Jobs and Auditions

CAREERS AND AUDITIONS

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

Posted: October 18, 2019

Graphic Designer - Intermediate   

Responsible for creating printed and Digital material for publications and marketing, this position reports to the Graphic Design Manager and is part of the Graphic Design Team within the Marketing Department.     

Responsibilities:

  • Design and conceptualize both printed and digital materials for marketing.
  • Create appropriate digital images/ads for use on our website. Animation of HTML5 banner ads.
  • You are a team player and are open to working closely across departmental teams of designers, developers, writers and project managers.
  • Research, retrieve and retouch photography.
  • Design and create new ideas for marketing collateral
  • Maintain print production schedules
  • Communicate with external suppliers to maintain print quality and schedules.
  • Maintain the Macintosh software, archival files, hardware systems and related equipment for the Graphic Design department.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks and ensure that deadlines are met.

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma or equivalent and experience in a field related to Graphic Design, Marketing
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience in a graphic design role, preferably aligned with the arts or destination marketin
  • Up-to-date with industry trends and Adobe Creative Suite. Proficiency in InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom. Working experience and/or knowledge of Adobe Animate.  

Preference will be given to candidates with experience using Basecamp, PageProof and WordFly. Applicants should have a strong design portfolio that highlights creative ideas, design, illustration, and typography both in print and digital.

This full time position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin immediately.  

Job Type: Full Time

Recognizing that diversity – in our workplace, in our audiences and on our stages – fosters a rich and creative environment, we welcome applicants with disabilities and are committed to accommodating them throughout the hiring process. We encourage all qualified applicants to provide a resume and cover letter in a single PDF document no later than November 1, 2019 to:

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

Posted: October 17, 2019

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.
  • 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:

  • A postsecondary degree or diploma in horticulture is required.
  • A 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 up 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 located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin immediately. This unionized position is a seasonal placement beginning immediately and ending normally in November 2019.  Seasonal recall each year typically runs from April to November.  

Job Type:  Full-time Seasonal

Recognizing that diversity – in our workplace, in our audiences and on our stages – fosters a rich and creative environment, we welcome applicants with disabilities and are committed to accommodating them throughout the hiring process. We encourage all qualified applicants to provide a resume and cover letter in a single PDF document no later than October 25, 2019 to:

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

Posted: October 8, 2019

 

Shift Engineer (4th Class)   

This position reports to the Chief Engineer and is part of the Facilities Department.    

Responsibilities:

  • Operate, maintain, inspect and repair high/low pressure steam or high temperature water boilers.
  • Operate and maintain HVAC equipment.
  • Monitor plant equipment to assure optimum efficiency and to prevent or reduce downtime and maintenance costs. Test and control boiler water, condensate, cooling tower water and add corrective chemicals as required. Includes cooling towers, pumps, motors and related equipment.
  • Perform routine as well as unscheduled maintenance on physical plant equipment.  Determine causes of failure / problems and take appropriate corrective action.
  • Perform preventative maintenance and filter changes according to established schedules and operational requests and guidelines.
  • Operate and respond to fire panel and fire system needs.
  • Operate and maintain U.P.S. and Emergency Power back-up systems. Includes Diesel Generators. (shared equipment with Electrician)
  • Perform and assist with minor electrical repairs and installation. Example:  light fixtures, ballasts, switches, motors, etc.
  • Perform Repairs / maintenance / replacement to facilities operational equipment.
  • Operate and repair company waste treatment equipment. Perform basic plumbing / repairs and installations. Maintain and repair sanitary / wastewater / storm drain systems.
  • Monitor external contractors when inspecting or repairing equipment.
  • Keep logs of plant operations and records maintenance and repair work performed.  Document all necessary information.
  • Perform emergency repairs as required to base building and operational functions and equipment.  

