Job Type: Seasonal Full Time 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 December 11, 2022 to:

 

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

Wardrobe Apprentice
Posted: November 9, 2022

Wardrobe Apprentice

 This introductory position, and associated responsibilities, give the candidate a great overview of the everyday activities within the wardrobe department. This seasonal full-time position reports to the Costume Director, or designate, and is part of the Production Wardrobe Department.  

 Responsibilities:

  •  Responsible for coordinating, monitoring and maintaining fitting room areas
  • Assist in sewing tasks as required
  • Assist in both wardrobe and crafts areas as required
  • Provide cutters and design teams with items required for fittings  
  • Ensure fitting rooms and storage areas are fully stocked and tidy
  • Label inventory in actors' personal boxes for each production
  • Work with the Costume Buyers to complete inventory of notions items
  • Tidy and help maintain fabric stock
  • Work with design teams to move large costume racks

 Qualifications:

  •  Post-secondary diploma, equivalent education or experience in a costume construction an asset
  • Professional sewing experience required
  • Extremely organized 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills
  • Proven ability to work independently
  • Self-motivated with strong ability to multi-task

   Preference will be given to candidates with professional sewing experience.

 This Seasonal Full Time position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin February 6 - August 25, 2023.

 Job Type: Seasonal 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 December 11, 2022 to:

 

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

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. 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.