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Working at the Watermark

Position: Administrator – Full Time
Start Date: March 15th 2021

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
It is the Watermark Theatre’s goal to be an inclusive organization that engages and welcomes all Canadians. We believe that the basis of this inclusivity requires a socially and culturally diverse workforce and therefore actively seek to recruit candidates who are Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour (IBPoC), persons from the LGBTQ2+ community, and persons with disabilities. We encourage you to self-identify in the recruitment process.

COVID-19 pandemic:
This position has the ability to work from home for most of the year. 

Watermark Theatre is a not for profit charitable organization located in North Rustico, PEI that produces two theatrical productions every summer. The company also hosts a high school drama festival; runs a mentorship program and a teenage acting conservatory; presents a music series and an art gallery; and runs a bar and box office.

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:
The successful candidate will have a background working in the performing arts. The individual must be able to collaborate effectively across a broad range of artistic disciplines and functional areas. The following are the principal qualifications for this position:

• Minimum of 2 to 4 years of experience in a similar role
• Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
• Ability to work with a variety of individuals across all levels of the organization
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills including a talent for customer service
• Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple, sometimes competing priorities
• An adaptable mindset and an enthusiasm for learning and development
• An appreciation for the live performing arts
• Computer skills – competence in Microsoft Word and Excel
• Experience working on Social Media platforms 
• Driver’s license and access to a car would be an asset

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Scheduling of all programs 
• Scheduling of funding applications and reports
• Maintaining COVID 19 Operational Plan and Procedures
• Oversee the running of a box office and bar
• Maintaining existing sponsorship relationships
• Maintaining existing donor relationships and database
• Coordinating advertising sales for Playbill
• Work with Fundraising Committee to develop and execute activities
• Administer the running of a Mentorship Program
• Administration of all HR policies
• Work with volunteer team at the theatre 
• Preparing reports for the Watermark Theatre Board
• Help book accommodations for artists
• Oversee the maintenance of the theatre’s building and ground.

HOW TO APPLY:
● We aim to interview short-listed candidates in late February 2021. Interviews will take place on Zoom.
● The salary range is between 35k and 38k per annum depending on experience
● Please include your resume, a covering letter, and two professional references.
● To apply, please email (with the subject line Administrator Position) to info@watermarktheatre.com by February 19th, 2021, 5PM AST.

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New Year New Vision

Artistic Director Robert Tsonos has launched a new vision for Watermark Theatre, changing the mandate of the company to reflect the times in which we live. The company, located in North Rustico, has produced classic and modern classic plays since it’s inception 13 years ago. Mr. Tsonos has decided to now include contemporary plays in his programming to better reflect where we are as Canadians in 2021. “We must open up the mandate to include diverse voices”, explains Tsonos, “In light of the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, it now feels long overdue. Classic and modern classic plays are almost entirely written by white men, about white people, living in white societies. A narrow viewpoint that is not inclusive and not always reflective of our society in 2021.”
 
The company will continue to produce, what Tsonos now calls “time-honoured” plays, realizing that there is still an appetite and a need for plays that remain relevant and continue to explore the human condition. “But we must also produce plays written by playwrights that are Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour (IBPoC), from the LGBTQ2+ community, people with disabilities, and more plays written by women. It’s just time,” says Tsonos.
 
The theatre has also started to take action to improve their environmental footprint by completing a sustainability project on their building in North Rustico. The company will also look at how they design, build, and dispose of set, prop, and costume pieces making sure they are being as environmentally responsible as possible.
 
Another change, is that all public bathrooms in the building will now be gender neutral, a further step in becoming as inclusive and welcoming to everyone as possible.
 
The Chair of Watermark’s Board Rodney Payne adds, “The Board of Directors is thrilled with the change in focus in our mandate and the new initiatives we are undertaking. In a time of renewal, for the theatre and for the community at large, we feel that the theatre is well positioned going forward.”
 
The theatre will announce their summer season plans in early March and the new mandate will be reflected in their new programming choices. A new vision, a new and improved theatre, and a new openness to diversity and inclusion are certainly something to celebrate in these difficult times.

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Letter from the Artistic Director

Dear Watermark Theatre Patrons and Supporters, 

This past year has been transformational. I do not believe any of us can look at our lives, our communities, or the world the same way we did prior to March 2020. The financial hardship, emotional turmoil, and collective stress endured during this past year have been tremendous. There has also been an enormous amount of change for the good. People have reevaluated their lives, made significant changes for the better, and prioritized family, health, and their own mental wellbeing. We have also seen incredible calls for social justice and now look at diversity, equality, and our own behaviours and beliefs in a new light.
 
Theatres across the country have used this time to reevaluate what it means to create art, whose stories should be told on our stages, and what role theatre plays in our society. We have had time during this pandemic to look inward and think about why we do what we do.
 
Since its inception 13 years ago, Watermark Theatre, and under its previous name The Montgomery Theatre, has produced classic and modern classic plays. There have been a few exceptions, (The Canada 300 Project, What to Wear to the Birth of a Nation) but the company originally produced plays written during the lifetime of L.M. Montgomery (1874 to 1942), and more recently, plays written more than 50 years ago.
 
Given the time to reflect during this pandemic, in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, and my own conscience, I have decided with the full support of our Board of Directors to open the theatre’s mandate to include contemporary plays reflecting the times in which we live. I do not make this change lightly, knowing that the founders of the theatre created a classical theatre company in a rural setting believing that was what the Island needed at the time.
 
But times change and we must adapt and grow. Classic and modern classic plays are almost entirely written by white men, about white people, living in white societies. A narrow viewpoint that is not inclusive and not always reflective of our society in 2021.
 
