Monthly Archives: October 2008

Announcment: Goodness Needs Your Help and Your Aeroplan Miles, Volcano

The elimination of Foreign Affairs international tour funding (ProMart) has affected Volcano’s ability to accept an invitation to tour Goodness, by Michael Redhill, to Rwanda, as the sole Canadian arts representative at the 15th anniversary commemoration of the Rwandan genocide.

In the letter of invitation, the Rwandan Arts Azimut artistic director, Odile Gakire Katese, wrote: “In a country like Rwanda cultural expression has a major role to play in holding up hope for the future by opening up difficult topics and breaking stereotypes and taboos.”

One of the ways that Volcano can get to Rwanda next September is donations of aeroplan air miles. Aeroplan miles donations could also be put towards Volcano’s Africa Trilogy – a project inspired and actively supported by Stephen Lewis (http://www.volcano.ca/productions.html), but the main concern, right now, is getting to Rwanda (2 cities: Kigali and Butare) in September 09.

So far, $38,000 of the $88,000 Volcano needs ($30,000 of this comes from Rwanda – amazingly generous for such a poor country) has been raised. That means there’s $50,000 to go from arts councils and philanthropy. It’s a steep goal. But nearly $12,000 of this is flights, so air miles would help. For more information please visit http://www.volcano.ca/home.html

Job Posting: Managing Director, Factory Theatre

Reporting equally with the Artistic Director to the Board of Directors, this position has the chief administrative and producing responsibility of Factory Theatre (www.factorytheatre.ca) This key position is responsible for all of the theatre’s operational and producing functions. This position is suitable for an experienced arts manager and leader passionate about producing new Canadian theatre and ready to bring the theatre into a renewed physical environment.

Established in 1970 by current and founding Artistic Director Ken Gass, Factory Theatre was the first company in the nation to devote itself exclusively to producing Canadian plays. Entering into its 40th anniversary season in 2009-2010, Factory produces a full season of Canadian plays and maintaining a heritage facility that also serves a host of independent artists and companies.

Specifically, this position has the following objectives:

  • Producing: overseeing the creation, production, and audience development necessary for all shows produced at Factory, including festivals and partner productions
  • Operations and Administration: leading the administrative, facility, marketing, development, and audience relations departments in annual operational and strategic plans which serve to increase audiences, supporters and various stakeholders
  • Capital Management and Development: with the artistic director, board executive and project consultants, create and execute a capital development plan for the theatre to be implemented over the next 5 years, while continuing with ongoing smaller renovations.

Description of specific responsibilities:

  • Developing and implementing financial and business strategies to keep the theatre in sound financial health, and to build a base for future growth and specific strategic objectives approved by the Board of Directors
  • Working with Artistic Director to develop long term strategies over several years to ensure the continuation and expansion of Factory’s work and mandate
  • The creation and monitoring of all operational, project and capital budgets, cash flow and investments for each season
  • Overseeing all capital additions and improvements as they relate to capital asset management
  • Understanding of union/association agreements union issues and any other relevant legislation
  • Completion of union agreements as specified, negotiation of any required changes through the union, PACT or artist’s agent
  • Negotiation and contracting of all staff and employees, with attention to implementation of employment legislation and issues, and management of benefit and retention strategies
  • Act as liaison to various government agencies, including arts councils
  • Act as Factory representative to all related service organizations
  • The creation and implementation of all office systems (including procedures and equipment)
  • Help ensure that Factory Theatre’s spaces function appropriately, and, in particular that audiences are provided with an amenable experience, and, further that the facilities are conducive to the creation of new theatre works.
  • The identification and development of potential new funding sources
  • Act as liaison to Board of Directors regarding the business and producing affairs of Factory

Necessary professional skills:

  • Producing ability
  • Understanding the necessary steps to fully create a production from contracting and negotiating to supporting the rehearsal process, creating marketing design, audience development strategies and soliciting financial support for the projects
  • Experience in community, partnership and stakeholder development
  • Leading the team to develop innovative new resources and ideas to work with local and regional groups to grow new audiences for play development activities and promoting Canadian playwrights
  • Artistic sensitivity and understanding
  • Developing an understanding of the creative process of planning a season
  • Understanding how an organization aligns itself to and follows through on its artistic values when undertaking outreach and community development activities

