Job Posting: Queer Youth Arts Program Coordinator

Established in 1979, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is a professional Canadian theatre company dedicated to the development and presentation of queer plays. The largest and oldest facility-based queer theatre company in the world is located downtown, close to Toronto’s Gay Village, and its primary constituencies are the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities, and an urban alternative theatre-loving audience. We are currently accepting applications for the position of Queer Youth Arts Program Coordinator.

Salary Range: Contract position. $10,000
Position: Part Time, 8-10 hours per week, September to June.
Reports To: Artistic Director
Start Date: July 2016, planning for September launch

About Buddies’ Queer Youth Arts Program

The Buddies’ Queer Youth Arts Program offers theatre training and performance opportunities for queer, trans* identified and gender variant youth age 18 to 25 who have an interest in theatre, performance, and the creative process. Our programs offer space for artistic risk where youth can develop their creative voice. We support the development of early-in-craft artistic voices by offering access to Buddies productions and professional theatre artists to nurture the next generation of artists, audiences, and community.

The ideal candidate for this position is an artist / educator with a proven track record of working with young or emerging artists, and / or working in a queer context.

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is committed to employment equity. We encourage applications from queer, First Nations, trans*, two-spirited, people of colour, and people with disabilities.

Duties include:

  • In consultation with Artistic Director, create and implement a schedule of weekly youth events during the Buddies season (September-June) which may include:
    • Leading theatre-based workshops
    • Planning workshops with guest artists
    • Supporting youth-led initiatives
    • Facilitating development of the 2016/17 Youth and Elders Project
  • Act as host and / or facilitator for all Youth Program events
  • Coordinate and promote monthly youth open mic, ‘QueerCab’
  • Outreach and network with other queer / youth / theatre organizations in the region
  • In collaboration with Artistic Director, audition and select final group of participants to be cast in 2016/ 17 Youth and Elders Project
  • Lead promotion and outreach strategy for Queer Youth Arts Program, in consultation with Director of Development and Communications
  • Respond to all program related inquiries
  • Manage annual program budget
  • Assist Emerging Creators Unit Director with annual selection of participants

Skills include:

  • Proven track record of working with young or emerging artists
  • Excellent team building and facilitation skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with a diverse team
  • Ability to work independently
  • Proficiency using social media platforms
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office, spreadsheets and word processing
  • Must be able to multitask and work in a fast paced environment

Please send resume with cover letter to the attention of Artistic Director Evalyn Parry, by May 13th 2016. Include two references and a cover letter outlining your experience working with queer / youth / theatre communities in Toronto. Only chosen candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Apply by mail, fax or email, by May 13th, 2016:

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street
Toronto, ON
M4Y 1B4
Fax: 416-975-9293
Email: evalyn@buddiesinbadtimes.com.