Internship Posting: Two Positions for Rhubarb 2016


Festival Dates: February 17 – February 28, 2016

Canada’s longest-running new works festival returns for a 37th year. For two weeks, Buddies is transformed into a hotbed of experimentation, with artists exploring new possibilities in theatre, dance, music, and performance art. Rhubarb is the place to see the most adventurous ideas in performance and to catch your favourite artists venture into uncharted territory.

The Rhubarb Festival is looking for two interested individuals to aid in the organization and administration of the Festival in the capacity of Rhubarb Festival Interns. An internship at the Rhubarb festival gives interns an inside view of the organizational structures necessary to facilitate new work. Interns will develop relationships with artists and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre staff, and work closely with the Festival Director to plan and execute the Festival.

We have two unpaid internships available:

Administrative Intern (October-March, approximately 4hrs per week with increased hours in February)

  • Assist with application process and day-to-day administrative duties (mailings, scheduling, email correspondence) under direction of Buddies’ Administrator and Festival Director.
  • Oversee submission database and festival artist contact list.
  • Assist with compiling data for final reporting.
  • Liaise with guest artists, speakers and participants as required.
  • Attend rehearsals and meetings as required.

Community Outreach Intern (October-March, approximately 4hrs per week with increased hours in February)

  • Assist Festival Director with correspondence related to Festival partnerships (i.e. co-presentations, collaborations with other arts organizations, etc.)
  • Coordinate and edit content of Rhubarb Festival blog/related social media.
  • Assist in creation of the Festival program
  • Assist with planning and execution of artist and volunteer meetings/special events
  • Document and archive Festival activities including, but not limited to dinners, talks, and performances.
  • Assist in creation of programming documents.
  • Liaise with guest artists, speakers and participants as required.
  • Attend rehearsals and meetings as required.

How to Apply

Application Due: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 by MIDNIGHT

Please send the following as one .PDF document by EMAIL to mel@buddiesinbadtimes.com. Hardcopy Submissions will NOT be accepted.

  • A letter of intent (Include which position you would be interested in, why the Rhubarb Festival interests you, and what you would like to get out of your time with the Festival)
  • Resume (Focus on relevant job experience, administrative experience, arts, any relevant training you have received that you feel will aid you)

If you have any questions about the festival, the internship, or the application process contact:

Mel Hague // Festival Director



‘Toronto’s go to event for thought-provoking, political, adventurous entertainment.’  Toronto Life

Established in 1979, the Rhubarb Festival is produced by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and is Canada’s longest-running festival of new performance. For over three decades, Rhubarb has encouraged established artists to take new risks and emerging artists to explore the possibilities of performance in a supportive space. Over the course of its history, Rhubarb has had an immeasurable impact on the local and Canadian cultural landscape by acting as a seeding ground for new work.  A great number of Rhubarb projects have gone on to be further developed and presented in Toronto, across Canada and internationally.