*Banner photo of "In the Wake" by Tim Nguyen, Citrus Photography

AUDITIONS 

Downstage is holding auditions on Tuesday, December 18, for our Work-In-Progress Presentation of The Temporary directed by Mieko Ouchi. Rehearsals and performances will be located in Brooks and Calgary from June 25 to July 21, 2019. Audition submissions will be accepted until December 12, 2018

The Temporary is a docudrama by Col Cseke exploring the lives of Temporary Foreign Workers in Brooks Alberta, and what this small prairie city’s massive demographic change can tell us about Canada today. 

ROLE REQUIREMENTS
Ronaldo and others - Male, New Canadian person of colour, 20s-40s

Linda and others - Female, White, long time Brooks resident, 40s+

Althea and others - Female, New Canadian person of colour, 20s-30s

Please Note:The Temporaryis a verbatim text play. Each actor will portray multiple real-life people of various ages, genders, and ethnicities. For more information about The Temporaryvisit: downstage.ca

APPLICATION PROCESS 

Please submit your photo and resume in one document to info@downstage.ca. Include THE TEMPORARY and YOUR NAME in the subject heading. Identify in the body of the email if you are Equity or Non-Equity. All Equity Members will be seen first for this audition. Please list your availability on December 18, so that we can schedule accordingly. Sides from the play will be provided at the time that your audition is booked. All auditions are by appointment only. 

Downstage is committed to inclusive casting. We encourage submissions from professional artists who self-identify as members of traditionally marginalized and equity-seeking communities.

Job posting

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS COORDINATOR

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED. THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE APPLIED FOR THE POSITION!

SUMMARY OF POSITION

Downstage is seeking a part-time Community Partnerships Coordinator to act as a vital bridge between our theatre processes and the needs of our not-for-profit partners. The ideal candidate for this position has experience working in the social sector, an appreciation for the value of the arts, and skills in building and deepening relationships.  

ABOUT DOWNSTAGE

THE DOWNSTAGE PERFORMANCE SOCIETY (Downstage) is a not-for-profit theatre company and registered charity based in Calgary, Alberta. 

OUR MANDATE is to produce Canadian theatre that creates meaningful conversation around social issues.

OUR MISSION is to achieve a social impact through artistic excellence. We identify the conversations that are most vital to today and tomorrow. We are active accomplices to crucial organizations and individuals working on pressing social issues. We plant seeds for action beyond the theatre through theatrical works that diffuse polarization, lessen apathy and create understanding and connection.

VALUES

·  We value the health and well-being of people first, including our employees, artists, board, volunteers and community partners. 

·  We have a strong focus on creating safe, inclusive and accessible spaces, bringing in people who are new to our theatres and our artistic processes. 

·  We engage with the complexity of both the issues we tackle and the people impacted and embolden the creative voices of all involved. 

The Community Partnerships Coordinator will support two programs:

Theatrical Skills for Social Impact, a new stream of our programming that sees Downstage mentor artists working in support of the goals of our not-for-profit partners. You can read more about the first project in this stream, The Bottle Picker Monologues with CalgaryCan, at www.downstage.ca/bpm2018

Removing Barriers to Professional Theatre, which currently encompasses our Pay It Forward program that offers 25% of tickets at no cost, free childminding, and partnering with Inside Out Theatre’s Good Host program to offer relaxed performances, ASL interpretation, and audio descriptions. 

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS

1. Past experience in the non-profit/social sector. Our ideal candidate is fluent in the language and approaches of the social sector, whether that’s in poverty reduction, homelessness, immigrant services, or another area. You have a genuine passion for social justice, access, and equity, and experience putting those values into action.  

2. Appreciation for theatre. A key part of your role will be advocating for the role of theatre artists in exploring complex social issues, as well as helping to expand access to theatre for a diverse range of Calgarians. If you already have an understanding of theatre processes, great; if not, we’ll teach you what you’ll need to know. 

3. A people person and clear communicator. You must be comfortable talking to new people and forming relationships, and your writing should be compelling and clear. 

Previous work with vulnerable populations, experience with technical or creative writing, or skills in graphic design would all be assets but are not required. 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES 

Initiating & Deepening Community Relationships 

-  Research and identify potential partners, and initiate conversations 

-  Articulate Downstage’s mandate and approach to potential partners 

-  Gather and articulate needs of partners and report back to Downstage 

-  Make contact with groups who would benefit from Downstage’s existing programs to increase access such as Pay It Forward and free childminding

Identifying & Addressing Barriers

-  Identify barriers to access for our community-engaged and professional streams, and generate strategies with other staff to address those barriers 

-  Identify learning opportunities for Downstage’s staff and artists to better serve our community partners 

Documentation & Dissemination

-  Write program materials in plain language 

-  Write clear and compelling case studies of past and ongoing processes

-  Support funding applications by providing insight and context from community partners

-  Design and implement a communications strategy to share learning with similar organizations in the arts and social sector

HOURS & COMPENSATION

This is a part-time, contract position that runs from January 7, 2019 – August 30, 2019 with an option for renewal with expanded hours. The contract is for a total of 340 hours at $20/hour with an average of 10 hours worked per week. Work is expected to primarily take place in the Downstage office in Arts Commons in downtown Calgary, but some work from home is possible. We are open to structuring hours or partnering with other organizations to allow the ideal candidate to balance this position with other part-time contracts. 

 APPLICATION PROCESS & HIRING SCHEDULE 

To apply for this position, please submit a resume and letter of interest that specifically addresses your experience in and commitment to the essential qualifications listed in this call. Please submit these materials to Managing Director Danielle Whyte at danielle@downstage.ca with the subject “CPC Application” by end of day on Friday, November 30, 2018. We will confirm receipt of all applications, then contact candidates we wish to interview. 

Interviews: Week of December 10, 2018

Decision made: By December 17, 2018

Begin work: January 7, 2019

We are committed to employment equity and diversity, and strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals. 

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Volunteer Opportunities 

There are a number of opportunities to support Downstage as a volunteer, from helping out as an usher for one of our productions, to steering the organization on our Board of Directors. You can check out our Board Application Form here and see a list of who's on our board on the About page. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please email Artistic Director Clare Preuss (clare at downstage.ca) to discuss the right position for you. 

Ongoing Submissions

If you have a finished script that you would like considered for production or presentation, you can email a succinct synopsis and character breakdown to Artistic Director Clare Preuss (clare at downstage.ca). Please be sure your work fits within our mandate of producing Canadian work that engages with social issues. We'll contact you if we're interested in reading a complete script. If you have a piece in development, take a look at the Simon Mallett New Work Program to see if it's a fit.

We are happy to receive submissions from actors, stage managers, directors, designers and other artists who are interested in working with us. To be added to our artist database, please send an email to Artistic Director Clare Preuss (clare at downstage.ca) with your resume. Actors, please also include a headshot. Designers, please include an electronic portfolio or examples of your work.