GENOVESE VANDERHOOF & ASSOCIATES Cultural Management Consultants
Markham Theatre for Performing Arts
Community and Fire Services Commission
Town of Markham
The Town of Markham is seeking applicants for the position of Theatre Manager. Reporting to the Director of Cultural Services, the Theatre Manager is responsible for creating a balanced program to meet the Theatre’s strategic goals and for the management of the Theatre (including financial management, marketing, sponsorship, the overseeing of daily operations, and facility maintenance). The Manager liaises with the Theatre Board and staff, providing leadership and direction.
The 528-seat theatre opened in 1985 and serves over 125,000 patrons a year. Part of the Markham Civic Centre complex, the Theatre has an annual budget of approximately $2 million. Its annual activities include commercial, community, and educational programs and rentals, as well as a presentation series. Four spaces are available for rental within the facility for performances, corporate events, and private functions, offering catering and bar services.
With recent improvements to backstage and front of house areas to accommodate larger productions, the Theatre has an annual usage rate of some 265 days. Full-time staff reporting to the Theatre Manager include a Manager of Facility and Production, a Manager of Client Services, a Marketing and Development Coordinator, and an administrative clerk.
The Town of Markham is the largest of nine communities in York Region with a growing population of nearly 300,000. It is located on the northern border of the City of Toronto. Markham is Canada’s most diverse community with 57% of residents not born in Canada. Called the ”High Tech Capital” of Canada, the Town is a base for over 900 high technology/life sciences corporations, headquarters for over 400 companies and a leader in urban design.
The Town of Markham manages a number of cultural assets, including the Varley Art Gallery and the Markham Museum & Historic Village, which provide an array of services, programs, and educational activities to its community.
The Markham Theatre is undergoing a transformational process and needs a dynamic performing arts facility professional with at least five to seven years’ leadership experience. The ideal candidate will have expertise in business development and strategies for arts programming, marketing, fund-raising, institutional branding, and community relations. It is important that the Manager has a track record in effectively engaging with diverse communities through education, outreach, and programming with measurable results.
The Manager represents the Theatre to the public, the media, and the performing arts industry at large through leadership and participation in community activities. The Theatre has a key responsibility for the cultural and educational enrichment of the Town of Markham; its Manager must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, the media, artists, board members, artist managers, other arts groups, sponsors, educational institutions, and the audience.
A second language is an asset for this position; a valid class G Ontario drivers license and a satisfactory drivers abstract are required.
Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package. Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and a list of references by Monday, February 23, 2009 to:
Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates
77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103
Canada M5B 2J7