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August 29, 2021

Artistic Director, English Theatre

Hosted by National Arts Centre (NAC)

The National Arts Centre (NAC) is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams—the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety—and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. The NAC is located in the National Capital Region on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation.

The NAC has welcomed many of Canada’s foremost creative talents, and thousands more from across Canada and around the world—artists both emerging and established—who have appeared on its stages in artistic collaborations of all kinds.

The NAC creative leadership team, which is among the best in North America, consists of Alexander Shelley (NAC Orchestra), Brigitte Haentjens (French Theatre, to August 31, 2021), Mani Soleymanlou (French Theatre, from September 1, 2021), Kevin Loring (Indigenous Theatre), Jillian Keiley (English Theatre, to August 31, 2022), Cathy Levy (Dance), Heather Moore (National Creation Fund), Heather Gibson (Popular Music and Variety), Kenton Leier (Executive Chef) and Gilles Poulin-Denis (Zones Théâtrales). They receive strong support from an exceptional management team and a Board of Trustees whose members come from across Canada.

Artistic Leadership for English Theatre At time of its opening in 1969, the National Arts Centre was one of the many projects launched to celebrate the centennial of Canadian Confederation, and it embodied the country’s desire to fully affirm its identity.

As Canadians have examined the complexities of our colonialist history and begun to recognize the racial injustices that have taken place in its name and the systemic racism that continues today, the need to redefine and express our identity – indeed, our identities – is more urgent than ever. In response, the NAC has undertaken a transformation to move from an emblem of institutional colonialism to a responsive and representative organization that reflects the breadth of voices, cultures, races and perspectives that Canada is so fortunate to contain.

As have the issues of anti-Black and IPoC racism, Islamophobia, the atrocities committed against Indigenous peoples in Canada and the global climate emergency risen to the forefront of our social consciousness over the past year, so has the global pandemic shaken the foundations of the very definitions of what theatre is, and how it is made.

As set out in its 2020-2023 Strategic Plan: The Next Act, the NAC has pledged to be among the leaders in the renewal and reimagining of the Canadian performing arts sector. The NAC acknowledges the privilege of its relative security at a time when so many artists and arts organizations are experiencing the devastating consequences of pandemic conditions that are well into their second year, and we pledge to fulfil our core value of generosity towards artists, partners and audiences by sharing our resources in concerted efforts to revitalize the performing arts in Canada.

The NAC English Theatre is seeking an Artistic Director who is eager to embrace these complex challenges and answer the global call for a greater understanding of our individual and collective humanity. The candidate will bring their own vision for the possibilities of the department, the organization and the art form as a means to achieve these goals. As a member of the NAC’s senior leadership team, the Artistic Director will lead English Theatre at the NAC into a new chapter and play a key role in shaping the future of the National Arts Centre.


As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we invite applications from all qualified individuals and encourages applications from members of racialized groups/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons who are Deaf and/or have a disability, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

All communication will be conducted through email and interviews via videoconferencing. Please ensure to have the most up-to-date information on your resume including your current email address.


National Arts Centre (NAC)

1 Elgin Street,, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Phone number: 613 947-7000

Email: info@nac-cna.ca

The National Arts Centre raised its curtains for the first time in 1969. A bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for Canada’s most creative artists, the NAC strives to be artistically adventurous in each of its programming streams — the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre and NAC Presents. The Centre’s national role is reflected in its motto: “Canada is our Stage.” The NAC collaborates with artists and arts organizations across the country, acts as a catalyst for performance; invests in ambitious new works by artists and arts organizations nation-wide; and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. Situated on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe nation, the NAC is accessible and welcoming to all, and offers a variety of free programming and events.