PRODUCER, SPRING 2020 IMMERSIVE FESTIVAL

Job Type: Seasonal contract  

About Talk Is Free Theatre

Talk Is Free Theatre is based in Barrie, Ontario. The company was founded in 2003 by Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak and has since produced 87 works. The company produces a home season and tours nationally and internationally.

Talk Is Free Theatre’s mandate is to produce and to develop a wide range of ensemble-based programming, with an emphasis on off-centre musical theatre and immersive work. Last season, the company produced one of the most ambitious theatre experiences, in the Canadian theatre industry, The Curious Voyage.   It took the audience on an immersive theatrical journey, literally, from Barrie, Ontario to London, UK as part of the narrative.

About The Immersive Festival

The multidisciplinary, international Festival will serve as a platform for Canadian and international artists to share their work that will draw audiences and build profile.  The festival will take place in both Barrie and Toronto, with some of the projects transporting the audience between the two cities as part of the narrative. Most projects will be staged outside of traditional theatre venues.

Dates

The Festival will run from mid-March to the end of May 2020 in Toronto and Barrie, Ontario.  The contract position will commence October 1, 2019.

Job Description And Qualifications

The Producer will work with the Executive Producer and Artistic Producer to ensure smooth and professional execution of the eight participant productions, some produced and others hosted/presented, by overseeing production teams, budgets, technical elements, design teams and non-traditional venues, among others.  

The Producer has a minimum of five years experience working as a professional producer in the theatre community with some experience in site-specific and non-traditional environments.

The Producer understands that the festival will take place in two cities, Barrie and Toronto, Ontario and will be required to be available in both cities. Access to personal transportation is required at all times. 

This position maintains a high level of artistic integrity, safety and appropriate working environment for artistic and production personnel.

The Producer will work with the Production Managers to oversee the health and safety of the venues and the audience experience once the Festival is up and running.

Duties

  • Communicate with and manage the participant productions and serve as liaison to TIFT and Executive Producer, ensuring timelines and deadlines are met.
  • Organize and support weekly virtual meetings with each team, keeping them on track and reporting to TIFT and Executive Director.
  • Act as the central liaison for all project participants and TIFT.
  • Manage the project budgets: monitoring of accurate expenditures and ensuring adherence to production, staffing, and maintenance budgets.
  • Work with each participant to plan and maintain the production schedule for each production. 
  • Ensure all production personnel are well trained, all activities in the production department are handled in a safe and responsible manner, and that the performance spaces are well maintained.
  • Work with production managers, designers, directors and production staff to ensure that all productions are realized to the highest artistic standard, within the constraints of the Festival’s schedules and budget.
  • Venue procurement support for productions and management of maintenance of the venues, as needed.
  • Draft LOAs as needed for signing by TIFT for venues, participants, etc.

This is a nine-month part-time contract position, commencing on October 1, 2019. The early months will require approximately 1-2 days per week and up to 4 days per week as we advance toward the festival and into production.

Salary based on experience with range of $13,000-$17,000.

Please contact us with questions.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter by September 1, 2019 to submissions@tift.ca.  


2019-2020 SEASON VIDEOGRAPHER

JOB DESCRIPTION

Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT) is seeking a driven and knowledgeable individual to act as our 2019/2020 Season videographer. This is a small-scale, contract position to assist in the promotion of productions and programming that run from October 2019 to April 2020.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

-Knowledge of video recording techniques

-Editing experience and able to provide proofs upon completion

-Access to their own equipment and editing software

-A flexible schedule

-Able to work indoors and outdoors (if necessary)

-Access to their own transportation and a valid driver’s license (G2)

KEY FUNCTIONS

Working with the Director of Outreach, the videographer will assist in planning and creating digital advertisements to connect with our online audience base as well as expand to new demographics.

ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Work directly with the Director of Outreach to establish deadlines and a recording schedule on a series of projects.

Direct and lead small on-location shoots.

Identify opportunities for improvement while creating and implementing viable solutions.

Produce online advertisements, including concept creation, writing, production, videography, and editing for platforms including facebook and Instagram.

Adhere to TIFT’s privacy and safety guidelines to ensure a healthy work environment.

Support the mission, vision, and values of TIFT.

Possess an enthusiastic, energetic, self-motivated, and detail-oriented approach towards work and all work projects.

Note: Management reserves the right to assign or reassign functions and responsibilities to this job description at any time.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION

High School diploma or GED required.

3-5 years of prior experience in a video production environment required.

Proficient knowledge of on-site recording and editing techniques.

General knowledge of digital advertising.

Experience with project management preferred.

Exceptional organizational and time management skills.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The videographer is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or carry loads of up to 70 lbs.

The noise level in the work environment may vary depending on location.

In-person visits to various locations are normal in the performance of this job. Specific abilities required include access venues by stairs or elevator, operating doors or other entrances, navigating hallways and buildings, etc., and adapting successfully to a constantly changing environment.

Hours may also coincide with weekends and some holidays.

Talk Is Free Theatre is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or any other characteristic protected by law.

COMPENSATION

This is a small-scale contract position for the 2019/2020 season that begins September 1, 2019 and continues to April 30, 2020 with hours dependent on the projects.

We are offering a contract amount of $800 for the season. A first installment of $400 will be issued on September 30, 2019, the second installment of $200 on January 30, 2020 and $200 on completion of all duties, foreseen to be on April 1, 2020.

Please submit resume and any additional information (including an EPK) by September 1, 2019 to richard@tift.ca with all material and SEASON VIDEOGRAPHER APP – [Your Name] in the subject line.