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Applications for Open Door/Rising Tides are now closed. Thank you to all our applicants!

Green Thumb Theatre is proud to be a partnering organization of the new initiative RISING TIDES.

RISING TIDES is a multi-faceted skill development platform designed for IBPOC arts administrators and managers to build connections, awareness, and learning exchanges within the IBPOC arts administration community. Led by PACT (Professional Association of Canadian Theatres), Native Earth Performing Arts, Obsidian Theatre, Urban Ink, Green Thumb Theatre, Pacific Theatre, and Nightwood Theatre, the RISING TIDES program intends to fill a gap in the national performing arts sector towards development and training for emerging/developing IBPOC administrators and managers, specific to the needs of this community.

RISING TIDES will pair emerging administrators with an established arts administrator for this paid virtual learning exchange taking place from September 2022 – September 2023. Working in tandem with Open Door, RISING TIDES will be facilitated and self-directed by the participants, feature guest panel discussions, as well as optional volunteer cohort meetings through the Open Door Initiative. 

The application consists of a few short questions to collect applicant information, one section that will allow you to submit your Resume or CV (Word or .pdf preferred), and ten questions of varying lengths that are based on your experience with arts administration or management. 

For questions, or if you require any accessibility accommodations in order to submit your application, please contact Paul Smith (Program Assistant at PACT) at pauls@pact.ca or at 416.595.6455 x1519 for alternative ways to apply (i.e., Written answers in a separate Word or Powerpoint file, GoogleDoc, pdf., video, case-by-case extension, etc.)

The Rising Tides initiative is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.


CALLING: IBPOC Performing Arts Administrators & Managers

DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 30th, 2022 at 11:59pm/EST.

COMMITMENT: 2-3 monthly virtual sessions from September 2022 – September 2023

COMPENSATION: $120/month for 2-3 hours per month, for a total compensation of $2,040 CAD

APPLICATION: https://forms.gle/5xpnfiXoHQ9ixVZTA


Native Earth Performing Arts is Canada’s oldest professional Indigenous performing arts company. Currently in our 39th year, we are dedicated to developing, producing and presenting professional artistic expressions of the Indigenous experience in Canada. Through stage productions (theatre, dance and multi-disciplinary art), new script development, apprenticeships and internships, Native Earth seeks to fulfill a community of artistic visions. It is a vision that is inclusive and reflective of the artistic directions of members of the Indigenous community who actively participate in the arts.

Obsidian Theatre Company is Canada’s leading culturally specific theatre company. Our threefold mission is to produce plays, to develop playwrights and to train emerging theatre professionals. Obsidian is passionately dedicated to the exploration, development, and production of the Black voice. Obsidian produces plays from a world-wide canon focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on the works of highly acclaimed Black playwrights. Obsidian provides artistic support, promoting the development of work by Black theatre makers and offering training opportunities through mentoring and apprenticeship programs for emerging Black artists.

Urban Ink is guided by our mission to uplift Indigenous and diverse voices through storytelling and performance. Based on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl’ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, we aim to empower artists and encourage collaboration, inclusivity, and social change through inspiring, thought provoking, and groundbreaking productions. For over 20 years, Urban Ink, and its circle of artists have broken barriers, through stimulating story, performance, and media. As we look ahead to the next 20 years to come, we strive to continue an Indigenized practice that centres Indigenous and diverse voices, making space for our communities across Turtle Island.

Green Thumb Theatre creates and produces plays that explore social issues relevant to the lives of children, youth and young adults. We provide theatre that celebrates the language and stories of today’s generation and culture to stimulate empathy, debate and critical thinking. Founded in 1975, Green Thumb Theatre is a force within the field of theatre for young audiences, not only in British Columbia, but across the country and throughout the world. In our more than 45-year history, Green Thumb has performed for over 4 million people and has toured to every province and two territories in Canada, 36 US States, and 11 countries overseas. Committed to producing excellent material that is rewarding for artists and audiences alike, Green Thumb remains in high demand because we place youth engagement and artistic integrity on an even plane. In the 2020-2021 season, Green Thumb Theatre underwent organization-specific staff and board Racial Equity Training and from this has developed their Anti-Oppression & Anti-Harassment Policy and Anti-Racism Action Items https://www.greenthumb.bc.ca/resources/action-items

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) is a member driven organization that promotes and supports the practice of theatre in Canada.

We believe:

∙ People that work in theatre deserve supportive and equitable working environments

∙ Theatre practice should encourage creativity, afford risk and accommodate change

∙ Theatre makes an essential contribution to the quality of life in Canada

∙ The experience of theatre should be accessible to all

∙ Theatre companies should be as diverse as the communities they serve

Who we are:

∙ We strive to be cognizant of the needs of our members by offering programs and services that benefit them and Canadian theatre ∙ We are a proactive and responsive organization making prudent use of our resources

∙ We foster opportunities where theatre practitioners can come together

∙ We are a leader in the national performing arts community and an advocate for live performance

∙ We aspire to be an organization that is representative of the breadth of Canadian theatre

∙ We are led by the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility and strive to incorporate these principles in everything we do

Pacific Theatre aspires to delight, provoke and stimulate dialogue by producing theatre that rigorously explores the spiritual aspects of human experience. In over 35 seasons, Pacific Theatre has produced more than 150 professional mainstage productions ranging from established works to original world premieres featuring some of the top theatre artists from Vancouver and across the continent. Practitioners at Pacific Theatre work on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm  (Musqueam), Skxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Alongside its professional productions, Pacific Theatre is committed to the development of emerging artists, fostering new work, creating an artistic home for established practitioners, and engaging the community at large.

Nightwood Theatre is Canada’ foremost intersectional feminist theatre, driven by artistic excellence, advocacy, and the successful training and development of artists that self-identify as having lived experience touched by womanhood – this includes but is not limited to trans, cis, Two-Spirit and non-binary folks. Founded in 1979, Nightwood Theatre has created and produced award-winning plays, which have won Dora Mavor Moore, Chalmers, Trillium and Governor General’s Awards.