Current Job Opportunities

Canada Summer Jobs Positions:

Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training Positions:


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.


Puppeteer/Performers

Number of Positions: 6
Funder: Canada Summer Jobs
Contract: May 30 – August 21, 2022
Wage: $16/hour (35 hours/week @ 12 weeks)

Application Due: April 29, 2022

Job Description

We are seeking six post-secondary student performers for our 2022 Clay and Paper Theatre season. This summer, puppeteer/performers will animate public space and parks in Tkaronto (Toronto) with a remount of the show, Animal Nature. This all-ages theatrical presentation is an ecological, giant puppet tale about habitat loss, resource extraction and climate change. Over 12-weeks and under the daily supervision of Clay and Paper Theatre senior artists and staff, puppeteer/performers will assist with construction and repair of puppets, as well as train with artist-teachers, rehearse and perform this original production, as well as learn other small works from the Clay and Paper Theatre repertoire.

Puppeteer/performers will become familiar with C&P’s particular brand of community engaged, multi-disciplinary theatre and they will train and work onsite in Dufferin Grove Park in the greater safety of the outdoors and with our already established Covid-19 protocols. Clay and Paper Theatre will then tour Animal Nature to three different parks across the city. Some meeting and training work may take place online. Scheduling is variable and includes performances in the evenings and on weekends. You will:

  • Attend the First Day Talk, an all-company meeting to review and attest to C&P’s Code of Conduct, including anti-harassment/discrimination policies & reporting & conflict resolution procedures. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Clay and Paper Theatre’s Health and Safety procedures, with a particular emphasis on Covid-19 protocols in the work environment (as per Provincial and Municipal stages/requirements) 
  • Learn about the essentials of working as an artist in public space, creating an accessible arts experience and how to be a park host and an ambassador for Clay and Paper Theatre
  • Receive instruction & training in voice, movement, puppetry & mask
  • Assist with construction & maintenance of props, costumes, set pieces, masks & puppets under guidance & supervision of a Clay & Paper Theatre Associate Artist/Builder and Artistic Directors
  • Assist in setup of community outdoor workshops & facilitation of puppet building with participants (Dependent on  Covid-19 restrictions and the health and safety needs of the C&P artists.)
  • Attend rehearsals, learn lines, songs & stage blocking, develop techniques specific to outdoor performance in a public space
  • Set-up & strike set & props, get into costume & make-up, complete vocal & physical warm-up, welcome attendees, perform show
  • Assist with outreach & promotion of the show, including hands-on promotional activities: putting up posters, attending local events in Davenport with a parade or performing a small C&P show teaser, handing out leaflets, participating in photo and video shoots, pre-show puppet tours and after show Q&As

About You
  • You are between the ages of 18 and 30, as per Canada Summer Jobs requirements.
  • You are 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.
  • You are comfortable working in parks (Dufferin Grove Park and other public spaces) in public view.
  • You have theatre, dance or musical training, or experience in performance.
  • Having musical abilities, being able to play an instrument or sing is an asset.
  • Puppetry experience and production knowledge are all assets.
  • You demonstrate strong listening skills & appreciate the points of view of others during rehearsals or in a community workshop setting.
  • You enjoy and value working in a collaborative and community environment. 
  • You are dependable: punctuality, strong work ethic, and being organized are extremely welcome in a theatre setting.
  • You are comfortable working in a team, understand and demonstrate how to work effectively, constructively and considerately in a group; respecting diversity within the company & with the public & communities that we serve.
  • You are mature, dependable, organized and a self-starter.
  • Adaptable: respond constructively & show flexibility & resourcefulness in the face of changing production/performance priorities.
  • Problem solver: evaluate & creatively address performance/staging challenges.
  • Management skills: show initiative; demonstrate integrity; recognize and deal with interpersonal issues between artists in an appropriate, diplomatic, respectful & compassionate manner.
About Your Application

Please submit your RESUME along with a brief COVER LETTER explaining why you would like to join our motley crew to auditions.clayandpaper@gmail.com by Friday, April 29, 2022. Auditions will begin in early May. PLEASE NOTE: these dates may be subject to some adjustments. But we’ll try and keep people as up to date as possible.



