Daily Archives: September 8, 2009

Internship: Artistic Programs Volunteer Intern, Canadian Stage Company

Dates: September 28th 2009 – December 18th 2009

The Canadian Stage Company is now accepting applications for the (volunteer) position ARTISTIC PROGRAMS VOLUNTEER INTERN.

Reporting to the Artistic Coordinator, this Intern position offers an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge in running creation and professional development programs that engage established theatre artists, emerging voices and youth, as well as the overall artistic activities of a large theatre organization, including casting and season programming.

About The Canadian Stage Company:

Based in Toronto, The Canadian Stage Company develops and produces the best in Canadian and international contemporary theatre and is Canada’s largest contemporary theatre company.

Major Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with the research and organization of projects for current and upcoming seasons, as well as maintaining departmental resources
  • Assisting in the organization of submissions and casting activities
  • Assisting with the co-ordination for programs for professional artists including creation programs, the BASH! Artist Development Program and other new initiatives
  • Assisting with the co-ordination for programs for emerging artists and theatre students such as The Gymnasium Emerging Artist Development Program
  • Assisting with the co-ordination for programs for youth and opportunities for young artists
  • Documenting artistic activities and reporting on findings, compiling feedback and contributing to overall program evaluation

The Intern will have opportunities to opportunities to participate in artistic program planning and visioning sessions, and where appropriate, opportunities to develop leadership skills in the implementation of new initiatives.

The Canadian Stage Company Artistic Programs Intern must commit to 18 – 25 hrs per week.  Schedule can be flexible.

Ideal Personal Qualities:

  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Interest in theatre creation and producing, artistic development and casting
  • Experience in leadership roles and desire to improve leadership skills
  • Passion for the performing arts and a working knowledge of Toronto’s professional theatre scene
  • Ability to work well individually and as part of a team
  • Previous office administration experience and previous creation experience are an asset
  • Highly organized Self-starter. Full training will be provided but in some cases the successful candidate will be asked to work independently on assigned projects.
  • High computer proficiency (MS Word & Excel experience preferred, e-mail and internet)
  • Being enrolled in a course of study that involves interning at an arts organization is considered an asset but not required.

In addition to the many benefits of The Canadian Stage Company’s Intern Program which include information sessions with staff members of their choice, the successful candidate will also be in contact with some of Canada’s leading theatre artists and will have opportunity to take part in festival events. The intern will also receive free tickets to Canadian Stage productions and will be invited to readings, workshops and other artistic development initiatives.  We strive to make our intern positions as valuable an experience as possible.

Please submit cover letter, résumé and 3 (phone) references by Friday September 18, 2009 by email only,
(attach documents in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat)

Canadian Stage Company
e-mail: cmanders@canstage.com

Please note in your cover letter where you saw this intern posting. We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview are contacted. No telephone inquiries please. All applications are considered confidential.
Canadian Stage Company is an equal opportunity employer.


Job Posting: Publicity Coordinator, DW Communications

DW Communications, a small arts pr agency whose clients include some of Toronto’s most outstanding theatre, dance and music organizations, is looking for a publicity coordinator to start September 14 or soon thereafter.

The ideal candidate has 1-2 years publicity experience (preferably in an arts environment), excellent verbal and written communications skills, and an ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Draft press releases, public service announcements, media invites, backgrounders, etc.
  • Pitch and coordinate designated media for advance stories and reviews
  • Keep database current
  • Prepare press kits and other press/promotional materials
  • Assist at opening nights when needed
  • Oversee/help interns with clippings, publicity reports and distribution of materials


  • Minimum one-year experience as an arts publicist
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written, for both traditional and online media
  • Good organizational skills including the ability to work independently and set priorities
  • Ability to implement multiple activities and meet tight deadlines
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to take initiative, and be flexible in a demanding environment
  • Tactful and diplomatic
  • Excellent knowledge of computer programs: Word and Excel
  • Experience with Filemaker Pro and Dreamweaver an asset
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about the performing arts

Additional Information
The office hours are (10am-6pm) with some evenings and weekends attending at events.

Please email resume and cover letter outlining interest, qualifications and salary-range expectations by 5pm, September 11, 2009. (All documents in Microsoft Word or PDF, sent as attachments please.)
Email:  dw@dwcommunications.net

Deadline: Friday, September 11, 2009.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

No telephone inquiries please.

Volunteer: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche needs your help!, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Toronto’s all night contemporary art extravaganza, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, is fast approaching on October 3, 2009.

The dusk-til-dawn public celebration of contemporary art will once again feature thousands of artists showcasing their work in unlikely spaces across the city. The success of this massive event would not be possible without the generous assistance of hundreds of volunteers who support the event year after year. We need your help!

With nearly a million people hitting the streets to view over 130 projects in three zones across the city, there is a strong need to assist the public in navigating the event. The primary volunteer opportunities for this year’s event will be the roles of: Information Ambassador, Project Facilitator & Usher.

