Career Opportunity: Artistic Director

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The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, located in Toronto, Ontario, is seeking a new Artistic Director. The School trains creative people to perform, choreograph, and teach, and to assume leadership roles that will change the face of contemporary dance in Canada and around the world. The School comprises the full-time, three-year Professional Training Program, providing conservatory-based training and education to students who intend on pursuing a career in contemporary dance; the Summer School, an intensive month-long program for serious students and young professionals; Adult Recreational Classes; and the Young Dancers’ Program. The School has served as the foundation and inspiration for generations of dancers. The Professional Training Program is a Private Career College offering an advanced college diploma.

The School is serious in its commitment to support the principles of equity across race, gender, age, religion, identity, backgrounds, culture and experience. Our organization is enhanced by committing to these principles and using the power of our differences to achieve our goals.

The School of Toronto Dance Theatre would like to acknowledge the sacred land on which we operate, the site of human activity for over 15,000 years. This land is the traditional territory of many nations: the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe, including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land and to share our space with all peoples – those indigenous to Turtle Island and those from the world.



The School is seeking a new Artistic Director who will be responsible for the overall artistic direction and development of the School, reporting to the Board of Directors.


Artistic Programming

  • Developing and delivering the School’s training programs, consistent with the mission and strategic plan of the School;
  • Leading and managing artistic staff, faculty and creative teams;
  • Working closely with the Managing Director and administrative team to ensure the effective and efficient administration of all programming; and
  • Developing and overseeing education, outreach, and community programs.


  • Maintaining a fresh perspective on the national and international dance, arts, and professional training landscapes;
  • Building artistic and creative partnerships – with other dance training programs, the Toronto Dance Theatre, and the broader dance and arts communities;
  • Advocating for the School, with funders, audiences, donors, and media.


  • Reporting to the Board of Directors, on recruitment, programming, education, community, and outreach initiatives;
  • Hiring, training, and managing artistic staff and faculty;
  • Preparing grant applications and reports for agencies and funders in collaboration with the Managing Director.



  • A creative, visionary leader, with rich professional dance experience, a passion for dance, and broad knowledge of the Canadian performing arts sector;
  • Experience with teaching and planning and directing a professional dance training program (student and faculty recruitment, curriculum and program development and delivery, evaluation, performance direction, budgeting etc.); familiarity with trends in dance pedagogy;
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with recruits, students, faculty, and staff, and with alumni, audiences, donors, and the external arts community; exceptional team-building skills;
  • A community builder with a commitment to best human resources practices and to the goal of equity and pluralism in the arts and dance in particular;
  • Strong written communications, presentation, and advocacy skills; grant-writing and fund development experience;
  • Computer proficiency, with a commitment to embracing technology and digital media to enhance the School’s programming;
  • Exceptional organizational skills, and ability to manage multiple projects with attention to detail; flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and opportunities;
  • Impeccable integrity, judgment, and professionalism.



This is a full-time position based in Toronto, with a salary range of $65,000 to $70,000 commensurate with experience; and competitive benefits package. 



We will be accepting applications until 12 noon EST, on Friday March 26, 2021. Please include a C.V. and cover letter addressing your experience and why you are interested in this role, and send with the subject line: APPLICATION – ARTISTIC DIRECTOR by email to: [email protected]

The School of Toronto Dance Theatre is committed to creating a welcoming, respectful and inclusive work environment. We welcome and encourage applications from all people regardless of race, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage all qualified individuals to apply, however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. 

We thank applicants for their interest, however, only those advancing in the process will be contacted.

The School is housed in a heritage-designated building in the heart of Cabbagetown, Toronto; the building is currently not wheelchair accessible.