Monthly Archives: February 2009

Announcement: Arts Worker Discount for Randolph Young Company’s production of WEST SIDE STORY

RYC – Randolph Young Company, a program of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts is offering an arts worker discount for WEST SIDE STORY.

West Side Story
Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Directed by Lawrence Axmith
Music Director Kieren Macmillan
Choreographer Shannon Cote

The Jets will rumble with the Sharks on the Bathurst Street Theatre stage in the Randolph Young Company’s production of West Side Story, February 13 to March 1, 2009. RYC’s teen performers revisit Leonard Bernstein’s most beloved songs, including “Something’s Coming,” “Maria,” “America,” “Somewhere,” and “Tonight” in this timeless story of rival New York gangs and star-crossed lovers in the mid-1950s.

RYC’s West Side Story runs at the Bathurst Street Theatre, 736 Bathurst Street (1 block south of Bloor Street) on February 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7 p.m. and on February 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and March 1 at 2 p.m.

Arts workers can purchase $15 tickets (regularly $20) for any performance when they purchase at the door.  This offer is subject to seat availability with a limit of 2 tickets per arts worker at the discounted price.  Valid Arts Worker identification must be presented at time of purchase.

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Recommended for audiences 10+ due to mature content.


Call for Submissions: New Play Development, fu-GEN


fu-GEN has been invited for a second year to be a Theatre Creators’ Reserve Recommender. The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Theatre Creators’ Reserve is a program that assists Ontario-based professional theatre creators – and informal collectives of individual creators – by funding them in the creation of new work. This program is assessed by theatre companies that act as third-party recommenders for the OAC. Recommenders receive applications directly from creators and forward grant recommendations to the OAC for authorization and payment.

fu-GEN is now accepting applications from individuals or collective artists for consideration of recommendation. The funding provided by the program is designed to provide artists the means to jumpstart or finish their work. We will only consider projects that are in their initial to pre-workshop stages of development. Applicants may ask for a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum of $5,000. All recommendations must be approved by the OAC. Because of our mandate, first priority will be given to Pan-Asian artists. As our second priority, we will also accept applications from all other artists of colour. If you have a script or a project you would like to submit to fu-GEN for consideration, please download the applicant package from the OAC website. Along with your package please include:

  • A short description of your project
  • A budget listing your expenses that clearly shows how you plan to allocate the funds you may receive for the duration of the time you propose to write
  • If possible, an excerpt of the proposed project or other recent work
  • Development history of proposed project. 5. An up-to-date CV or resume (theatre and/or playwriting).

Please submit three hard copies to our offices. We cannot accept applications by email or fax. All applications are due to the fu-GEN office by February 27, 2009 @ 5:00 pm.

For further information about eligibility and requirements of Theatre Creators’ Reserve please visit the OAC website.  Or visit our website fu-GEN TCR webpage

Call for Submissions: Festival of Ideas and Creation, Canadian Stage Company

The Canadian Stage Company is pleased to announce a call for submissions to its second and now annual Festival of Ideas and Creation for the June 2009 Festival. Festival Director Natasha Mytnowych has released a Call for Submissions to artists who are currently working on new projects of any length and in early phases of development who would like the opportunity to publicly share their work in a festival context. Deadline for submissions is March 16, 2009.

The Festival of Ideas and Creation is an annual artistic festival, offering opportunities for professional artists locally and nationally to develop and present new work and evolve their artistic practice. The festival integrates the Company’s year-round artistic development initiatives and is programmed in collaboration with a wide array of artists and arts organizations. Additionally, the festival offers audiences opportunities to increase their understanding and participate in the development of new Canadian work.

The inaugural Festival of Ideas and Creation in May 2006 was an international playwrights’ event based on play creation, consisting of Master Classes taught by senior theatre creators, public conversations, public panels and other networking events. Teachers included Edward Albee, Leslie Arden, Denise Clarke, Joe Penhall, Judith Thompson, and Paula Vogel.

This year we are expanding upon the endeavors of the inaugural festival to include investigations of practice and process by creators, directors and designers, workshops and presentations of work in development, and the integration of youth, community and artist-driven events from June 8 – 27, 2009.

Festival Programming will be announced in April 2009.


  • A cover letter which addresses:
  • How you approach creation and your practice as an artist (250 words max)
  • Ways in which you are interested in expanding your practice or artists you are inspired by (250 words max)
  • History and description of your project (250 words max)
  • 10 pages (Max) of the project’s script or, for more physical works, a synopsis
  • A Brief bio or CV

Applications can be dropped off or mailed to:
The Canadian Stage Company
26 Berkeley Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2W3

Applications must be received by this date. No exceptions.

For more information, please contact Festival Director Natasha Mytnowych
at 416-367-8243 x277 or

Job Posting: Festival Publicist, Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival

The Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival, a non-profit/charitable organization that produces two annual festivals featuring over 150 independent theatre companies, is currently seeking a Festival Publicist, to be engaged on contract from mid April to mid July, 2009.

Reporting to the Development & Communications Manager and working in-office with the Fringe team, you will spearhead all publicity related activities pertaining to the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival (running July 1 – 12, 2009).

