Title: Artistic Director
Hours: Full-Time (44 hours per week)
Reports to: Board of Directors
Direct Reports: Company Dramaturge, Production Manager
Application Deadline: February 7, 2022
Salary Range: $70,000 – $80,000
The Artistic Director has the overall responsibility for the artistic management of the theatre and for the development and implementation of its artistic output and programming. The Artistic Director works collaboratively and in partnership with the Managing Director, who has chief producing and general management responsibility for the theatre. The Artistic Director and Managing Director report directly and equally to the Board of Directors.
- Deliver artistic programming that fulfills Factory’s mission to inspire audiences with the imagination of the Canadian playwright.
- The overall artistic direction of the Theatre, including the selection of the annual season program, hiring of all artistic and production personnel, and overseeing casting and creative teams; creative and budget development for individual projects.
- Ongoing development of short term and long-range artistic programs and policies which contribute to the attainment of the Theatre’s goals, and the execution of such programs and policies as approved by the Board of Directors.
- Working with Managing Director to develop long term operational strategies to ensure the continuation and expansion of Factory’s work and mandate.
- Development of the annual creative plan for all play and artistic development, workshops, readings, and staged productions at Factory, including festivals and co-productions; as well as any potential digital programming.
- Being the artistic lead in planning for programming, communications, and educational departments in annual operational and longer-term strategic plans which serve to increase creative success, audiences, supporters and various stakeholders.
- Taking a lead creative role in (on average) one full-scale production per season, as well as artistic and creative functions as part of the artist training and play development activities of the company, including readings, workshops, and related public performances.
- Overseeing other artistic and programming activities such as artist training and play development programs and related staff, including hiring and supervision.
- Engaging, supervising and evaluating artistic personnel with negotiation of all artist and production contracts; including but not limited to directors, playwrights, performers, designers, and stage managers (contract compliance supervised by the Managing Director).
- Hiring, supervising and evaluating key technical personnel.
- With the Managing Director, acting as executive leadership for all staff and volunteers, supporting and contributing to the values of the organization and its well-being as well as the well-being of its personnel.
- With the Managing Director, ensuring that the theatre conforms to all financial, legal, statutory and contractual requirements.
- With the Managing Director, liaison to the Board of Directors, keeping the Board fully informed of plans and outcomes, reporting specifically on the artistic activity of Factory.
- Attendance at weekly staff meetings and at all meetings of the Board of Directors.
- With the Managing Director, acting as producer and budget control on all season productions.
- Working with the Managing Director and finance committee of the board, creation and monitoring of all operational, project and capital budgets, cash flow and investments for each season.
- With the Managing Director, co-creation of all proposals and grant applications for support of programs and operations for artistic elements of grant applications, including and the identification and development of potential new funding sources.
- co-creation of all proposals and grant applications for support of programs and operations for artistic elements of grant applications, including and the identification and development of potential new funding sources.
- Active participation in fundraising activities and initiatives, providing direction and support accordingly, as well as participating in fundraising calls to individuals, foundations, corporations.
- With the Managing Director, acting as the public face of the Factory Theatre, including speaking to private and public organizations and to the press.
- Helping to advance the relationship between the Theatre and various local, provincial, and regional organizations, including government agencies and advocacy groups, community and local business groups and arts organizations.
- Working with the Managing Director and related Board committees and senior staff, on the development of branding, marketing, and communications messages and plans to represent Factory to external stakeholders and support attendance and revenue targets.
- Fostering the development of good relations with other cultural organizations by participating in meetings and joint activities where appropriate.
- Attending performances by other professional theatre and performing arts companies in order to maintain the Theatre’s profile in the professional community and to stay abreast of current programming trends.
- With the Managing Director and Board of Directors, creating, planning, and executing short and long-term projects for the upkeep, use, and improvement of Factory’s facility.
A collaborative, creative, and strategic thinking individual with a track record of artistic success and a strong leadership vision for the future of Factory Theatre. A working knowledge of the local and national theatre ecology is a must; strong administrative, budgeting, and project management skills are an asset.
Eligible for participation in group health benefits plan. Flexible schedule as some evening and weekend work is required. Eligible for hybrid office hours as only some tasks require in-person presence at office/theatre. Factory operates on Windows, MS Office / Outlook, Discord, and Airtable.
Please send a cover letter, CV, and two professional or personal references by email to email@example.com by 7pm on February 7, 2022. Your cover letter should include a response to the question “How do you see Factory Theatre shaping the future of Canadian Theatre?”
Prospective candidates will go through two rounds of interviews with a selection committee comprised of Factory board members and professional theatre artists. Second round interviewees will be asked to submit a proposal related to Factory’s vision and programming prior to their second interview. Interviews will take place in March and April 2022.
Factory is committed to equity, accessibility, and transparency at all points in the recruitment and hiring process. If you are experiencing any obstacles relating to the application, proposed deadline, or interview dates, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work to meet your needs.