New Programming Leadership Announced for Massey Theatre Society

The Massey Theatre Society has hired two acclaimed arts leaders to join the staff team for Massey Theatre, Anvil Centre Theatre and Eighth & Eight Creative Spaces. These new hires are filling the roles of Programming Director and Performing Arts Programming Coordinator.

Jillian Christmas will be the new Programming Director. Jillian is a queer, Afro-Caribbean writer who worked as long-time spoken word coordinator at the Vancouver International Writers Fest. She has built a vibrant legacy of arts-organizing and curation, including six fruitful seasons as former Artistic Director of Versəs Festival of Words, as well as serving as a founding member and People and Talent Coordinator for Bakau Consulting’s (formerly Cicely Blain Consulting) acclaimed Stratagem conferences. Her organizing work focuses on a desire and duty to uplift underrepresented voices and distribute resources into marginalized and underserved communities. These talents and abilities will be activated towards the expanded creative facilities, uplifting community through the arts.

The Performing Arts Programming Coordinator position will be filled by Fleur Sweetman. Fleur worked as long time General Manager for both Turning Point Ensemble and Vancouver Pro Musica. A trained oboist holding her Masters of Music Performance from UBC, Fleur has an intimate connection and knowledge of the classical and contemporary music communities which will allow her to build local capacity and develop new relationships in the performing arts. She’s also an experienced community programmer and activator having worked at Place Des Arts as Fine and Performing Arts Programmer.

‘We are truly proud to have attracted these two phenomenal individuals. The support of a Pivot Grant from BC Arts Council allowed us to work with programming consultant Gary Cristall to review our needs and support us in our search.  These roles and the increased capacity they bring  are vital as we expand the Massey Theatre, Anvil Centre Theatre and Eighth & Eight Creative Spaces programs and relationships,” said Jessica Schneider, Executive Director, Massey Theatre Society, “As our capacity grows, so does our ability to serve and inspire the community and provide a home for people to create, celebrate and connect.”

The pair join Schneider, Indigenous Cultural Development Director Ronnie Dean Harris and the Operational Leadership Team as key voices in resourcing and guiding the artistic, social and cultural contributions of the Society.

As the summer continues, activities will continue with the Open Space Saturday series and planning for reopening the facilities to audiences. Schneider promises further announcements about public and artistic programs, staffing and more.

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Job Posting: Programming Director


Massey Theatre Society – Programming Director


Exceptional Art and Community Impact – an activator, a visionary, a lover of all arts, with a track record for making things happen.

Massey Theatre Society was established in 1983 as a venue based arts organization. The Society now operates two theatres and a 35,000 square foot arts complex formerly components of New Westminster Secondary School. The historic Massey Theatre (est. 1949) is a 1,260 seat proscenium theatre within the complex at the corner of Eighth and Eighth in uptown New Westminster. The new Anvil Centre Theatre (est. 2014) is a 360 seat, flexible, contemporary theatre within the multi-functional Anvil Centre on Columbia Street in Downtown New Westminster.

The past five years have brought significant growth in venue activities, organizational capacity and programming development. The organization is now a significant generator of artistic and community engagement programs. It holds a long term lease of the Massey Theatre and Complex and a programming and operating service agreement at the Anvil Centre Theatre.  A new digital hub is being launched and the MTS is poised to grow and increase its impact which is broad and inclusive of all communities.


As Massey Theatre Society’s Programming Director, you will be responsible for the artistic leadership of programming taking place in the various venues. Reporting to the Executive Director, the role is accountable for creating and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan and involves working with the Senior Management and staff Team, and overseeing a team of Associate Artists and Support staff.

You will be an experienced leader who understands both the artistic and operational requirements of a not-for-profit arts organization.  The ideal candidate will continue to define and raise profile locally, regionally, and nationally, sustaining and improving strategies to secure the centre’s long-term artistic and financial growth, increase organizational resiliency, and ensure its artistic legacy.



