Call For Volunteers!

With the 2022 Bard’s Bus Tour less than a month away, Driftwood is looking for volunteers to help us out with greeting and ushering our audiences this summer!

Volunteers get to see our production of King Henry Five for free, and are an integral part of making the Bard’s Bus Tour happen. And because Driftwood is a registered charity, high school students can put volunteer work with us toward their community service hours.

If you’d like to volunteer for us this summer, please fill out this google form.

You’ll notice that we’re asking volunteers to sign up for an online orientation session in July to make sure everyone is filled in on how things will be working this year. The two date options are Wednesday, July 6th at 7pm, and Saturday, July 9th at 2pm. The sessions most likely won’t be more than 30 minutes long. If you would like to volunteer but cannot make it to one of these sessions, please indicate this on the sign-up form.

If you have any questions, please send an email to producer Ella Kohlmann at ekohlmann@driftwoodtheatre.com

Job Posting: Production Coordinator and Technician

Summer is almost here and Driftwood is now looking for a Production Coordinator and Technician to begin work immediately in support of our summer Bard’s Bus Tour of William Shakespeare’s King Henry Five.

Under the guidance of the Producer and working in collaboration with the Technical Director and members of the production team, the Production Coordinator and Technician is responsible for coordinating all technical aspects of Driftwood’s summer season and supporting the daily set up, performance and strike of the Bard’s Bus Tour.

Responsibilities

  • Work with the production team to support the sourcing, build, purchase and/or rent of production elements including wardrobe, props, scenic, lighting and sound
  • Assist in the scheduling and execution of technical rehearsals
  • Assist with the training of artists and company members in the safe and timely set up and strike of all touring production elements
  • Coordinate and assist in all load ins, set ups, strikes and load outs during the tour
  • Support Front of House in welcoming guests to all performances

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • You have a high degree of motivation and professionalism
  • You love working with other people in supporting theatre production and performance
  • You have experience in and understanding of performing arts organizations
  • You have experience in and understanding of technical systems, including wireless lav and lighting
  • You can communicate and work productively and respectfully with artists, theatrical staff and the public
  • Having a full Class-G license and clear driving record is an asset

Salary/Job Details

  • Contract dates: Immediate start – August 28, 2022
  • This is a full-time position with some work remotely, technical rehearsals in Picton, and Toronto as point-of-origin during the tour
  • Salary: $800-$850/wk, and $135 per diem during overnight touring
  • This position may require evening and weekend work, and occasional travel.

To apply

  • Send a cover letter and resume as a single PDF file to Jeremy Smith at jsmith@driftwoodtheatre.com
  • Due to the timing of this posting, applications will be considered as they arrive and we are encouraging candidates to reach out immediately

What the heck is Shakespeare D&D?

(or, I once was a shy kid from a small town)

So, you want to know what Shakespeare D&D is about? The easy answer is that it’s a fantasy world where the characters and settings of Shakespeare’s plays co-exist with creatures, gods and peoples of Dungeons and Dragons a tabletop roleplaying game. The trickier bit? D&D is a game rooted in improvisational play. Though I’ve got a framework built, the story is created in real time when we gather on May 15.

But I can tell you another story about how I become a theatrical storyteller because of Dungeons and Dragons.

It begins in the early 80s, when two very good friends of my family – Andy and Scott Nagy – arrived at our house for a visit. Andy and Scott were like older brothers to me and had been partying at our table since I was a baby. On this visit they brought something unexpected. “We have this really great new game,” they told us with glee, “It’s called Dungeons and Dragons.”

Andy once fed me the nectar of life. Years later he’d poison me with the bite of a green dragon.

During that fateful visit, Andy and Scott led my entire family through our first module (or game/adventure) titled The Keep on the Borderlands by Dungeons and Dragons’ creator, Gary Gygax. And it blew my mind.

For a shy, chubby eight-year old kid there was simply nothing like it. Suddenly, I was a brave and fearless hero roaming the land, fighting dragons and delving deep into crypts, castles, and dungeons. The game sparked my imagination, increased my confidence, encouraged creative thinking and collaborative play. Over the years, I would continue to play this game with friends – in grade school, high school, university, adulthood. Heck, I just finished a game with a group of friends that lasted over fifteen years.

Scott taught me to swim. Later, he’d maroon me on the Isle of Dread.

More often than not, I took the role of Dungeon Master, the individual responsible for guiding the players through their adventures. The Dungeon Master (DM) envisions and describes the world that the players explore, populates it with people, monsters and creatures, and sets goals and challenges for the players. In addition, the DM plays every other person, creature, monster, animal and/or sentient plant (yes, yes you read that correctly) that the players meet. Silly voices, ridiculous props, theatricality and a love of improv are the tools of the trade.

During the pandemic, D&D has been one of the only ways that I’ve been able to create and share stories with others. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, I was able to gather with friends at a virtual table over the internet where we could continue to explore the depths of our imaginations.

