Job Posting- Interim Administrator

Shakespeare in Action is looking to hire an Interim Administrator! See details below.


Job Description:                    

Reporting to The Board of Directors and the Artistic Director, the Interim Administrator will lead our administrative, educational and fundraising strategies for a period of 6 months, with the possibility of contract extension after such time.

We are looking for a highly organized, motivated individual with a passion for classical theatre and youth. Candidates should have expansive knowledge of Canadian Theatre, specifically Theatre in Education, with exceptional written and oral communication skills, acuity in financial management, experience in managing staff and volunteers and experience in fundraising.

Key Responsibilities:

Working closely with the Artistic Director, the Interim Administrator will:

  • Manage the daily operation of the Shakespeare in Action offices, including management of master calendar and email accounts.
  • Oversee finances, and manage yearly and individual project budgets, annual audits and, CRA remittances charity law compliance, as well as daily banking, bill payments and deposits.
  • Hire and supervise office/administrative and production staff, in partnership with with Artistic Director.
  • Coordinate Board meetings, including distribution of agendas and minutes.
  • Assist to manage development of the Board of Directors.
  • Manage the writing, submission and final reporting of grants from a variety of granting bodies.
  • Coordinate and manage Shakespeare in Actions Fundraising events, including overseeing call campaigns, managing donations, and ensuring receipts/thank you letters sent.
  • Coordinate and manage marketing and call campaigns
  • Take a leading role in strategizing and executing fundraising requests, devise and lead individual donor strategy plan, and draft and distribute foundation asks and corporate sponsorship pitches.
  • Research and implement strategies for new revenue generation.
  • Liaise with stakeholders including the TAPA, PACT, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Public Library and Central Toronto Academy to deliver programs and nurture the company’s strategic growth.
  • Liaise with the CAEA to ensure Equity compliance and manage actor contracts.
  • Maintain statistical information and perform data entry
  • Oversee and manage company website
  • Participate in creative planning, and
  • Supervise and mentor our team of outstanding interns and volunteers


Job Requirements.

The successful applicant will have:

  • A post-secondary degree in a relevant field, with a minimum of 5 years experience in arts administration, preferably management.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, with experience in writing copy for grants, fundraising and marketing.
  • Working knowledge of the CTA and CAEA.
  • Experience in recruiting and supervising staff, contract employees and volunteers.
  • Experiencing in successfully managing fundraising events.
  • The ability to work flexible hours
  • A deep commitment to theatre for young audiences, and
  • Patience and a sense of humour!

Desirable skills include:

  • Proficiency in Photoshop, in-design and illustrator, with experience in designing marketing materials.
  • Experience working in an educational or school setting.
  • Conversational French is an advantage, but not essential.

Shakespeare in Action is an equal opportunity employer, with a deep commitment to reflecting the vibrant cultural diversity of our city in our creative and administrative team.

Application process:

  • Applicants are asked to please email a cover letter and resume to
  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled

Now Accepting Applications: Shakespeare in Action Administrative Internship Program 2015/16

Shakespeare in Action Administrative Internship Program 2015/16


Shakespeare in Action’s Administrative Internship program has given dozens of interns meaningful opportunities to develop professional skills, network with professional theatre artists and be part of a dynamic creative team committed to awakening a passion for Shakespeare, classical theatre and the arts.

Professional experience is available in many aspects of theatre production, event planning  and arts administration.

Interns will gain experience and job skills in:

  • Grant writing
  • Fundraising and event planning
  • Marketing in a non-profit context
  • Customer service and sales
  • Education and outreach programming
  • Videography and documentation
  • Box Office and customer relations
  • Elements of theatre production when production permits

Internships are designed to be learning based, and interns will be mentored closely by professional administrators and artists including directors, designers and production personnel. Ideal for anyone looking to gain experience working in arts administration.


Successful interns must be able to commit a minimum of 8 to 12 hours per week and the internship runs from October 2015 – June 2016.

There is flexibility around days/time worked.

Successful applicants will either be enrolled in or have completed a University degree in a pertinent field, including Arts in Education, Business, Marketing, Theatre production, or similar areas.

Most importantly, successful applicants will have a passion for Shakespeare, classical theatre or theatre for young audiences, have a desire to learn more about creating theatre in a professional context and be a good team player.

Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Additional Info

This is a volunteer intership.

As our office is based in a Toronto high school and work closely with young people, successful applicants will be required to produce a negative CPIC (Criminal Record Check).

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send an up-to-date resume, and a brief cover letter via email to by 5pm on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015.

Some New Faces at SIA

The SIA office has been busy preparing for the Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop tour and the Shakespeare Challenge, so we haven’t had the chance to formally introduce some new members to the team! We are happy to bring Steve Haviaras on as our Interim General Manager, and Kyle Villeneuve will be our Administrator/ Marketing Manager.


Steve Haviaras

Steve Haviaras has been an arts administrator his entire career in Canada and the U.S. while serving in management, fundraising, marketing and communication roles for symphony orchestras, opera and theatre companies, conservatories and arts education organizations throughout North America. Also, as President of Arts Consulting International, Steve has been actively involved with numerous performing arts organizations, granting agencies and arts alliances as well as being a frequent lecturer on arts administration. Steve has dedicated his career to creating vibrant, relevant and self-sustaining arts organizations while also helping to further develop arts education, advocate for the arts and help nurture vibrant cultural communities. “ I am excited to be a part of Shakespeare In Action, working with its dedicated staff and supporters to help advance and promote the arts to young audiences and our community while contributing to the ongoing viability and growth of such a dynamic and worthwhile organization.”


Kyle Villeneuve

Kyle grew up in Ottawa, where he first got involved in performance in
school and community theatres. After studying theatre at Brock
University, Kyle moved to Toronto to chase a career in the arts. Kyle
has spent several years touring schools through out Southern Ontario,
as well as performing sketch comedy in various venues in Toronto. Kyle
blames his family and friends for encouraging the kind of behavior
that led him to a career in the arts.