With your broad knowledge of publicity practices you will be responsible for developing and maintaining positive communications with media outlets as well as creating and distributing all information on the Fringe Festival: its special events, initiatives and performers. You will be responsible for creating and nurturing media contacts, distributing materials to tourism bureaus, magazines, newspapers, websites and other media representatives in Ontario, across Canada and the United States. You will also work alongside the Development and Communications Manager to devise publicity campaigns/story angles to pitch to the media.

We are looking for someone who is creative, responsible, self-motivated, organized and outgoing.  A sense of humour, the ability to multi-task efficiently and work within a team structure is also an important part of the position and festival environment.  We stress that the festival environment is hectic and fast paced, and are looking for composure and organization from a candidate.

The Fringe is now in its 21st year and is Toronto’s largest theatre festival with a ticketed attendance last year of 58,001 and box office revenues totalling over $414,000. The Festival currently has three full time staff, close to 100 contracted staff and 350 volunteers.

Key Responsibilities & Skill Requirements:

  • Proven publicity/media relations experience and understanding of the current media environment/personnel
  • Superior verbal/written communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Organizing interviews between Fringe performers/staff and the media
  • Coordinating and supervising all festival related media shoots
  • Coordinating media ticket reservations for festival performances
  • Researching and updating the Fringe’s media contact database
  • Compilation of a media package and contact list for Fringe performers
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced, high pressure environment
  • Knowledge of the Fringe Festival movement and philosophy of the Fringe
  • Compilation of a final report consisting of all festival press coverage

This is a contract position within the organization.
It begins part-time and will shift to full-time as we approach the festival.

Submission Deadline:  Monday, March 2nd
Start Date: Monday, April 6th

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
The Fringe is an equal opportunity employer.

Please submit your resume along with a cover letter and two references to the attention of:
The Search Committee
Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival
208-344 Bloor St. W.
Toronto, ON    M5S 3A7
Fax: 416-966-5072

Fringe of Toronto Theatre

Founded in 1989, The Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival aims to provide the best possible environment for the production and presentation of new and challenging performance works, and is dedicated to the promotion and prosperity of the independent theatre community. The Fringe is Toronto’s largest theatre festival and is one of the city’s high profile arts events with over 140 local, national and international theatre companies participating.

The Fringe’s primary roles are to provide all artists with the opportunity to perform and to develop of new theatre patrons. We aim to provide a festival that is well marketed and organized in which artists may develop their skills and produce a professional independent production. Some of Canada’s most notable theatre artists began their careers at the Fringe. Since 1989 over 1,800 companies have participated in the festival with over $3,700,000 in box office revenue returned to the artists.

In addition to our summer festival, the organization also produces the Next Stage Theatre Festival and holds two annual contests to encourage the development of new scripts.

The Fringe plays a vital role in the independent theatre community and we pride ourselves on our ability to remain a strong, integral part of the development of Canadian art and artists.  The Toronto Fringe is also an important stop on the national Fringe circuit which runs coast-to-coast from June through September.  The Canadian Fringe circuit allows national and international artists to explore new ideas and to share their artistic vision and culture with artists and audiences from other communities.

The Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival is a member of the Canadian Association of Fringe® Festivals (CAFF), the Toronto Alliance for Performing Arts (TAPA), The Toronto Arts Coalition (TAC), Theatre Ontario, Tourism Toronto and Festival and Events Ontario.

Job Posting: Communications Manager, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver, BC

PuSh seeks a creative, results-oriented Communications Manager

About PuSh
PuSh is Vancouver’s mid-winter performing arts festival, presenting acclaimed local, national and international artists and their work. In a spirit of innovation, the PuSh Festival engages and enriches audiences with adventurous contemporary performance, while promoting cultural exchange and development. PuSh’s short history is one of rapid growth and success. The Festival has learnt how to make the most of limited resources, driven by a grassroots appreciation of how exceptional artists can change lives and change societies. More than 23,000 people attended the 2008 Festival. PuSh’s annual budget is now over $1 million. Find out more at

About the Communications Manager Position
This is a revised year-round position, combining the current jobs done by contracted Communications personnel and will play a very important role in the continuing growth of PuSh. The Communications Manager will lead and implement PuSh’s communications and marketing initiatives. This includes: researching and writing copy for the Festival Program Guide, writing and distributing the Festival newsletter, managing social marketing initiatives, working with the Festival’s graphic designers, supervising the Festival publicist and other contractors for outreach and group sales, and managing the Festival communications budget. The Communications Manager will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Senior Curator and the Managing Director.

About You

You have experience with communications and marketing for a non-profit arts organization. Maybe you are an experienced communications professional looking for the opportunity to be more creative in your work or build your own programs. Maybe you’re a specialist and want to branch out. Maybe you’d like to apply your talents to an organization with attitude and that isn’t afraid to experiment and innovate.

Maybe you are in the process of honing newly acquired marketing skills and are ready to take on a larger role with bigger responsibilities. Regardless, you can demonstrate the right combination of professional skills and aptitude. You have a professional manner, an outgoing personality and an ability to create mutually beneficial relationships with all kinds of potential stakeholders.