Candidate profile

  • A creative manager and strategic planner with demonstrated leadership skills
  • Experience in operating, owning or running a facility is necessary
  • Committed to the development of Canadian playwrights and the production of Canadian plays
  • Eager to work collaboratively with a 12+ person staff and a 12-person Board of Directors
  • A skillful communicator, in person and in writing, who is willing and able to represent the theatre to its audience and the wider public
  • Prepared to share responsibility with the Artistic Director and jointly report to the Board of Directors

Candidates should send a c.v., in addition to a statement of salary expectations, by Friday, November 7th to:
MANAGING DIRECTOR SEARCH
The Factory Theatre
125 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5V 2R2
colleen@factorytheatre.ca

Event: Roundtable Rading of Rafta, Rafta, Rasik Arts

October Roundtable on Monday – October 27 at 7pm in the back room of the 5th Elementt (1033 Bay St.). Rafta, Rafta by Ayub Khan-din is about the trials and tribulations of a newlywed couple trying to consummate their marriage in the midst of a meddlesome extended family. The script is based on “All in Good Time” by Bill Naughton and won the Olivier award in London for the best comedy of 2007. It was most recently produced in NYC this spring (And if you remember Sean Tagore from “Nagamandala” – he was in it, too! You can read a review of that production at http://theater2.nytimes.com/2008/05/09/theater/reviews/09raft.html)

Ayub Khan-din has also written “East is East.”

A ROUNDTABLE is an informal gathering where Rasik Arts provides script copies, and we sit around the table in the back of the 5th Elementt reading the play out loud, followed by a discussion. This year, Artist-in-Residence Janice Goveas is moderating. It’s free. Anyone can read a part. Tea and coffee are provided by MyBindi.

Monday, October 27 
Rasik Arts Roundtable supported by BMO and sponsored by MyBindi.com your online destination for cool South Asian stuff!

7-9:30pm
 5th Elementt, 1033 Bay St. (South of Bloor – on the East side, corner of Irwin & Bay – across from St. Mary and St. Joseph streets)

Script: “Rafta, Rafta” by Ayub Khan-din

No admission charge. All are welcome to participate.

www.rasikarts.com

Space for Rent: Office/programming space available at the Artscape Liberty Village, Artscape

The office space at Artscape Liberty Village is available as soon as Dec. 1, 2008

  • 1304 Useable square feet , 1st Floor, west facing
  • Divided into 7 work/office spaces with 2 dedicated entrances to the office
  • 24 hour access – with public building hours
  • 2009 monthly rent approx $1915.00

Located at 60 Atlantic Ave. in the neighbourhood of Liberty Village. Liberty Village is an accessible and newly revitalized community. It is the home of approximately 500 businesses, employing 6,000 full and part time employees. http://www.lvbia.com/home.asp

http://www.torontoartscape.on.ca/60atlantic/

To be eligible for this space, your organization must be a not-for-profit arts organization. You will be required to provide a description of your organization and proof of not-for-profit status.

If your organization, or an organization that you know of, is interested, please contact Wendy Campbell, Assistant Manager of Tenant Services for information – wendy@torontoartscape.on.ca or at 416-392-1038 x 27, to arrange a tour of the space.

Space for Rent: Office/programming space available at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, Artscape

2 office/programming spaces are available at Artscape Wychwood Barns for as soon as Nov. 1st

Space I

  • 276.74 usable square feet
  • Second Floor of the Community Barn
  • Monthly rent $484.17 (all inclusive)
  • Available as soon as Nov. 1, 2008

Space II

  • 660.60 usable square feet
  • Second Floor of the Community Barn
  • Monthly rent $1,156.46 (all inclusive)
  • Available as soon as Nov. 1, 2008

Artscape is offering an exciting opportunity for Toronto based Not-for-Profit Arts or Environmental Organizations to be a part of the newly renovated and restored Artscape Wychwood Barns community.

