Theatre Critic (Student Summer) - Kingston Theatre Alliance

Job Details

Theatre Critic (Student Summer)

Kingston
  • City City: Kingston
  • Rate of Pay Rate of Pay: Hourly
  • Rate of Pay Amount / Range Rate of Pay Amount / Range: $16.55
  • Positions Available Positions Available: 1
  • Type Type: Full Time
  • Duration Duration: Seasonal
  • Avg. Hours/Week Avg. Hours/Week: 35-40
  • Education Education: College

Job Description

The Performance Blog is a primary resource for audience members, artistic collaboration, critical dialogue, and theatre practitioners. Our platform consolidates events, news, artists, and organizations in the Southeastern Ontario area in an accessible and accountable manner that the region has never seen before. Led by the Editor, the writing team is looking for passionate individuals who are committed to questioning who and what criticism is FOR, all while building a stronger sector for live performance in the region.

Please note this position is contingent on Canada Summer Jobs Funding.

Responsibilities

  • Will produce and publish reviews, interviews, opinion pieces, and other forms of coverage on theatre/live performance practice in the Kingston and Southeastern Ontario region. Content may take the form of writing, video, podcasts, etc., and will be dispersed with the support of the Kingston Theatre Alliance’s media organizational partners, both private and public.
  • Achieve a fast turnaround for each article.
  • Pitch ideas for blog content including potential reviews, interviews, and opinion pieces.
  • Attend weekly meetings with the Editor.
  • Represent the blog in a professional manner while attending all events.
  • Requirements
  • Some writing experience (creative writing, writing features, writing scripts, etc. are all accepted).
  • Is detailed-oriented; strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Research productions, producing organizations, and individual artists to contextualize articles.
  • Passion for live performance and a desire to inspire community engagement with theatre and other forms of live performance in Kingston.
  • Thrives while working within a small and passionate collaborative writing team.

Eligibility

  • These are paid positions funded through the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Applicants must be aged 15-30 years old at the start of employment. They must also be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Dates: 30 hours weekly over 9 weeks with possibility of contract extension.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please send a resume, creative writing sample (max. 4 pages), and cover letter to editor@kingstontheatre.ca in PDF format.

You are encouraged to select a writing sample that best illustrates your distinct voice and passion about performance, arts criticism, or theatrical practice in Kingston. We are looking for thinkers with a willingness to learn, risk, experiment, and grow. If you do not have an existing sample, you are welcome to write about a live performance piece of your choosing. 

The deadline to submit is April 20th, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST. The start date will be June 3rd, 2024.

The KTA is committed to creating an inclusive and accessible application process. If we can assist you in your application and answer questions about the position or the KTA Blog, please reach out to editor@kingstontheatre.ca.


The Kingston Theatre Alliance’s Performance Blog is committed to fostering an environment that creates impactful dialogue for the Southeastern Ontario region. We encourage folks to engage with our content and challenge one another to consistently work towards a common goal of bettering the performing arts.

The Kingston Theatre Alliance is an umbrella organization that serves to support artist organizations and individual artists within the Southeastern Ontario region.

Equity and supporting LGBTQIA2S+ and IBPOC art, and art by persons with disabilities and/or who are neurodivergent is very important to the KTA. We encourage applications from IBPOC youth, youth with disabilities, and youth of all sexual orientations and gender expressions/identities.

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ABOUT THE COMPANY

The Kingston Theatre Alliance (KTA) is an incorporated non-profit that aims to situate Kingston as a centre of cultural innovation in a way which promotes tourism, economic viability and cultural research and development. It advocates for Kingston-based theatre artists and organizations, acting as an umbrella organization to connect artists of all levels with the backing of professional, educational partners in the public and private sectors.The KTA was founded in 2012 as the AKT (Alliance of Kingston Theatre) leading up to Library Chronicles, a site-specific 4-play theatre experience which was produced in the Central Branch of the Kingston Library. The AKT became the KTA in 2015 during pre-production for the inaugural Kick & Push Festival.