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Artistic Internship in Immersive Performance – Outside the March

Artistic Internship in Immersive Performance - Outside the March

Undergraduate Fellowships in Public Humanities

Description of the nature of the organization

Outside the March creates unforgettable immersive encounters—redefining the experience of theatre for a new generation of audiences.

Since forming in 2009, we have become one of Canada’s leading immersive theatre companies, with eighteen productions, nine World Premieres, seventeen Canadian Premieres, success with national and international tours and several film adaptations to our credit. We have invited our audiences to play with us in kindergarten classrooms, parade with Queen Elizabeth along the Danforth, tinker in garages, congregate in churches, venture out on a 911 paramedic call, weather the apocalypse in an abandoned adult movie theatre, infuse an old funeral home with love, join us onstage at the Royal Alexandra Theatre and solve puzzles in a time-warped VHS rental store.

As we charge into our second decade, we’re taking that mission from Toronto’s downtown to the entire GTA and beyond. We’ve developed a multi-generational, dedicated audience base and a strong artistic identity—now we’re looking to furnish a new, diverse generation of artistic creators with the tools to immerse their audiences. We want to be the catalyst for a vibrant subculture of immersive theatre creators who see every closed door, every storefront window, every café, park and heritage site as opportunities to amplify the vital narratives of our moment and of our city.

Job title

Artistic Internship in Immersive Performance

Description of the fellowship

Outside the March creates memorable communal experiences for all audiences, with an emphasis on including those who may not normally find themselves at the theatre. We strive to apply this inclusive vision to every part of the organization: on stage, in rehearsal, in our office and everywhere in between. We’re working to emphasize voices in our organization across the full spectrum of diversity (ethnicity, cultural background, orientation, gender, class, and/or abilities). If there are ways we can facilitate applicants’ access needs during the submission process and/or during the internship, let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

Intern activities can include but aren’t limited to:

  • Serving as a Production Assistant on The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries, our phone-based performance experience created in direct response to the pandemic;
  • Communications assistant working with the Managing Producer to write press releases, create social media content, update our WordPress website, liaise with graphic designer and photographer/videographer, etc.;
  • Producing assistant on The Spoke;
  • Research assistant on “The Other Religion”, gathering and coordinating interview content;
  • Grant writing/copy editing on OtM’s municipal, provincial and federal operating grants and/or foundation/sponsorship requests;
  • Board and donor stewardship: taking Board meeting minutes, coordinating tickets for donors and guests;
  • Assisting with contracting for artists and liaising with Canadian Actors’ Equity and Associated Designers of Canada;
  • Sitting in on workshops and readings of new plays in development;
  • Budget/expenses tracking and intro to bookkeeping for independent theatre;
  • Introduction to Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, WordPress, Google Suite, Google Analytics, Facebook Ads, Canada Helps and MailChimp.

We anticipate our intern will have a deep curiosity about a career in the performing arts: with that in mind, we want to ensure a practical, hands-on approach to learning the ins-and-outs of a mid-size performing arts organization. Theatre is a social, collaborative industry, so we work to provide networking opportunities for interns to get acquainted with the sector’s professionals. We’ll facilitate introductions–Zoom dates–with artists and producers inside and outside OtM’s team.

The majority of the mentorship will take place over Zoom and phone.

Location

Outside the March is located in Toronto, Ontario. The fellowship can be done remotely.

To apply

You application should consist of a resume, cover letter, your B00# and the names of at least two references (one of which should be academic). For the references, you do not need to ask for a letter at this time, but you should ask your referee’s permission if you send their name.

Submit your application to Griffin McInnes at griffin@outsidethemarch.ca by Thursday, June 18, 2020.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.