  • Lead programming by articulating and advancing the artistic vision of performing arts for the organization that reflects its commitment to excellence for both community and artists.
  • Lead a team comprised of the Visual Art and Community Arts and Placemaking staff and Program Support Staff.
  • Work collaboratively with the Senior Management Team to lead and implement a long-term strategic planning cycle for the organization that identifies short and long-term performing arts artistic goals.
  • Act as spokesperson for the company with members of government, public funders, trade and professional organizations, corporate sponsors, major private supporters, and the media.
  • Participate in Senior Management Leadership Team of Indigenous Cultural Development Director, Operations Director and Marketing and Communications Director and Executive Director.

Programming Vision

  • Oversee the performing arts support team.
  • Oversee the programming seasons’ professional and community performing arts’ productions in collaboration with the Senior Management Team to ensure a sustainable balance between the Society’s artistic direction and financial stability.
  • Support outreach to artistic networks to bring the perspectives, talents and visions of new artists to enhance the company’s creation, programming and production of new work.
  • Implement the three-year performing arts programming plan developed by the Executive Director and Performing Arts Consultant
  • With the team, develop, a Community Engagement plan, and oversee its implementation.
  • Collaborate with the Marketing team in the promotion of performing arts activities.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, approve and select producing partnerships and creative teams for the development and production of projects.
  • Ensure programming reflects cultural diversity and gender balance.

Production and Logistics

  • Be responsible for the performing arts programming and production activities undertaken by at both Massey Theatre and Complex and Anvil Centre Theatre.
  • Write, negotiate, and sign contracts.
  • Manage an annual budget of approximately $400,000 in programming expenditures and ticket sales between $100,000 and $400,000, providing reforecasting during the year.
  • Communicate program activity space booking, technical, artist and audience services needs to the rest of the team.
  • Prepare portion of quarterly and annual reports related to programming.
  • Be accountable for overseeing the development and execution of productions to meet the artistic standards of the organization.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships through effective influence with industry partners, stakeholders (public and private funders) and producing partners (venue partners, coproducers and presenters).

Grants and Fundraising

  • Lead the process of timely performing arts grant application preparation and reporting in collaboration with the Senior Management Team.
  • Identify sponsor proposals with team.
  • Identify and research new funding sources.
  • Track and report on grant allocations to programs.
  • Track grant expenditure timelines.
  • Oversee qualitative and quantitative data collection.


This position will interact with members and officers of the following groups:

  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Department of Canadian Heritage
  • BC Arts Council
  • BC Touring Council
  • New Westminster Arts Council
  • Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Association (GVPTA)
  • BC Alliance for Arts and Culture
  • Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC)
  • Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (Equity)
  • Executive leadership of local theatre companies
  • Local and national peers (CAPACOA, CINARS, North American Folk Alliance, etc.)  Local, national, and international artists in various areas of the performing arts.
  • Historic users of the Massey Theatre including Royal City Music Theatre, New Westminster Symphony Orchestra, Royal City Youth Ballet, The Maple Leaf Singers, Mushtari Begum Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance, New Westminster Family Place, Pride New West and School District 40 Fine Arts Program.


  • This position typically operates in an office environment, as well as overseeing work taking place in theatres, scene shops, studios, and other external locations, dependent on the nature of the artistic work being presented or considered.
  • Hours of work: On average, 37.5 hours per week, but periods of higher than normal work volume should be expected during the season.
  • Evening and weekend work required, particularly when during the runs of performances, festivals, celebrations and other events. An averaging agreement will be put in place.
  • The position may require some travel after the Covid-19 quarantine and travel ban is lifted. Typically, this will be no more than 3 weeks per year.


  • Minimum 8 years of experience in a senior leadership position in the arts, not-for-profit or entertainment industry or a related sector.
  • Proven track record of successfully leading the operations of an organization artistic success.
  • Visionary artistic leadership with significant experience as a performing arts professional.
  • Outstanding leadership skills.
  • Superior strategic planning skills.
  • Strong collaborative decision making abilities.
  • Exceptional and inspiring communications skills, both written and oral.
  • Effective delegation skills and ability to hold staff accountable to high standards of professionalism.
  • Strong skills as a mediator and negotiator.
  • A passion and commitment to the performing arts and their value to society.
  • Familiarity and ability with computer skills including Word and Excel.


