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Artistic Associate

The application deadline for this opportunity has passed.

Vertigo Theatre is seeking a part-time artistic associate to work with the company during our 2019/20 season (September 2019 to June 2020). The chosen candidate will work closely with artistic director Craig Hall in managing the company’s artistic output and in artistic planning.

We are looking for someone connected to Calgary’s emerging and established artistic communities, with some knowledge of the national arts community.

This is an ideal position for an outgoing individual with a background in theatre arts and production, who is looking for an opportunity to combine personal creativity with administrative, research, and communications skills.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Coordinating new play development activities including soliciting pitches, script reading, and producing workshops and readings.
  • Coordinating mentorship and training activities including the creation of postings and contracts.
  • Coordinating general and show-specific auditions.
  • Coordinating company residencies.
  • Assisting the AD in creating a long-term artistic strategy.
  • Participating in season planning as part of the artistic team.
  • Assisting with coordinating and hosting external and internal learning and outreach events as required (talkbacks, pre-show talks, student matinees, behind the scenes events, etc.).
  • Assisting in grant writing.
  • Writing briefs and conducting research.
  • Supporting communications with the board of directors.
  • Providing assistance to the artistic director, including correspondence, schedule management, report preparation, and other administrative duties.
  • Other duties as required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Post-secondary education in theatre and performance studies (or equivalent experience).
  • Experience in production dramaturgy, literary management, or play development.
  • Good written and oral communications skills.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Creativity and passion for new ideas combined with a self-motivating attitude.
  • A passion for live theatre and the performing arts and an understanding of current theatre practices and trends.
  • An energetic attitude and ability to be part of creative solutions.
  • Enjoys working collaboratively.
  • A strong work ethic.
  • An outgoing personality who enjoys dealing with the public.

Remuneration and Schedule:

  • The chosen candidate will receive a wage of between $20 and $23/hour for a maximum of 650 hours between September 2019 and June 2020.
  • Candidates must be available to start in September 2019 on an exact date to be negotiated.
  • The schedule for this position is flexible within this time frame, to accommodate an artist who may already have existing commitments in the current season.

Interested candidates should forward their resume and letter of interest to by Monday, September 9, 2019.

Please indicate the job title in the subject line and in your cover letter.

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Vertigo Theatre is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and operates within the jurisdiction of the Canadian Theatre Agreement. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to reflecting the diversity of our community. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds and abilities to apply. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.