STF IS CURRENTLY SEEKING A FULL TIME GENERAL MANAGER
The Stephenville Theatre Festival (STF)is a professional, nationally recognized not-for-profit theatre that has been in existence for 42 years. We produce a summer repertory theatre festival as well as theatrical and fundraising events that happen throughout the year. Our main stage programming is passionately focused on the presentation of musical theatre productions. We are equally aimed at continued developments in the areas of community engagement, youth theatre training opportunities, and new play creation. STF’s annual budget is dependent on our fundraising activities, as well as the organization’s ability to garner funding from the government, arts funding organizations and donors.
The Stephenville Theatre Festival Board of Directors is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated and experienced General Manager to guide the administration of our organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the General Manager will work collaboratively with the Artistic Director, the Board of Directors, committees, funding bodies, community partners and industry representatives to ensure efficient operation and functioning of the organization. The General Manager will be responsible for the overall management of administrative operations, including finance, promotion and marketing. With the current pandemic, we are tentatively planning for a full season, June through August, and the Board is committed to filling this position on a permanent basis.
We are seeking an individual who collaborates effectively with a team, and who has the skills, experience, and passion needed to manage and promote the festival in cooperation with our engaged Board of Directors.
Reporting through the Chair of the Board of Directors, the General Manager is responsible for ensuring the professional delivery of all areas of STF’s operations. The General Manager contributes to the ongoing development of strategic priorities for the organization, with a particular focus on securing increased financial support from existing and new sources.
The work is carried out in an environment with limited staff support and a demanding schedule surrounding production periods. Success in this position requires the input and support of many people, including an active Board of Directors and a core of volunteers. This is a full-time position with some flexibility in the schedule. The work hours may fluctuate throughout the year with the festival’s work cycle. However, there is a requirement for a more dedicated schedule during peak season programming from April to August, during which time some additional evening and weekend work are to be expected. While some work can be performed in a virtual environment, the General Manager is expected to reside in the immediate Stephenville area during peak period and to work from the employer’s office premises.
Start date is April 15, 2021.
Post secondary education in a related field – Theatre Arts Administration, Business, Communication, Marketing or similar field of study. Significant experience may be considered equivalent.
Minimum 2-4 years in a management role, preferably in an arts organization and/or not-for-profit.
Demonstrated experience in financial management skills.
Demonstrated experience in administrative leadership.
Proficiency in key computer applications and technology, e.g. Word, excel, google docs, social media platforms and digital technologies.
Highly collaborative with the ability to build and maintain strong working relationships.
Excellent organizational and administrative skills.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to collaborate in a team environment.
A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle when required.
At STF, we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We encourage qualified applicants who are diverse in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective to apply for this exciting and important position. Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Salary: commensurate with experience.
Interested applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume in one single PDF document titled “GM Application 2021” to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for applications is 12:00 midnight, Monday, March 29, 2021. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted at this time.
DETAILED WORK DESCRIPTION:
Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, through the Chair, the General Manager works collaboratively with the Artistic Director in ensuring the overall coordination and management of the Theatre program.
Financial Management and Accountability:
- Manage the company’s financial affairs and resources in relation to production, project and general budgets in collaboration with the Artistic Director, the Bookkeeper and the STF Finance Committee.
- In collaboration with the Artistic Director and STF Finance Committee, prepares and develops the annual budget.
- Develops and maintains financial controls and procedures to govern all financial activities and ensures that good cash flow management practices are followed..
- Works in collaboration with the Artistic Director and the STF Board to identify funding opportunities, sponsorships, and to prepare grant applications (government, capital and administrative). Completes reporting requirements as required.
- Monitor, control and report monthly on the current financial situation, through financial statements, cash flow projections and related reports.
- Reviews, in collaboration with the Artistic Director, the Bookkeeper and the STF Finance Committee, monthly financial statements and schedules as required.
- Ensures the accuracy of day to day financial transactions and the integrity of related systems such as box office accounts payable, payroll and banking activities.
- Signing authority and accountability for all contracts except that of the Artistic Director.
- Ensures the organization’s reports and adherence to Federal, Provincial and municipal legislation (e.g. CRA, GST, HST, Employment Standards, Health and Safety, etc.) are completed in an accurate and timely manner.
Administration and Program Delivery:
- Manages human resources, including artistic contracts and administrative personnel.
- In collaboration with the STF Executive, develops and administers effective office and general administrative procedures and ensures the necessary resources are available to carry them out.
- Supervises the day-to-day activities of the office, and administrative and accounting procedures.
- Participates, in collaboration with the STF Human Resource Committee, in the development of personnel policies and procedures.
- Ensures the management and security of the organization’s databases.
Marketing and Community Relations:
- Manages, in collaboration with the Artistic Director and the STF Marketing Committee, all marketing, including content creation for our website and social media, for events and productions.
- Leads the social media strategy for STF to create and maintain an optimized social media presence for the organization.
- Assists, in collaboration with the Artistic Director and the STF Marketing Committee, the promotion of the company, shows and other events related to the season.
- Develops press releases and liaises with media outlets.
- Manages and updates, in conjunction with the AD and the STF Board Executive, the company website and social media content.
- Manages through external contracting, the design, printing and dissemination of performance brochures, flyers, posters, and other collateral materials.
- Working through the STF Board Executive, promotes and conducts annual sponsorship opportunities and manages sponsor relations.
- Identifies and pursues new grant opportunities from, but not limited to, various funding agencies, foundations and other sources.
- Collaborates with the Artistic Director to prepare grant applications and ensures all requirements are met.
- Support STF Board efforts in fundraising and ensures effective management of events and related initiatives.
- Maintains and builds positive relationships with funders and potential funders and advocates on behalf of the Stephenville Theatre Festival at all opportunities.
