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Tarragon Theatre is seeking a Development Manager beginning in May/June 2024. 

Salary: Full-Time position with benefits, $57-65,000.

Reports to: Artistic and Managing Directors


About Tarragon:

Tarragon is a theatre that creates, develops and produces new Canadian plays and provides the conditions for new work to thrive through high-quality development, production and administrative infrastructure. The theatre trains and supports new generation, emerging and established artists through extensive residencies, flexible play development programs and substantial producing capabilities. To complement its new creations, Tarragon presents new plays from across Canada, revives significant Canadian plays, produces international work, and runs education and community engagement programs. Its rehearsal halls and theatres are used extensively by the arts community for the creation and production of new work.


About the Position:

An integral role in Tarragon’s administrative structure and community, the Development Manager works closely with and reports to the Artistic and Managing Directors. Your focus is to maintain existing relationships and establish new ones to secure funds from individuals, corporations and foundations in support of the theatre’s short and long-term goals, upholding the company’s mission and its commitment to artists and audiences in the development of new work.

You are a dedicated theatregoer, who is a self-motivated, organized individual with leadership skills and the ability to manage competing priorities in a dynamic and creative work environment.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership for the development, planning, analysis and execution of the theatre’s solicitation strategy from individuals, corporations and foundations.
  • Develop and maintain existing corporate partnerships.
  • Research and establish relationships with prospective foundations and donors.
  • Manage company communication to ensure all partner recognition and benefit fulfillments are met.
  • Manage existing relationships with all private contributors and donors.
  • Plan, organize and promote fundraising and donor appreciation events and activities.
  • Generate written material associated with the fundraising process, including customized proposals for corporate partners, foundation applications and donor communication material.
  • Provide reports and analysis to improve efficiency and effectiveness of existing and future fundraising initiatives.
  • Monitor and tracks trends in fundraising in the broader performing arts community.
  • Organize and coordinate opening night receptions.



  • Post-secondary degree/diploma in fundraising, marketing, corporate communications, theatre, or business administration.
  • Three to five years’ experience in a similar role.
  • Knowledge of the Toronto not-for-profit arts environment.
  • A passion for contemporary Canadian theatre.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate to different levels of stakeholders, including corporate partners and individual donors.
  • Proven ability to set priorities, complete work with minimal supervision and meet deadlines.
  • Strong strategic planning and critical-thinking skills.
  • Proven project management skills with planning and follow-up experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Canva, and MailChimp with the ability to pick up new programs quickly.
  • Experience and understanding of data and list management; a familiarity with Theatre Manager is a definite asset.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as required.
  • A sense of humour!


How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume with references in a single pdf by email to Andrea Vagianos, Managing Director, Tarragon Theatre,, 30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto, ON  M5R 1X3. The application deadline is Monday, April 22, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.


Tarragon Theatre believes in a richly inclusive working environment and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. If you need accommodation pertaining to accessibility at any stage of the application process, please do not hesitate to make a request.

We thank all applicants for their interest in Tarragon Theatre, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information about Tarragon, please visit our website:

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