Qualifications:

  • 4th Class Stationary Engineer Certificate
  • Experience with Microsoft Office
  • Experience with Siemens Apogee and Carrier Iview systems
  • Working knowledge of fire alarm systems
  • Valid driver's license with a clean drivers abstract   

This full time position is located in Stratford, Ontario and will begin immediately. Candidates will be required to work a flexible work schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays as scheduled.   

Job Type: Full Time

Recognizing that diversity – in our workplace, in our audiences and on our stages – fosters a rich and creative environment, we welcome applicants with disabilities and are committed to accommodating them throughout the hiring process. We encourage all qualified applicants to provide a resume and cover letter in a single PDF document no later than October 25, 2019 to:

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

Posted: September 4, 2019

 Archives Director

This position reports to the Administrative Director and leads the activities of the Stratford Festival Archives.

Responsibilities:

  • Direct and oversee the operation of the Archives by organizing and maintaining the archival collection according to professional archival standards, to serve both internal and external stakeholders, including artists and industry professionals, academic researchers, publishers, and students
  • Oversee the further development of the Festival's digital archives through ongoing digitization of the Festival's collection and expansion of the online catalogue
  • Support the Festival's educational and audience engagement programming by leading and/or participating in talks, lectures, and workshops, in close collaboration with Education
  • Support the theatre season's activities by developing themed exhibits and supporting public tours of the archives
  • Maintain and review  policies and procedures for the acquisition, preservation, and deaccessioning of the archival collection
  • Proactively work with internal constituents on an annual basis to acquire appropriate materials to be housed within the archival collection including items from the productions, technical information, promotional materials, administrative files, HD films, etc.
  • Assess and evaluate new potential donations and undertake financial valuation of material for the purposes of issuing tax receipts
  • Identify opportunities for archival project funding and oversee project implementation to enhance the archives and its activities
  • Plan and monitor the departmental budget and manage all archives staff and volunteers
  • Provide support in the form of research and/or fact checking to other internal departments such as Advancement, Production, Publicity, etc.
  • Provide leadership on two long-term projects including the development of an organization-wide digital asset management system, and planning for a physical expansion of the collection space.

Qualifications:

  • Post-graduate degree in archives and/or museum collection management, or equivalent
  • Extensive practical experience in archives/museum collections management, digitization, policy development, preservation, and catalogue management
  • Experience in managing a high-profile collection with a dual focus on preservation and access that serves a variety of constituents
  • Experience in creating and managing a digital archives and online catalogue and in the creation/use of a digital asset management system
  • Comfortable delivering workshops and engaging in public speaking
  • Possess a keen interest in theatre, paired with experience in a not for profit environment

This full time position is located in Stratford, Ontario.

Job Type: Full Time

 

Recognizing that diversity – in our workplace, in our audiences and on our stages – fosters a rich and creative environment, we welcome applicants with disabilities and are committed to accommodating them throughout the hiring process. We encourage all qualified applicants to provide a resume and cover letter in a single PDF document no later than October 18, 2019 to:

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

Posted: March 8, 2019

 

Senior Director, Marketing & Audience Development

 

THE ORGANIZATION

The Stratford Festival is North America's largest classical repertory theatre company. Each season, we present more than a dozen productions in four distinctive venues (one of which is currently being rebuilt).

We produce acclaimed productions of Shakespeare's plays, other works from the classical repertoire, and contemporary dramas and musicals, while actively fostering and supporting the development of Canadian theatre.

Embracing our 66-year heritage of tradition and innovation, we seek to bring theatre alive for increasingly diverse audiences, pursue new artistic avenues, and expand the scope and reach of our work beyond the stage itself. Thus we also present the Stratford Festival Forum, conduct our artistic R&D program, the Laboratory, and are midway through a ten-year project - unique in North America - to film all of Shakespeare's plays.

With an annual budget of $61 million, the Festival earns 95% of its revenue through ticket sales as well as ancillary and fundraising activities, making it one of the most self-sufficient cultural organizations on the continent.

We have built an $80-million endowment fund to support our operating activities, including training, education outreach, play development and capital projects.

