Daily Archives: March 26, 2008

Event: World Theatre Day, TAPA Members

World Theatre Day was created in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI). It is celebrated annually on March 27th by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. Various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion. One of the most important of these is the circulation of the World Theatre Day International Message through which, at the invitation of ITI, a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace.
For more information on World Theatre Day and the full text of the World Theatre Day International Message, please visit www.iti-worldwide.org

World Theatre Day Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) Performances
Some theatres in Toronto offer PWYC performances (usually Sunday matinees). As part of World Theatre Day, TAPA is spotlighting these terrific opportunities to celebrate theatre and see some great shows at an impossible-to-beat price. For full details, please contact the venue box office. Some participating theatres include:

  • Democracy by Michael Frayn
Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave
Box Office: 416.531.1827
Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 2:30pm PWYC
  • Fire by Paul Ledoux and James Young
Canadian Stage – Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St E
Box Office: 416.368.3110
Monday, March 31, 2008 at 8:00pm PWYC
  • Last Days of Graceland by Franca Miraglia
Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave
Box Office: 416.504.7529
Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 2:30pm PWYC
  • The Mansfield Project by Dean Gilmour & Michelle Smith
Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst St
Box Office: 416.504.9971
Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 2:30pm PWYC

Job Posting: Assistant to the Production Manager, Tarragon Theatre

Tarragon Theatre is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced individual to fulfill a new support position as Assistant to the Production Manager for the 2008-09 season. The position is for 38 weeks, with some flexibility in start date. Tarragon’s first show of the 2008-09 season begins previews on September 2, 2008. The Assistant to the Production Manager will provide direct support to the Production Manager and Technical Director, through a full season of five Mainspace shows, two Extra Space shows, and three Remount shows. This is a fantastic learning opportunity, and a chance to work in carpentry, props, lighting and sound, as well as the management, scheduling and budgeting side of production. There is an opportunity for the APM to take on some tour management duties towards the end of the season.

Position requirements and more details are listed on the complete job posting on workinculture.ca

Reply by email at michael@tarragontheatre.com or by mail to Michael Freeman, Production Manager, 30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto ON M5R 1X3. Applications should include a cover letter and resume. No phone calls or faxes, please. Applications must be received by March 31, 2008.

Workshop: Getting Started for Actors, Theatre Ontario

Getting Started for Actors: Theatre Ontario Workshop 
Tuesday April 8, 2008 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Up to 2 hours with Tim Chapman, our professional theatre coordinator, answering the most frequently asked questions about the BUSINESS of acting.

Find out about:

  • the realities of showbiz
  • pictures and resumés
  • Equity and ACTRA
  • agents & casting directors
  • maintaining and improving your acting skills

FREE! ***Theatre Ontario Members Only***
Reserve your spot now – no latecomers please

Inquire at Reception
416-408-4556 www.theatreontario.org

Event: Emerging Artist Event, Tarragon Theatre

Friday, March 28, 2008
6:45pm-7:30pm – Tessa King is interviewed by Andrew Lamb about her experience on Democracy and as our current resident emerging artist
8:00pm-10:15pm – Performance of Democracy, directed by Richard Rose
10:15pm-10:30pm – Special talkback with RH Thomson, Alon Nashman and Jack Fera – a former RCMP officer who met both Willy Brant and Gunter Guillaume, portrayed by RH and Alon in the play

There are a limited number of TEA-list tickets available at the $15 price. To book tickets, please contact our box office at 416.531.1827.

Call for Submissions: $10,000 Urjo Kareda Residency Grant for Emerging Artists, Tarragon Theatre


This $10,000 grant allows the successful applicant to spend 20 weeks at the Tarragon Theatre, working on a self-created program.

The grant is geared toward an emerging professional theatre artist, whether in the field of playwriting, direction, design or the technical arts.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 25, 2008.

For further information go to:

Job Posting: Drama School Coordinator, Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People

LORRAINE KIMSA THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, (formerly Young Peoples Theatre) is the largest Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) company in Canada. LKTYP is an integral institution in the Canadian professional theatre community. Over 41 years, we have produced many of the most significant works that now form the canon of plays for young audiences in this country. We are also renowned as the showplace for important TYA work developed elsewhere. In addition to being a producer and presenter of theatre, LKTYP is also the home of a year-round Drama School for youth. At the center of LKTYP’s artistic policy is a desire for children to be imprinted with experiences that will increase their access to the world and to their own developing identities. We create theatre to have a positive and lasting impact on the emotional, social, and intellectual development of young people. At LKTYP we believe that the more challenging, the more hostile, the more isolated within-the-crowd our world becomes, the more we need art to help us interpret the universe, connect with each other, and imagine a better future. If adults need this, kids need it more.LKTYP is currently seeking an outstanding candidate for the full-time position of Drama School Coordinator. Reporting directly to the Director of Education & Participation, the Drama School Coordinator is the principal manager and leader of our regular theatre arts education classes which introduces kids and youth to theatre and facilitates the development and practice of positive social skills.

