Director, Theatre Arts

Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines.

From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers –

Type of Employment
Full time
Type of Role
Salary Level or Range
Director Level
This is a remote position

Banff AB

How to Apply

Application Process

  • We are accepting applications for the Director, Theatre Arts until a suitable candidate is found.
  • Candidates offered a position with Banff Centre, in this capacity, will be required to obtain a criminal record check verifying a clear record before a final job offer can be finalized. 
  • Visa Requirements: Candidates must be legally eligible to work in Canada. Banff Centre is unable to assist candidates in obtaining Canadian work authorization.

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Description and Qualifications

The Opportunity

The Director, Theatre Arts is responsible for leading the vision and implementation of Theatre Arts programming at Banff Centre.

The Director’s role is to create a compelling vision for programs that meet the ambitions and objectives of the Banff Centre strategic plan, meets the needs of Canadian and international artists in the 21st century and increase the profile and reach of our nationally and internationally renowned programs.  

Theatre Arts is one of many disciplinary areas at the Banff Centre and the incumbent will work closely with Directors of all other arts disciplines at the Centre, and with the Dean of Arts and Leadership, to plan and design not only specific portfolio programs, but also cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs where appropriate. The incumbent will also work closely with the Program Operations team to ensure that innovative theatre arts programs for artists and practicums are delivered at the highest possible level.

Excellent knowledge of theatre arts practice and education is essential (including a broad working knowledge of dance, opera, playwrights, and theatre). An excellent professional network of contacts within performing arts communities in Canada, North America and internationally is also essential, along with a deep understanding of professional development at the post-secondary level and beyond. 

Qualifications and Educational Requirements

  • 10+ years of proven collaborative and inclusionary leadership
  • 10+ years of established performance, and educational career
  • Network and reputation in the Canadian and International theatre arts community to attract high profile artists to the Centre and build Banff Centre profile and reputation in the theatre arts realm.
  • Active member of theatre arts associations and groups.
  • Related university degree with a deep understanding of theatre arts education and professional development at the post-secondary level.
  • Previous experience in setting a compelling vision and utilizing creativity, innovation and a strong business acumen to delivery on this vision.
  • Background and or interest in working in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Operational awareness (budgets, grants and fundraising).
  • Experience working with external donors and stakeholders from government, the private and public sectors
  • Highly motived and energetic – contemporary and forward-looking while honoring legacy and what has been built.
  • Effective communication and presentation skills.
  • Adept in the planning and organization required to successfully launch multiple projects at once.
  • Multi-lingual (an asset)
  • Experience in capital projects (an asset)
  • Previous working in an unionized environment (preferred)

Employment Terms and Benefits

  • In accordance with the terms of employment governing Management/PSP employees, this is a salaried, fulltime position, subject to a 6 month probationary period.
  • The successful candidate will enjoy twenty paid vacation days and four personal days annually, extended medical and dental benefits, and participation in an employer-matched pension plan.
  • Benefits of working at Banff Centre are:
    • Staff housing options (based on availability)
    • Professional Development
    • Staff cafeteria and restaurant discounts
    • Onsite fitness facility at a discounted rate – first month free for new staff!

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