Career Level Executive
Qualifications Bachelor’s Degree
World Curious. London Proud. The Grand is building a bold future with daring new projects, inspiring new programs, and a captivating new direction.
A leading cultural hub, the Grand is proudly located in the heart of downtown London, in southwestern Ontario. We are a place for all Londoners, for everyone, to gather, celebrate, and be inspired by exceptional theatre experiences.
We bring the world to London with diverse, relevant, and original stories from around the globe, and through collaborations with exceptional national and international performing arts organizations.
And we bring London to the world stage with a commitment to developing, producing, and premiering new and original stories through our new play development program. In partnership with artists and playwrights from around the world and around the corner, we present relevant, provocative, and entertaining stories that remind us of our collective humanity.
The Grand’s commitment to educational programming and youth mentorship is exemplified by The High School Project, the only project of its kind in North America. An award-winning community outreach initiative launched as part of the 2017-18 Season, 100 Schools, demonstrates our commitment to engage children at the youngest ages to all aspects of live theatre.
A not-for-profit regional theatre, The Grand produces and presents professional theatre on two stages: the Spriet Stage (839 seats) and the Auburn Stage (144 seats). The Grand season runs from September to May with a subscription series on both stages.
The Executive Director (ED) role presents an opportunity to continue the impact of this major regional theatre in its community and beyond. The Grand seeks an inspiring leader with exceptional operational experience and people skills to partner with Artistic Director (AD) Dennis Garnhum.
The Grand Theatre is in a strong position as it emerges from COVID as London’s most ambitious, successful regional theatre with a commitment to its artistic and social principles. The ED will lead the strategic planning with a particular focus on creating long-term revenue, while ensuring the Grand upholds its key values: increasing representation, community engagement, and impactful programming. Working in conjunction with the AD, The Board and other stakeholders, the ED will develop and implement the Grand’s new strategic plan to guide the company into the mid-2020s.
Providing strategic vision and financial oversight, the ED will be responsible for the organization’s operations, including administration, audience outreach, strategic business planning, and fundraising. The ED shares with the AD responsibility for bringing productions to the stage and to audiences in a way that enables and challenges staff and creative teams to do their best work. A major component of the role is the support and development of a talented senior team, working closely with them to create an open and welcoming culture which reaches everyone engaging with the Grand Theatre.
A dynamic and collaborative inspirational leader, the ED is a champion of equity, diversity and inclusion. The ED thrives in building positive and authentic relationships with staff, artists, Board members, audiences, donors and community members to support The Grand’s strategic and operational goals.
THE GRAND THEATRE’S COMMITMENT TO ANTI-OPPRESSION
The Grand values the significant historical and contemporary contributions of local and regional First Nations, and all of the Original Peoples of Turtle Island (also known as North America). The Theatre Company acknowledges the traditional lands upon which it operates, as well as all the sacred waterways.
The Grand is committed to ongoing Anti-Oppression work as outlined in this statement: “The Grand Theatre has a responsibility to take decisive action to ensure that the Theatre is an inclusive and accessible place. To this end, we will name, address, and eliminate harmful behaviours, practices, and inequities that we have both produced and reproduced. Our Anti-Oppression work will examine how race, gender, class, region, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, and all intersections of those categories interact with our organizational processes, so that we do not reproduce harm in our hiring, programming, and daily business operations…We commit to building and fostering authentic and sustained relationships with the communities we value but have excluded.”
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