You must be an excellent writer, a persuasive communicator, a confident presenter, organized and results-oriented. You enjoy the performing arts. You enjoy learning and being part of a passionate, collaborative team. You pay attention to deadlines and have top-notch computer skills (experience in a Mac environment and with Filemaker is preferred).

This is a year-round position paying $36,000 plus benefits. During the  “off-season” (approximately March to August) the hours will be part-time, 18 – 22 hours per week. During the Festival production season (approximately September to February), hours will be full-time, 35 – 40 hours per week.

Application Process
To apply for this position, please email your resume to by February 27, 2009 with “I PuSh Communications” in the subject. In your cover letter, please provide a 100-word piece of original writing answering this question: “What is the PuSh Festival?” Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. We look forward to hearing from you.

Job Posting: Music Assistant – Community & Educational Programmes, Harbourfront Centre

Job Ref. #09J037-TAPA

Situated on Toronto’s waterfront, Harbourfront Centre is renowned as Canada’s foremost facility for contemporary culture.  Our year-round operation offers some 4000 internationally acclaimed events ranging from music, literary and theatrical festivals to children’s activities and craft shops.

Currently an opportunity exists in our Community and Educational Programmes department for a contract Music Assistant position. This position reports to the Artistic Associates, Music for tasks identified as overall festival administration and day to day work flow.  The position will also report to and be supervised by the Assistant Project Coordinator and/or Administrative Coordinator for satisfaction assessment, review of balance of overall workload and review of working relationships   The Music Assistant will assist with the planning and the implementation of the summer festivals and events (e.g., Hot & Spicy Festival; Canada Day; and Beats, Breaks and Culture). The Music Assistant will liaise with the Programming Assistant to ensure clear communication and coordination of information.


  • Liaise with Harbourfront Centre communications staff and outside contacts to secure promotional materials for use in Harbourfront Centre’s summer music marketing and media campaign
  • Research artist’s merchandise information (record labels, distribution, etc.)
  • Develop and maintain the music industry database
  • Coordinate information for Harbourfront Centre production, marketing and media relations and festival programming assistant
  • Conduct artist research for the Music Programmer
  • Coordinate and prepare contracts
  • Coordinate travel, and hotel accommodations for traveling artists in consultation with Music staff
  • Prepare, monitor and follow-up in tax waivers
  • Liaise with Programme Assistant for each festival to ensure flow of information to appropriate Departments


  • Knowledge and skills for this job acquired through a high school diploma and two or more years of administrative experience
  • Good keyboarding skills, familiarity with computers with working knowledge of Filemaker Pro, Microsoft Office and internet applications
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)
  • Enjoy working with the public
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, and self motivated
  • Ability to perform and prioritize multiple activities
  • Fluency in a second language is an asset

DURATION:      March 20, 2009 – September 15, 2009.

HOURS:      9:00 AM – 5:00 P.M. – (some evening and weekend hours) 24 hours per week,
will increase to 40 hours (5 days) in April.


Interested applicants should FORWARD resume QUOTING JOB REF # 09J037-TAPA  to:

Human Resources Department
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
FAX: (416) 973-1003


Harbourfront Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

Job Posting: Head, Digital Media and Creative Services, Communications Division, Canada Council for the Arts

Canada Council for the Arts is presently recruiting for a Head, Digital Media and Creative Services, Communications Division.  Please post this vacancy internally or forward this e-mail to candidates that may be interested in this position.

Please visit our website at to view the posting.

Applications should be submitted to Roch Brunelle, Human Resources, no later than February 27, 2009 at quoting competition number 2402.  For more information or for a complete job profile, please contact Rachelle Malone at 613-566-4414 extension 4114 or send an e-mail to All applications can also be sent by fax to 613-566-4323.

The Employment Application Form must be completed and submitted in order to be considered for this position.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to employment equity.

Le Conseil des Arts du Canada recrute présentement pour le poste de Chef, Médias numériques et Services de création, Division des communications.  S’il vous plait afficher ce poste à l’interne ou faire parvenir ce courriel à tous les candidats qui auraient possiblement un intérêt.

S’il vous plait, visitez notre site web au  pour visionner l’affichage.

Les demandes doivent parvenir à Roch Brunelle, Ressources humaines à au plus tard le 27 février 2009 et mentionner le numéro de concours 2402.  Pour plus d’informations ou pour un profil d’emploi plus détaillé, veuillez communiquer avec Rachelle Malone, Coordonnatrice aux Ressources humaines au 613-566-4414, poste 4114 ou par courriel à  Vous pouvez aussi nous faire parvenir votre demande par télécopieur au 613-566-4323.

Le formulaire de demande d’emploi doit être complété et soumis afin d’être considéré(e) pour ce poste.

Nous remercions tous les candidats de leur intérêt; nous ne communiquerons toutefois qu’avec les personnes convoquées à une entrevue.

Le Conseil des Arts du Canada favorise l’équité en matière d’emploi.