Project Coordinator - Theatre Institute Program Development

Position Information

Projected Start Date
May 4, 2020

Projected End Date
August 28, 2020

Company Information

Ecotrust North Coast Innovation Lab

Alexie Stephens

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Job Posting Information

Position Title
Project Coordinator

4 months, 35 hours/week

Rate of Pay

Job Posting Information

The North Coast Innovation Lab (NCIL) is a place-based initiative for people who are invested in the future of Prince Rupert to identify, prioritize and work together on tangible projects that build a resilient economy as a tool for community well-being.

Theatre Institute Program Coordinator

We are seeking a passionate, creative and organized Masters’ student to bring energy and enthusiasm to a new initiative called the Theatre Institute program. The Theatre Institute Project Coordinator will plan curriculum, funding and marketing plans for the pilot program, to be offered at Prince Rupert’s Lester Centre of the Arts (LCA). The Theatre Institute program will be a three-week intensive introduction to elements of the live entertainment industry, providing participants from across northern British Columbia with market-ready skills in stagecraft, lighting and audio reinforcement, promotion and management. This project aims to develop and pilot the program in summer 2020, with a focus on building capacity and enhancing the creative economy surrounding the performing arts in Prince Rupert.

As the Project Coordinator, you will work in partnership with the Prince Rupert Performing Arts Centre Society to research, plan and pilot an experiential stagecraft training program, providing graduates with practical skills to enhance performing arts capacity and economic viability in their communities.

You will apply entrepreneurial approaches to identify sustainable funding opportunities, determine applicant criteria and recruitment strategies, and work in consultation with local and remote theatre practitioners in the planning and piloting of the program.

You will work in conjunction with staff and board members of the Lester Centre of the Arts, the Institute’s host facility, and receive supervision and ongoing mentorship from the North Coast Innovation Lab team.

Activities and Deliverables

  • Conduct action research and information gathering around arts and culture events; specifically, which types of events resonate and in demand in community.
  • Engage with partners, stakeholders and community members to identify challenges and opportunities to the arts and culture economy in Prince Rupert and the region.
  • Research best practices and examples of existing stagecraft training institutes.
  • Assess local and regional capacity for instructors and participants, developing a stakeholder and partner network with particular emphasis on Indigenous communities.
  • Explore, via best practice research and engagement with patrons, the pathways for a more inclusive arts and culture community, and how the Theatre Institute can be designed inclusively and respectfully.
  • In consultation with stakeholder networks and Lester Centre team members, develop a pilot curriculum for participants.
  • Develop a business plan for the Theatre Institute program, planning for sustainability over a five-year period following a pilot program.
  • Identify funding sources (grants, corporate partnerships, foundations) to complement Institute program fees.
  • Design a marketing plan to attract participants.
  • Convene 1+ project specific gatherings, events or activities for stakeholders and the community at large around the theme of arts/theatre economy development, including one gathering catered to youth (such as a place-making workshop, or a career path presentation on arts and theatre.)
  • Co-facilitate and present at 1-2 community gatherings to share project updates, developments and community-based research findings, with relevant stakeholders and the community at large.

Desired Skills and Capabilities

  • You possess a systematic, entrepreneurial approach to tackling projects, with experience in initiating and implementing team-led undertakings.
  • You are passionate about the performing arts and understand the potential for the arts to contribute to a community’s resilience and economic development.
  • You are a relationship-builder, and you know how to listen actively across cultures and perspectives. Your empathetic character helps you recruit others to join the initiatives you lead.
  • You have experience (or interest) in various approaches to education and training.
  • You are a capable, independent worker who can develop and deliver strategies and actions in the context of a clear accountability framework.
  • You are innovative, creative and open to new approaches to problem solving, evaluation, and collaboration. You’re constantly learning and applying those learnings to the next iteration of ideas and projects.
  • You can work within a developing project, showing good judgement and initiative, and as part of a greater team.
  • You understand the innovative and experiential nature of this project, and are able to adapt the project goals and outcomes based on learnings, resources, and capacity.
  • You are excited to experience and embrace the rural, coastal life in Prince Rupert!

How to Apply
Please apply by sending a cover letter and CV to Alexie Stephens at by Sunday March 8th at midnight PT. Identify which position(s) you are applying for in the subject of the email. Clarifying questions are welcome. We thank all applicants, however, we will only be contacting those who are successful for interviews.

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