At its core, D&D is an exercise in collaborative storytelling, very much like theatre in many respects. The countless hours I’ve spent creating adventures, diving into characters and developing narratives with a group of like-minded individuals has informed and enriched my professional life as a director of live theatre, and vice versa.

And so, as Driftwood began to imagine how we might work our way back towards sharing stories with people in live settings, it only felt natural to invite everyone to join us at the table and experience this strange, wonderful, wacky, and powerful game (but with a Driftwood twist).

Shakespeare’s plays are filled with traditional elements of fantasy roleplaying games: monsters, dragons, witches, magic, interfering gods, epic battles, ghosts, wandering bards. His plays are an embarrassment of riches for anyone looking for adventure hooks and ideas for D&D. And like the best Shakespeare, I’m taking ideas and tweaking them a little. Events and conflicts in Shakespeare’s plays might not occur exactly how he wrote them. This provides us with a rich backdrop upon which to set our own adventures and puts a bit of the unexpected back into these stories we’ve known and retold for over 400 years.

Each of the six players of Shakespeare D&D have been asked to draw inspiration for their character from Shakespeare’s tertiary characters, and imagine why those individuals might have taken up a life of adventuring. What they’ve come up with is marvelous and playful, a truly fascinating group to embark upon the adventure that I have in store for them.

Being an audience for Shakespeare D&D will be a lot like being in the audience for a play. It’s just that this story is entirely improvised on the spot and the imagery, setting, and conflicts which take place will live only in our collective imaginations. And that’s another beauty of D&D: everyone’s experience – the DM, the players, each audience member – will be just a little different, coloured by the visions they create in their own minds based on the description of what’s happening in the story.

I can’t imagine a more theatrical and unique way to welcome people back to Driftwood and set the stage for our new vision of good people sharing great stories. For people who love Shakespeare, Shakespeare D&D will hold a treasure of characters and elements from his plays but with wonderful and unexpected surprises. For me, it’s a chance to play a ridiculously fun game with some fabulous people as we embark upon an adventure together into the unknown. What could possibly be more exciting than that?

Jeremy,

Artistic Director/Dungeon Master.

PS: Andy and Scott, on my next birthday we’re playing again!

My dad and brother also made it through those early adventures (and apparently drank some Ent water along the way). And we still gather when we can with dear friends Andy and Scott.

 

 

Driftwood Summer Jobs

Driftwood Theatre’s 2022 Bard’s Bus Tour is expanding its summer team with a number of positions

After nearly three years, Driftwood Theatre is finally moving forward with hope of a return to live, outdoor touring summer theatre. We’re looking for some creative, outgoing and friendly folk to help us manage, create, and celebrate our plans for The 2022 Bard’s Bus Tour.

Driftwood Theatre is committed to reflecting Canada’s rich diversity in all aspects of our work We encourage and welcome applicants from all backgrounds and will prioritize applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, Women, Gender minorities, 2SLGBTQ+, d/Deaf, Disabled/People with Disabilities, and/or Neurodiverse.

The following positions are made possible with the generous support of Canada Summer Jobs. Candidates must be between 19-30 years of age and be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Here’s a list of what we’re looking for (full postings below). If you think one of these is you, please reach out!

  • Event Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Immediate start – July 17, 2022. Application Deadline EXTENDED to May 27.
  • Communications Coordinator, May 30 – July 24, 2022. Application Deadline EXTENDED to May 27.
  • Front of House Manager, June 6 – August 28, 2022. Application Deadline EXTENDED to May 27.
  • Wardrobe Coordinator, June 6 – July 17, 2022. Apply by May 16. Application Deadline EXTENDED to May 27.
  • Web Marketing Coordinator, June 13 – August 7, 2022. Application Deadline EXTENDED to May 27.

To apply, send a covering letter and resume (as a single PDF document) to Artistic Director, Jeremy Smith at jsmith[at]driftwoodtheatre[dot]com.

 


Event Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Reporting to the Manager of Development and Communications, the Event Marketing and Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for acting as a liaison between Driftwood Theatre and our community partners for all projects and activities related to the 2022 Bard’s Bus Tour.

Duties and Responsibilities include

  • Ensuring timely distribution of marketing materials and communications with all partners
  • Connecting with all partners to ensure that materials produced meet Driftwood’s requirements and standards
  • Connecting Driftwood’s digital team to partners for cross-digital marketing plans
  • Coordinating details of outreach events between Driftwood Theatre and its partners

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Detail oriented, self-motivated and comfortable working in a small, collaborative team environment
  • Experience in digital marketing and communications
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Experience in event management and coordination
  • The ability to communicate effectively and work productively with artists, theatrical staff and volunteers
  • Proficiency in all MS Office and Google Suite Applications
  • Proficiency with Photoshop, InDesign, WordPress an asset

Salary/Job Details

  • This is a full-time (35hrs/wk), contract position
  • Contract dates: May 23 – July 17, 2022
  • Salary: $18/hr + 4% vacation for the duration of the contract
  • This position will work primarily remotely, with some time in Picton, ON during rehearsals and pre-production

Communications Coordinator

Reporting to the Manager of Development and Communications, the Communications Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of online publicity and communications for Driftwood’s 2022 summer programming, including Community Play and educational displays/activities related to the Bard’s Bus Tour.

