Artistic Development Associate

Date Posted: Oct 08, 2020
Application Deadline: Oct 30, 2020
Start Date: Jan 04, 2021

Salary From: 40K To 50K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

The Musical Stage Company

The Musical Stage Company is the largest and leading charitable musical theatre company in Canada. Established in 2004 as Acting Up Stage Company, we strive to make Canada a leader in musical theatre.
We believe “it’s better with music” and apply this philosophy to all of our programming on- and off-stage including our contemporary professional musical productions and concerts, our investment in Canadian writers and the development of original musicals, and through our diverse free youth programs that meaningfully connect young people to our chosen art-form.
Since 2004, we’ve been rewarded with rave reviews, sold-out performances, 105 Dora Award nominations, 23 Dora Awards and 19 Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards. Our productions are timely, thought-provoking and entertaining, challenging expectations of the genre. Past productions include Next to Normal, Fun Home, Dr. Silver, Life After, Onegin, Passing Strange, Grey Gardens, The Wild Party, Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata, Caroline or Change, Ride The Cyclone, Parade, The Light In The Piazza, and Elegies: A Song Cycle as well as our signature UnCovered concert at Koerner Hall.
Our 2019-2020 season includes a series of new musicals premiering at the Globe & Mail Centre as part of Launch Pad, UnCovered: Stevie Wonder & Prince at Koerner Hall and the George Weston Recital Hall, a to-be-announced musical at the historic Winter Garden Theatre and the world premiere of Kelly V. Kelly at Canadian Stage.

Job Description

The Opportunity 

The Musical Stage Company is looking to hire a creative, results-driven Artistic Development Associate who is excited to contribute to our Production & Programming team. Working closely with and reporting primarily to the Deputy Artistic Director, the Artistic Development Associate will be a key collaborator and executer of various producing activities, primarily within our new musical development, artist development, and education portfolios. This full-time position combines forward-thinking artistic visioning, day to day programmatic and producing execution and artist development to a robust musical development and education program.

The successful candidate will be a highly creative arts manager/producer whose career interests lie at the cross section of designing and supporting creative processes, artist development and producing. The candidate will have a deep passion for and knowledge of musical theatre, producing, and administration. They will be comfortable in creative planning and exceptional at logistical execution. Our goal is to make Canada a leader in musical theatre and doing so requires the realization of programs and the creation of environments that allow artists to thrive. We hope that you are enthusiastic about helping us achieve this as part of the dynamic, small and mighty team of our thriving musical theatre organization.

The position presents a fantastic opportunity to contribute to a unique and rapidly growing performing arts organization and is ideal for an individual who is equally artistic and producing oriented and who is looking to build a career in arts leadership at an organizational level.


As a member of the Production & Programming Department, the Artistic Development Associate, will be a key collaborator and executer of various producing activities, and will report to the Deputy Artistic Director.
  • Produces and assists in the development and implementation of all non-ticketed programs, events and developmental workshops in the Education, Artist Development, and New Work departments.
  • Produces or provides producing assistance to other public ticketed or non-ticketed events as assigned by the Deputy Artistic Director.
    • Events may include but are not limited to: ancillary mainstage events; donor events; marketing events; etc.
  • Produces and assists in the development of all casting and artist development initiatives.
  • On the above projects, producing tasks include but are not limited to:
    • Working with the appropriate unions including CAEA, TMA, ACTRA (etc);
    • Facilitates and executes all artist and production staff agreements, offers and contracts; as well as managing negotiation processes as assigned;
    • Manages, tracks, and reconciles the project budget set by the organization;
    • Co-creates and manages all scheduling;
    • Acts as Stage Management, Production Management, and/or Company Management when required;
    • Oversees the work flow on each project through the direct supervision of Stage Management and Production Management when required;
    • Serves as the primary liaison for all artists and production staff (and their agents) for matters pertaining to contracts, payments, ticketing, travel and housing;
    • Secures and manages all rehearsal and performance venues and oversees venue relationships;
    • During workshops and education activities, is the primary day-to-day communicator with any affiliated partner organizations;
    • Manages all ticketing needs with internal & rental box offices when required: setting up the box office, booking and communicating internal ticketing needs, tracking sales and projections, etc.;
    • Distributes scripts, scores and contracts to artists;
    • Manages the organization and delivery of various production related materials (music department needs; rehearsal hall supplies; etc);
    • Ensures organization digital filing is up to date by the close of each project.
  • Supporting general Producing and Administration activities:
    • Co-creates and assists the Deputy Artistic Director and General Manager with various administrative duties including but not limited to organization policy creation and implementation; internal documentation and process systems; labour negotiations; and other mutually agreed upon special projects;
    • assists with coding and organizing receipts, bookkeeping entry;
    • assists with bookkeeping as required.
  • Provides support to the Associate Producer as needed.
  • Other duties as required.

Anticipated Start Date

Full-Time beginning January 4, 2020.
Evening and weekend work will be required on occasion.



The successful candidate will have:
  • Fierce passion for and knowledge of musical theatre and musical theatre artists both locally and abroad;
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, sound judgment and a keen interest in The Musical Stage Company’s mission;
  • Inquisitive, knowledge seeking strategic thinker with an innovative growth;
  • Ability to think outside the box and see multiple perspectives;
  • Socially adept and naturally skilled at managing a wide variety of personality types;
  • The ability to look for the intersection between creativity, strategy, and impact in all contexts;
  • A detail-oriented approach with an appreciation for big picture strategy;
  • Extensive experience working with artists including an understanding of the roles, relationships and dynamics of artists involved in bringing a musical to life;
  • Humility, empathy and likeability amongst artistic peers;
  • Excellent Relationship  builder who builds rapport quickly, listens attentively, and has a thorough grasp of artist needs;
  • Dedicated to the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access;
  • Stellar organizational and producing skills being able to manage and execute complex programs effectively; able to process large volumes of information and tight timelines in a fast-paced environment;
  • The ability to multi-task and coordinate multiple simultaneous projects as well as respond to quickly changing priorities;
  • Stellar oral and written communication with adaptability for varying audiences;
  • The ability to thrive working both independently and as a strong team-player with a “can do” attitude and willingness to be flexible and pitch-in where needed.

How to Apply:

Please review the opportunity closely to ensure that your experience and interests are a great fit with our needs.
We encourage interested individuals to apply by October 30 at 5:30pm for consideration. Please submit applications to Include your name and the position title in the subject line.

Applications must be submitted as a single pdf attachment including a letter of interest and CV (maximum of 5 pages total combined). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please, no phone calls.
Letters of interest should include the following:
  • why you want to work with The Musical Stage Company;
  • why you think the development of artists is necessary in this moment;
  • how do you envision yourself supporting artistic development for our stakeholders (arts enthusiasts, aspiring artists, professional artists).
The Musical Stage Company advocates equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We are actively seeking submissions from candidates of all backgrounds, abilities, and ethnicities as we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion within this selection process.  We especially encourage folx who identify as Women, gender minorities, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTQ2S+, d/Deaf, Mad, Disabled/People with Disabilities, and/or Neurodiverse to submit.
The Musical Stage Company sincerely thanks all applicants for their interest in this position, however only those invited for an interview will be contacted.

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