Located near St. Clair Ave. and Christie St. in Toronto, Artscape Wychwood Barns is a multifaceted community centre where arts and culture, environmental leadership, heritage preservation, urban agriculture and affordable housing are brought together to foster a strong sense of community.

The Barns are scheduled to open in November 2008 with office spaces available for occupancy as early as November 1, 2008.

For learn more about the Artscape Wychwood Barns, please refer to the Artscape website at www.torontoartscape.on.ca/barns.

If your organization, or an organization that you know of is interested please contact Wendy Campbell, Assistant Manager of Tenant Services for information – (wendy@torontoartscape.on.ca or at 416-392-1038 x 27)

ABOUT ARTSCAPE

Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development enterprise that creates projects that harness the power of the arts to revitalize buildings, neighbourhoods and cities. http://www.torontoartscape.on.ca

Event: OUR FAMOUS CLOTHING SWAP IS BACK!, Aluna Theatre

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19 at 1550 Queen Street West (Two blocks west of Queen and Lansdowne at the Gift Shop Studio) FROM 11AM – 5 PM

For those of you who have never been to one this is how it works:

  • Get rid of all those clothes you don’t wear anymore. Bring them over to us on the day
  • If you don’t have anything to bring just come over and spend the afternoon finding amazing clothes for only $ 1.00 a piece
  • At the end of the day we will take all the remaining items to a woman’s shelter.

THIS IS A FUNDRAISING ACTIVITY FOR ALUNA THEATRE

Hope to see you all there.

Call for Submissions: 2009-2010 Call for Proposals 
Partnerships Fund, A Component of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canadian Culture Online Strategy (CCO)

Please note that projects that will be funded in 2009-2010 must be entirely completed by March 31, 2010, at which time the current funding cycle of the Partnerships Fund expires. 

To speed up the approval process for the 2009–2010 projects and to ensure that the projects funded will be entirely completed by March 31, 2010, the selection process will be done in one stage as opposed to the two-stage process of previous years. 

Applicants are invited to submit an application to the Partnerships Fund by October 8, 2008.
The 2009-2010 Partnerships Fund guidelines are now available on the Department of Canadian Heritage website at http://www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/progs/pcce-ccop/progs/part_e.cfm

Call for Submissions: 2008 Theatre Creators’ Reserve Program, Modern Times Stage Company

Modern Times Stage Company is proud to participate in the Ontario Arts Council Theatre Creators’ Reserve program. As a third party recommender, we allocate funds to new theatre works we are interested in supporting.

Both playwrights and other theatre creators are invited to submit proposals. We are particularly interested in work that transcends borders (in style or theme) and reflects Modern Times’ artistic direction.

Our funding priorities are to support artists who:

  • Are newcomers to Canada and/or whose training & experience is largely outside Canada
  • Would be first-time recipients of OAC funding
  • Will enjoy an appreciable benefit from support

Proposals will be judged on clarity of artistic vision, relevance to Modern Times’ aesthetic and the value of support to further the applicant’s artistic development.

Requests can be made from $1,000 – $4,000. The number and amount of grants will be determined based on quality of applications received.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • A brief letter introducing themselves and their artistic vision (one page)
  • A synopsis/outline of the proposed project (maximum two pages)
  • A writing sample or excerpt of the proposed project (no more than 15 pages in length)
  • OAC application form (3 copies)
  • A SASE for results announcement

Complete information about the Theatre Creators’ Reserve and the required application form are available on the OAC website (www.arts.on.ca/Page86.aspx). Sorry, we’re unable to return application material or scripts.

Submissions must be received by Friday December 5, 2008.

Please send complete proposals to:
Theatre Creators’ Reserve Submission
Modern Times Stage Company
55 Mill Street, Suite 400
Toronto, ON, M5A 3C4

Questions? Please contact Sue Balint, Director of Development
sue@moderntimesstage.com, (416) 214-1428
http://www.moderntimesstage.com

Announcement: The Culture Congress: L’art du CONTACT – how do we make it?, Harbourfront Centre

Save The Date! Friday November 14 – Sunday November 16, 2008 
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Dear Artists: 

It is with great anticipation that we write urging you to SAVE THE DATE!

 Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec, Bureau du Québec à Toronto and PME-ART in Montreal, is thrilled to announce the second edition of The Culture Congress taking place in Toronto from November 14th to 16th, 2008. The Culture Congress is a forum that opens up Ontario’s lively artistic community to the world, connecting artists from a wide array of creative disciplines to national and international cultural communities for an exchange of ideas, skills, and information.
For this latest edition, in recognition and support of the existing and the continued development of interactions among creative communities in Quebec and Ontario, The Culture Congress asks L’art du CONTACT – how do we make it? The Congress enables contact between people, contact with creative works and coincides with Québec Now!, an in-depth investigation of contemporary arts and culture in Quebec. In light of the current political climate, it is even more timely for us to galvanize as an artistic community to break down borders.
Over the course of three days, you and other creators and culture workers connected to multiple disciplines from across Quebec, Ontario, the rest of the country and abroad will be challenged through a series of workshops, round-table discussions, and dialogue. Provocative questions will evolve in consideration of the many facets of making contact. Together, we will investigate the artist’s contact with physical materials, tools, spaces, and language; the many degrees of connection between artistic works and audience; the impacts and potential of collaborative processes and interdependence in creative settings; and the issues, challenges, best practices and obstacles related to the Québec-Ontario cultural and artistic cooperation. The diversity of perspectives born of each artistic genre on each side of the inter-provincial border will not only add to the vibrant nature of the conversations, but help us all to explore the realities of multidisciplinary approaches.
To further contextualize the scheduled events, participants of The Culture Congress are also encouraged to attend performances taking place during the forum: Bashir Lazhar by Evelyne de la Chenelière, La Pornographie des âmes by Dave St-Pierre, and The Montreal Stockhausen Project, all part of Québec Now!, in addition to other local events and exhibitions. Please see our website for details: www.harbourfront.com/quebecnow
We hope you will join us for The Culture Congress and participate in all this dynamic meeting-of-minds has to offer. More details concerning events, speakers, and workshops will become available in the weeks to come.
Sincerely,

Tina Rasmussen, Director of Performing Arts / Artistic Director, World Stage

Laura Nanni, Artistic Associate, Performing Arts / Producer, The Culture Congress

Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Job Posting: Vice President, Marketing, Sales & Communications, Dancap Productions Inc.


Dancap Productions Inc. (www.dancaptickets.com) is dedicated to presenting and producing the best of Broadway-style theatre created in collaboration with acclaimed performers and award-winning creative teams that will entertain and engage theatre lovers in Toronto, throughout Canada, and around the world. The Dancap theatre experience is infused with a tangible appreciation of the customer; we nurture and reward theatre lovers with unique incentives and a loyalty program that adds value to the theatregoing experience. This start-up company has its successful inaugural year under its belt, having presented six blockbuster shows including Tony Award-winners The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, My Fair Lady, Avenue Q, Jersey Boys, and Marion J. Caffey’s 3 Mo’ Divas. The excitement continues this year with Avenue Q, Jersey Boys, Happy Days, Anne of Green Gables and Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical.

With your passion for the performing arts and desire to become part of a vibrant new Canadian theatre company, have a true impact on our commercial theatre and culture as the new Vice President, Marketing, Sales & Communications. You will provide sound leadership, management and coordination of all company sales, marketing and communication strategies. You will develop and implement these strategies, monitoring and analyzing performance against goals. This exciting, unique opportunity will leverage your past achievements and extensive knowledge of the commercial theatre world while providing a working environment that is fun and both personally and professionally rewarding. The Vice President, Marketing, Sales & Communications is a key representative of the organization and is a natural and active advocate of commercial theatre with other arts organizations, stakeholders and the community at large.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Marketing & Sales:

