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Help us create the annual Freewill Shakespeare Festival in our brand new venue called the Cristal Palace Spiegeltent! 

It will be a fun filled summer and we want you to join our team to help make this year a success!


Full-Time/Year Round Position

Oct. 16, 2023

September 27, 2023


$48 000.00 to $50 000.00 with benefits package



  • This is a full-time year-round permanent position

  • HOLIDAYS:  4 weeks of paid vacation

  • health coverage planBenefits include a comprehensive

  • Opportunities for professional development where appropriate.

  • Training and support will be provided for needed skill sets. 

  • Hours of work will vary throughout year

  • The Managing Director is supported by an Assistant Managing Director 



The Managing Director of The Free Will Players Theatre Guild is responsible for management oversight of the organization. The Managing Director works in equal partnership with the Artistic Director to provide the vision and leadership necessary for fulfilling the mission of the organization.  



  • Identifies, develops, facilitates, implements and monitors the strategic planning process, including short and long term goals and objectives  

  • Makes policy, payroll, administrative, and management decisions concerning the daily operations of The Free Will Players Theatre Guild in conjunction with the Artistic Director 

  • Provides on-going decision- and problem- solving expertise and assistance to ensure a positive, productive working environment

  • Supervises all non-artistic staff

  • Off season duties include grant writing and creating budgets

  • Expected to represent the company through outreach and advocacy within the Edmonton and Alberta communities

  • Provides monthly reporting to the Board of Directors regarding the company’s ongoing operations and works with the Board to ensure fulfillment of the strategic plan


  • Create and implement fundraising plan including corporate sponsorships with input from the Artistic Director and the Board’s Fundraising Committee

  • Research and write grants to foundations and government institutions to achieve budgeted goals.



  • Oversees the development and implementation of all marketing materials, working closely with the marketing contractor and the Artistic Director including press releases, website and all social media accounts 

  • Along with Artistic Director oversee subscriber and audience communications and implement audience development initiatives.



  • Oversees the development of financial reports and annual budgets in partnership with the Treasurer and the Board

  • Oversees and approves payroll and all contracts 

  • In collaboration with the bookkeeper, ensures reconciliations for all accounts are accurate, 

  • Makes sure all documents are ready for audit 

  • Ensures organization’s CRA filings and records are updated and submitted in a timely manner 


  • Arts Management Degree or equivalent work experience in the theatre industry or similar environment 

  • A good working knowledge of office software: Quickbooks, MS Office, Google Workspace and Excel and ability to learn the various softwares used by FWP

  • Excellent time management skills, the ability to prioritize and shift swiftly between tasks and strong analytical and problem-solving skills  

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and diplomacy 

  • Ability to withstand the physical demands of managing and executing an outdoor summer festival

  • A team player with a collaborative approach to setting goals and meeting them

  • A creative problem solver with a positive and optimistic outlook

  • Ideally will have working knowledge of the Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA) and be familiar with the Professional Association of Canadian Theatre (PACT)

  • Experience with contracting CAEA and ADC members


HR support includes: Bookkeeper, Assistant MD, Production Manager (Seasonal Contract) 

Please note: We encourage applications from individuals who may not have experience in all of the above listed areas, but who may have parallel experience and/or training that they believe would enable them to succeed in this position. 


The Free Will Players Theatre Guild does not just accept difference - we celebrate it and thrive on it.  We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to diverse, inclusive hiring practices and is committed to the 35/50 initiative. We support and promote diversity and inclusion throughout all our operation areas.


Submit CV and cover letter to:

Deadline: Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 27, 2023

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