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Director of Production - Canadian Stage

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: Management
Province: Toronto, Ontario
Position: Director of Production
Deadline: February 29, 2016
Posted: December 24, 2015

Job Description / Duties

POSITION TITLE: Director of Production
STATUS: Full-time
REPORTS TO: Managing Director
START DATE: Immediately accepting that the right candidate will require time to transition from current employment

Reporting to the Managing Director, the full-time Director of Production (DoP) management position is a fundamental part of the company’s senior management team, responsible for managing all aspects of production and building operations.


The Director of Production supervises the internal positions of Assistant Production Manager, Technical Director, Assistant Technical Director, Head of Props, Head of Wardrobe, Building Operations Manager, Head Technicians (3), and Dresser; as well as seasonal and short term production and shop staff who are engaged as needed. The DoP also supervises the Stage Management teams and the Designers and Assistants hired for Canadian Stage's productions and presentations.

The Director of Production responsibilities include:

• Collaborate with Canadian Stage’s Artistic team on season planning, determining production revenue sources and budgets through research and thorough forecasting;

• Create and oversee production budgets, execute, manage and track all production expenses, keep accurate and up-to-date financial records, and create expense and revenue reports to submit to the Finance Department;

• Develop new productions, managing the production team and the design process from initial concept meetings through construction, rehearsal, opening and final performance;

• Secure, adapt and manage rental and partner productions as determined by planning;

• Develop and manage all production calendars and schedules;

• Supervise all IATSE stage crews and determine crew sizes for all Canadian Stage venues (the Bluma Appel Theatre in the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, The Berkeley Street Theatre and the High Park Amphitheatre);

• Develop and oversee stage schedules;

• With the Technical Director, coordinate all aspects of scenery: negotiate contract rentals; handle logistics; adapt rentals into Canadian Stage performance venues and draft plans using CAD software; rent, buy, or build show-specific technical elements;

• Hire and supervise designers and seasonal production staff;

• Hire Scene Shops to execute mainstage shows;

• Supervise Head of Wardrobe and shop operations, including rentals;

• Liaise with various departments including Marketing and Communications and Development to share key production information to support marketing, publicity and fundraising activities;

• Participate in weekly senior staff planning and strategy meetings;

• Supervise the Building Operations Manager and operations budget to ensure the ongoing maintenance, security, and operation of the Berkeley Street site;

• Liaise with City officials on the maintenance of the Berkeley Street site; St Lawrence Centre management for production matters at the Bluma Appel Theatre; and City Parks staff for issues related to the High Park Amphitheatre;

• Act as Canadian Stage's representative at High Park users group meetings;

• Oversee the lease and management of Canadian Stage's storage spaces located in Picton, as well as other storage spaces as they happen from time to time;

• Ensure that users of the Berkeley Street Theatres work within the terms of the IATSE labour agreements covering the theatres;

• Create forward planning and budgets for leasehold, capital, and equipment upgrades at the Berkeley Street site and the High Park Amphitheatre;

• Other duties as required.

Qualifications / Required Skills


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

• Proven team leadership and problem solving skills suitable for a dynamic environment;
• 8+ years experience with a performing arts or similar organization;
• Experience with all types of live performance including theatre, dance, opera, music, and circus.
• Outstanding communications and organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail;
• A high level of computer proficiency, including the MS Office suite and CAD;
• An ability to work independently, meet deadlines and multi-task under pressure in a fast-paced environment as a dynamic and supportive team member while managing a large team;
• Experience reading lighting plots and ground plans;
• Experience implementing technical riders, and the ability to analyze and negotiate production elements requested;
• An reasonable to in depth knowledge of labour agreements including IATSE, CAEA, ADC, and TMA contracts and experience with contract negotiations;
• A knowledge of current health and safety and ESA legislation, particularly as it applies to the performing arts;
• A working knowledge of budgeting and account tracking with a basic understanding of accounting principles;

• A working knowledge of all aspects of technical production including lighting, sound, scenery, rigging, video, and related areas;
• Experience with touring.

• Strong interpersonal skills, integrity, creativity, and a collaborative spirit;
• An industrious and committed work ethic;
• Excellent organizational skills with the ability to work on multiple projects with tight deadlines across several departments;
• A passion for the performing arts and the desire to be part of a vibrant Canadian contemporary theatre company.

Contact Information

Please submit a letter of interest and CV with salary expectations by email only (attach documents in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat).

Attention: Gianna Ceci, Canadian Stage E-mail:  
Subject: Director of Production Application

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications are considered confidential.

Employer Profile

Founded in 1987, Canadian Stage is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit contemporary theatre companies, with the 15.16 season marking the organization’s 28th season. Led by Artistic & General Director Matthew Jocelyn and Managing Director Su Hutchinson, Canadian Stage produces and showcases innovative theatre from Canada and around the world, allowing its audience to encounter daring work guided by a strong directorial vision and a 21st-century aesthetic. The company prides itself on presenting multidisciplinary pieces and work in translation that pushes the boundaries of form and style. Canadian Stage reinforces the presence of Canadian art and artists within an international context through work that mirrors the cultural diversity of Toronto. The company stages an annual season of work at three major venues (the Bluma Appel Theatre, the Berkeley Street Theatre and the High Park Amphitheatre) and runs a series of artist development and education initiatives, as well as youth and community outreach programs. For more information, visit canadianstage.com.

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