The Citadel Theatre, one of Canada’s largest and busiest professional, not-for-profit theatre companies and facilities, has an opening for a temporary, paid, full-time CHILD SUPERVISOR.
The Child Supervisor is responsible for the safe care of all children working on The Christmas Carol production. The Child Supervisor will report to the Company Manager and is under the Supervision of the Company Manager and the Stage Manager. The Child Supervisor must be ready to take a proactive leadership role in maintaining a respectful and positive workplace where all of our stakeholders are excited, connected and invested in the work of the theatre.
Responsibilities and Expectations:
- The supervisor is responsible for the children from the moment they arrive at the Citadel until they are returned into their parent’s care, including throughout all show-related activities, fittings, publicity interviews & media appearances, short breaks, meal breaks and notes sessions.
- The supervisor will be required to be familiar with and maintain compliance with the Citadel’s guidelines for Child Performers.
- The Theatre will designate a room where the children may keep personal belongings, and where they can sit for breaks, meal breaks, or when they are not called to rehearsal. The supervisor will encourage the children to keep this room clean and tidy.
- The supervisor will encourage the children to be prepared for rehearsals in a timely manner – that they are ready to rehearse when called; that they are wearing proper footwear at all times; that bathroom breaks happen ahead of their call time; that all toys and activities are put away prior to rehearsal commencing.
- Daily duties may vary, but generally include:
o Meet and return children to parent’s care at the designated pick up and drop up location at the beginning and end of each day’s call.
o Supervise the children’s conduct inside and outside the rehearsal hall. The supervisor is responsible for the conduct of the children while in the building. The supervisor is not authorized, however, to discipline children. In the event of a behavioural issue, the stage manager and/or the company manager will jointly consult with the child’s parents and determine an action plan.
o Ensure the children know about, and are following general rehearsal etiquette: being quiet when sitting in the rehearsal hall, following the director’s instructions, etc.
o Keep an eye on safety concerns or potential problems, alerting stage management to any potential problems as soon as possible.
- While rehearsing:
o The supervisor will follow the instructions of the stage manager on all matters relating to the rehearsal hall. If the supervisor is not required in the rehearsal hall, he/she will take reasonable breaks, but be available to return if necessary.
- While onstage for technical rehearsals & performances:
o The supervisor will be with the children whenever they are in the backstage area. The supervisor will meet the children after all exits from the stage, and escort them to their next location/dressing room. Where the supervisor would be required to be in multiple places at the same time, assistant stage managers may supervise children for brief periods of time until the supervisor is able to be there. These instructions could change, based on the needs of the show. The stage manager will let the supervisor know the parameters.
- While onstage for performances:
o The supervisor will ensure all children are present at the half-hour call, and will immediately alert stage management if any are late/absent.
- The supervisor will communicate relevant information with the children’s parents/guardians, if requested by the stage manager.
- In the event of a medical situation/emergency developing with a child, the supervisor will follow the procedure in the Child Performer Guidelines.
- The supervisor will reinforce instructions given by the show’s creative team, stage management team or the theatre administration.
- The supervisor will refrain from discussion about their supervision work on social media sites, due to privacy considerations. The supervisor will also ensure that no other cast members take photos of the children at any time during the production. Photos of minors are prohibited, unless expressly authorized by the child’s parents.
- As supervision is required during the children’s breaks and meal breaks from work, the supervisor will take breaks while the children are rehearsing. The theatre’s policy is that on long tech days and two-show performance days, parents will take their child(ren) away for a break. If the supervisor agrees to supervise during these times, it is at her/his discretion to work during the break times.
- Specific show-related duties may vary depending on the show. Such duties will be assigned by the stage manager, with the approval of the theatre administration.
Qualifications and Skills:
- Works well with children.
- Able to communicate well with children, as well as adults.
- Attention to detail and ability to work well under pressure.
- An understanding of theatre rehearsal process and backstage environment is essential.
- Able to work independently and under minimal supervision.
- A safety conscious individual.
- A passion for theatre and live performance.
- Prior experience working as a child supervisor in a theatrical setting desirable.
- Being able to talk to young actors artist-to-artist is an asset.
- As this position works with minors, we require the individual to have an Edmonton Police Service records check, including Vulnerable Sector Information Check. We will keep both documents confidentially in your personnel file. You will be reimbursed for fees related to the records checks, upon submission of a receipt.
- The supervisor must read, understand and adhere to the “Child Performers Guidelines” which will be provided. The theatre will require the supervisor to sign a form verifying they have read and understand the document.
- The supervisor will have a basic knowledge of the Canadian Theatre Agreement, and specifically the clauses related to child performers (clause 59:00, attached to the Child Performer Guideline document).
Please note that there are two term dates available:
November 5, 2019 through December 23, 2019, or November 5, 2019 through December 8, 2019.
To apply, please email your cover letter and resume along with the desired term dates
by 12 noon on October 23 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Citadel Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a culture of respect and cooperation with all staff, artists, colleagues, volunteers and internal / external parties. Thank you for your interest but only those persons chosen for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.