Job Posting: Audience Development; Education and Group Sales Coordinator, Tarragon Theatre

Location: Toronto
Type: Full-Time, Seasonal (46 weeks)
Date Posted: March 26, 2014
Application Deadline: April 25, 2014 – 5pm
Minimum Experience: 2+ years in a relevant field

Tarragon Theatre is one of Canada’s most important cultural institutions.  Heading into our 44th season, we are a leader in developing and producing new Canadian plays by this country’s most important writers.  We are approaching 600 scripts developed at the theatre and 150 premiered, by established and emerging writers like Daniel MacIvor, Joan McLeod, David Yee, Ravi Jain and Hannah Moscovitch.  Playwrights are at the centre of what we do – we work to discover fresh new voices while trying to provide the best conditions for Canadian work to thrive, and support our playwrights with a panoply of resources throughout their process.  At Tarragon, we work hard to reach further while responsibly managing our resources, and are deeply proud of our stability in these challenging times.

We are looking for someone to be part of the important conversation about our future audiences.  As part of the Audience Development team reporting to the General Manager and Artistic Director, you will be engaging with young people to plant the seed that turns them into future audience members.   You will help re-imagine our Education department, working closely with teachers and schools to add value and engagement to our very successful matinee program, and coordinate with Tarragon artists to help them build relationships with young people in new communities.  You will actively sell adult group tickets and create long-term relationships that will add to the conversation at our theatre.  You will help dream up and execute original ways of bringing groups to the theatre, tailoring their experience to transform them into ongoing supporters.  You will organize and manage our courses for artists, audiences and youth, and work to find new ways of connecting with the public.  On top of it all, you will track the results of your work to make sure our programs are always evolving intelligently.
Tarragon is a busy, fast-paced theatre where teamwork and individual focus are equally valued.  You must be able to juggle several balls, and run with them too, and take great satisfaction in helping to support the vision of a theatre trying to think differently.  Given that this work is seasonal, there is certainly time and space for other pursuits while not working at the theatre.

Duties and Requirements:

  • Coordinate relationships with schools and teachers to fill matinees throughout the season, and organizing related workshops, talkbacks and the school ambassadors program.  Also responsible for invoicing and booking tickets.
  • Actively pursue group sales, including creating special events and added value programming.
  • Develop, establish and execute an appropriate “in the schools” strategy, deploying Tarragon artists to learning environments.
  • Coordinate special courses for artists and audiences, including Master Classes and Audit The Season, managing the sales/registrations process, and working with artists to develop course content.
  • Report clearly on ongoing programs and recommend strategic shifts.
  • Participate in theatre/arts community discussions regarding Arts Education and community engagement.
  • Assist with special events and added value programming at the theatre, including Talkbacks, Feedback sessions and our Lecture Series.
  • Develop ongoing, perhaps formalized, relationships with teachers to advise the theatre on its current and future programs.

The successful candidate will:

  • Understand project management and be able to prioritize tasks and demonstrate the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Be able to write well.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the arts ecology, arts education and the school curriculum.
  • Be highly organized and pay attention to detail.
  • Be comfortable working on a computer – Excel and Word skills are an absolute necessity.
  • Like working with others while knowing when to knuckle down and block out the world to get something done.
  • Love theatre.
  • Love young people.
  • Love the idea of building tomorrow’s audiences.

The salary for this position is respectable for work in the arts at the coordinator level, and employment at Tarragon includes access to benefits and possible RRSP contributions after a probationary period.

To apply, please send a single PDF file that includes:

  • A cover letter that articulates why you’re the best candidate and why you want this job –focus on demonstrating your aptitudes, as well as your excellent writing style, and let your resume tell us about your past experiences.
  • Your resume, including a minimum of two references.

Applications should be sent to no later than 5pm on April 25, 2014.  All applicants will be notified of the status of their application within two weeks of the deadline.