  • Information Ambassadors will volunteer at the event’s Information Centres and high traffic locations, welcoming audiences, providing information, answering questions, and handing out guides and maps.
  • Project Facilitators and Ushers will volunteer at a specific project. Project Facilitators will assist audience members with interactive projects, while Ushers will assist people waiting to view a project, ensuring their successful navigation through line-ups and the work itself.

For all three positions, the time commitment will include:

  • a 2-hour orientation session to meet with our staff and complete all necessary paper-work;
  • a 3-hour training session to take place approximately 2 weeks prior to the event; and
  • a 12 to 15-hour shift during the night of the event.

If you are interested in any of these volunteer positions, please send an e-mail to spevvol@toronto.ca including:

  1. Your first and last name
  2. A phone number where we can reach you during business hours
  3. The volunteer position you are interested in:
  • Information Ambassador
  • Project Facilitator
  • Usher

Once you send the above information you will be contacted with upcoming dates for a mandatory orientation session, which is the first step in volunteering with the event.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Job Posting: Director, Communications Division, Canada Council for the Arts

(La version française suit le texte en anglais)

Canada Council for the Arts is presently recruiting for a Director, Communications Division.

Applications should be submitted to Manon Dugal, Director, Human Resources, no later than October 13, 2009 at competition1@canadacouncil.ca quoting competition number 8000.  For a complete job profile, please contact Rachelle Malone at 613-566-4414 extension 4114 or send an e-mail to competition@canadacouncil.ca. 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 Directeur, Division des communications.

Les demandes doivent parvenir à Manon Dugal, Directrice, Ressources humaines à competition1@Conseildesarts.ca au plus tard le 13 octobre 2009 et mentionner le numéro de concours 8000.  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 competition@conseildesarts.ca.  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.

Job Posting: Producing Director, Dancemakers

Dancemakers is seeking a strong administrative and producing partner to lead the organization into the next stage of its development. The successful candidate will have at least five years of senior level experience on the national stage and understand the complexity of operating a mid-sized Toronto-based arts organization that is a leading space for the creation, presentation and development of contemporary dance.

Job Description

Reporting directly to the Board of Directors and working closely with the Artistic Director, the Producing Director is responsible for the resource management and financial and administrative operations of the organization including but not limited to strategic planning, fundraising, project management and touring. The Producing Director will ensure that the organization’s human, financial, facility and material resources are adequate for it to achieve its objectives.

Skills include:

  • The ability to lead productive relationships with a diverse group of individuals including artists, administrative personnel, board volunteers, private and public sector funders, political and community leaders and members of the public
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate organizational priorities in both verbal and written forms. English is the organization’s primary working language but the ability to work in French is an asset
  • Excellent mastery of financial and managerial accounting principles
  • Ability to design and implement marketing and development strategies
  • Ability to strategize on both a short- and long-term basis
  • Sophisticated networking and relationship building experience
  • Investment in and a deep curiosity for dance and/or contemporary performance

Responsibilities include:

Financial management:

  • Prepare and manage the annual and multi-year operating and capital budgets
  • Oversee cash-flow, working capital, payroll, benefits and insurance programs and investments
  • Ensure timely reporting to regulatory authorities
  • Oversee the comptroller and bookkeeper


  • Research, prepare and manage all public and private granting programs
  • Design and implement an individual giving plan
  • Oversee special events
  • Oversee board and other volunteer committee fundraising initiatives

Facility management:

  • Manage Artscape relationship
  • Ensure adequate rental revenues while maintaining appropriate balance between company activities, curated events and non-curated activities and rentals

Communications and marketing:

  • Create and/or supervise the communications and marketing operations

Board Liaisons:

  • Maintain effective communication
  • Prepare and present financial statements
  • Coordinate and support committees and special initiatives
  • In conjunction with the AD and the executive, ensure appropriate succession and governance goals are met

Programming and project support:

  • In close collaboration with the AD, support the development of a strong curatorial vision by advocating, and building the resource support for, all of the organization’s artistic activities
  • Assist in building local, national and international partnerships with artistic collaborators, presenters, and organizations
  • Maintain necessary permissions, copyrights, royalties and licensing fees for artistic works
  • Develop and administer, in conjunction with the AD,  all touring and outreach programs

Staff management:

  • Hire and supervise all full-, part-time and contractual administrative staff
  • Ensure the professional development of administrative staff
  • Maintain relationships with unions and professional organizations where applicable
  • Public relations and advocacy
  • With the AD, act as a pro-active voice for the organization and its interests in matters of advocacy, profile and impact

Deadline for submission: September 18, 2009

Please email application, in PDF or .doc formats only, to the attention of
Clive Veroni, Chair, Board of Directors to pdcompetition@dancemakers.org

Dancemakers is an equal opportunity employer.  We thank everyone for their interest in Dancemakers. Those who will be invited for an interview will be contacted by September 25, 2009.