Stage Manager

Number of Positions: 1
Funder: Canada Summer Jobs
Contract: May 30 – August 21, 2022
Wage: $16/hour (35 hours/week @ 12 weeks)

Application Due: April 29, 2022

Job Description

For Clay and Paper Theatre’s 2022 summer performance season, the Stage Manager (SM) will work on the remounted, outdoor original Canadian production, Animal Nature, supporting the Artistic Directors with the smooth execution of puppet, prop and costume construction/repair and the efficient rehearsal, performance and touring processes for the company’s Puppeteer/Performers.

The Stage Manager will become familiar with C&P’s particular brand of community engaged, multi-disciplinary theatre and they will train and work onsite in Dufferin Grove Park. Some meeting and training work may take place online. For this summer position, the Stage Manager will: 

  • Attend the First Day Talk, an all-company meeting to review and attest to C&P’s Code of Conduct, including anti-harassment/discrimination policies & reporting & conflict resolution procedures.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Clay and Paper Theatre’s Health and Safety procedures, with a particular emphasis on Covid-19 protocols in the work environment (as per Provincial and Municipal stages/requirements).
  • Complete a personal Action Plan (including the youth’s job-specific learning goals and long-term aspirations) that will act as a blueprint and help customise mentoring activities during the contract. 
  • Become familiar with Clay and Paper Theatre’s history and work in public space in order to build confidence and client service skills; be a welcoming park host and an informed and friendly Clay and Paper Theatre ambassador with our main stakeholders – community members, park-users and audience members.
  • Practice organizational and communication by preparing production schedules with digital tools/apps and distributing them to all staff via a shared Google Drive folder, writing rehearsal reports, preparing a prompt script, and serving as a key communications conduit between all company and production staff.
  • Practice clear and constructive communications by participating and contributing to daily production meetings and show reports, with oral and written updates; take Artistic Director blocking notes; document audience feedback in the show report book; demonstrate empathy, kindness and respect during production building, rehearsals and other activities.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills by maintaining organisation in the Field House workshop, assist with monitoring health and safety practises with regards to workshop tools, and assist with implementation of Covid-19 protocols with staff and audiences (during performances).
  • Encourage teamwork by preparing and organising the rehearsal and performance spaces with the assistance of puppeteer/animateurs, delegating the tasks of daily set-up and strike of props, set, costumes, puppets, signage, box office and front-of-house materials.
  • Source materials for and assist with the construction and maintenance of props, costumes, set pieces, masks and puppets.
  • Contribute and commit to the teambuilding and collaborative processes of rehearsing, building and performing a theatrical production, by helping to coordinate, follow and improve daily work plans and project goals with colleagues and staff.
  • Practice C&P’s Code of Conduct by encouraging and modelling an inclusive, respectful and safe work environment and park space for colleagues and the community; assume other leadership roles e.g. After each performance, the SM could give notes to the Performers in order to ensure the show remains true to the Artistic Director’s vision.

About You
  • You are between the ages of 18 and 30, as per Canada Summer Jobs requirements.
  • You are 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.
  • You are comfortable working in parks (Dufferin Grove Park and other public spaces) in public view.
  • You have theatre or theatre production training, or experience.
  • You are comfortable using construction/workshop tools.
  • Puppetry experience and/or prop building and painting skills and knowledge are all assets.
  • You demonstrate strong listening skills & appreciate the points of view of others during rehearsals or in a community workshop setting.
  • You enjoy and value working in a collaborative and community environment.
  • You are dependable: punctuality, strong work ethic, and being organized are extremely welcome in a theatre setting.
  • You are comfortable working in a team, understand and demonstrate how to work effectively, constructively and considerately in a group; respecting diversity within the company & with the public & communities that we serve.
  • You are mature, dependable, organized and a self-starter.
  • Adaptable: respond constructively & show flexibility & resourcefulness in the face of changing production/performance priorities.
  • Problem solver: evaluate & creatively address performance/staging challenges.
  • Management skills: show initiative; demonstrate integrity; recognize and deal with interpersonal issues between artists in an appropriate, diplomatic, respectful & compassionate manner.
About Your Application

Please submit your RESUME along with a brief COVER LETTER explaining why you would like to join our motley crew to auditions.clayandpaper@gmail.com by Friday, April 29, 2022. Interviews will begin in early May. PLEASE NOTE: these dates may be subject to some adjustments. But we’ll try and keep people as up to date as possible.



Puppeteer/Performers

Number of Positions: 3
Funder: Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Training & Employment
Contract: May 30 to August 28, 2022
Wage: $18/hour (35 hours/week @13 weeks)

Application Due: April 29, 2022

Please note this position is ONLY open to those of First Nation, 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. For all positions you MUST be a post-secondary student returning to school in the fall, and be under 30 years of age.

Job Description

We are seeking three post-secondary student performers for our 2022 Clay and Paper Theatre season. This summer, puppeteer/performers will animate public space and parks in Tkaronto (Toronto) with a remount of the show, Animal Nature. This all-ages theatrical presentation is an ecological, giant puppet tale about habitat loss, resource extraction and climate change. Over 13-weeks and under the daily supervision of Clay and Paper Theatre senior artists and staff, performer/puppeteers will assist with construction and repair of puppets, as well as train with artist-teachers, rehearse and perform this original production, as well as learn other small works from the Clay and Paper Theatre repertoire.

Puppeteer/performers will become familiar with C&P’s particular brand of community engaged, multi-disciplinary theatre and they will train and work onsite in Dufferin Grove Park in the greater safety of the outdoors and with our already established Covid-19 protocols. Clay and Paper Theatre will then tour Animal Nature to three different parks across the city. Some meeting and training work may take place online. Scheduling is variable and includes performances in the evenings and on weekends. You will:

  • Attend the First Day Talk, an all-company meeting to review and attest to C&P’s Code of Conduct, including anti-harassment/discrimination policies & reporting & conflict resolution procedures.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Clay and Paper Theatre’s Health and Safety procedures, with a particular emphasis on Covid-19 protocols in the work environment (as per Provincial and Municipal stages/requirements).
  • Learn about the essentials of working as an artist in public space, creating an accessible arts experience and how to be a park host and an ambassador for Clay and Paper Theatre.
  • Receive instruction & training in voice, movement, puppetry & mask.
  • Assist with construction & maintenance of props, costumes, set pieces, masks & puppets under guidance & supervision of a Clay & Paper Theatre Associate Artist/Builder and Artistic Directors.
  • Assist in setup of community outdoor workshops & facilitation of puppet building with participants (Dependent on Covid-19 restrictions and the health and safety needs of the C&P artists).
  • Attend rehearsals, learn lines, songs & stage blocking, develop techniques specific to outdoor performance in a public space.
  • Set-up & strike set & props, get into costume & make-up, complete vocal & physical warm-up, welcome attendees, perform show.
  • Assist with outreach & promotion of the show, including hands-on promotional activities: putting up posters, attending local events in Davenport with a parade or performing a small C&P show teaser, handing out leaflets, participating in photo and video shoots, pre-show puppet tours and after show Q&As.
About You
  • You are between the ages of 18 and 30, as per Miziwe Biik Jobs requirements.
  • You are 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.
  • You are comfortable working in parks (Dufferin Grove Park and other public spaces) in public view.
  • You have theatre, dance or musical training, or some type of experience in performance.
  • Having musical abilities, being able to play an instrument or sing is an asset.
  • Puppetry experience and production knowledge are all assets.
  • You demonstrate strong listening skills & appreciate the points of view of others during rehearsals or in a community workshop setting.
  • You enjoy and value working in a collaborative and community environment.
  • You are dependable: punctuality, strong work ethic, and being organized are extremely welcome in a theatre setting.
  • You are comfortable working in a team, understand and demonstrate how to work effectively, constructively and considerately in a group; respecting diversity within the company & with the public & communities that we serve.
  • You are mature, dependable, organized and a self-starter.
  • Adaptable: respond constructively & show flexibility & resourcefulness in the face of changing production/performance priorities.
  • Problem solver: evaluate & creatively address performance/staging challenges.
  • Management skills: show initiative; demonstrate integrity; recognize and deal with interpersonal issues between artists in an appropriate, diplomatic, respectful & compassionate manner.
About Your Application

Please submit your RESUME along with a brief COVER LETTER explaining why you would like to join our motley crew to auditions.clayandpaper@gmail.com by Friday, April 29, 2022. Interviews will begin in early May. PLEASE NOTE: these dates may be subject to some adjustments. But we’ll try and keep people as up to date as possible.


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sandramannila

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.