Our new $70-million Tom Patterson Theatre Centre will open in time for our 2020 season. This 600-seat state-of-the-art facility will both affirm and vastly enhance the Festival's position as a world leader in live theatre.

By attracting the finest talent from Canada and the world, and by providing the conditions and training that enable artists to achieve their most courageous work, we immerse our audiences in a theatregoing experience that is innovative, entertaining, and unsurpassed anywhere in the world: one that is deeply relevant to, and reflective of, their lives and communities.

THE POSITION

With your passion for the performing arts and your desire to become part of the Stratford Festival's vibrant senior leadership team, you will have a positive impact on the organization as its new Senior Director, Marketing & Audience Development. You will provide sound leadership, strong and creative management, and coordination of all marketing and audience development strategies to achieve or exceed agreed goals.

This unique opportunity will leverage your past achievements and extensive knowledge of marketing and audience development while providing a working environment that is personally and professionally rewarding. The Senior Director, Marketing & Audience Development is a key representative of the organization and a keen advocate of theatre with stakeholders, the community at large and other arts organizations.

Our patrons are our lifeblood - they purchase tickets, make donations, and contribute to the communal experience of live theatre by reacting to the work of our artists. The role of the Senior Director, Marketing & Audience Development is to increase the public profile of the Festival, to introduce new patrons to our work, and to improve patron retention rates.

The Senior Director, Marketing & Audience Development will have a strong understanding of our various patron segments in order to drive attendance and increase brand awareness.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Marketing & Audience Development

  • Direct and coordinate marketing functions designed to meet annual ticket sales targets and sponsorship revenue.
  • In collaboration with the position's key direct reports, develop and oversee the implementation of integrated marketing plans designed to meet ambitious revenue targets.
  • Formulate the profile of the Festival's target markets.
  • Identify and develop new customers, build loyalty among existing customers, and win back lapsed customers.
  • Develop and drive the evolution of a brand strategy that supports the Stratford Festival's strategic goals and objectives. That strategy has three layers: the overarching brand, the annual season, and the individual productions and events, including the Forum, the Lab, our Stratford Festival On Film series and our touring and outreach activities.
  • Articulate a clear value proposition associated with the brand and ensure the proposition is integrated into the work of the marketing, audience development, publicity, sponsorship, and communications teams. Ensure compelling copy for marketing, communications, and sales materials. Review all marketing materials to ensure integrity and consistency with brand and value proposition.
  • Oversee and direct the evolution of the Festival's web and digital presence with the goal of optimizing revenue.
    • Create an online experience that reinforces the Festival's brand, builds relationships with existing patrons, and connects with new and diverse patrons.
    • Develop plans to curate and shape a patron experience from beginning to end that will optimize revenue and encourage loyalty. The patron experience includes all marketing touch points and the on-site visit. Develop plans to capitalize on the new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre to elevate the patron experience.
    • Analyze the effectiveness of marketing initiatives and costs, continually improve bottom-line results, and create benchmarks and success measurements for marketing programs.
    • Develop and oversee marketing budgets.

