Seeking New Members for the 2018 Youth Advisory Committee

Be the Voice of Youth in Theatre Today

Youthadvisorycommittee 2017 Emergence YacatelginTheatre Ontario is currently seeking new members for its Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).

The YAC will be responsible for establishing and implementing a plan of action for the next twelve months with the aim of creating greater accessibility to youth interested in a career in theatre, and/or youth passionate about fostering the next generation of theatre artists.

The YAC will act as ambassadors for Theatre Ontario and for youth engaged with theatre across Ontario.

In 2017, the YAC focused on assembling and increasing accessibility to resources for emerging artists as well as on the power of peer-to-peer networking. What do you think the YAC could focus on in 2018?

What is the YAC?

A project spearheaded by Theatre Ontario to achieve a greater connection with youth already engaged in theatre, to examine ways to engage more youth in theatre, and to help foster the next generation of theatre practitioners, professionals, and patrons across the province.

What kinds of projects have we done?

  • Emergence (September 24, 2017): A theatre training day for youth, by youth. A day of roundtable discussions, practical workshops and peer mentorship at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre.
  • Celebrating World Theatre Day (March 27, 2017): A social conversation amplifying youth voices and their supporters from across the province
  • Play Date (September 12, 2016): A night for youth to network with other youth and develop connections for future projects, all the while exchanging and celebrating plays.
  • Now What? The Care Package (2016): This resource package was launched to provide emerging artists with tools to begin their professional careers. The package included information regarding emerging artist programs, workshops, events, online resources, and various other resources geared toward young artists.
  • Now What: An Emerging Artist's Guide to the Theatre Universe (May 9, 2016): An evening panel of Ontario theatre artists with discussion on building your career in the theatre industry.
  • Cultivating Tomorrow's Artists - A Theatre Ontario Festival Panel Discussion (May 16, 2015): A conversation between community theatre artists, encouraging youth engagement in theatre programming.

Who we’re looking for

A group of individuals between the ages of 16-25. Applicants should have a strong interest in theatre in Ontario/the GTA. We are actively seeking for members outside of the GTA and Toronto who would like to be involved via telecommunication. Practical theatre experience (e.g. acting, backstage work, theatre administration, etc.) is encouraged and welcomed, but not mandatory. We are looking for individuals who are theatre practitioners, theatre students, or patrons of theatre in Ontario. We will not be giving preference to any of these groups and all are strongly encouraged to apply. We are looking to fill roles that include, but are not limited to fundraising, grant writing, social media and outreach, project management, and event management.

Please note that Theatre Ontario aims to be a safe space for individuals who self identify as LGBTQ, people of colour, disabled, as well as all genders, nationalities, and forms of religious expression, and we actively encourage individuals who identify with any of these groups to apply. Applicants do not have to fall within a certain income bracket, nor must they possess a post-secondary education, nor a high school diploma.

This is a volunteer position and applicants must be willing to commit up to 12 months of participation on the committee. If you are interested in a position as one of the committee's Co-Chairs, please indicate this in your application email.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend Committee meetings, prepared to discuss goals and areas of improvement for the YAC
  • Participate in the planning, execution and attendance of YAC events
  • Performing outreach to theatre companies, youth and arts organizations, government bodies, and other companies for organizational support
  • Commit to approximately two to five hours of work per week (contingent on current projects)
  • Must be able to commit to at least one meeting per month

Qualifications and Attributes:

  • Between the ages of 16-25
  • Familiarity with theatre in Ontario and/or your specific region, with regular attendance at live performances
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience writing grants an asset
  • Strongly self-motivated and the ability to work independently and to take on/prioritize many different tasks
  • A desire to create more accessible and engaging theatre spaces for youth in Ontario

What you'll get from us:

  • A chance to engage directly with youth across the GTA and the province, and to have a role in changing youth engagement in the theatre landscape.
  • Networking opportunities to build and develop relationships with established theatre companies and artists across the province.
  • Free professional development on topics that include: grant writing, leadership, and workshop facilitation.
  • A chance to meet and work with other amazing and hard-working, visionary youth.

Please send your resumé (and theatrical resumé if you have one) or a brief overview of your relevant experience and skill to youth@theatreontario.org. Deadline is November 24, 2017.

Interviews will take place on December 2nd and 3rd, 2017. Please inform us immediately if those dates do not work for you. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Those selected for the 2018 YAC will be invited to a committee orientation event followed by a YAC Alumni gathering on December 11th, 2017.

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