Be part of it all. 

 

Create.

Collaborate.

Make a difference.

 

Our volunteer base is the reason we have been able to grow each year. There are various opportunities to share your creativity and voice. 

Typically, theatre productions only allow for a small cast with long lead times. Many aspiring theatre artists don't get enough opportunities to practice their craft. Theatre InspiraTO, the producers of the InspiraTO Ten-minute Play Festival, offers more opportunities to artists to showcase their work in a shorter time frame; where artists can learn, explore and experiment; where they can be defiant to the forces that squash their creative ambition; where they can fire up their potential. 

Mandate:

  • Inspire audiences to awaken their imaginative spirit with an innovative ten-minute play festival
  • Elevate and showcase the power of the ten-minute play
  • Enable a fully integrated approach in training theatre artists in the ten-minute play format
  • Create an environment with more opportunities for artists to take part

Theatre InspiraTO, the producers of the InspiraTO Festival, Canada's largest ten-minute play festival, is entering its 13th season. To date, over 4,000 ten-minute plays have been submitted to InspiraTO's contests, and over 220 ten-minute plays have been produced. Each year, in late May, over 100 theatre artists gather and create a vibrant theatre festival in Toronto. 

We have volunteer positions available in: 

Marketing: Marketing lead, social media champion, website coordinator, graphic designer etc. 
Production: Production lead, stage managers, assistant stage managers etc.
Support: Community outreach, sponsorship lead etc.

If you want lend a hand and be part of our team let’s start a conversation. Please email:
inspirato@ca.inter.net
In the Subject line write: Volunteer
State you name, phone number and email address.
Your general background and what you’d be interested in helping with. We will contact you and fill you in with all the details.

We look forwarding to hearing from you. 

Be part of it all.   
 

Below are positions we require during the festival but other lead positions are needed throughout the year.


 

Positions

Stage Manager

experience preferred

Leading and calling the production of each show. Ideally you should have some experience in stage managing or be part of a production theatre program in college or university. The Stage Manager calls and runs each show: 6 ten-minute plays, coordinating the lighting operator, sound/projectiontists, and on the Mainstage, assistant stage managers).    

Mainstage (2 positions) 

Studio/Trinity (2 positions) 
The unique set up of the Studio/Trinity spaces requires audiences to move from space to space which feels more akin to a "site specific" play.  

 

Assistant Stage Manager

no experience needed

Mainstage (5 positions) 

Working backstage with the actors and coordinating the set changes. No experience required but experience in theatre helpful. The InspiraTO festival has quick set changes between each play (6 ten-minute plays per show) which requires attention to detail and handling over 14 actors per show.
 

 

Lighting Operator

no experience needed

The lighting operator directed by the Stage Manager will ensure the timing of the lighting.

Mainstage (1 Position)
Lighting plays a crucial role for all the plays on the Mainstage with a wonderful cornucopia of projections and lighting.  Work in the booth alongside the Stage Manager and Projectionist. Have a memorable experience. 

Studio (1 Position)
The lighting operator directed by the Stage Manager will ensure the timing of the lighting. The Studio theatre has an intimate feel and takes place in the Alumnae Theatre Attic with open wooden beams.

 

Mainstage (1 Position)

The Projectionist directed by the Stage Manager will ensure the timing of the projections and sound.  All the plays on the Mainstage incorporate dynamic projections using the latest technology.

Projectionist

no experience needed

 

Lighting Designer

Some experience required

Designing the lighting for plays. Experience is required (working with lighting plots etc) but it doesn't need to be extensive. Most importantly we need your commitment and ability to work the Artistic Team. A wonderful opportunity for the right person. 

Mainstage (1 Position) 
Lighting for 12 plays for the Mainstage (Alumnae Theater). 

Studio (1 Position) 
Lighting for 6 plays for the Studio space (Alumnae Theater).
 

 

Front House Ambassador

no experience needed

InspiraTO has a fantastic line up for its upcoming 12th season. You will be helping patrons with the box office, acting as InspiraTO Ambassadors and helping guide patrons to one of the four shows.   

Be part of Canada's largest ten-minute play festival, as we expand and add a dynamic series of shows. And see shows for free.

(16 positions)

See Front of House schedule below. You must be available for at least two shows. You will be requested to attend an orientation closer to the opening dates of the festival -- please state your availability.

 

Make Up Artist

experience required

With over 50 actors, we need two make up artists; you need to be available for the dress rehearsals and performances. Although many of the actors will require basic make up, the sheer number of actors (50) requires good organization skills.

 (2 positions)

There is room for flexibility on the dates as long as there is at least one Artist for any given show. 

 

We set up the stage on Thursday, May 25 (9 -5), showcasing InspiraTO’s creative set design setting up. We strike on Sunday, June 11.    

(Multiple positions)

General Help/Set Design

no experience needed

 

Social Marketing Lead

Some experience needed

Social media plays an ever increasing role in the InspiraTO Theatre Festival. Theatre InspiraTO has a website (highlighting 100 theatre artists), a facebook fanpage, twitter, uses Constant Contact for email marketing with a growing database.

You would guide and coordinate the three social media leads: facebook, twitter and the website. This is ideal for someone who wants to play a leadership role in social media marketing and be an integral part of the InspiraTO team. We are seeking an individual who has a solid understanding and experience with social media with a love for and the arts. You will create a overall social media strategy, plan and execute weekly facebook, twitter, website content with the other social media leads.

(1 Position)

Your time commitment in the early part of the planning is flexible, 2-5 hrs/week in March, and as we get closer to the actual festival, 3-6 hrs/week from April, May and early June (during the performances). 

 

Facebook Campaigner

some experience preferred

InspiraTO's Facebook page has a diverse source of content, interest and promotion and acts as InspiraTO's updates and story highlights. You have a solid understanding of facebook.

This is ideal for someone who has ideas on what stories to highlight and would love to be part of a team promoting a theatre festival.

(1 Position)

Your time commitment in the early part of the planning is flexible, 2-5 hrs/week in March, and as we get closer to the actual festival, 3-6 hrs/week from April, May and early June (during the performances). 

 

Twitter Champion 

some experience preferred


When used effectively twitter can play a vital role in theatre. This year we have created four 3D InspiraTO birds that can be used creatively and playfully to convey InspiraTO's message.    
Of Interest: This is ideal for someone who loves to consistently take part in social media conversation and show they are having fun.     
Dates: Your time commitment in the early part of the planning is flexible, 2-5 hrs/week in March, and as we get closer to the actual festival, 3-6 hrs/week from April, May and early June (during the performances). 

 

Website Coordinator 


Theatre InspiraTO has over 100 theatre artists participating. The website coordinator ensures artists are showcased on the website by listing artists bios, photos, shows etc. You need to be highly organized.
Of Interest: If you like the challenge of coordinating and updating a host of information for a dynamic cultural event you will find this volunteer position stimulating. Note: We will be launching a new website in March. 
Dates: Your time commitment in the early part of the planning is flexible, 2-5 hrs/week in March, and as we get closer to the actual festival, 3-6 hrs/week from April, May and early June (during the performances). 2 Lighting Designers (Assistants welcomed) 

PRODUCTION SCHEDULE

The detailed production schedule will be released in 2018.

Fired Up! Your voice matters.