The Camrose Performing Arts Centre, located on the Augustana campus of the University of Alberta, is a new 38,000 sq. foot facility that is scheduled to open in the spring/summer of 2014. It is the product of a joint vision and collaborative endeavour involving the University, the City of Camrose, and Camrose County. The facility includes a main stage theatre with 550 seats on two sloped-floor levels, a stage area of 2,700 sq. feet, an orchestra pit, and a 70-foot fly tower. An additional multi-purpose space will accommodate recitals, dance classes, exhibits, receptions, etc. The lobby will include support for visual arts exhibits in addition to amenities for patrons. The building, designed by Barr Ryder, has advanced sustainability features, including energy efficient LED lighting throughout and an advanced photovoltaic installation on all four sides of the fly tower.
The Position of Theatre Manager:
Reporting to a Board of Directors, the Theatre Manager is responsible for the overall management, operation and programming of the Performing Arts Centre. The Manager is also expected to provide leadership within the local/regional arts community and to promote, publicize, and communicate the philosophy, programs and activities of the PAC. (S)he will be charged with developing an effective economic operating model for the Centre, balanced between community-based and University arts groups, touring programs, and other community/corporate rentals and usage. The Manager is responsible for general operations; the planning and delivery of all programs; budget development, financial management and reporting; marketing and community relations; revenue generation, including rentals, fundraising and grant applications; oversight of relevant legal and safety matters; management of staff; and service as a resource and liaison to all active PAC Committees/Boards.
The City of Camrose:
Camrose, which is situated amid some of the richest farmland in Alberta’s prairies, is a vibrant city of over 17,000 people located 100 km southeast of Edmonton and 70 km from Edmonton International Airport. The City serves a surrounding area with a population over 100,000. With more than 50 not-for-profit arts and cultural groups, plus music, drama, and visual art programs sponsored by the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta, and opportunities to cooperate with the historic Bailey Theatre downtown, the Performing Arts Centre will become a hub for a thriving arts community.
The ideal candidate will have a suitable combination of education, training, and/or experience in the arts and theatre management with an emphasis on theatre management skills and experiences and technical background in performance staging. In addition, the following competencies/qualifications are required:
• Bachelor Degree in Arts, Business, Recreation or other related field OR progressively diverse and proven arts administration experience;
• Ability to listen effectively with community arts groups and organizations;
• Excellent skills in: verbal and written communication; grant and report writing; fundraising; meeting facilitation; committee and community liaison;
• Proficiency in computer use and sector-related software and programs;
• Knowledge of, and commitment to formal OH&S/safety training, First Aid/AED, WHMIS and general knowledge of safe workplace practices;
• Five to seven years progressive experience in arts marketing, programming and theatre management including production management, touring productions, venue reconfiguration, technical production, and revenue maximization;
• Proven experience working with a Board of Directors and volunteer groups;
• Experience in setting up “performing arts presenter series” with a proven record of success.
The Theatre Manager represents the Performing Arts Centre to the public, the media and the performing arts industry at large through leadership and participation in community activities. (S)he must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with municipal and university officials, the media, artists, board members, artist managers, other arts groups, sponsors, local schools, volunteers, and patrons.
Other Information and Application Process:
Salary commensurate with experience; benefits package included. Interested candidates are invited to submit, preferably via pdf attachments to an e-mail, a letter of interest, résumé, and list of three references. The review of applications will begin June 1, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled.
All materials should be sent to:
Mary-Anne Falk, Executive Assistant to the Dean
University of Alberta, Augustana Campus