Summer Serenader

Date Posted: May 13, 2022
Application Deadline: May 27, 2022
Start Date: Jun 06, 2022

Hourly From: $15/hr To $20/hr
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative
Job Type: Summer Jobs
Career Level: Entry level/ intern

Organization Description

Smile Theatre
Smile Theatre is a charity delivers unique, professional, live musical theatre performances to seniors and other vulnerable people living in institutional care. Our goal is to provide professional theatrical entertainment and to bring life-affirming human interaction, recognition, connection and joy to our audiences. 

Job Description

Job: Summer Serenader at Smile Theatre

Salary: 35hrs/wk, $16/hr
Dates: June 4 - July 31, 2022

Smile Theatre is a registered charity based in Toronto, and is Canada’s only professional theatre company dedicated to performing for seniors and those living in care environments. In operation since 1972, Smile has been creating and touring small scale musical theatre productions to Retirement Residences, Long Term Care homes, Hospitals, Seniors’ Centres throughout Toronto, Ontario and across Canada. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Smile has also been actively developing and presenting performances and specialized programs through digital platforms and its new core set of programs, Smile Online. More information is available at

The Summer Serenader is a dynamic actor/performer working primarily in-person, and also through online platforms. They are an energetic and positive performer that can sing, and have an interest in connecting with seniors and those who live in care environments. They preferably can self-accompany on an instrument, though it is not required. Performers who are multilingual are especially encouraged to apply.
The Summer Serenader collaborates with other ensemble members on creating and offering ongoing performances to seniors in a variety of contexts, including care homes, hospitals, seniors' centres, outdoors and online. They are flexible, able to work both collaboratively in group settings, and independently. The Summer Serenader is willing and able to take leadership when called upon to do so, and also support and encourage the leadership of others. They are true ensemble members.

Most importantly, the Summer Serenader is a positive, caring, genuine, creative individual, willing and eager to give time and attention to isolated seniors and people in care settings, and creatively collaborate with fellow artists.

· Collaborates with other Summer Serenaders and Creative Team members in repertoire development
· Rehearses and prepares music and performance interactions
· Performs as scheduled in visits, ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours (in sets)
· Prepares set lists and acts as host in performances as necessary
· Fills out and submits show reports
· Attends meetings and/or rehearsals as called
· Participates actively in the promotion and development of the program on social media, website and promotional materials
· Participates as available in all Smile initiatives
· Any other task as assigned and agreed


* Strong Singer
* Actor
* Reads Music
* Plays an instrument (not essential)
* Creative Collaborator
* Interest in Connecting with Seniors & People In Care
* Multilingual (not essential)

Additional Info:

Smile Theatre is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to building an organization that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities; Two-Spirit, non-binary, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people; disabled people; youth; and members of other equity seeking groups.

This position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be eligible, youth must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment, and legally entitled to work in Canada (valid Social Insurance Number).

How to Apply:

 Performance Resume and brief cover letter to, candidates will be contacted for audition/interview.

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