 Leadership

  • Consult with the Artistic and Executive Directors and others in the Director's Office through the season planning process. Provide feedback on programming choices based on knowledge of target markets, competitive offerings, emerging social issues, and internal competencies.
  • Lead the development of the "key art" to promote each season and the individual productions, events, and experiences. Liaise with the Artistic Director and the Executive Director on the creation of that key art.
  • Oversee corporate sponsorship activities and liaise with the marketing team on sponsor recognition and identification of new sponsorship opportunities.
  • Maintain regular contact with internal and external stakeholders; work to ensure consistent communication towards developing a common brand and reputation.
  • Forge and nurture connections with local, provincial and national tourism agencies, and with other cultural organizations within Canada and beyond.
  • Prepare and administer marketing plans in relation to government funding opportunities.
  • Promote, develop, and maintain positive relations with partners, vendors, and distributors.
  • Report on marketing campaign and sales/revenue achievement at Board and Finance Committee meetings. Serve as staff lead to the Marketing Committee by both reporting to the Committee and soliciting its feedback and advice.
  • Regularly analyze sales data and competitive activity and share with the Festival senior team, together with observations and recommendations.
  • Liaise with the advancement department on the development of the annual communication/solicitation plan and review materials to ensure they are consistent with brand standards.
  • Establish, implement, and evaluate short- and long-range departmental objectives, policies, and operating procedures to ensure goals are met or exceeded.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement; develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach.
  • Be responsible for staff performance and development goals, establishing priorities and conducting annual performance reviews.
  • Adhere to, implement, and enforce the Stratford Festival Health & Safety Commitment and Procedures, and ensure that safe work practices and policies are enforced and supported.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum 10 years' relevant and progressive senior-level experience in general management in a relevant B2C business, preferably in the arts, entertainment, or tourism industries.
  • Experience in building an organization's brand identity through strategic planning and execution.
  • Exceptional track record in planning marketing strategies, advertising campaigns, and e-marketing programs.
  • Strong understanding of integrated marketing programs that strengthen the brand, connect with key stakeholders, and inspire ticket sales and affiliation.
  • Deeply versed in and extremely comfortable with digital and experiential marketing.
  • Experience in corporate sponsorship sales and cultivation.
  • Established senior contacts with relevant local, national, and international communities considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of contracting, negotiating, and change management.
  • Significant and exceptional project management skills and experience.
  • Experience in building, mentoring, and coaching a team of functional experts.
  • Alignment with the Stratford Festival's mission, vision, and values.
  • Knowledge of audience development best practices.
  • Demonstrated experience in budgeting and financial forecasting.
  • Superior communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • University degree or equivalent education and experience in a field related to business or marketing. Master's degree preferred.

CANDIDATE ATTRIBUTES

  • Highly articulate, with exceptional team-building skills.
  • A passion for theatre.
  • Strong organizational management skills: detail-oriented, strategic, creative, entrepreneurial, and disciplined.
  • High professional standards, with an acute attention to detail.
  • A practical, calm, and creative problem solver and strategic thinker, with the flexibility to react nimbly to the unexpected.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, independently or as part of a team.
  • Results-oriented personality with a collegial management approach and high level of integrity.
  • Disciplined; accepts ownership with a hands-on approach.

COMPENSATION

A competitive, experienced-based compensation package with benefits will be provided.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your application by emailing your cover letter and résumé to: stratford@searchlightpartnersgroup.com

The Stratford Festival is an equal-opportunity employer, committed to reflecting our city's and country's diversity. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

Recognizing that diversity – in our workplace, in our audiences and on our stages – fosters a rich and creative environment, we welcome applicants with disabilities and are committed to accommodating them throughout the hiring process. We encourage all qualified applicants to provide a resume and cover letter in a single PDF document no later than November 2, 2019 to:

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
E-mail: stratford@searchlightpartnersgroup.com
Subject: Senior Director, Marketing & Audience Development

AUDITIONS

When are they held?

General auditions are held annually across the country, usually in February or March. Members of Canadian Actors’ Equity are given priority. Youth auditions are held in the fall. Please check the website in September and October for postings about youth auditions.

How do the auditions work?

Actors selected to audition are asked to prepare two contrasting classical speeches, at least one Shakespearean.  Each monologue should be no longer than two minutes.  As audition slots are limited, we rarely see anyone who has auditioned in the previous 2 years.

How do I apply? 

If you would like to be considered for an audition, and are eligible to work in Canada (citizen, permanent resident, or work permit) please send your headshot and resume at any time by email. Please include "General Auditions" in the subject line of your email.

We Want You


If You – 

Have a passion for the arts

Have an enthusiastic, professional attitude

Are a team player

Believe quality really does matter

Are creative and self-motivated

Can communicate effectively