Artistic Director

Date Posted: Feb 04, 2020
Application Deadline: Mar 20, 2020
Start Date: Jan 03, 2021

Salary From: 100K To 100K+
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
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Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Executive/board member

Organization Description

The National Ballet of Canada
The National Ballet of Canada embraces classical and contemporary works, encouraging the creation of new ballets and the development of Canadian choreographers. Under Karen Kain’s inspired leadership, the company has brought many new works into the repertoire and performed to sold-out audiences worldwide. Employing 140 artists, dancers, and musicians and a similar number of production and administrative staff, the company has a $40 million budget and a $79M endowment.

Job Description

The National Ballet of Canada is one of the most exciting, innovative arts institutions in Canada, and regularly ranks among the top ten ballet companies in the world. Fiscally stable, with an annual operating budget nearing $40M and a $79M endowment fund, the National Ballet employs 140 artists, dancers, and musicians, and a similar number of production and administrative staff. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, the fourth-largest city in North America and one of the most vibrantly diverse cities in the world, the company is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Through a variety of outreach programs, the National Ballet shares its artistry with local communities and, through live-streaming, to every Canadian province and territory.

The company performs works by the world’s most celebrated 20th- and 21st-century choreographers. Its extensive repertoire includes ballets by Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, Rudolf Nureyev, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, James Kudelka, Wayne McGregor, Alexei Ratmansky, Crystal Pite, Christopher Wheeldon, Aszure Barton, Guillaume Côté, and Robert Binet. The company embraces both classical and contemporary works, and encourages the creation of new ballets and the development of Canadian choreographers. Under the inspired leadership of Karen Kain, the company has brought 68 one-act and full evening works into the repertoire and commissioned 19 new works; it has performed to sold-out audiences and critical acclaim in Canada, the US, and internationally with appearances in London, Paris, Hamburg, Moscow, St. Petersburg, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.



As the next Artistic Director, you will build upon a storied history, a strong artistic legacy, and a record of surpassing strategic goals. You will develop a vision for the future of the company that balances its heritage repertory with innovative, contemporary work. Your leadership will foster a culture of open communication, honesty, integrity, inclusion, collaboration, and commitment to artistic excellence and success realized through motivating, training, and developing dancers to achieve their highest standard. Your worldwide network will enable you to attract leading choreographers, composers, and designers who inspire and challenge artists and audiences alike, as well as to secure touring engagements that connect the company with national and international audiences. Reporting to the Board with the Executive Director in a co-leadership model that recognizes the mutually supportive relationship between the artistic and business management aspects of the company, you will work collegially and productively to realize tomorrow’s successes.

Inspirational leader, ambassador, and spokesperson, you will promote the widest possible recognition of the National Ballet’s excellence, creating excitement to continue to build the subscriber, patron, donor, and volunteer base and realize the goals of the organization, including continued Canadian and international touring. You will motivate artistic excellence and fresh explorations, creating palpable excitement in all markets for the company’s work. You have the vision, the drive, the charisma, and the daring to build upon greatness.

How to Apply:

The National Ballet of Canada is committed to creating a more diverse and equitable workplace, advancing the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our field, and approaching this work with authenticity and respect. The National Ballet is pleased to accept applications from underrepresented groups and encourages applications from Indigenous persons, new immigrants, and persons with disabilities. Work address: 470 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5V 3K4 | Language of work: English | Permanent Position | Requirements: relevant education and artistic leadership experience in dance. Applications will be reviewed immediately upon receipt. All responses to Caldwell Partners are confidential. Please indicate your interest in Project 191121 at or email


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