Modern Times Artistic Director Search

Organization Description

The Modern Times Stage Company was established in Toronto in 1989. We create original plays, revisit classical work and translate the plays of Iranian dramatists. Founded by Soheil Parsa and Peter Farbridge, the company’s work has performed in Colombia, Cuba, Iran, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Denmark. Known for the high quality of its theatre productions directed by Parsa, the company has received 60 Dora awards and nominations in its 31 years of operation.

Themes of loneliness, the mystery of existence, the search for happiness and truth, and the conflict between Fate and Will are often at the centre of Modern Times’ works. The productions are usually placeless and timeless; design elements are ultimately simpler. This aesthetic transcends cultural and political borders, which is what the company strives for in its creations: to move away from ideology towards a vocabulary that can bridge different communities and perspectives. These principles have matured into a unique posture in terms of working across differences in the rehearsal hall.

Modern Time Stage Company would like to acknowledge the sacred land on which it operates. This land is the traditional territory of many nations: the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe, including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land and to share our space with all peoples – those indigenous to Turtle Island and those from the world.

The Opportunity:

Modern Times Stage Company is seeking a new Artistic Director to lead the company into the next phase of its life. This individual will be interested in taking on the challenge of maintaining the overall aesthetic and values of the company’s work, while carving out a new path for the company’s artistic future.

Job Description:

The Artistic Director will be responsible for the overall artistic direction and development of the company, reporting to the Board of Directors.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Artistic Programming

▪Developing, delivering and directing productions, consistent with the mission and strategic plan of the Company;

▪Leading and managing artistic staff, administration and creative teams;

▪Working closely with the Managing Director and administrative team to ensure the effective and efficient administration of all programming; and

▪Developing and overseeing education, outreach, and community programs.

Partnerships

▪Maintaining a fresh perspective on the national and international theatre arts landscape

▪Building artistic and creative partnerships - with other theatre companies, the TorontoTheatre community, and the broader theatre arts communities;

▪Advocating for the company, with funders, audiences, donors, and media.

Administration

▪Reporting to the Board of Directors, on recruitment, programming, education, community, and outreach initiatives;

▪Hiring, training, and managing artistic staff and administrative staff;

▪Preparing grant applications and reports for agencies and funders in collaboration with theManaging Director.

Requirements:

IDEAL CANDIDATE

▪A creative, visionary leader, with rich professional theatre experience, a passion for theatre arts, and broad knowledge of the Canadian performing arts sector;

▪Extensive experience with directing professional theatre productions that embrace ModernTimes’ artistic aesthetic;

▪Ability to embrace horizontal organizational structures and create openness and hones relationships with designers, actors, production staff, audiences, donors, and the external arts community; exceptional team-building skills;

▪A community builder with a commitment to best human resources practices and to the goal of equity and pluralism in the arts. Experience liaising with a wide variety of artists, groups and partner organizations;

▪Strong written communications, presentation, and advocacy skills; grant-writing and fund development experience;

▪Computer proficiency, with a commitment to embracing technology and digital media to enhance the companies programming;

▪Exceptional organizational skills, and ability to manage multiple projects with attention to detail; flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and opportunities;

▪Impeccable integrity, judgment, honest, transparent, resilient professional.

Additional Info:

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

This is a part-time position based in Toronto, with a salary range of $40,000 to 50,000 commensurate with experience. The contract would begin in the 2022-2023 season, with some activities beginning prior to the contract, under a separate agreement.

How to Apply:

Modern Times is committed to creating a welcoming, respectful and inclusive work environment. We welcome and encourage applications from all people regardless of race, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage all qualified individuals to apply, however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We thank applicants for their interest, however, only those advancing in the process will be contacted. Modern Times is situated in the West end of Toronto; the building is wheelchair accessible, the office is partially wheelchair accessible (please contact us for more information).

Please send ONE pdf document with your cover letter and resume to: info@moderntimesstage.com In the title of the email please put as subject- "AD position Modern Times".