Job Posting: Producer

Driftwood Theatre is looking for a producer to work with us in bringing our 2023 season together for people across Ontario

Driftwood Theatre, dedicated to good people sharing great stories, has been touring outdoor, summer theatre to Ontario communities since 1995.

The Producer is responsible for the supervision and completion of all production, tour management and front of house aspects of our summer season, with special focus on coordinating our outreach projects, Community Tix, Community Play and Picnic + Play.

Reporting to the Artistic Director, the Producer acts as primary liaison between Driftwood Theatre and our presenting partners across the province, and directly supervises the Front of House Manager. In the absence of the Artistic Director, the Producer is also the main point of contact for seasonal company members.

The successful candidate will have related work experience including producing or production management; a high degree of professionalism and time management skills; the ability to build positive and respectful relationships with a variety of people and partners; the ability to communicate effectively and work productively with artists, theatrical staff and volunteers; and most importantly will demonstrate grace under pressure.

Driftwood Theatre welcomes applicants from all backgrounds who reflect the many communities that make up the province of Ontario. In particular, we will prioritize and consider first applications from artists who identify as BIPOC and/or 2SLGBTQ+

This position offers the flexibility of home-based work. The Producer is required to be in Picton, Ontario for the duration of technical rehearsals leading up to opening (late July). Travel and accommodation support will be provided.

Contract dates: we anticipate a January 2023 start. The position will carry through to the end of August 2023. (averaging 15 hours/week). Salary: $20/hour

How to Apply: Candidates are invited to make application by sending a brief cover letter and resume (as one pdf file) by email to Artistic Director, Jeremy Smith (jsmith@driftwoodtheatre.com).

Application deadline: December 19, 2022. 5pm.


Producer | Job Brief

Responsibilities

Overview

  • Manage all touring, front of house, production and outreach elements of the Bard’s Bus Tour (BBT), Community Play, Community Tix and Picnic + Play while adhering to budgets as defined by the theatre
  • Work to create a welcoming, safe environment for company members to achieve their best
  • Act as liaison between the company, presenting partners and performance venues for the BBT
  • Develop and execute a volunteer program that includes recruiting, training, supervising and rewarding BBT Front of House volunteers
  • Ensure familiarity with labour standards and any other legislation affecting employees
  • Assist in coordinating annual fundraising online auction
  • Prepare board, partner, sponsor and granting reports as required
  • Update tour related forms and documents at season end

 Knowledge and Skills Required

The successful candidate will have related work experience including producing or production management; a high degree of professionalism and time management skills; the ability to build positive and respectful relationships with a variety of people and partners; the ability to communicate effectively and work productively with artists, theatrical staff and volunteers; and most importantly will demonstrate grace under pressure.

Skills list:

  • High degree of motivation and professionalism
  • Experience in and understanding of performing arts organizations
  • Ability to communicate and work productively with artists and theatrical staff
  • Ability to build positive relationships with a variety of organizational stakeholders
  • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions
  • Strong communication, speaking and presentation skills
  • Ability to attract other volunteers to work in support of the company
  • Essential computer skills – Google Suite, Microsoft Office, social media platforms, and the ability to learn new computer programs (Ticket Tailor, 32 Auctions, WordPress, CRM databases).

Working Conditions and Environment

  • This is a flexible, task-based, seasonal position with some flexibility in the schedule and location of work; however, the Producer will be expected to prioritize availability during the three weeks immediately prior to opening night, late July 2023.
  • This position offers the flexibility of home-based work with regular (weekly) meetings via Zoom. The Producer is required to be in Picton, Ontario for the duration of technical rehearsals leading up to opening. Travel and accommodation assistance will be provided.
  • This position requires evening and weekend work, and occasional travel. Time off in lieu of payment will be given for overtime

Contract Timeframe

An average of 15 hours/week, January – August 2023

Compensation

Salary: $20/hour

 

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

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

Job Notice, Stage Manager

Driftwood Theatre invites applications from Stage Managers for it’s upcoming summer, touring production of King Henry Five.

 
Driftwood Theatre welcomes applicants from all backgrounds who reflect the many communities that make up the province of Ontario. In particular, we will prioritize applications from artists who identify as BIPOC and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Driftwood is also committed to providing an accessible and barrier-free environment for its staff and artists. If you have questions or concerns about the accessibility of this application process, or the production itself, please feel free to reach out to Producer, Ella Kohlmann at ekohlmann@driftwodtheatre.com [ekohlmann AT driftwodtheatre DOT com] for accommodations.
The Bard’s Bus Tour is an annual summer Ontario tradition, touring to outdoor venues across the province for over 25 years.
Rehearsals for King Henry Five will begin in June 2022 in Picton, Ontario, with public performances planned between July 19 – August 14, 2022 (with a possible extension to August 21). During the tour, Toronto will serve as the point of origin. The Bard’s Bus Tour contracts equity artists under the ITA as a ‘G’ House.

Driftwood tackles Shakespeare’s history plays for the first time as we adapt three of Shakespeare’s scripts (Henry IV pts 1 & 2, Henry V) into a single narrative using only five actors to tell the story of King Henry Five. Set in a contemporary Canadian patio bar, King Henry Five focuses on prince Hal’s questionable friendship with Falstaff as it comes up against Hal’s priorities as a leader and future king. This is a powerful story about community, the families we inherit and those we choose, and the legacies we leave behind.

Please submit, as a single PDF, your application including: a brief cover letter telling us what interests you about the project and working with Driftwood and your CV, to Artistic Director Jeremy Smith at jsmith@driftwoodtheatre.com.

 
Appication deadline: March 25, 2022