The Citadel Theatre, one of Canada’s largest professional not-for-profit theatre companies, is looking to hire temporary Child Supervisors for the following times:
- Almost A Full Moon, November 11 – 27, 2022 (1 part-time staff)
- A Christmas Carol, November 8 – December 23, 2022 (2 part-time staff)
Reporting to the Company Manager, Child Supervisors have the following role:
- Responsible for the onsite care of all children with varying needs and capabilities working on productions.
- Report to the Company Manager and is under the supervision of the Company Manager and Stage Manager.
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.
- The Child 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Keep an eye on safety concerns or potential problems, alerting stage management to any potential problems as soon as possible.
- While rehearsing:
- 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, they will take reasonable breaks, but be available to return if necessary.
- While onstage for technical rehearsals & performances:
- The supervisor will be with the children whenever 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:
- 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.
- Level 1 ECS required.
- Provide current (not more than 12 months old) Police Records check including a Vulnerable Sector check.
- Valid First Aid certification.
- Works well with children.
- 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.
- Safety focused.
- Passionate about live theatre and 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.
- Creates, encourages and maintains a safe, supportive environment for all young actors in their care.
- Ability to offer physical support to a disabled child actor (such as lifting/piggybacks, assisting on stairs, etc.) is an asset, activity to be discussed with actor and primary support provider.
- Basic knowledge of the Canadian Theatre Agreement, and specifically the clauses related to child performers is an asset.
This is a contract, part-time paid position with a weekly wage of $700.00 The number and length of shifts vary based upon our show schedules and needs. This position begins immediately.
Please email your resume to: email@example.com. We will continue to collect resumes until the position is filled.
Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available upon request. The Citadel Theatre is committed to having our team reflect the community it serves and actively welcome applicants from diverse and equity-seeking backgrounds. The Citadel also endeavors to create and guard 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.