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Call for Artistic Director
Eastern Front Theatre seeks an Artistic Director to lead and build the organization with a distinct artistic vision aligning with the company’s mission and core values.
About Eastern Front Theatre Eastern Front Theatre is mandated to nurture Atlantic Canadian theatre artists by:
Fostering and developing new work
Producing and presenting theatre projects
Acting as a host and catalyst for the growth of other theatre organizations in our community
Producing professional theatre of a high standard
Encouraging emerging artists, in particular playwrights
Providing education and professional development opportunities
Presenting theatre from outside Atlantic Canada that supports the development of artistic practice locally
Curating with a lens that prioritizes underserved voices
Operating in a fiscally sustainable manner
Engaging in clear and transparent relationships with all collaborators
Eastern Front Theatre dedicates itself to theatre artists who call Atlantic Canada home. Committed to telling our stories, we develop, produce, and promote the work and talents of our community, ranging from established artists to emerging voices.
Over the last 27 years, the company has championed countless Atlantic Canadian artists and stories through commissions, workshops, our annual theatre festival, and our playwrights unit. EFT has produced 32 world premieres.
Eastern Front Theatre has produced or presented over 200 original Canadian plays and has four Governor General Award nominations, one Nova Scotia Masterworks nomination, and 15 Robert Merritt Awards (out of 63 nominations).
Responsibilities The Artistic Director reports to the Board of Directors and works in partnership with the General Manager.
The Artistic Director holds primary responsibility for:
Creating and pursuing the artistic vision for the company
Seeking out artists, planning seasons, and facilitating the artistic vision of each production and program, perhaps in the role of director, dramaturge, or producer
Keeping abreast of local, regional, and national artistic activity (including attending local productions and maintaining active membership in Theatre Nova Scotia and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres)
Acting as a spokesperson for the organization
Writing key materials for a range of audiences, including grant applications, sponsorship packages, and press releases
And works in partnership with the General Manager to:
Develop outreach programs, such as the playwrights unit and workshops
Create budgets for activities and the season as a whole
Hold responsibility for the organization’s financial health
Seek out public funding opportunities and build relationships with program officers
Seek out foundation and sponsorship opportunities and foster relationships with these stakeholders
Lead donations campaign and maintain relationships with donors
Report regularly to the Board of Directors and attend board and committee meetings as required
Implement communications plan with support from the communications committee
Build the organization’s activity and reach.
The successful candidate must possess:
A regionally recognized professional artistic practice (e.g. in directing or dramaturgy)
Proven leadership skills
Deep knowledge of the regional theatre community
Strong communication skills (writing, speaking, and listening)
Strong interpersonal skills
Critical and strategic thinking skills
Eastern Front Theatre is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This position requires deep community engagement.
Compensation $32 000 per year for full time work eight months of the year or the equivalent part time year round. The Artistic Director is expected to build their schedule around EFT’s key activities and coordinate time away from the company with the General Manager and the Board. Potential directorial fees would be paid in addition to the base salary.
Application details Applications are due by 9 am Monday July 27 2020. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references firstname.lastname@example.org. Your cover letter should:
Outline highlights of your professional artistic practice to date
Tell us how your artistic vision fits with EFT’s mandate
Detail your approach to leadership (using past experiences as examples)
Explain why you are excited about this opportunity
Be no longer than two pages
The preferred start date is September 2020. This is a three year contract with a one year probation period. Ideally, this contract would be renewed for a second three year term and become a year round position.
Eastern Front Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, as well as other characteristics protected by federal, provincial, or local law.
Eastern Front Theatre welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization.
Search Committee Members: Karen Gross (EFT Board Chair), Elsa Pihl (EFT's Interim General Manager), Koumbie, Jillian Keiley and Peter Henry
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