Opportunities at Common Boots Theatre

Current Opportunities: Artistic Director and Board of Directors

Common Boots Theatre is seeking our next Artistic Director. 

Submission Deadline: November 28 2021

Position begins: January 2022 (negotiable)

Submission email: hiring@commonbootstheatre.ca

Compensation: (Part-time; $28,000 – $33,000 base salary plus artist fees – director, writer, actor, designer et al. as applicable)

Part-time* Flexible. For 10 months of the year: an average of 25 hours per week. Remaining 2 months of the year are an average of 10 hours biweekly. Schedule (days of the week and hours within the day) is negotiable/flexible with few exceptions (grant writing, production schedules). Evenings and weekends required based on performance schedule, fundraising events, board of directors meetings.  

Job location: Toronto, various locations. 
This position is currently remote/ work from home. Common Boots is a non-venued company. Development and Rehearsal venues (studios etc) and performance spaces (theatres, parks and other site specific locations) are determined by project and artistic needs. We make every effort to ensure the location is easily accessed by public transit, bike routes and that the venue itself is accessible. 

Work environment: Collaborative, small team.

Summary of Artistic Director Position :

The Artistic Director is responsible for the overall artistic vision and direction of the company, ensuring artistic choices are achieving the company’s mandate, mission and priorities.

They are responsible for programming choices for the season which may include selecting collaborators (including but not limited to: producing partners, writers, directors, actors, creators, designers etc.), curating projects, devising workshops/development activities. The Artistic Director may be the creative project lead (e.g. director or writer or lead collaborator) and will be contracted separately (CAEA, PGC, ADC, as applicable) and paid accordingly. 

In collaboration with the Managing Producer, they will take an active part in all fundraising activities including grant writing, planning and participation in special events and donor development. Additionally, they will collaborate with the Managing Producer to create and ensure all marketing and communication tools have consistent messaging and are achieving the company’s goals and priorities. 

This position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Roles and Responsibilities:

* Must be able to manage leadership responsibilities during rehearsal/development/ production times.

  • With the Managing Producer and Board of Directors, participate in the development of Strategic Plans
  • Programming all artistic activities 
  • Establish short and long term artistic goals and plans to achieve them
  • Provides information/ input to the Managing Producer on scope of projects for budget and master schedule creation
  • Hiring artists and artistic staff (including interview process, auditions, recruiting activities etc. as required)
  • Creating an Audience Development plan with support from Board Of Directors and Managing Producer
  • Planning enhancement/ ancillary activities (talk arounds, touch tours, panels etc), oversight of scheduled activities
  • Act as primary representative of the company to the public including media and granting bodies
  • Promotes the company when and where appropriate
  • Attends Board Meetings and creates artistic reports for the Board of Directors.
  • In Collaboration with the Managing Producer: 
    • Create grant and sponsorship strategies, 
    • Grant writing, 
    • Soliciting individual donations (including major gifts)
    • Planning and participating in special events, 
    • Setting a collaborative, safe, inclusive tone for all facets of the workplace (creation, rehearsal, performance, administration)
    • Oversight of Health and Safety as it applies to Artistic Practice (with support from Managing Producer and Production Manager – including COVID protocols) 
    • Monitoring project budgets (with additional support from Production Manager)
    • Oversight of marketing and communication content and materials to ensure consistent messaging
    • Create, develop and maintain content for the web (additional support from web developers), newsletter and other materials (house programs, social media etc.)

In personnel matters their supervisor is the Chair of the Board of Directors. 

Direct Reports : Directors, Designers, Playwrights, Production Manager, Associate Artists. 

