Stratford Festival
Stratford, ON

Artistic Associates New Play Development (multiple contracts available)

Stratford Festival

Located in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, we are North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company. Each season, we present a dozen or more productions in four distinctive venues. We produce classics, contemporary dramas and musicals, with special emphasis on the plays of Shakespeare. 

Job Description

Based in Stratford, Ontario, the Stratford Festival is one of the world’s foremost repertory theatre companies. At this time we are undergoing a culture shift to support anti-racism and anti-oppression and ensure a respectful, equitable and inclusive environment in which all staff, artists and audience members can feel a true sense of belonging. If you would like to be part of this change and contribute your own remarkable talents to North America’s largest not-for-profit theatre, we’d like to hear from you. We are currently welcoming applications for:

Artistic Associates, New Play Development (multiple contracts available)

The Festival plans to expand the circle of artistic perspectives contributing to development of new work to ensure engaging programming and a welcoming creative environment, and to identify and develop potential candidates for future full-time roles. We are seeking to engage theatre makers from identities and communities that have been historically underrepresented at the Festival with experience fostering new works as dramaturgs, directors or curators.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Participate in strategizing and facilitating development models for designated projects and programs, with an emphasis on amplifying IBPOC voices
  • Arrange and participate in meetings, workshops, etc. for current and new projects in development
  • Advise with respect to season planning, research and development initiatives, inclusive practice, and the role of new work at the Festival
  • Additional assignments to be developed in discussion with applicant depending on area of interest, which may include acting as dramaturg for designated plays

These positions will report to Bob White, Foerster Bernstein Director of New Plays, and will work with the Festival’s artistic staff, including current artistic associates Esther Jun (Planning) and ted witzel (Laboratory), in addition to artistic director Antoni Cimolino and producer Dave Auster.

We hope to engage 2 to 4 artists for varying contract lengths through 2021. In order to accommodate applicants from a range of personal situations, the Festival will consider either full- or part-time contracts for periods from two to six months to suit the needs of both the individual and the Festival. We expect that these roles may be substantially completed through remote work, which we hope will offer an opportunity to work with candidates without regard to geography.

This position is ideally suited to mid-career artists interested in bringing their lived, living, and learned experience to the Festival’s future projects while receiving mentorship and making work within a national institution. Particular consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate a passion and track record for inclusive practices and working with artists from a wide variety of backgrounds, identities, and abilities.


Key Requirements:

  • Demonstrated artistic success as a theatre practitioner, as a director, dramaturg, curator, etc.
  • Demonstrated awareness of diversity in all its facets including, but not limited to, racial, cultural, ethnic, religious, gender, gender expression, age, sexual orientation and differing abilities that make us unique.
  • Strong networks and experience in the Canadian theatre community
  • Written and organizational skills with ability to multi-task
  • Experience in administration, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

Compensation: based on $50,000 to $60,000 annual full time salary; salary will be pro-rated based on mutually agreed contract term.

How to Apply:

The Festival is creating a safe and healthy workplace for everyone. We welcome applicants of every identity, and encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Deaf, disabled and 2SLGBTQ+ folks. We are committed to accommodating people with disabilities throughout the recruitment process and beyond. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible interview site, alternate format documents, ASL Interpreter, or Assistive Technology) during the recruitment and selection process, please let our Recruitment team know.
We encourage all qualified applicants to submit a résumé and cover letter in a single PDF by January 8, 2021 to:

Subject: Artistic Associate, New Play Development

We will respond to all submissions by January 22, 2021.

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Additional Details

Category: Performing Arts
Stratford Festival
Po Box 520
Stratford, ON, CA
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Posted: Dec 17, 2020
Deadline: OPEN
Type: Contract

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