  • Salary – $70,000 plus benefits
  • Six month probationary period
  • Benefits – Extended Health, Dental, LTD, Life Insurance, Matching 3% RRSP contribution
  • Vacation – starting with 3 weeks, after 5 years 4 weeks
  • Travel – budget for travel to showcasing conferences
  • Expense Budget for Tickets and Mileage / Transit


Massey Theatre Society exists and operates on the unceded traditional territories of Hul’qumi’num speaking Coast Salish peoples of Qayqayt, Musqueam, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem and Katzie. We are committed to providing access to the space to those peoples and to contributing to their efforts toward cultural resurgence through our work. Consultation and direct employment of Indigenous people is a priority in these and other efforts.

The Society is influenced by, and of service to, a broad range of communities, world views, ways of working and lived experiences. With conscious intention we are seeking a candidate whose identity may not have been equitably included in our organization, or the professional artistic sector historically. We encourage applicants to articulate their personal connections and perspectives, in relation to systemic barriers, so that we may advance creating a more equitable and inclusive workplace.


Applicants are required to submit a professional resume and a maximum two page letter expressing their interest. Candidates should describe their related skills, experience and special qualities and characteristics that will add to the selection committee’s understanding of their qualifications. References may be submitted at the time of application, or it is acceptable that they be added upon request.

A Selection Committee comprised of Executive Director –Jessica Schneider, Arts Consultant – Gary Cristall, and associates will identify candidates to be interviewed. Interviews may involve additional Leadership staff members and a member of the Board of Directors.

Interviews will be conducted via online conference during the week of June 14. We will endeavour to complete shortly thereafter. The position will start as soon as possible.

Application Deadline:
June 7, 2021 at midnight

Submit Applications to the Selection Committee via email to:


Reference material:
Massey Theatre Programming and Organizational Structure pdf

City of New Westminster 2016 Census Info
City of New Westminster Arts Strategy
Tourism New West

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Job Posting: Audio Technician

Job Description

  • Audio Technicians will provide highly specialized audio work for a broad range of performing arts and special events for the Massey Theatre Society and its diverse rental clients. Massey Theatre Society operates two distinct theatres in New Westminster: Massey Theatre (est. 1949 multi-purpose production theatre of 1260 seats) and Anvil Centre Theatre (est. 2014 flexible studio theatre of 361 seats). Audio Technicians supervise and provide direction for audio set up, run and strike of Massey Theatre Society’s events and rentals.

Audio Technicians reports to the Technical Director, Head Technician, and Crew Chief (if applicable)


  • Two (2) years of post-secondary training in audio production or equivalent live audio production experience.
  • A minimum of two (2) years’ experience as an Audio Technician in a “Road House” environment preferred.
  • Knowledge of multiple theatre/concert needs, Yamaha QL5, Soundcraft Performer 3, Dante & QLab.
  • Must be able to demonstrate superior audio system trouble shooting skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as a member of a diverse team.
  • Positive and respectful approach to providing exceptional client services.
  • Mix Audio for events as required at either the Front of House or Monitor position.
  • Ability to represent Massey Theatre Society professionally, competently and with respect to all clients and colleagues.
  • Familiarity with current OH&S standards and regulations.
  • Ability to lift and carry equipment up to 25 kg.
  • The following Certificates or skills are advantageous:
    • Current OFA Level 1 First Aid Certificate.
    • Ability in the maintenance of audio systems.
    • Proficiency in QLab, and Audio Recording Software.
    • Fluency in a second language (in addition to English)

Additional Information

  • Hours of Work:The applicants will have a flexible schedule and must be available to work evenings, weekends and holidays. Audio Technicians should anticipate occasional last minute additions to the schedule.
  • Salary: Live Sound Specialist (A1) $27/hr; Audio Operator (A2) $22.50/hr

Massey Theatre Society is committed to advancing equitable and inclusive employment.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Massey Theatre Society is committed to advancing The Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action and encourages people of Indigenous heritage to apply.

Deadline for applicants: October 18, 2019

For further information and to submit resumes please contact:

Shawn Sorensen, Co-Technical Director, Massey Theatre Society –

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