Arts Admin/Production Assistant

Position: Arts Admin/Production Assistant
Funder: Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Training & Employment
Contract: Immediate – June, 2022 (Full-Time Internship)
Wage: $20/hour (35 hours/week @ 12-months)
Application Due: June 24, 2021

Please note this position is only open to those of Aboriginal, Métis or Inuit ancestry as per position funding requirements. Successful candidates must be eligible for and registered with Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training (Aboriginal, Métis or Inuit, or Non-Status). This position is subject to government funding.

Since 2013 Clay and Paper Theatre has been working in partnership with Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Training and Employment to provide paid, hands-on training, mentorship and work opportunities to emerging indigenous artists, performers, producers and arts administrators.

Clay & Paper Theatre is currently accepting applications for an Indigenous Arts Admin/ Production Assistant. They will assist and support the Artistic and Managing Directors in the day-to-day operations of the company. We’re looking for a person who’s interested in developing their behind-the-scenes skills and supporting how art and theatre get made and how we can bring those experiences to more communities.  The ideal candidate will be team oriented, enjoy a collaborative process, take initiative, find joy in the outdoors and is interested in social justice matters and accessibility.

From the 2019 Apprenticeship in Public Space Program, Wasena Joyal in Pigeon Pie, 2019.

Job Description

The Arts Adm/Production Assistant is responsible for supporting the coordination of theatre and community arts programming activities through digital platforms online or in-person socially distanced outdoor events, as COVID-19 health and safety requirements allow. Under the direction of the Artistic and Managing Directors, the candidate will support program and production development, planning and execution; scheduling; event/production management; effective communication with artist staff and key stakeholders; communications and marketing creation and management; volunteer coordination, among other duties as assigned. The successful candidate will perform a broad range of activities:

  • Through our 2021/22 season support and coordinate production elements for: an online community paper theatre making workshop and Festival called The Third Eye; a summer bike & trailer, mobile pop-up show, Art Ambulance; the parade-in-place for Night of Dread; online community lantern making workshops and a parade-in-place for the giant lantern puppet, mobile performance, LuminUS
  • Coordinate, in consultation with Artistic Director and co-Artistic Directors, production and workshop needs including: scheduling and logistics, sourcing and purchasing, volunteers, and assisting where necessary with workshops, rehearsals, stage management
  • Assist with publicity and promotional materials and distribution, outreach and community engagement, media releases, calls for auditions/ artists
  • Assist with updating and maintaining the Clay & Paper Theatre website, social media accounts, newsletter, and information systems, including data entry and filing of documents
  • Provide administrative support to Office Administrator and Artistic Directors
  • Other duties as required to support Clay & Paper Theatre in its activities and operations
Performance in Public Space Apprentices, 2014. From left to right: Sara Ahmadieh and Darla Contois in a scene from Animal Nature


  • You are of Aboriginal, Métis or Inuit ancestry as per position funding requirements.
  • To be a successful candidate, you must also be eligible for and registered with Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training (Aboriginal, Métis or Inuit, or Non-Status).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills with keen attention to detail
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills
  • Strong computer skills, experienced with Microsoft Office suite
  • Highly motivated and responsible
  • Self-directed worker able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of staff, volunteers, and community members to meet or exceed their expectations
  • Positive and helpful outlook, flexible and adaptable to changing working conditions and situations
  • Openness and willingness to learn and contribute
  • Experience working in the arts, theatre and/ or not-for-profit sector an asset


  • Degree, diploma or certificate in Arts Administration, Theatre Production or equivalent work and/ or educational experience
  • IT competency, including practical, working knowledge of design and/or editing software (Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign, Affinity Photo/Designer/Publisher, Premiere, FinalCut Pro) and website maintenance (WordPress, Webflow)
  • Experience with bookkeeping and QuickBooks software
  • Marketing and publicity/ promotions, including social media communications experience
  • Experience with volunteer coordination
  • Driver’s License

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to by June 24. Interviews will take place over Zoom. Also, please feel free to call us directly if you have any questions at 416-708-3332.

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Sandra Mannila is a queer and Métis emerging artist, writer, and theatre professional. She is a new addition to the Toronto scene after a lengthy stint in Ottawa where she completed her BFA at the University of Ottawa (2013) and began her post-academic career in the arts. Sandra has worked with various creative companies and organizations in a wide range of capacities such as photographer, production coordinator, writer, and artist. These organizations include Arboretum Festival, Herd Magazine, CARFAC, Ravenswing Craft Fair, and, most recently, Clay and Paper Theatre. Sandra is currently working on new bodies of work in drawing, sculpture, and writing.