Qualifications/ Ideal Candidate:

  • Demonstrated experience in leadership position 
  • Strong track record of creating new work for the stage
  • Strong leader with excellent communication, collaboration and team building skills 
  • Has knowledge/ understanding of accessibility requirements and practices as it relates to theatre and audio work – for artists and audiences
  • Commitment to expanding access to the arts
  • Experience with grant writing & fundraising 
  • Familiarity with grant reporting & tax receipts 
  • Understanding/ working knowledge of the CTA, PGC & ADC agreements
  • An understanding of organizational finances, season and project budgets
  • A sense of humour
  • Love of play

The 2021-22 and 2022-23 season’s artistic  programming (partially programmed by Alex Bulmer and Kesta Graham – Interim Artistic Producer) includes outdoor theatre (APOCALYPSE PLAY; Two Birds Theatre in association with Common Boots), audio theatre (ongoing LISTENING STAGE activities) and works in development. There is room for programming from the incoming Artistic Director both this and next season.

How to apply: 

Interested parties are invited to submit an application to hiring@commonbootstheatre.ca .

Please include: A professional artistic resume and an expression of interest (in any format) that tells us who you are and responds to the following: How do your perspectives and experiences equip you to be Common Boots’ next Artistic Director? What does “comedy, physicality and play” mean to you?.  

Common Boots accepts applications from all qualified individuals. In aid of reflecting the diversity and strength of our community we encourage applications from artists who are Black, Indigenous, Non-Black Person of Color, LGBTQ2S+, women, persons who are Deaf, persons who are blind or have low vision, persons who identify as having a disability, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Common Boots provides accommodation for the recruitment process upon request. Please Let us know if we can support you as part of this process.

All applications will remain confidential. We thank everyone who applies for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please note – all employees, artists, self employed contractors of Common Boots Theatre must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to help prevent and limit the spread. Employees must provide one of the following: 

  • Proof of full vaccination,
  • A documented medical reason for not being vaccinated from a physician or registered nurse that states why the person cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 and the effective time period for the medical reason or, 
  • A signed written declaration from a person who cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 for a reason related to a protected ground, including a description of the need for protection and accommodation.

Please contact Kesta Graham kgraham@commonbootstheatre.ca if you have any access needs or require support in relation to your application. 

Volunteer Board of Directors

Common Boots accepting expressions of interest for joining our Board of Directors. Experience in theatre or on a previous board is not required. A love of theatre and sense of humour is a must. 

In aid of reflecting the diversity and strength of our community we encourage applications from individuals who are Black, Indigenous, Non-Black Person of Color, LGBTQ2S+, women, persons who are Deaf, persons who are blind or have low vision, persons who identify as having a disability, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Board of Directors as a whole will:

  • Establish, review and approve by-laws and policies
  • Provide top level oversight; ensuring the company is fulfilling its mandate and mission
  • With the Artistic Director  and Managing Producer participate in the development of Strategic Plans and oversee their implementation, providing guidance when appropriate/ requested
  • Hire, advise, support and when necessary, release the Artistic Director and Managing Producer including participation in performance reviews and establishing their compensation
  • Review results against strategic plans (revenue generation, operational and artistic goals)
  • Propose a slate of directors and fill vacancies as required
  • Represent the company at public events and support it’s image
  • Conduct annual self assessment of it’s own effectiveness

Under  the Leadership of the Treasurer:

  • Ensure overall financial health including risk management
  • Review and approve annual/ multi year operating budgets and any extraordinary expenditures
  • Appoint an independent auditor to conduct an annual audit and approve the audited financial statements prior to filing with the CRA

With Managing Producer:

  • Develop/ review/ ensure accuracy of HR policies and practices
  • Ensure compliance with legal requirements including all filings with CRA
  • Ensure adequate insurance is in place

Interested parties are invited to submit an expression of interest to board@commonbootstheatre.ca .

Please include: An expression of interest (in any format) that tells us who you are and responds to the following: How do your perspectives and experiences equip you to be part of the Common Boots Board of Directors ? You may include a resume if you wish.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Common Boots provides accommodation for the recruitment process upon request. Please Let us know if we can support you as part of this process.

Please contact Kesta Graham kgraham@commonbootstheatre.ca if you have any access needs or require support in relation to your application.