- Participates in the company’s planning processes and operational plans.
- In collaboration with the Artistic Director, negotiates contracts, develops agreements and provides contractual, logistical and other required support for actors and professionals.
- Manages and supports STF staff, volunteers and non-performance contractors.
- Establishes and sustains a collaborative working relationship with the Chair, committee heads and individual board members.
- Attends board meetings and provides written monthly reports, as required.
- Notifies the Chair and Board of issues affecting the organization and of opportunities that have the potential to advance their interests.
Provides the necessary administrative, marketing and operational support to the work of the STF organization for special initiatives.
AUDITIONS FOR STEPHENVILLE THEATRE FESTIVAL 2021
Province: Newfoundland and Labrador
Paid position (Union Or Non-Union)
Stephenville Theatre Festival (STF) is the longest-running professional theatre festival in Newfoundland and Labrador, operating since 1979. The company performs in the Stephenville Arts & Culture Centre. For more information about the festival, please visit http://www.stephenvilletheatrefestival.com/
Stephenville Theatre Festival (STF) is currently casting all roles for its 2021 Spring and Summer season. Auditions are being held to engage the 2021 company.
NOTE: At this time, performers who are invited to audition will be doing so via a self tape video. Callbacks will happen live on ZOOM with the creative team.
STF is committed to diverse and inclusive casting. We encourage submissions from artists of all genders, ethnicities, abilities and identities.
Applying artists should be aware that STF does not tolerate any form of harassment of its employees, clients, volunteers, audience and community.
STF will be engaging student performers/ production crew under the Canada Jobs Program; therefore students returning to school in the fall of 2021 are encouraged to apply.
We are currently casting all roles in the following productions (Please see descriptions or links below for specific casting information and show descriptions):
TO THE GIRLS – by Meghan Greeley (WORLD PREMIERE)
REHEARSAL DATES: MAY 10 – JUNE 4
PERFORMANCE DATES: JUNE 5 – JUNE 13
“Late November 1963. Ernest Harmon Air Force Base in Stephenville, Newfoundland, established during World War II as the first line of defense in the event of a North American invasion, has changed the small town forever. For better and worse, the “friendly invasion,” as it was known, shaped the land, culture, and even the dialect of Stephenville irreversibly. Now, nearly twenty years after the war, the future of the base—and the future of the locals employed upon it—is in question. For a group of young Newfoundland women working on
Ernest Harmon as secretaries, personal and political upheaval is coming at them fast and hard: a forbidden marriage and impending emigration; the threat of the Cold War; a beloved- and begrudged charity fashion show for the officers’ wives; a religious faith forced into the shadows; an estranged relative with some serious anti-American sentiments and a long-held secret; and for one new girl, a growing question over the land itself and to whom, exactly, it rightfully belongs. When news of John F. Kennedy’s assassination puts the base on high alert, the lives of these women become inextricably linked to the future of a country in turmoil—an America that both is and is not their own.”
SEEKING 8 PERFORMERS TO PLAY THE FOLLOWING ROLES:
- LUCY –– Woman, early 20s
- MARTHA –– Woman, early 20s
- ROZA –– Woman, late 20s
- NELL –– Woman, late 40s
- FLO –– Woman, late 20s
- REENIE (IRENE) –– Woman, early 20s
- MRS. WILSON –– Woman, 40s/50s
- BOBBY –– Man, 20s/30s
SUMMER REPERTORY SEASON
9 PERFORMERS WILL PERFORM IN TWO OF THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTIONS
As these productions are Musical Theatre presentations, we are seeking performers with strong acting, singing and dancing skills
REHEARSAL: JUNE 16 – JULY 15
PERFORMANCE DATES; JULY 16 – AUGUST 15 (ALL SHOWS LISTED BELOW RUNNING IN REP)
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (9 PERFORMERS)
HONKEY TONK LAUNDRY (2 PERFORMERS)
WALKING THE TIGHTROPE or SNOW WHITE
THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES – show will be selected based on most appropriate casting due to the selected summer ensemble
WALKING THE TIGHTROPE – by Mike Kenny
(2 PERFORMERS – Grandad, and Esme his granddaughter)
Every year right at the end of summer just before the leaves turn brown and fall from the trees,
Esme comes to stay with her Nanna and Grandad…” But this year something is different; Nanna
Queenie is gone. Though Grandad and Esme do the fun activities they usually do, things aren’t the same without Nanna Queenie. Grandad can’t bring himself to say that Nanna has died, so he explains that Nanna has joined the circus. “She looked like an ordinary woman, but inside beat the heart of a tightrope walker.”
SNOW WHITE – by Greg Banks
This is not your usual “Once Upon a Time.” Classic? No. Wild? Yes! To start with, it’s a two-person play. Do the math. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves? Two fabulous, whip-smart, super-fast actors play Snow White, the huntsman, the prince, and all seven dwarves! And it’s funny. Really, really…FUNNY!
KEEP AN EYE ON SUMMER – THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF THE BEACH BOYS (4 PERFORMERS)
Please indicate your vocal range in your request if you wish to be considered for this show!
How to Apply!
Contact Artistic Director – Heather Braaten
Please submit a brief letter of introduction along with labeled attachments of your headshot and resume. Please indicate if you play any musical instruments Include STF audition 2021 and your name in the subject line.
Please Indicate If You Are Applying For “To The Girls” Or The For Repertory Season of Shows (or both!). Please Note That “To The Girls” Does not require any of the performers to be singers, therefore no music will be required in the audition process.
If you are auditioning for the repertory season, you will be required to prepare a singing audition.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 20, 2021
We are also seeking production staff in the areas of Stage Management and Technical Theatre. Please feel free to reach out via the provided email if you would like to be considered for the 2021 production team!