  • Direct and oversee company sales and marketing functions
  • Develop and oversee sales selling cycle and methodology
  • Direct and oversee the company marketing function to identify and develop new customers
  • Research and develop strategies and plans which identify marketing opportunities, direct marketing, and new project development
  • Analyze the effectiveness of sales, methods, costs, and results and continually improve bottom-line results; create benchmarks and success measurements for marketing programs
  • Direct the development of electronic marketing strategies and programs – web, e-tools, content management, search engine marketing, viral marketing – to ensure cost-effective and successful propagation of messages to target markets and audiences
  • Provide input and oversee the sales and marketing budgets, as well as the development and management of internal operating budgets
  • Establish and oversee the short- and long-range goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures
  • Oversee the preparation, issuance, and delivery of sales materials, exhibits, and promotion programs
  • Promote, develop and maintain positive relations with partners, vendors, and distributors
  • Work with the servicing and package development with Travel Trade in the North American and International markets – Group Tour Operators with Pre-formed groups, day trip operators, special interest, senior group leaders and FIT business
  • Set direction of the group bookings through direct sales, telemarketing, trade shows, conventions and sales missions; provide coaching and training to improve performance as needed
  • Represent Dancap Productions at key leisure trade industry conventions, trade shows, and events related to market segments and ensure existing relationships are enhanced and new opportunities to generate business are developed
  • Represent the company at various community and/or business meetings to promote the company

Communications:

  • Prime responsibility for driving the development and evolution of corporate brand activities including positioning, messaging, branding and intellectual property (Trademark and attribution) guidelines, and ensuring that this is reflected correctly in key collateral and sales tools, with appropriate guidelines for partner and channel marketing activities
  • Lead development and execution of an Annual Integrated Marketing, Sales and Communications Plan, that addresses key communications strategies, tactics and vehicles for all productions
  • Partner with Producer/EVP and other keys members of senior management to understand their communications goals and objectives and how best to meet them; design, implement and evaluate communications strategies
  • Continuously monitor best practices of our competitors and others in the industry, and beyond our industry, to deliver progressive, best of class communications in a cost-effective and timely manner
  • Maintain regular contact with internal and external stakeholders and work very closely with the Producers Group to ensure consistent communications that develop a common brand and reputation
  • Proactively and reactively engage the mass media and trade media to accurately portray Dancap Productions to the general public, entertainment, and arts & cultural sectors
  • Lead Public Relations and manage the flow of information between Dancap and its stakeholders by handling government relations, speaking at key conferences and awards ceremonies, and working with the press

Leadership:

  • Work closely with the six member Producers Group, comprised of senior management, to recommend and administer policies, procedures and opportunities to enhance the business and operations
  • Establish, implement and evaluate short- and long-range departmental and company objectives, policies, and operating procedures to ensure goals are met/exceeded
  • Participate in the development of new project proposals
  • Develop and maintain appropriate working relationships with management and staff, mentoring and coaching whenever possible through conceptualizing, guiding and explaining goals and their relationship to projects

CANDIDATE EXPERIENCE & CHARACTERISTICS

  • University degree or equivalent experiential record with minimum ten years of relevant and progressive senior-level management in a complex, entertainment-related business or cultural organization
  • Able to extend and translate the Corporate brand identity through strategic planning and execution; Knowledge of contracting, negotiating and change management
  • Knowledge of structuring sales quota goals and revenue expectations; Exceptional track record in planning marketing strategies, advertising campaigns, e-marketing programs and successful public relations efforts
  • Established senior contacts with relevant local, national and international communities a significant
  • Able to lead with the independence of thought and urgency required to be effectively deliver within tight timeframes in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with staff and stakeholders; an enthusiastic and positive person capable of maintaining professional demeanour and highest standards of ethics and integrity in a demanding environment
  • Significant and exceptional project management skills and experience; strengths in task and team management; able to execute with small teams or alone
  • Highly articulate with exceptional team building skills; Visionary leader, able to instil pride and push effective innovation as needed
  • Fluent with Microsoft Office Suite and internet use

COMPENSATION

A competitive compensation package including base salary, benefits and bonus will be provided.

Please contact:

Daniel Weinzweig Jennifer Gordon
Managing Partner Principal
Office: (416) 645-3776 Office: 647) 342-5822
Cell: (416) 418-8875 Cell: 416) 318-8170
daniel@searchlightcanada.com jennifer@searchlightcanada.com