Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found 

Term: Contract position 

Salary: To be negotiated 

Who we are 

Since 2004 MT Space has been fulfilling its mandate by creating, producing, touring and presenting artistic work that reflects Canada’s cultural diversity. MT Space has maintained a commitment to working with artists from Indigenous, immigrant, refugee and other marginalized and racialized communities.  

Over the years, MT Space has grown from being a company that produces one show every year to an organization that brings culturally and socially relevant work from across the country and around the world to our community of Waterloo Region. We have challenged the preconceptions of theatre to create, produce, and present work that is accessible and affordable to low income families while creating a space for Indigenous, immigrant, refugee, and marginalized voices to be heard. 

MT Space challenges the definition of theatre to include all disciplines such as dance, music, multimedia, and circus performing arts. As such, MT Space is becoming a presenter of artists and arts organizations across many disciplines. 

IMPACT Festival 

Since 2009, MT Space has been producing the IMPACT Festival, an international festival of contemporary theatre. Our 6th biennial festival, IMPACT 19, will run from September 24th to 29th, and will include 30+ mainstage shows from international, national, and local artists; a 3-day industry conference; late-night entertainment; a mini-festival of street theatre and other outdoor performances; and more!

About the Position 

The IMPACT Festival Production Manager (PM) reports to the IMPACT Festival Artistic Director (IMPACT AD) and Festival Producer (FP), and is responsible for managing the technical and production needs of the entire festival. This role is a contract position. The Production Manager must be on site for the duration of the festival, including load-in (two to three days prior to the festival), strike, and load-out (September 30th).

Responsibilities include: 

  • Hiring, scheduling, and training all technical crew for the festival, including Technical Directors for each venue; supervising the production team through load-in, setup, rehearsals, performances, venue strikes, and load-out
  • Arranging site-visits to all venues well in advance of the festival in order to identify and problem-solve any potential challenges; advising the IMPACT AD and FP on the appropriate venue for each festival event 
  • Creating and executing the production schedule for the festival including all mainstage shows, the industry conference, the festival bar, the street festival, and any other festival events or activities; coordinating with the Festival Photographer to ensure they have access to all dress rehearsals 
  • Contacting each of the artists invited to the festival to obtain technical riders, plans, lighting plots, etc. 
  • Contacting each of the festival venues to obtain venue floor plans, technical specs, etc., and distributing these packages to the visiting artists 
  • Working with the visiting artists’ production teams to determine the most cost effective and time appropriate means of mounting the shows, including shipping of sets and materials, outfitting of theatres, and any other technical concerns 
  • Maintaining effective communication with the visiting artists as well as the IMPACT and MT Space staff
  • Supervising the set up and strike of all production elements at all festival venues, ensuring that all venues are restored to their original state and that all rental equipment is returned
    Ensuring that all health and safety regulations, festival policies, and rental contract terms are upheld by members of the production team 
    Working with other festival staff members to enhance the accessibility of all venues as needed
  • Managing the production budget as allocated by the IMPACT AD and FP, including all equipment rentals and technical staffing costs
    Sourcing and arranging the rental, delivery, and return of all production equipment for the festival, with a focus on cost-effectiveness and remaining within budget while upholding the integrity of the productions
  • Generating all necessary paperwork and drafting for the performance venues
  • Reviewing technical riders and advising the IMPACT AD and FP on the viability of each production prior to the signing of contracts with artists
  • Submitting a detailed post-mortem report and attending a post-mortem meeting 

Qualifications 

  • 5+ years of experience in theatre production, including 2+ years working in a festival setting 
  • Experience hiring, training, and supervising a large team of technical crew and staff 
  • Experience managing a budget of minimum $40,000 
  • G class driver’s license 
  • An understanding of cultural pluralism and intercultural relationships is an asset 

How to Apply 

Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to jobs@mtspace.ca

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until a suitable candidate is found.