This is a Permanent, Full-time position.Category: Management
Native Earth is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the creating, developing and producing of the professional artistic expression of the Aboriginal experience in Canada. Now entering their 30th season as Canada’s oldest professional First Nations theatre company, we operate under seven traditional values of patience, humility, wisdom, strength of character, generosity, courage and tolerance.
Come September, Native Earth will be operating a 120 seat black box studio theatre in the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre. There we will be continuing to program our intensive artist development programs: Animiikig & Thundering Voices, and Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival, as well as programming our season of Aboriginal theatre from across the country and presenting internationally touring works. We will also be hosting three Resident Companies for their performance and development works: fu-GEN Theatre, Cahoots Theatre, and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.
The Front of House Manager will be responsible for managing and staffing the Aki Studio Theatre box office when it is active, and supervising volunteer ushers when there is a performance in the space. They will work with Native Earth as part of the office team and perform administrative duties. They will work with Resident Companies and Rental Companies on performance scheduling, programs, and any marketing displays. They will reconcile ticket sales for performances and create weekly reports when there is a production in the space. They will be an employee of Native Earth, and thusly be entitled to over time and days off according to the Employment Standards of the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
- Interest in working within the seven core values of Native Earth: wisdom, humility, strength of character, patience, generosity, tolerance and courage
- A positive attitude and love of the arts
- Must enjoy engaging with people, both over the phone and in person
- Available to work day time hours, as well as evenings and weekends during production
- A respect for First Nations contemporary traditions and a sensitivity to the open mind required to work in a cross cultural environment
- Knowledge of Sumac an asset
TREASON SEASON at Native Earth Performing Arts
2012/13 brings the anniversary of a colonial war that we hereby decline to euphemistically celebrate. With respect and gratitude to those colleagues who endeavour to include the First Nations presence in their commemorative projects, Native Earth will forego the glorification of selected, sustained, government sanctioned acts of violence in honour of the undeclared wars our people continue to fight.
As we enter our thirtieth year of professional contemporary Indigenous performing arts, at long last, we arrive at home. The power of space is known all too well to our people, and it is with thoughtful care that we cast roots into the earth of Regent Park. The neighbourhood’s moniker, and its recently displaced peoples set into sharp relief how great a responsibility it is, as original caretakers of this land, to be entrusted with a venue. It is with this understanding that we set forth into a season that proclaims the everyday victories of our people.
This season is a dedication.
• For those who educate others about true diversity by living an extraordinary life, against the odds, we offer you Gwaandak Theatre’s multiple award-winning Café Daughter, inspired by Cree and Chinese-Canadian senate member Dr. Lillian E. Quan Dyck
• For all of you who fortify our international community by bridging continents with TransIndigenous cross-pollination, we present The Chocolate Woman Collective’s critically-acclaimed Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way.
• For those who practice our indomitable right to tell our stories, the twenty-fifth Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival brings a wealth of Indigenous artists, converging at this gathering place to collaborate on new works.
• For those who seek to realize justice in spite of detrimental systemic structures that purport to do the same, we close out our season with the world premiere of Kenneth T. Williams’ Deserters, a cataclysmic anti-war opus celebrating the strength of our survivor spirits, starring Tamara Podemski.
Native Earth will host a project inspired by Thomas King’s “A Short History of Indians in Canada” for Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche The Lights are On, launched by Dr. King himself. Artists-in-residence Archer Pechawis (New media, inter-disciplinary) and Keith Barker (playwright) will keep our space breathing with ongoing creations and community engagements. Our new portal Turtlesback, in partnership with Seneca College, sends us out into the world on a global scale.
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Native Earth Performing Arts is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the creating, developing and producing of professional artistic expression of the Aboriginal experience in Canada.
Through stage productions (theatre, dance and multi-disciplinary), new script development, apprenticeships and internships, Native Earth seeks to fulfill a community of artistic visions. It is a vision that is inclusive and reflective of the artistic directions of members of the Aboriginal community who actively participate in the arts.
Native Earth Performing Arts Inc. (NEPA Inc.) is dedicated to the expression of the Native experience through theatre arts. Its mandate is:
• to provide a base for professional Native performers, writers, technicians and other artists
• to encourage the use of theatre as a form of communication within the Native community, including the use of Native languages
• to communicate to our audiences the experiences that are unique to Native people in contemporary society
• to contribute to the further development of theatre in Canada.
• Native Earth engages under the Independent Theatre Agreement professional artists who are members of Canadian Actors Equity Association.
In service to our mandate and mission, the company operates according to Seven traditional principles which inform decisions in all undertakings. It is our belief that these tenets not only honour Aboriginal values, but are universal to all cultures in various manifestations.
• Strength of Character