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.Read More →
SENIOR PROGRAMMING POSITION SEARCH : APPLICATION DEADLINE JUNE 7, 2021
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.
This position will interact with members and officers of the following groups:
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.
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Audio Technicians reports to the Technical Director, Head Technician, and Crew Chief (if applicable)
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 – firstname.lastname@example.orgRead More →