As part of its transformational work, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre seeks volunteers to serve on its Board of Directors. 

In Summer 2020, the Board initiated an organizational review utilizing an anti-oppression lens (please have a look at the Board’s most recent statement to the community, which describes the work we are doing). With the development of a community advisory committee; a commitment to diverse representation and more robust community consultation; and mindful of our commitment to anti-oppressive governance, we strongly encourage applications from people who identify as: Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, Two-Spirit, living with disabilities, trans, migrants, arts workers, activists, feminists, youth*, and/or elders, with experience in one or more of the following:

  • Alternative models of board governance
  • Art creation and/or management
  • Community outreach
  • Fundraising
  • Human resources
  • Marketing and communications
  • Strategic planning

*The Board also has a dedicated youth (under 30) position. 

Role of the Board 

The Board is charged with ensuring that Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is a thriving, vital theatre company, both in its internal operations and in its external accountability to the broader community, in ways that are inclusive, anti-oppressive, and financially and culturally sustainable.

Board responsibilities include: hiring and evaluating both the Artistic Director and the Managing Director; oversight of the annual season’s activities; approving the annual budget and providing financial oversight; overseeing Buddies’ organizational transformation process and ameliorating systemic conditions of inequity; and developing and implementing the theatre’s strategic plan.

The Board is made up of committed volunteers with a passion for Buddies or for theatre in general, who bring their skills, knowledge, and experiences to the table for the benefit of the theatre and its community. Workload ranges from 5-10 hours per month, and the Board makes every effort to recognize individual capacity and ability. The Board is committed to ongoing facilitated Board education around anti-racism, anti-oppression, decolonization, and trauma. 

Application Process 

To apply, please send us a short résumé with your relevant experience and contact information, as well as your responses to the questions below. Your responses can be in any format (e.g. written cover letter, audio recording, video, etc.), provided they are accessible on a run-of-the-mill Mac or PC.

  • Tell us who you think the Buddies communities are, or should be, and how the Board can hold space for them. 
  • Tell us about your connection to, and interest in Buddies and/or other queer arts communities. 
  • Tell us what skills, knowledge, and experiences you have that you can bring to the table. These do not need to be wholly administrative skills, and can include artistic, activist, organizational, and relational skills. 

Please submit your application by Monday, March 29th to the attention of the Board of Directors at board@buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Or, by mail:

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street
Toronto, ON
M4Y 1B4

If you require assistance with your application, or have any questions about the application process, please email board@buddiesinbadtimes.com.

About Buddies

Established in 1979, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is Toronto’s leading destination for artistically rigorous alternative theatre and a world leader in developing queer voices and stories for the stage. Buddies offers a year-round program that includes a full season of queer theatre, new works festivals, artist residencies, and intergenerational training and education initiatives. In its 40-year history Buddies has welcomed over one million people into its home in the heart of Toronto’s queer village and has premiered over 1,000 new works for the stage, making it the largest and longest-running queer theatre company in the world.