Job Posting: Artistic Producer

Paprika Festival: Artistic Producer

Date Posted: December 18, 2018
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
Start Date: March 1, 2019
Salary: $11,500 plus an additional $500 for the  training period
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Term: Contract, Part-time

We’re looking for an exciting young producer to join Paprika’s leadership team!
Due to Paprika’s youth-led mandate, the ideal candidate will be under 30.


For the past 18 years the Paprika Theatre Festival (Paprika) has been the home of the emerging artist. We are a year-round youth-led performing arts organization celebrating the work of young and emerging artists. All of our programs include a strong focus on mentorship and training, and we are guided by four core values of accessibility, artistic development, community, and youth leadership.


The role of Artistic Producer (“AP”) a is a unique and exciting opportunity for someone at the early stages of their artistic and managerial career. It is a dynamic role that requires experience in theatre creation, production, and arts management. It is ideal for an emerging leader with flexible time and willingness to extend themselves beyond the parameters of this job description.

The primary work of the AP is to oversee Paprika’s artistic programming, and assist the General Manager in overseeing the organization’s operations. They function as a resource point for teenagers, young adults, and emerging artists looking to share their artistic material. The AP connects young and emerging artists to the professional arts community and should be highly knowledgeable on the diversity of professional theatre artists, institutions, and community-engaged arts groups in Canada. The AP works as a partner to the General Manager and assists in the administrative duties of the organization, including grant writing, contract negotiation, production resourcing, marketing and outreach, and development.  This partnership is critical to a healthy management structure, which includes three to four other part-time administrative collaborators on the executive team.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Artistic Producer will:


  •       In collaboration with the Artistic Programs Manager, plan and execute Paprika’s six core training programs (Directors Lab, Creators Unit, Indigenous Arts Program, Playwrights Unit, Productions Program, and Festival Administrators)
  •       Create evaluations for participants to reflect on their work within the programs
  •       Coordinate annual participant outreach, interviews, and selection
  •       Hire artistic mentors, program facilitators, guest artists, Production Manager, and Festival Lighting Designer
  •       Oversee additional programming, including Training Days and a Technical Theatre Workshop
  •       In collaboration with Production Manager and Festival Lighting Designer, schedule and coordinate a festival-wide production meeting, tech week and festival week
  •       Ongoing mentorship of youth participants (via correspondence and visiting rehearsals and programs)
  •       Ongoing communication and coordination with mentors and program facilitators
  •       Other duties as required


  • Work with the General Manager to write, administer and report on grant applications
  • Research new development and fundraising opportunities to support the organization’s artistic programming
  • Gather and organize information for reporting purposes and measuring impact  
  • Steward current partnerships and pursue new partnerships with theatre companies and organizations
  • Organize outreach visits and workshops with local schools and youth organizations
  • Attend Paprika’s staff and board meetings
  • Co-manage the other Paprika staff
  • Contribute to the creation and distribution of all marketing materials
  • Assist the General Manager in the creation of an operating and program-specific budgets
  • Prepare reports for meetings of the Board of the Directors.
  • Other duties as required


  • Outstanding leadership and communication skills and confidence working alongside peers, youth, and established artists
  • Knowledge of the theatre and broader arts ecology at a municipal, provincial, and national level
  • A demonstrated dedication to accessibility and inclusion in your personal leadership and artistic practices and a passion to continuing to grow in these areas
  • Experience producing theatre and/or community events on a large scale
  • An interest in working with young people of all abilities from all cultural and economic backgrounds
  • Exceptional time/project management abilities and professional writing skills
  • Formal training or experience in arts education is an asset
  • The ability and dedication to be a powerful, active advocate for Paprika Festival within the industry and wider community


Send a cover letter and resume to We thank all applicants, and will contact only those who are selected for an interview.  Paprika is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. Paprika strongly encourages submissions from candidates of Indigenous backgrounds, all genders, ethnicities, and all equity seeking groups.

Working Conditions:

The candidate shall be available to work the hours and fulfill the duties as detailed.  Paprika and the candidate acknowledge that hours are flexible, which may result in an increase during busy periods and a decrease during slower programming periods.