Contract Duration: 4 Months
A unique role in a timeless setting! Reporting to the Supervisor, Historic Programs, this non-union position creates and performs theatrical programming based on 19th century Canadian history for a wide variety of audiences. Actor Educators research, write, and deliver a range of programs including: first-person monologues, educational workshops, interactive public programs, scenes, and short plays. Through drama, acting, and historical knowledge, they bring 1860s Canada to life and encourage visitors to connect with real people from the past. This position provides excellent customer and client service. Occupational health and safety is a major responsibility of this position. This is a part-time position that includes work on weekends, evenings and holidays.
- Create, rehearse, self-direct, and perform/deliver a variety of plays, monologues, and interactive theatre-in-education programs in a variety of settings, including historic buildings and outdoors.
- Ability to adapt to quickly-changing situations. Improvisation is an asset.
- Work with other colleagues and departments to create/obtain performance-specific props and pieces, and keep props and costumes in state of good repair.
- Present programs and interact directly with visitors daily, including set up and take down of sets and props, gathering audiences and conducting post performance discussions.
- Adapt to and work with visitors of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
- Regularly and proactively engage with visitors. Be personable, welcoming and demonstrate a sense of play.
- Deliver non-theatrical educational programs, as required.
- Analyze primary and secondary sources to gain an extensive, in-depth knowledge and understanding of the time period and the specific subjects and people being portrayed.
- Using original research, write and develop monologues, a variety of styles of plays and interactive theatre-in-education programs for the public.
- Research and synthesize information to create meaningful and relevant dramatic programs on an ongoing basis.
- A Bachelor’s degree in Theatre, Creative Writing, or other arts, formal training in Theatre, or equivalent performance experience.
- Demonstrated experience with historical research, especially primary sources, preferred.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Strong acting/performance skills, including: versatility in character portrayal and styles of performance; strong script memorization skills; strong vocal and projection skills; good instincts and sense of timing, blocking and pace in performance; improvisation skills; adaptability to variable performance environments and audiences.
- Knowledge and understanding of Canadian history – specifically 19th century Canada – and interest in ongoing, in-depth study.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.
- Ability to work independently and take initiative within a set of guidelines and procedures, and also to take direction and notes when given.
- Ability to think critically regarding education, museum theatre, and improving performance.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays.
- Willingness to wear historically accurate and complete 19th century clothing and hairstyles.
- Additional theatrical skills preferred, including playwriting, directing, storytelling, singing.
To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting job posting #TRCA-220-19 prior to midnight on August 28, 2019.
While TRCA thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised successful incumbent(s) who are not presently permanent TRCA employees may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector and/or drivers abstract check.
TRCA is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA’s Accommodation Policy, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the Authority. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.