Artistic Director

Winnipeg & Surrounding Areas
Job Type:
Full Time
Close Date:
Professional Areas:
Arts & Entertainment
Not for Profit
Salary Range:
$45,000 to $55,000 annually

Artistic Director – Theatre Projects Manitoba

Are you a dynamic and inspiring leader, who is passionate about the power of live theatre? Are you a curious investigator and constant learner with a passion for the everyday citizen?  Do you have a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion? Are you interested in working with a team that values kindness, innovation and collaboration?  And you have a great sense of humour?

Terrific - our work is about play! We tell stories, we laugh and we love to have fun!

We want to hear from you!

About Theatre Projects Manitoba

Founded in 1990, Theatre Projects Manitoba (TPM) is located in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. Our office and performance spaces are on Treaty One Territory, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. In this place, TPM strives to provide a place where art and community meet; generating artistic experiences that view this world through a passionate, fearless lens.

TPM is project driven and artist led. It is our strong belief that professional theatre, created in partnership with a community and its artists, can inspire awe, wonder, and discourse. Our goal is to continue to build cultural narratives that speak to and for all the people in our community. TPM is dedicated to creating and supporting a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse community we serve.

We are a theatre at large, renting spaces to suit the needs of each project.

Annual Budget: $350,000- $425,000

Staff: 2 full time; 3 part time

Position Description:

  • Full time permanent position
  • Salary range: $45,000 to $55,000 annually
  • Start Date: April 2022 or mutually agreed upon date
  • Hours of work/Schedule: 35 hours per week; flexible and variable - some evening and weekend work is required

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Artistic Director works in close partnership with the General Manager, the Board and other staff regarding strategic initiatives, financial outcomes, and operations.

The following qualifications/experience are essential in this position:

  • A natural collaborator, who is able to work independently
  • Experience within the Manitoba’s professional theatre and performing arts ecosystem
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills
  • Enthusiasm for empowering staff to achieve priorities; lead a team and inspire leadership in others
  • Strong, collaborative decision-making abilities
  • Exceptionally inspiring and influential communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong familiarity with all aspects of the production process
  • Excellent project management skills

The following qualifications/experience would be an asset in this position:

  • 5+ years experience in an artistic leadership position in a theatrical organization, with experience in developing new work; similar and related experience will be considered.
  • Experience in dramaturgy and working with playwrights in the development of new works;
  • Experience in teaching and or mentorship;
  • Strong financial management skills and experience in creating, managing, presenting, and interpreting budgets.
  • Post-secondary education in an artistic discipline and/or Arts Management or Business Administration. Education in other specializations or equivalent work experience will be considered.


Artistic Direction

  • Generate and evaluate artistic goals, objectives, and strategies;
  • Identify and lead opportunities to expand and re-imagine theatre, arts and culture in terms of community collaboration, artistic programming, and audience engagement;
  • Overall development, direction and selection of artistic programming: selection and oversight of artistic and production personnel including oversight on casting;
  • Collaborate with artistic team members on programming and production progress; attend all major production meetings;
  • Creative development including the search for, development and workshopping of new scripts and new creations, strategic partnerships and other creative delivery such as Community engagement projects (Chautauqua) and digital production;
  • Contribute artistically and lead on creative projects as required by directing, dramaturging, designing or writing. 
  • Identify the needs of local artists and artistic personnel, supporting their professional development through mentorships, facilitation of workshops and learning opportunities; 
  • With support from the General Manager, negotiation and contracting of all artistic personnel; oversight and evaluation of creative and production hires;
  • Further personal professional development and company profile by attending relevant productions, workshops, classes, meetings, and conferences.


  • Build a culture that is safe, collaborative, flexible, and inclusive. And one that is fun;
  • Nurture an exciting workplace where people can bring the best version of themselves;
  • Develop and lead artistic policy that contributes to the overall strategic objectives of the organization;
  • Oversees and leads organizational structure (direct and indirect staff), building an effective team;
  • Help to shape and collaboratively drive the organization’s strategic plan with ideas that will further guide the organization into its next era of growth, success and financial sustainability;
  • Assist board committees in developing and implementing their goals and objectives for the theatre;
  • With the General Manager, develop production, programming and operations budgets, providing oversight and control.

Fundraising & Stakeholder Stewardship

  • In collaboration with the General Manager, lead TPM’s annual fundraising strategy and campaign. Involvement includes establishing, managing and enhancing existing and new relationships with sponsors, foundations and donors, as well as seeking new and renewed sources of donations, grants, and sponsorships.
  • With the General Manager, development of compelling grant proposals, creation of artistic aspects of all proposals for support of programming and operations.


  • Contribute to the communication and marketing strategy of the company, taking an active role in the oversight of communications, media relations, and engagement with external stakeholders such as but not limited to patrons, donors and artists;
  • Oversight of newsletters and updates to the website and public-facing materials;
  • Lead press releases / Attend press conferences and interviews as required on behalf of the Theatre;
  • Along with the General Manager, be a public facing representative of the company, attending events, speaking to the public, our stakeholders and media.


Interested applicants should submit the following materials:

  • Resume/CV
  • Writing sample (no more than 1 page) describing from your perspective, what is the role of arts and culture in our world? What are the kinds of experiences you want to make possible as an artistic leader?
  • Contact information for at least two (2) professional references.
  • All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior knowledge and agreement.
  • First interviews are anticipated the final week of February 2022

Please submit applications with attachments as a single PDF file below. We are accepting applications until February 14, 2022 or until the position has been filled.

This position is based in the Theatre Projects Manitoba Office and can accommodate a mix of in person and remote work. It requires interaction with other staff, facility renters and the general public. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination status or proof of medical exemption from taking COVID-19 vaccination in line with the Manitoba Public Health Guidelines is required for employment.

TPM is committed to reflecting this community in which we live, work and play. We believe in diversity, equity and inclusion and strongly encourage submissions from qualified individuals from all communities and intersectionalities regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation or abilities.

Should you not meet all essential requirements listed in this posting but have a strong track record as an artistic collaborator and leader, we encourage you to submit an application. The hiring committee will consider whether any skills identified for the position not yet gained can be learned or developed efficiently.

We thank everyone for their expression of interest—and are truly appreciative of the time individuals put into applying—but with the limitations of time, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.