Tapestry Opera Artistic Producer

Date Posted: Jun 23, 2022
Application Deadline: Jul 04, 2022
Start Date: Jul 13, 2022

Salary From: 40K To 50K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
Check Additional Info section for more Employee Benefits
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

Tapestry Opera
Tapestry Opera is a professional theatre and opera producer that is Canada’s most prolific and rigorous commissioner and producer of new opera works. We are driven to not only cultivate new works, but to cultivate new works and performance practices that positively evolve the genre, tapping into vital and relevant stories and diverse musical traditions as part of our mandate. We are the leading opera company in Canada in performing works by women and artists from diverse background and believe strongly in progressively reflecting and engaging the world we live in through our works and throughout all of our organizational activities.  
Creation begins with multiple collaborations at the Composer-Librettist Laboratory (LibLab), where eight writers and composers are introduced and produce sixteen opera shorts under intense conditions. Successful partnerships may result in commissioning new full length works by Tapestry or by other producers. Evolution exists not only in the content and style of the music and text, but also in performance practice. Tapestry Explorations (Tap:Ex) is Canada’s premiere program for the evolution and advancement of opera performance practice and seeks inspiration from other art forms in both art and popular streams.
Recent innovations in performance have included Tap:Ex Forbidden combining Persian Classical Music, rap, and opera; The Overcoat: a musical tailoring featuring fully choreographed physical theatre by opera singers; and Tables Turned, synthesizing classic film, live virtuosic percussion, and extended technique soprano singing accompanied by film and turntables. Tapestry productions have been nominated for 27 Dora Mavor Moore awards in the last two seasons, garnering 8 wins.

Job Description

Tapestry Opera is expanding and we are looking to add an Artistic Producer to our team! The Artistic Producer's portfolios will include producing and sssistant producing Tapestry's range of artistic activites, artistic administration and office management. They will report to Michael Hidetoshi Mori, Artistic & General Director; Stephanie Applin, Interim Executive Director; and Jaime Martino, Executive Director (as of Feb 2023). Growth opportunities include executive producer or company manager track. This role requires some in person work, especially during production time with other work negotiable as work from home.


Producing (40%)
Producing: Produce Tapestry Opera’s self-produced studio concerts and productions and assist with producing mainstage productions
Prepare, coordinate, communicate, and execute self-produced concerts, workshops and small productions
Assist in the preparation, coordination, communication, and execution of mainstage productions
Maintain and share production information on Google Drive
Organize and be onsite for load-in, set-up, strike, and load out 
Liaise and coordinate with relevant staff and stakeholders on a case-by-case basis  (ie. Marketing and Communications for show photographer or video)

Artistic Administration (40%)
Artistic Administration: Facilitate smooth operations of the artistic portfolio 
Be the first and most frequent point of contact for artists/production stakeholders and facilitate their interactions with the company and specifically with the Artistic Director
Be in person for key rehearsals and performances
Process contracts for all artists (CAEA/ADC/PACT/TMA) and ensure paperwork is filed
Track, communicate, and execute weekly priorities in coordination with, and for the Artistic Director 
Respond to emails and other inquiries to the Artistic Director on behalf of the Artistic department as applicable
Ensure calendar is up-to-date, including responding to email meeting requests and scheduling on behalf of the AD
Contribute to and maintain the Artistic Department work-back

Office Management (20%) 
Facilities Management
Day-to-day management of office space
Managing issues if/when they come up: phone/internet , office supplies , cleaning company
Assisting with prep for special meetings (ie board, commissioned stakeholders)
Mail, courier, shipping
kitchenette, shared spaces


We make art that is socially engaged - you have an understanding or lived experience of principles of equity and anti-oppression, and/or are interested in and open to the process of learning
You have an understanding of and connection to opera as an art form
You have solid writing, analysing, and communication skills
You have production and administrative experience with a focus on the performing arts. A familiarity with unions - CAEA, TMA, ADC, ACTRA - is useful.
You have proficiency with Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Wordpress, and basic design skills (familiarity with one or more of the following preferred: InDesign, Publisher, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). 
You see challenge as an opportunity
You are looking for work you’ll love. We do this because we love the work, and we like each other.

Additional Info:

Join the team! 
Tapestry Opera is Canada’s leader in contemporary opera and a regular commissioner and producer of new works. We are a core team of 7 individuals, who most recently produced the world premiere of R.U.R. a torrent of light, a robot opera examining the threats and possibilities of AI. 

Tapestry provides a flexible and collaborative environment and in order to create and share extraordinary ideas, art, and initiatives. Tapestry Opera encourages applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Our staff and leadership composition both represents and champions diversity in our artistic activities and in artistic administration.

We are committed to equity and justice in hiring and will welcome and encourage applications from people from communities of colour, LGBTQ2S, Indigenous, disabled, and other equity-seeking communities to apply

What we Offer:
Comprehensive health benefits
Flexibility with hours, work-from-home days (even in non-pandemic times!)
Casual working environment
Unlimited vacation and paid time off 
Open, transparent, and communicative office culture
Professional development opportunities
Your expertise is valued and trusted, and you will have real input into decision-making
Tickets to all Tapestry productions.

How to Apply:

If this sounds like something that you could love, we’d like to hear from you.

Checklist:  Please include as one complete pdf file, in this order: 
Cover letter (hint, research the company) on why you’d like to work for Tapestry and why you think you’d make an excellent candidate for this role.
Up-to-date resume.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday July 6 and Friday July 8. If you are invited for an interview, please provide two references that we can contact by phone and/or email. 

Email sapplin@tapestryopera.com with your pdf attachment and include Artistic Producer in the subject line.

Deadline for Applications is July 4, 2022

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