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Director of Production

Reporting to the Artistic & Executive Directors, the Director of Production is critical to the artistic success of the Company and is responsible for all aspects of producing The National Ballet’s performances, programmes and events. The Director of Production works closely with the senior management team and plays a key role in institutional strategic planning by contributing to the Company’s artistic planning process in the selection of repertoire and productions and long-term scheduling.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Creates, monitors and administers the Production Department budgets for current and future seasons including special projects. This includes the running costs of the yearly seasons and tours as well as the cost of building new productions and maintaining existing productions and facilities.  Prepares budgets and technical riders for all Company tours.
  • Approves, tracks and authorizes all Production Department expenses including payroll, purchases and contracts for services.
  • Prepares the planning calendar according to the preferred repertoire of the Artistic Director.
  • Liaises with designers, prepares estimates and manages the production for scenery, props and costumes for any new productions.
  • Negotiates and facilitate Collective Bargaining Agreements with I.A.T.S.E. 58, 828, 822 and International (stagehands, scenic artists, dressers and road crew). Administers and implements the collective agreements, by finding appropriate resolution for issues that may arise and hires, contracts and manages road crew and stage manager(s) positions.
  • Oversees the management of the non-union costume shop at the Walter Carsen Centre and the unionized Gretchen Ross Production Centre.
  • Oversees the rentals of Company sets and costumes to other companies.
  • Adheres to, implements and enforces the Company’s Health & Safety Commitments and Procedures, and ensure that safe work practices and policies are supported and enforced.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Many evenings and weekends are required beyond normal office hours. Must be available for rehearsals and performances, occasional travel on tours, etc.


  • Post-secondary education in a technical/production field with a minimum of ten (10) years of senior production director experience managing large scale theatrical or live performing arts, including experience working alongside and supervising IATSE union stagehands.
  • Extensive knowledge of stagecraft, theatre production and scenic construction, rigging, automation, lighting and video.
  • Extensive knowledge of ballet repertoire in relation to technical production.
  • Skilled in scheduling, budget management and personnel management.
  • Excellent project management, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Willingness and ability to both operate at a higher strategic level and to roll up sleeves to make things happen.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop productive and respectful relationships with internal and external constituents.
  • Ability to handle stressful situations with calm and composure, and to maintain momentum in the face of challenges.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities successfully.
  • Strong knowledge of health and safety legislation and best practices.
  • Familiarity with the orchestral world a plus.
  • Proficiency with the MS Office Suite, Outlook, Vectorworks and SharePoint an asset.
  1. Direct Reports:
  2. Associate Director of Production, Technical Director, Lighting Coordinator, Wardrobe Supervisor, Road Crew Heads, Production Centre Heads—Carpenter, Scenic Artist, Props, Stage Managers


  1. To be considered for the position, please email the items below in one PDF-formatted file to and include “Director of Production” as the email’s subject line, by no later than Friday March 31, 2023:
  2. 1. A substantive cover letter outlining your interest in the position and the organization, the date you would be available to start, the contact information of two (2) to three (3) professional references and where you found the position listed.
  3. 2. A résumé no longer than two (2) pages outlining your educational and professional experience.

Resumes will be reviewed as soon as they are received. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. The National Ballet of Canada recognizes its heightened duty to protect employees from health and safety risks during the current pandemic. As such, an offer of employment shall be conditional on proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine series approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization. Boosters are strongly recommended but not currently required.

The National Ballet of Canada is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible, and equitable environment where employees feel valued and respected.  We are committed to reflect the diversity of our community, our city and our country. We strive to ensure our recruitment and selection processes are bias-free.  We welcome and encourage submissions from Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, the Deaf and disabled as well as individuals of all genders, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities.  We are committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The Human Resources department will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review our website prior to submitting materials for consideration.

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