Producing Internships

Each summer we offer paid internships in producing for youth aged 18 – 30. Interns work with the company’s producer on projects to support our summer programs and prepare for our productions. Producing Interns gain skills in planning, communication, donor relations, fundraising, and marketing that are invaluable for an arts manager. They are also mentored by the company’s producer to address career goals and specific areas of interest.

Applications are now closed. Thank you to all who applied. 

Theatre Gargantua is hiring three individuals (under 30) for the roles of Publicity & Community Outreach Coordinator, Producing Assistant and Project Development Assistant.

Theatre Gargantua is a Toronto-based company celebrating 27 years of creating award-winning productions that combine dynamic physicality, evocative live music, innovative designs and provocative text to tell original stories. Our productions have been presented on some of Toronto’s most prestigious stages include the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and the company has toured Nationally and Internationally.

Theatre Gargantua is seeking committed and talented emerging artists/professionals for paid 2-month internships. Working with senior management, the individuals will receive on-the-job mentoring and experience in the producing and management of an independent theatre company.

Internship 1 – Producing Assistant

Role and Responsibilities

The Producing Assistant will assist with producing and community relations work for the upcoming season; specifically:

  • Assisting across all areas of producing
  • Assist in fundraising and donation acquisitions
  • Research potential new funding partners – foundations & corporate, artists liaison, contracts, etc
  • Rehearsal room support (where applicable)
  • Assist with industry outreach for upcoming productions
  • Assist with preparation of education support material
  • Assist with maintaining company database
  • Assist with Special Event planning
  • Assist with volunteer outreach and coordination
  • Assist with operation of the production office
  • Other administration as required

Person Description

This position is ideal for a candidate who has relevant experience in Theatre, Arts Administration, or Business Management. This is an excellent opportunity to learn and gain experience in the development and producing of new theatre, as well as office operations, connecting with the community and building an even better connection with local businesses and residence. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Critical thinking, organization and strategic planning skills
  • Ability to work well independently and in a small office setting
  • Interest and knowledge of the performing arts

Internship 2 – Publicity and Community Outreach Coordinator

Role and Responsibilities

The Publicity and Community Outreach Coordinator will assist with the planning and execution of our marketing and publicity for productions and community outreach programs for the upcoming season; specifically:

  • Assist with the promotion of productions and programs
  • Assist in creation and/or editing of media elements of new productions
  • Assist with researching and developing new community relations for our youth programming
  • Research audience trends and new ways to engage audience and participants
  • Assist with communications with schools and teachers and development of educational material
  • Assist with copy-writing for newsletters and outreach material
  • Assist with the maintenance and updates to the company website
  • Assist with maintenance of audience and participant databases
  • Develop new content (copy, images, video), including research, writing, copyediting, fact-checking, and proofreading
  • Track, analyze, and provide regular reports on site usage and online presence
  • Perform related duties as assigned

Person Description

The position is ideal for a candidate who has relevant experience in Arts Administration, Business Management and Marketing, Web/Graphic Design, or Communications. This is an excellent opportunity to learn and gain experience in developing community relations and creating public awareness and engagement in the arts. The ideal candidates will have:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Critical thinking, organization and strategic planning skills
  • Ability to work well independently and in a small office setting
  • Experience in design related to web or interactive media
  • Experience and fluency with digital and social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and updating/maintaining a website and/or blog page
  • Experience with digital editing is an asset
  • Strong design sensibilities and interest in the performing arts

Internship 3 – Project Development Assistant

Role and Responsibilities

The Project Development Assistant will assist in identifying and cultivating private support for a major project. This position will assist in researching private funding opportunities as well as record management of current and potential donors/supporters; specifically:

  • Using online search tools to research foundations and private organizations, and prepare summary reports detailing their past projects
  • Assist with developing a plan of action for cultivating project supporters
  • Research donor recognition strategies and assist in developing a donor recognition plan
  • Write thank you letters for donors in a timely manner for management’s approval
  • Draft correspondence as needed to assist senior management to recruit/steward donors
  • Assist with the day-to-day administration of fundraising and development activities and support the team’s efforts
  • Provide administrative support to the community office(s)
  • Maintain accurate records of current and potential supporter files in our database
  • Assist with the planning and execution of fundraising events
  • Other administrative duties as assigned

Person Description

The position is ideal for a candidate who has relevant experience in Arts Administration, Business Management and Marketing, or Communications. This is an excellent opportunity to develop and implement exceptional research skills, hone verbal and written communication skills; develop an understanding of the key steps and goals in donor relations; develop career skills to work independently and with initiative in a small team setting. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to take direction and work independently and in a small team
  • Strong critical thinking, organizational and strategic planning skills, attention to detail
  • Demonstrated initiative, professionalism and problem solving capabilities
  • Experienced with Mac operating systems, MS Office
  • Interest and knowledge of the performing arts

For All Positions:

The successful candidate must:

  • be between 18 – 30 years of age at the start of employment
  • have a valid SIN number and eligible to work in Canada
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Refugee and Immigration Act for the duration of the employment

These positions are full-time, short-term contracts: 35hr/week for 8 weeks June-August, pay: $14.25/hr, They are ideal for emerging artists and young professionals looking for relevant experience to further their career goals.

To Apply:

Please email your cover letter and resume in a single PDF document to info@theatregargantua.ca by May 31. Please include the title of position you are applying for in the subject line. We appreciate all applications, but will only contact successful applicants.

Planned Start Date: June 2019

Theatre Gargantua is an equal opportunity employer.

These internships are funded by the government of Canadawordmark_C.png

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