Careers at PSFT


The Port Stanley Festival Theatre is seeking crew members to join our team for our 2023 Summer Season. Reporting to the artistic director, theatre manager and production manager, these positions are an ideal opportunity for candidates seeking their first professional experience or to gain more experience before moving on to a larger stage.  

The Port Stanley Festival Theatre is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, without regard to age, disability, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation or gender identity.  

If you think one of these positions suits your abilities, please submit a resume and cover letter to the Production Manager, Joe Recchia at by Monday February 6, 2023. Please indicate in your email up to 3 positions of interest. 



Not all positions will be available every season, as past crew members are often offered the opportunity to return to their position in a future season. Preference will be given to local candidates, where possible. However, billeting will be available to candidates from outside of the region, at no additional cost. All full-time positions are based on an average of 40hrs/week and are hired as employees of the theatre, making them eligible for payroll deductions. 

Apprentice Stage Managers (up to 2 positions available this season) 

  • Contract dates: 6-7 week contracts in the period from May 22, 2023-September 9, 2023 (specific dates and contract length vary by production in the season) 
  • Salary: $625/week 
  • Note-taking, documentation and tracking of blocking, props, wardrobe, etc. 
  • Backstage organization and presetting of props, wardrobe, set, etc. 
  • Set-change, quick-change assistance and wardrobe laundering as required 
  • Ability to solve problems and work collaboratively are strong assets 

Head Carpenter 

  • Contract dates: May 15, 2023 – August 30, 2023 
  • Salary: $700/week 
  • Reading, understanding and interpreting building drawings created by hand or in CAD/Vectorworks  
  • Knowledge and experience in constructing and assembling sets including standard building practices  
  • Ability to solve problems and suggest best methods for construction and assembly 
  • Strong leadership skills working collaboratively in a small team environment are an asset 

House Technician 

  • Contract dates: May 8, 2023 – September 9, 2023 
  • Salary: $625/week 
  • Reading and interpreting lighting plots 
  • Hanging and focusing lights, as well as programming cues (ETC board) 
  • Operating lighting and sound for all production performances 
  • Experience in sound design (both music and effects) in QLab or Audacity an asset  

Scenic  Painter 

  • Contract dates: May 23, 2023 – August 25, 2023 
  • Salary: $625/week 
  • Reading and interpreting set drawings and renderings 
  • Preparing and leading set painting for all productions 
  • Experience in various scenic painting techniques 
  • Assisting with other departments as needed (carpentry, props, etc.) 

Production Assistant – Carpentry 

  • Contract dates: May 23, 2023 – August 30, 2022 
  • Salary: $625/week 
  • Assisting head carpenter in construction and assembly of sets 
  • Reading and interpreting set and construction drawings 
  • Knowledge and experience in carpentry and standard practices of building an asset 
  • Assisting with other departments as needed (paint, props, etc.) 



Strike & Load-In Crew 

  • Season Dates: June 10, 2023 – September 9, 2023  
  • Rate: $18/hour, minimum 3-hour call. Transportation coverage not included 
  • Efficient worker with time management skills comfortable in a team environment, and following instructions with minimal supervision 
  • Comfortable with moderate to heavy lifting including loading-in and out via stairwells 
  • Knowledge/experience in set installation and assembly including standard building practices an asset 
  • Safety shoes required, other equipment including hardhat, work gloves and drill an asset but not required as can be provided by the theatre 


Our Mission 

Create. Inspire. Develop. Sustain. 

Port Stanley Festival Theatre is a developer of professional, live, diverse Canadian theatre.   We enhance the community experience. 

The Port Stanley Festival Theatre is a 200 seat theatre located in the former Town Hall building on the North Shore of beautiful Lake Erie in Port Stanley, Ontario. Our mandate is to produce appealing summer theatre that highlights Canadian works in drama, comedy and musical-comedy, along with other celebrated works.