Duties and Responsibilities include

  • Liaising with the publicist, the production’s director and creative team to develop publicity materials and packaging for the summer season
  • developing and implementing monthly, weekly, daily social media plans with quantifiable and qualitative goals
  • evaluating and reviewing communications plans on a regular basis
  • coordinating PR events with company members, community partners, the media and the public

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Detail oriented, self-motivated and comfortable working in a small, collaborative team environment
  • Experience in digital marketing and communications
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Experience in event management and coordination
  • The ability to communicate effectively and work productively with artists, theatrical staff and volunteers
  • Proficiency in all MS Office and Google Suite Applications
  • Proficiency with Photoshop, InDesign, WordPress an asset

Salary/Job Details

  • This is a full-time (35hrs/wk), contract position
  • Contract dates: May 30 – July 24, 2022
  • Salary: $18/hr + 4% vacation for the duration of the contract
  • This position will work primarily remotely, with some time in Picton, ON during rehearsals and pre-production

Front of House Manager

Reporting to the Producer, the Front of House Manager will be responsible for delivering a safe, orderly, timely and enjoyable theatre experience for Driftwood’s audiences, presenting partners, volunteers, donors and company members.

Duties and Responsibilities include

  • Managing onsite relationships with presenting partners in each community
  • Preparing, setting up and running box office, seating and concessions at each performance
  • Supervising all front of house volunteers
  • Maintaining financial and attendance records for performances and outreach activities
  • Handling online and in-person banking while on tour
  • Participating in the daily set-up and strike of the performance site

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Detail oriented, self-motivated and comfortable working in a small, collaborative team environment
  • Experience in client/customer service and some degree of management
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Cash-handling experience
  • Full class G driver’s license with clean driving abstract and experience driving large vehicles (Ford E350 chassis or equivalent) is an asset
  • The ability to communicate effectively and work productively with artists, theatrical staff and volunteers
  • Capacity for lifting and carrying supplies and equipment
  • Proficiency in all MS Office and Google Suite Application,

Salary/Job Details

  • This is a full-time (35hrs/wk), contract position
  • Contract dates: June 6 – August 28, 2022
  • Salary: $20/hr + 4% vacation for the duration of the contract, and $135 per/diem for overnight stays while on tour
  • This position will work primarily from Toronto, with some time in Picton, ON during rehearsals and pre-production, and travel while on tour.

Wardrobe Coordinator

Reporting to the Production Manager and Production Designer, the Wardrobe Coordinator will be responsible for styling, sourcing, purchase and build of all wardrobe for Driftwood Theatre’s 2022 Bard’s Bus Tour projects.

Duties and Responsibilities include

  • Working under the direction of the Production Designer to realize all wardrobe elements for productions
  • Sourcing and purchasing materials
  • Pattern drafting, cutting and stitching
  • Wardrobe assembly, alteration, fittings and repairs
  • Wardrobe budget management
  • Attend and report at all production meetings

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Detail oriented, self-motivated and comfortable working in a small, collaborative team environment
  • Experience in wardrobe sourcing, patterning, cutting and stitching
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Proficiency in all MS Office and Google Suite Applications

Salary/Job Details

  • This is a full-time (35hrs/wk), contract position with some flexibility in the schedule
  • Contract dates: June 6 – July 17, 2022
  • Salary: $20/hr + 4% vacation for the duration of the contract
  • This position may work from home, participating in regular meetings online and/or in-person and fittings in-person
  • Driftwood is committed to a five-day work week, however this position may require evening and weekend work, and occasional travel
  • Time off in lieu of payment will be given for overtime

Web Marketing Coordinator

Reporting to the Manager of Development and Communications, the Web Marketing Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of digital engagement programs as part of Driftwood’s summer programming, including Community Play and educational displays/activities related to the Bard’s Bus Tour.

Duties and Responsibilities include

  • Liaising with Driftwood artists for online interviews
  • Liasing with the publicist, the production’s director and creative team to develop publicity materials and packaging for the summer season
  • developing and implementing free digital content to accompany live programming including recording and editing videos and preparing them for release

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Detail oriented, self-motivated and comfortable working in a small, collaborative team environment
  • Experience in digital marketing and communications
  • Experience in recording, editing and posting social media content
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • The ability to communicate effectively and work productively with artists, theatrical staff and volunteers
  • Proficiency in all MS Office and Google Suite Applications
  • Proficiency with Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, WordPress an asset

Salary/Job Details

  • This is a full-time (35hrs/wk), contract position
  • Contract dates: June 13 – August 7, 2022
  • Salary: $18/hr + 4% vacation for the duration of the contract
  • This position will work primarily remotely, with some time in Picton, ON during rehearsals and pre-production, and parts of the GTA during the tour