To manage, lead and implement the 39-year old Drama School and its ancillary activities including:

  • Planning, implementing and assessing all Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Drama School programming at Downtown, North York and Etobicoke sites, in collaboration with the Director of Education & Participation.
  • Coordinating an innovative arts education curriculum with vision, integrity and expertise.
  • Marketing the Drama School in tandem with the Directors of Marketing and of Education & Participation, while acting as its principal public face.
  • Scheduling, contracting, training, supervising and acting as a resource to the Drama School Staff.
  • Providing leadership and management to the Drama School’s efforts to reduce barriers to the accessibility of LKTYP’s programmes and activities through its extensive scholarship opportunities.
  • Working to ensure appropriate access and accommodation to students with a variety of physical, psychological, linguistic and social capacities.
  • Managing the Drama School Budget in tandem with the Director of Education & Participation.
  • Supervising and developing the Drama School curriculum in collaboration with the Director of Education, the Educational Services Coordinator and LKTYP Arts Education Facilitators and Teachers.
  • Managing the maintenance and expansion of LKTYP’s Skill Development Workshops.
  • Collaborating with, and supporting, other Education & Participation activities as directed by the Director of Education & Participation.


  • 5 years professional experience in diverse, community-based arts-education with an emphasis on theatre school or arts education administration.
  • 5 years proven ability to create and execute meaningful arts-education programming emphasizing theatre as a facilitator and manager.
  • Substantial experience serving the needs of, and working with, children, youth and the people who care for them.
  • Ability to work with volunteers who have varying levels of experience and goals.
  • Experience with resource, project and budget management.
  • Computer literacy: MS Excel, Word, database management.
  • Multi-lingual applicants strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should respond in writing with salary expectations by
Friday, April 25, 2008 to:
Drama School Coordinator Search, LKTYP,
165 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 3Z4 or to: kpounder@lktyp.ca.
Applications by fax will not be accepted. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.


Job Posting:Office Coordinator and Assistant to the Producer, Factory Theatre

Full-time employment, with benefits AVAILABLE MARCH 25TH
Reporting directly to the Managing Director this position has the two-fold responsibility of: office coordination for The Factory Theatre, and personal assistance to the Managing Director (and Artistic Director). The primary area of responsible for this position is to create a professional and welcoming office environment for the staff, vendors and creative team for The Factory Theatre. The successful candidate will work in a fast-paced and artistically driven environment, working equally with administrative and artistic staff and leaders. Candidates must have some familiarity with Canadian theatre and previous administrative experience.

This entry level position is suitable for an emerging professional passionate about theatre and interested in learning more about producing and facilitating live performance.

Specifically, this position has the following responsibilities:

Administrative Assistance

  • Responsible for daily mail sorting (including invoices), reception duties, media clippings and office appearance (cleaning)
  • Assistance with marketing, fundraising, box office and outreach mailings
  • Responsible for coordinating and compiling all outgoing mail and postage allocations,
  • General office coordination including ensuring the ordering and the maintenance of stock of office supplies and letterhead.
  • Preparation and coordination of all Equity contracts and remittances
  • Personal administrative assistance to the Managing Director and Artistic Director, including assistance with monthly Board meetings
  • Ensuring that general phone and e-mail enquiries are forwarded or answered appropriately.
  • Organizing and leading all weekly staff meetings
  • Participation as a full team member of the Factory Theatre staff and the assumption of responsibility for special projects (i.e. special events) and committee work as required.

Office Coordination

  • Responsible for trouble-shooting the following systems:
  • Telephones, voicemail, greetings and fax machine (as needed)
  • Personal computers, passwords, e-mail, backup  and general networking and Internet as needed – assistance available from EXCEL consultants
  • Photocopy machine

Data Entry

  • Working with the Marketing and Development Manager to input tax receipt data and other stewardship items
  • Preparing, assembling, collating and distributing all weekly payables
  • Preparing equity/artist contracts and tracking payment schedules
  • Coordinating facility rental inquiries, bookings and tracking revenue

The responsibilities listed above address the key duties of the position. The Managing Director will occasionally request additional responsibilities. They will not however, be unreasonably assigned.

Candidate profile

  • Superb verbal and written communication abilities
  • An ability to problem solve autonomously
  • An outgoing, vibrant personality
  • Has a knowledge of and passion for theatre
  • High personal standards with acute attention to detail, and professional presentation
  • Willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends

Candidates should send a professional writing sample plus c.v., in addition to a statement of salary expectations, to:
Attn: Colleen Smith, Managing Director
The Factory Theatre
125 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5V 2R2
e-mail: admin@factorytheatre.ca