Program Director – Playwriting at NTS

Date Posted: Jan 10, 2017
Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2017
Start Date: Aug 01, 2017

Salary: TBD
Province: Québec
City: Montréal
Organization's Field/Discipline:
Term: Full-time
Career Level:

Organization Description

National Theatre School of Canada / École nationale de théâtre du Canada

Established in Montreal in 1960, the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) offers incomparable training for actors, directors, designers, writers, production specialists and artists of all kinds to create work that matters. 

The NTS — a hub of intense activity and flourishing creativity — provides its carefully selected students with access to a wide range of approaches, work methods and expertise. We share the view that theatre brings people together and allows them to imagine, think, and feel collectively. Theatre is an act of community building, a catalyst for empathy, creativity, debate and well-being that allows us to better engage with the complexities of our times. 

Inspired by the excellence of its core programs, the NTS will create new pathways to the School to take a leading role in strengthening the cultural sector and contributing to a healthier, more compassionate and resilient society.

Job Description

The Director of the Playwriting program of the English Section at the National Theatre School of Canada defines the content, determines the activities, and selects the students and faculty of the Playwriting program, in accordance with the general orientations of the School.

The position of Program Director is a senior faculty position, reporting directly to the Artistic Director of the English Section. The incumbent attends weekly faculty meetings, and leads student evaluation sessions and curriculum development meetings, as well as the selection process.
The Program Director works closely with the Artistic Director to optimize the learning experience of the students both in a classroom and laboratory setting and in a conservatory environment. The director of the Playwriting program also works closely with other program directors, faculty, staff and students. They are a member of the Coordination and Pedagogical Committees.

The director of the Playwriting program is responsible for:

1. Training:
• Developing and maintaining the pedagogical vision, priorities, and operation of the program;
• Developing, implementing, and scheduling the curriculum of the program, and establishing an appropriate balance of resources and time allocated between formal instruction and practical application;
• Attracting and selecting the students for the program;
• Selecting the teachers, instructors, dramaturgs and coaches for the program, and designing courses, workshops and exercises in partnership with same;
• Teaching, dramaturgy and coaching as required;
• Providing day-to-day and term-end student evaluations, in accordance with the Evaluation Policy of NTS;
• Attending exercise presentations;
• Guiding graduating students in their transition to the professional community.

2. Administration:
• Preparing and managing the annual budget for the hiring of the teachers, instructors, dramaturgs, and coaches, and negotiating and preparing employment contracts;
• Managing the Playwrights’ Residency Program;
• Evaluating the performance of Playwriting faculty;
• Evaluating and creating opportunities for shared projects or courses with the director of the French Playwriting program;
• Participating in the communication strategy and initiatives to promote both the Playwriting program and the School;
• Work with other Program Directors to build the most rigorous, most effective training program possible;
• Work to advance the long-term health of the School by contributing to the ongoing development of its programs and plans;
• Act as a liaison between the School and professional milieu, ensuring that the School’s pedagogy is connected to contemporary practice and in line with the needs of playwrights interested in the program.


The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic team player who is committed to supporting artistic and pedagogical excellence. Someone who is collaborative, self-motivated, highly disciplined, and flexible. An artist who is inspired by the challenges facing theatre today, who is confident with technique and craft, and at the same time fearless about training young people for a theatre that hasn’t yet been invented.

Requirements include:
• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, or equivalency;
• A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in new play development, with a deep knowledge of Canadian and International theatre;
• Demonstrated pedagogical ability and experience;
• Proven skills in the areas of planning, organization, management and collaboration;
• Strong aptitudes for teamwork and the capacity to work with students, artists, teachers and other staff members;
• Excellent English communication skills. A working knowledge of the French language would be an asset.

This position is full time, based in Montreal, with full availability between mid-August and mid-June.

The successful candidate will be named officially to the position August 1, 2017, with a short transition period with the current incumbent at year-end (May 2017).

How to Apply:

Please send a detailed letter of intent with your résumé by January 31, 2017 to with the subject heading: Confidential: Program Director – Playwriting.

Please visit for additional information about the position and the School.

We value diversity in our workforce and encourage candidates who self-identify as members of the following designated groups to apply:  women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.
We are committed to providing a workplace that is inclusive and accessible to all. Should you require accommodation during the staffing process, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Contact Info:

Name: Luc Pelletier
Telephone: 514 842-7954
Telephone Ext.: 114
Fax: 514 842-5661


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