Current Job Opportunities

Puppeteer / Animateur

Position: Puppeteer / Animateur
Funder: Canada Summer Jobs
Contract: Immediate – July 19 to September 12
Wage: $15/hour (35 hours/week @ 8 weeks)

This summer, Clay and Paper Theatre will be producing Art Ambulance, offering short, mobile, safe-distance performances outdoors and for communities across Toronto. All activities will take place outdoors, with the continued adherence to Covid health and safety protocols that are specific to Clay and Paper Theate’s work environment, and the Public Health directives of the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto.

Equity Statement

While remaining alert and sensitive to the issue of fair and equitable treatment for all, Clay and Paper Theatre has a special concern with the participation and advancement of members of designated groups that have traditionally been disadvantaged in employment. For this reason we strongly encourage applications from individuals who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), QPOC (Queer People of Colour) and 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, +). If you would like to, please indicate if you self-identify as a member of any equity-seeking groups in your application.

About Your Role

Work outdoors, rehearsing and performing a series of short shows for safe distance live performances. Art Ambulance is an all ages, mini variety show. It’s a mobile, bike trailer, pop up theatre to the rescue in these terrible times using a variety of puppets, clowning, and other street theatre techniques and formats.  You will:

  • Receive instruction & training in voice, movement, puppetry, clown & mask
  • Practice different forms of puppetry, including hand and object puppetry, becoming confidant with the use of focus, breath and weight in puppetry performance techniques 
  • Attend rehearsals, learn lines, songs & stage blocking, develop techniques specific to outdoor performance in a public space 
  • Be comfortable on a bicycle since Art Ambulance consists of a bike and trailer and performers cycle to specific, scheduled locations for very small and hyper-localized performances.
  • Be extremely conscientious and take Covid health and safety protocols seriously. Also take care of your props and clean and disinfect after every performance day.
  • Assist with outreach & promotion of the show, including dropping off leaflets in neighbourhoods, participating in photo and video shoots.
  • You will be flexible and ‘outdoorsy’: Clay & Paper Theatre is a small but mighty OUTDOOR theatre company, so applicants must be comfortable and open to working in a non-traditional OUTDOOR theatre setting, with variable weather conditions.
  • Show scheduling is variable and includes performances in the evenings and on weekends. Scheduling is also presented in advance and during interview process.
  • The puppeteer/animateur will also adhere to Clay and Paper Theatre’s Mandate and Code of Conduct and pay special attention to the ethical considerations of working in parks and the responsibility of the company to maintain safe and respectful community spaces.

About You

  • You are between the ages of 18 and 30, as per Canada Summer Jobs requirements.
  • You have theatre, dance or musical training, or experience in performance.
  • You have musical abilities. Being able to play an instrument or sing is an asset.
  • Puppetry experience and production knowledge are all assets.
  • You have strong communication and listening skills. 
  • You enjoy and value working in a collaborative and community environment. 
  • You are mature, dependable, organized and a self-starter.
  • You are comfortable riding a bicycle.

About Your Application

Starting date is ASAP. Please send your cover letter and resume to As soon as we receive your resume we will try and schedule an interview in the next day or two. Also, please feel free to call us directly if you have any questions at 416-708-3332. Initial contact can be via phone or Zoom, with an audition to follow. All auditions and rehearsals will take place outdoors, socially distanced and with masks, adhering to other Health and Safety protocols specific to working in public space and as mandated by the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto. 

Arts Administrator / Production Assistant

Position: Arts Administrator / 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, stage managers, 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 left to right: Pesch Nepoose, Wasena Joyal-Sinclair, Jesse Wabegijig. Photo at top of page: Kitsuné Soleil.

Job Description

The Arts Admin / 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 the 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
From left to right: Rain Richardson, Theresa Cutknife, Jordan M.Burns


  • 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 28th, 2021. Interviews will take place over Zoom. 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.