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Hiring: Touring agent (independent)

Start date: June 2021
Location: Québec, Canada
Remuneration: $40 000/year

Tableau D’Hôte Theatre, Black Theatre Workshop, and Geordie Theatre are seeking to partner with a Québec-based individual wishing to launch an independent career as a touring agent. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts’ Sector Innovation and Development program, the three companies have secured two years worth of capital funding to assist the selected individual in receiving the technical and practical training necessary to launch their new business venture. 

The agent’s services would consist of independently managing and growing a roster of regional theatre companies. From seeking opportunities for presentation to securing bookings for clients, the individual would function as a centralized hub connecting English Montréal artists to audiences in the rest of Canada and internationally.

The Organisations

Tableau D’Hôte Theatre has been producing Montréal premieres of English and bilingual Canadian plays since 2005. Our theatre is often confrontational, seeking to challenge dominant historical narratives and unearth the buried stories of the nations upon nations upon nations that make up the colonial settler state known as Canada. We strive to create in an interdisciplinary, collaborative and democratic environment informed by principles of curiosity, kindness and solidarity.

Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) is Canada’s longest running theatre company dedicated to the works of Black and diasporic communities. BTW’s mission is to promote and produce outstanding theatre that educates, entertains and inspires. The company strives to create greater cross-cultural understanding by challenging its audience and the status quo. Expanding the representation of Black Canadian artists, BTW bridges cultural divides – uniting hearts, minds and communities.

Geordie Theatre, now in its 40th season, is Québec’s largest English-language professional theatre for young audiences. It currently produces and presents a four or five play season that includes mainstage and touring productions with an annual audience reach of approximately 50,000. Its flagship activity, the 2Play Tour, is the longest running tour in Canada, touring annually to Eastern Canada for eight months with upwards of 200 performances for young people and their communities.

The Candidate

You are a personable and ambitious self-starter looking to launch a new business that will help English Montréal Theatre companies reach wider audiences in different markets. You are familiar with the creation models and respective professional agreements that govern both English and French professional theatre creation in Québec, and understand how English Theatre in Québec is greatly influenced by its French counterpart. You recognize the unique challenges and opportunities that arise from creating in an Official Language Minority setting and are eager to develop a roster of clients that will showcase the uniqueness of our region’s creative culture and endeavours.

Responsibilities

Under the partnership and guidance of senior leadership of the partnering organizations, the selected candidate will

Qualifications

Compensation

The selected candidate will receive a fee of $40,000/year for the first two years of their venture, as well as monies for training-related costs, a technology allowance, promotional material, conference registration fees, and a limited number of travel-related expenses.

Once the two-years of the program are complete, the Touring Agent will be autonomous in securing revenue and commission through their roster of clients.

To apply

Please apply by email with your cover letter and resume. Send to the Touring Agent Search Committee, care of agent@tableaudhote.ca by May 21st.

The partnering organizations encourage applications from all qualified individuals and welcome applications from members of racialized groups/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities.