Call for Applications: Dramaturg, Public Engagement

Reimagining PTC

PTC is beginning a new chapter in its creative development, as we bring in two new staff dramaturg positions between June and September 2020. The two positions will be creative partners to the Artistic & Executive Director, playing complementary roles in the development of PTC’s vision for reimagining theatre.

The first position, Dramaturg, Public Engagement, will lead on our Unscripted program, our Blocks, and our ongoing commitment to engaging communities in the development of new work. They will also continue their active dramaturgical practice. In the summer, we will recruit our Dramaturg, Creative Engagement, whose focus will be on program management, including the Associates program and WrightSpace. We have developed our new structure with the guidance of consultant Linda Gorrie, in paid consultation with dramaturgs in the community through the generous support of BC Arts Council’s Enhanced Capacity Fund.

Our Dramaturg, Kathleen Flaherty, will continue in a new contract role with PTC, continuing to offer her breadth of knowledge while focusing on a publication project that will disseminate some of the transformative work she has led during her tenure with the company. Kathleen’s leadership and vision form the basis for these two positions.

We expect the roles to develop in response to our experiences as a creative team, as we explore new decision-making models. Please see below for the full job description. Your questions are welcome:

PTC welcomes and encourages applications from candidates of all lived experiences. Please review our website to see the range of projects and artists currently in progress.

We will work with each candidate to receive your application in a mode that supports your lived experience.

This is a Vancouver-based position.

Open to Canadian and Permanent resident candidates only.

Deadline for application: midnight, Pacific time, Friday May 8th, 2020, by email to


Opportunity: PTC to hire Dramaturg, Public Engagement

Application deadline: midnight, Friday, May 8th (Pacific time)

To Apply: send

  • a letter of application,
  • resume,
  • and the names and email contact for 3 references, including at least one artist-collaborator

in a single PDF with the file name FirstnameLastname_Date to

You may include links to digital material in your letter of application, but they are not required. If an oral application or alternative application method reduces barriers for you, please contact to arrange.

Anticipated Start Date: end of June, 2020


JOB TITLE:        Dramaturg, Public Engagement

DURATION:      Year round, permanent, 3-days per week

REMUNERATION:          $27,000-30,000 (21 hours/wk) + benefits commensurate with experience

Reporting directly to the Artistic and Executive Director (AED), the Dramaturg, Public Engagement’s primary focus is on integrating public engagement at appropriate phases in all PTC’s programs. Working collaboratively with the AED and other staff, the DPE  will vision, develop, maintain, evaluate, and administer programs and projects that fulfill PTC’s mission to reimagine theatre.  The Dramaturg, Public Engagement also dramaturgs specific projects, and engages with the communities from which every project springs.  The Dramaturg, Public Engagement is a collaborative partner to the AED and Dramaturg, Creative Engagement.


  • An adventurous theatrical practice that includes dramaturgy and producing knowledge
  • Curiosity about how theatre responds to the contemporary condition in both form and content
  • Aptitude to respond to the needs of artists
  • Experience in connecting communities and creative practice
  • Production problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in creative and administrative contexts
  • Commitment to intersectional practice
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in live performance creation/production.


Collaborate with the Artistic and Executive Director and Dramaturg, Creative Engagement in the development of the artistic vision for the society and development of the annual programming plan.  This includes:

  • Develop community engagement models that reflect the values of the company, including recognition of Indigenous sovereignty, and evolving intersectional practice.
  • Initiate, lead and evaluate new programs to reflect the developing ecologies of theatre communities
  • Research and collaborate with artists and theatre companies
  • Collaborate on program artistic selection and allocation of dramaturgical resources
  • Continuously expand their current knowledge of creators
  • Provide one-on-one dramaturgy on specific projects

Program Management: Is directly responsible for coordination, administration, management, documenting and dramaturgical support of the following programs:

  • Fringe New Play Prize
  • Unscripted
  • Block Programs
  • other programs as developed

This includes development, maintenance and execution of submission calls, curation of cohorts, protocols for engagement, artist contracting, documentation and reporting of the programs and projects, the cohorts and any community partners.

Outreach and Community Engagement

  • Develop systems for ongoing, meaningful community connection through artistic programs
  • Working with the Communications Manager, develop individual program outreach and communications strategies for all PTC programs to support the company as a whole
  • Provide content to the Communications Manager for community engagement initiatives for responsible program areas
  • Act as society representative as delegated by the AED
  • With AED and Communications Manager, develop protocols for cultivation, maintenance and documentation of community engagement

Administration, planning and finance

  • Participate in short and long term strategic and operational planning
  • Provide grant and proposal writing for projects falling under specific program management areas
  • Track and report on program budgets for responsible program areas

Human Resource Management

  • Hire and supervise contract program dramaturgs and mentors for responsible program areas