Artistic Director

Date Posted: Jan 21, 2019
Application Deadline: Mar 20, 2019

Salary Range: 60K - 80K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
Check Additional Info section for more Employee Benefits
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Executive/board member

Organization Description

Necessary Angel
Necessary Angel is one of English Canada’s most vital original creation and touring organizations. With a history of innovation and risk taking, the company engages artists from a variety of disciplines in the creation of new work. For over 40 years we have produced more than 60 productions, including 30 world premieres and 11 North American premieres. Work created by Necessary Angel has been nominated for and has won Governor General’s Awards for Drama, Chalmers Awards for Outstanding New Play, and numerous Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

We have been privileged to work with outstanding literary figures such as Michael Ondaatje and Timothy Findley. A catalyst for groundbreaking original work, Necessary Angel has collaborated with some of Canada’s most acclaimed theatre artists: Jordan Tannahill, Dairine Ni Mheadra, Daniel MacIvor, Saidah Baba Talibah, John Mighton, Colleen Murphy, Teresa Pryzbylsky, Jason Sherman, Colleen Wagner, David Young, Marie-Josee Chartier and Jonathon Young.

On February 1st, 2013, Necessary Angel welcomed Jennifer Tarver as the new Artistic Director. An award-winning director, Jennifer is considered one of Canada’s leading theatre practitioners. She is the third Artistic Director, and the first female leader of the company.

Job Description


Necessary Angel is one of Canada’s preeminent and influential independent theatre companies. Founded in 1978, the company pioneered idea-based artist-driven theatre creation processes, influencing a generation of English-speaking companies and artists.
The company is proud to be a place where ambitious ideas are given space to grow and develop.  We are a catalyst for original work by some of Canada’s greatest theatre artists, urging forward projects that explore complex contemporary themes in unique sites and with boundary-pushing scopes. Many of its projects have been widely acclaimed and presented across the country, resulting in Governor General’s Awards for Drama, Chalmers Awards for Outstanding New Play and numerous Dora Mavor Moore Awards.
The company has had three artistic directors in it 40-year history: Richard Rose, Daniel Brooks and Jennifer Tarver.

Necessary Angel Theatre is looking for a brilliant, visionary and highly effective artistic leader to serve as its next Artistic Director.  The ideal candidate will be deeply committed and curious about the contemporary theatre ecology and be willing to take on the leadership of one of the country’s oldest independent theatre companies as means to explore, engage and expand the possibilities of theatre in Canada.
The Artistic Director of Necessary Angel Theatre will report directly and be directly responsible to the company’s board of Directors. Day to day, in a working capacity, the position of Artistic Director is designed as a collaborative working partnership with the organization’s General Manager. This is a full-time position with a one-year evaluative term, the successful completion of which will be followed by a three-year term.


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Additional Info:

A competitive compensation package that will be commensurate with experience, including salary, benefits and vacation will be provided.

How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter, résumé to: no later than March 20th, 2019.
Applicants to the position will be assessed on three main criteria:
  1. A compelling & conscious artistic vision
  2. A proven ability to execute vision
  3. An aptitude for donor relations / history with donors & funders
Necessary Angel is an equal-opportunity employer.

We thank applicants for their interest, however, only those advancing in the process will be contacted.