Theatre Coach/Screenwriter

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Eastern Ontario
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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 5:00pm
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Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization - OCISO supports immigrants through the journey of making Canada their home by providing creative and responsive programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, by building community through mutual respect and partnerships, and by fostering healthy and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and healing.

YOCISO Newcomer Theatre Group Overview

The Newcomer Youth Theatre Group will bring together diverse individuals with various migration experiences to promote inclusion, self-exploration, and community building through expressive and performance theatre. In particular, it will provide an outlet for refugee and immigrant youth to express themselves within their own communities and inter-generationally. Language barriers often prevent newcomer youth from expressing themselves outside of their families and communities. Newcomer youth resettlement experiences can differ drastically from adult experiences. Therefore, through plays and skits performed by newcomer youth, the goal of the project is to allow youth to communicate their experiences through a performance art medium while also providing public education on newcomer youth issues for the greater Ottawa community.

Position Summary

The Drama Coach will work with newcomer youth registered in YOCISO’s Newcomer Theatre Group from mid- October of 2017 to early June of 2018. The Drama Coach will be responsible for developing and delivering drama training, leading the scriptwriting process, and facilitating rehearsals alongside YOCISO team members.

Reports to: Coordinator of the Youth Program


  • Supporting OCISO’s Youth Program Coordinator and Facilitators in providing training and guidance to theatre group participants
  • Consult with OCISO’s Youth Program Coordinator to develop an appropriate timeline, training content and activities, and general program guidelines
  • Introduce a variety of performance and theatre techniques for the group to explore during training to help develop participants’ performance skills
  • Facilitate the overall creation and ongoing development of the program and its season ending performance
  • Maintain a safe, inclusive, anti-racist and anti-discriminatory, non-oppressive, and fun space for newcomer youth
  • Attend YOCISO team and individual meetings with the Coordinator as needed
  • Assist YOCISO team members in creating project communication materials and resources
  • Professionally represent OCISO while adhering to OCISO policies and standards and contribute to overall organizational goals


  • Completion of, or enrollment in a postsecondary level drama program or equivalent experience
  • Experience in drama/theatre and experience with scriptwriting
  • Energetic and comfortable working with youth with limited English speaking skills
  • Knowledge of current domestic and global migrant issues and experiences of immigrant and refugee, resettlement
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to “high-risk” populations
  • Experience working in culturally, racially diverse communities
  • An understanding of the key issues related to social inclusion and the needs of disaffected young people, and adults
  • Ability to work in a multi-agency/multi-sectoral partnership
  • Strong organizational, reporting, and time management skills
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and the flexibility to be responsive to client needs
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently with minimal supervision and as a member of a team
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential
  • Ability to speak other languages that are spoken by the diverse communities in Ottawa is an asset
  • Current criminal record check for vulnerable populations is required

Position: Term contract, October 16, 2017 – June 8, 2018 (Subject to Renewal)
Hours: 10 hours a week

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and a resume by 5:00 p.m. on September 22, 2017 to:

Halimah Shaw, H.R. Administrator


Fax: 613-288-2674

OCISO encourage applications from qualified people of all backgrounds, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.

OCISO is committed to accessibility in employment and to ensuring equal access to employment opportunities for candidates, including persons with disabilities. In compliance with AODA, OCISO will endeavor to provide accommodation to persons with disabilities in the recruitment process upon request. If you are selected for an interview and you require accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please notify the HR Coordinator upon scheduling your interview.