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Established in 1979, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is the largest and longest-running queer theatre company in the world. Buddies is a world leader in developing queer voices and stories for the stage. Buddies is an organization (organism) of 30+ employees, contract and hourly staff, as well as volunteers and guests. Buddies is housed in a City-owned building, situated on Indigenous land, nestled between gritty and gentrified, queer and mainstream neighbouring cultures. Buddies offers a year-round program that includes a full season of queer theatre, new works festivals, artist residencies, and intergenerational training and education initiatives.

Over the past two years, we have upheld our mission to support queer voices by simultaneously changing the company’s practices and policies that are complicit in racism, anti-Blackness, ableism, and other barriers to participation, and producing 15+ shows/projects, supporting 500+ artists, developing 20+ tours and new works, and welcoming over 14 000 patrons online and in-person.

We are currently led by Daniel Carter as Managing Director, with the support of employees and contract staff, and a new Board of six community members representing a mix of theatre workers and professionals with subject matter expertise in areas such as equity, inclusion, governance and finances. We are also working the Laboratory for Artistic Intelligence to re-imagine governance, leadership structures and organizational processes to be more adaptive to change and pro-active about community needs.

At this time, we are recruiting one or more Co-Directors to join Daniel in leading Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and facilitating the important transformations ahead. We are looking for leader(s) with energy, organization, creative vision, community-mindedness, and incredible producing and sensemaking abilities because we live in turbulent times and have responsibilities to uphold as a queer cultural and community-oriented institution. We want leadership that has/have done their own work. We believe that leadership is not infallible. We are looking for leadership with whom we are willing to take risks and make (fewer and fewer) mistakes together in the right direction.

As a queer company:

  • We aspire to a hiring process that is generative and transformational.
  • We want to ensure there is intergenerational dialogue.
  • We want to be able to work with serious candidates to find everyone a place for their contributions.
  • We would love to see candidates feel renewed and benefit from the experience, because why not? We all benefit from leaders feeling invested, encouraged and energized, wherever they may be working within the arts ecosystem.


Our current budget allows us to confirm the budget for one new Co-Director starting at $70,000 per year.  

For candidates interested in applying as a team, we expect that incoming Co-Directors would work part-time to share the load together. For teams, we would commit to increasing the salary budget to start at $80,000 to be split between the new Co-Directors based on the division of responsibilities.

How to apply

Please read the recruitment package on our website, and complete the application form, uploading your CV/Resume.

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