Artistic Director - Discovery Camps, Flato Markham Theatre

Post Date: 
November 21, 2018
Closing date: 
December 11, 2018
Start Date: 
January 2, 2019
Artistic Director - Discovery Camps, Flato Markham Theatre
Flato Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Blvd
Markham, ON L3R 8G5
Job Description: 

We are looking for an Artistic Director who is a creative, organized and a passionate leader to manage all the creative and educational aspects of the theatre’s Discovery Performing Arts March Break and Summer Camps.

Under the direction of the Discovery Program Coordinator, the Artistic Director (AD) will oversee program planning and program delivery for the one-week March Break and eight week Summer Camp programs which culminate with a fully staged musical theatre production at the end of each session.  Through strategic leadership and programming, the AD will enable children and/or youth to develop skills, make friends, socialize and build self-esteem. Accountable for day-to-day operations ensuring camp activities are safe, inclusive and high quality.

The AD will directly supervise and coach approximately 40 staff including Head Program Instructors, Program Supervisors, Counsellors and Volunteers. The AD will also participate in the recruitment interviews of Program Directors and camp staff.

Detailed Job Description 

  • In conjunction with the overall program objectives outlined by the Discovery Program Coordinator, the AD will design, provide and implement a detailed program outline including preparation outlines/timeline, details of the program, and learning outcomes for campers and staff for Kinder Camp, Junior Stars/Drama Camp, Actors Workshop, and Performing Arts Camp
  • Provide leadership to help rehearse and present camp performance(s) on the second Thursday of each two week session that includes all camp participants
  • Prioritize child well-being , safety and protection in all situations, programs and activities
  • Plan and schedule camp staff resources, routines, schedules and procedures to ensure successful program delivery
  • Identify and request camp supplies in accordance to city policies and budget
  • Provide support to Kinder Camp and Performing Arts Camps Staff, as needed
  • Foster positive learning environment for all campers and staff
  • Provide daily direction and support for all head program instructors, supervisors, counsellors, and other camp staff
  • Provide on-going coaching for staff
  • Teach daily performing arts related skills to campers
  • Create specialized programming for campers in the Actors Workshop, Kinder Camp & Performing Arts Camp in conjunction with the Discovery Program objectives
  • Report all incidents promptly and thoroughly to the Theatre using incident/accident report forms and records
  • Provide feedback and future recommendations to the Theatre upon conclusion of the camps

Work Dates:
March Break: Week of March 11-15 2019
Summer Camp: July 2 – August 23, 2019
On-site Staff Training: week of June 24


Post secondary education in Performing arts, arts education and/or related field 
and/or Experience as a professional in the performing arts as a Triple Threat Performer and/or performing arts educator/instructor (dance, music, theatre)

Licenses/Certifications: Current Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’ required; HIGH FIVE Healthy Child Development is required;

Bachelor of Education and Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) is an asset

Minimum 5 years experience in a Director/Leadership role and has demonstrated successful execution of similar programs for a large group of children of various ages.

Experience designing and delivering programs in musical theatre for children.

Professional experience in youth arts education, musical theatre production and experience in a camp environment.

Ability to plan and execute a musical theatre production from beginning stages to show day, including, but not limited teaching choreography, casting, directing and blocking scenes.

Enjoy working with children of all ages and be passionate about connecting, encouraging and inspiring camp staff to develop their skills as future arts educators.

Strong verbal/written communication skills.

Excellent customer service skills and sensitivity to interact with a diversity of parents and staff in a courteous and efficient manner.

Demonstrates creativity and innovation in program planning skills and delivery.

All offers of employment for this position will be conditional on satisfactory reference checks and vulnerable sector checks.

Additional Info:
An ideal candidate will have experience working with youth in an arts education environment as well as camp experience. They will have the skills to supervise and mentor young employees and volunteers. They will be able to provide detailed and meaningful performing arts-based programming.



Additional Info: 

We thank all applicants who apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The City of Markham is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

Send Submissions To: 

Apply by December 11th, 2018  at 5:00pm to Monica Pain, Discovery Program Coordinator at

Please put the subject of your email: Application for Artistic Director – Discovery Camps

For more information contact:
Monica Pain, Discovery Program Coordinator
T: 905-415-7537 ext 5580