Job Opportunity: Stand Up, Speak Out Theatre Project Youth Outreach Coordinator

Terms of Employment: Part-time, Contract (5-8hrs per week)

Anticipated Start Date: Monday, November 16th, 2015

Salary: $12 per hour

Background of the Stand Up, Speak Out Theatre Project

The Stand Up, Speak Out Theatre Project creates a safe and social space for LGBTQ+ allied youth to build community, make new friends, share personal experiences of discrimination, learn life skills and conflict resolution practices. The program guides participants in building theatre skills and provides the opportunity to co-create and perform original and interactive theatre for social change. Based on participants’ personal experiences, our plays seek to inform and inspire youth audiences to rehearse Standing Up & Speaking OUT about LGBTQ+ issues of discrimination. The youth participants in the project have the opportunity to perform for various youth groups in the Ottawa area along with a fall and spring performance for family and community. The program meets weekly on Mondays from September-December and January-May, and there is also a full week March break program offered as part of the project.

This project is a partnership between the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity and Branch Out Theatre.


Background & Mandate of the Organizations

The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) intersectionally promotes diversity in gender identity, gender expression, and romantic and/or sexual orientation in all its forms on a national level through services in the areas of education, health, and advocacy. Our resources and programming can be used to uplift gender and sexual minorities, as well as give the tools to wider populations in building allyship. CCGSD is a leader in anti-discrimination work and runs programming all over Canada and the United States.

Branch Out Theatre facilitates and creates innovative, popular theatre workshops, projects and productions to empower personal, collective and creative transformation. We energize community building, self-expression, conflict resolution, social and environmental consciousness, collaborative leadership, critical reflection and wellness through an anti-oppression framework.

Our work co-creates the space for enacting change, re-awakening imagination and addressing pressing issues through theatre practices like Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, which centralizes pertinent issues of injustice in order to empower individuals and communities to be agents of change.


The CCGSD and Branch Out Theatre strongly believe in equitable practices, especially concerning gender and sexual minorities. Within the hiring process, prioritization will be given to transfeminine spectrum individuals, and to Two Spirit individuals. Priority will also be given to anyone who identifies as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Colour). This position is for LGBTQ+ identified people only, which also includes those on the asexual spectrum.


The CCGSD and Branch Out Theatre are seeking a bilingual Youth Outreach Coordinator with personal experience of LGBTQ+ communities and a passion for arts for social change. The ideal candidate must also identify as a “youth” or be connected to LGBTQ+ youth communities via social media and be a part of or familiar with LGBTQ+ community groups and activities. Prior youth outreach, social media marketing and promotions experience and education is required. The Youth Outreach Coordinator is responsible for conducting program outreach and performance promotions to schools, community groups, youth spaces, across social media networks, and at community events, along with booking performances at youth spaces in the Ottawa area. The Youth Outreach Coordinator reports to Naomi Tessler, Stand Up, Speak Out Theatre Project Director/Facilitator, Branch Out Theatre Artistic Director.


Education & Experience

  • LGBTQ+ personal experience
  • Youth Outreach and engagement experience required
  • Social Media marketing and promotions experience required
  • Post-secondary degree or certificate program in marketing, public relations, communications or arts administration encouraged (candidate could be currently enrolled in program or have equivalent experience)
  • Strong blog writing/reporting skills encouraged
  • Graphic Design skills encouraged
  • Familiarity with popular education approaches, popular theatre/theatre for social change encouraged


Key Responsibilities

  • Implementing outreach strategies to school boards, community groups, youth spaces, LGBTQ+ organizations
  • Implementing outreach and promotions strategies to LGBTQ+ youth social media networks
  • Booking performances at youth spaces
  • Weekly program reporting via social media
  • Setting up and Cleaning up space after program
  • Documenting program with photo and video
  • Supporting Stand Up, Speak Out Theatre Project Director in program evaluation
  • Assisting Stand Up, Speak Out Theatre Project Director during weekly program as needed
  • Liaising with Stand Up, Speak Out Theatre Project Director on all aspects of outreach, performance bookings and reporting
  • Liaising with youth participants for their feedback and testimonials to share in reports


Other Skills

  • English and French fluency is a strong asset
  • Youth engagement skills required
  • Computer, internet and social media skills required
  • Anti-oppression framework required
  • Passion for theatre as a tool for social change and conflict transformation an asset!
  • Some previous theatre experience- a bonus


Please send cover letter and resume to Naomi Tessler, Stand Up, Speak Out Theatre Project Director/Facilitator at, by Thursday, November 6th, 2015. Please note that resumes that do not have a cover letter will not be considered.

Interviews will take place on Monday, November 9th at the CCGSD office-440 Albert st.