In addition to contemporary plays, I will continue to produce what I am now calling “time-honoured” plays – those that remain relevant and reflect who we are as Canadians. There are beautifully written plays that continue to explore the human condition, remind us where we have been, and shed light on our own lives.
 
We have also made other changes to our theatre to modernize our building and to be more inclusive.
 
With the help of Rural Development PEI and Heritage Canada we have recently completed a large sustainability project updating our theatre lighting instruments to more energy efficient units, insulating and fortifying parts of our building, and installing a heat pump in our office and box office area. We will also start looking at how we design, build, and dispose of set, prop, and costume pieces to make sure we are being as environmentally responsible as possible.
 
Another change, is that all public bathrooms in our building will now be gender neutral, a further step in our goal to becoming as inclusive and welcoming to everyone as possible.
 
With all that being said, I now present to you the new mandate of the Watermark Theatre:
 
Located in North Rustico, PEI, on land that is the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’Kmaq, the Watermark Theatre is a professional theatre company that produces time-honoured plays, as well as contemporary plays that resonate with our times.
As a company we are led by the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility and commit to incorporating these core values in everything we do.

We prioritize environmental stewardship and sustainability.
The Watermark Theatre is dedicated to the development of the next generation of theatre artists and arts administrators through mentorship and professional training.
In all of our programming we strive for artistic excellence while endeavouring to inform, affect, and engage our audience and our community.

Our 2021 summer season will be announced in early March and you will see some of these changes clearly reflected in my programming choices.
 
I look forward to seeing you all this summer at the new and improved Watermark Theatre.
 
Until then, be well and stay safe.

Robert Tsonos
Artistic Director

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Get In On the Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

Presented by ACT in partnership with the Confederation Centre of the Arts

and at the Watermark Theatre

December 2020

It has been a difficult year for the performing arts, and so ACT is delighted to present live theatre in December, bringing It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry to the stage, in partnership with Confederation Centre of the Arts. This is the heartwarming tale of George Bailey, a typical American dreamer, who contemplates ending his life one Christmas Eve. With the help of his guardian angel, he discovers the true value of friendship and family. The play is set on a 1940’s radio stage, complete with local advertising jingles and live sound effects. 

“We are so excited to be partnering with ACT for this production on the Mainstage this holiday season,” offers Adam Brazier, artistic director of the Confederation Centre of the Arts. “One of our strategic priorities is to support local theatre initiatives and this has become more vital than ever during these challenging times for our community and the arts industry. It’s a Wonderful Life is an uplifting story of family, love, hope, and redemption–a perfect message for 2020 and the Island holiday season.”

ACT celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020, and president Marti Hopson was determined to stage a production that could fit within public health guidelines after seeing the rest of the season cancelled due to the pandemic. “It’s terrific that we can take this show to multiple locations and I think the audience will enjoy seeing this classic in a new way, with 6 actors playing multiple parts,” she said, “Confederation Centre of the Arts, the Watermark Theatre and several sponsors have been very generous in helping us to make this a reality.” The cast includes Alex Arsenault, Jenna Marie Holmes, Amanda Rae Gallant, Mike Mallaley, Keir Malone, and Rob Thomson, joined by Mitchell Gallant on sound effects. 

The show opens December 3, 4, 5 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, and continues on December 10, 11, 12 at the Watermark Theatre in North Rustico. Tickets are available at www.confederationcentre.com and www.ticketwizard.ca . This show is suitable for all ages and is sure to bring holiday cheer. The performances will all have COVID-19 protocols in place, with physically distanced limited seating. Title sponsor of the event is the Smith Team of RBC Dominion Securities.adam

For any additional information required, please email martihopson@hotmail.com or call 902-620-8289.

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Andrea Surich Joins Confederation Centre

General Manager Andrea Surich to leave Watermark
 
It is with both great appreciation and regret that Watermark Theatre announces the departure of General Manager Andrea Surich.  Andrea will be stepping down from her position at Watermark to assume the role of General Manager of Theatre at The Charlottetown Festival at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Effective immediately, Andrea will be sharing her time between the two organizations for the next few months, facilitating a smooth transition for both.
 
Andrea joined Artistic Director Robert Tsonos in the leadership of Watermark Theatre in 2015. Since then, the company has experienced exponential growth at the box office, launched a hugely successful Mentorship Program, and placed the theatre on solid footing for years to come, while delivering theatre productions every summer to great critical and audience acclaim.
 
“Andrea has had an incredible impact on our company and is a major reason why the theatre is in such great shape, both artistically and financially”, explains Robert, “her hard work, dedication, and infectious enthusiasm has immeasurably shaped this theatre. We are going to miss her immensely but also wish her well in her new position”.
 
Watermark Theatre Board Chair Rodney Payne added, “It would be difficult to overstate how important Andrea has been to the Watermark Theatre.  Her engagement and commitment over the past five years is greatly appreciated and she will be sorely missed.”
 
Watermark Theatre’s Board of Directors, artists, staff, and volunteers extend their deepest gratitude to Andrea for her leadership and service to the company and wish her all the best as she embarks on a new stage of her career.
 
For more information or interview requests please contact:
Robert Tsonos, Artistic Director
artisticdirector@watermarktheatre.com
or at 902-963-3963
 
Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave
North Rustico, PE
C0A 1X0
http://www.watermarktheatre.com

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre, Confederation Centre for the Arts, Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Songs of Protest

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Next Watermark Music Series Concert Announced

The Watermark Music Series next live streamed concert of the summer will be held this Sunday August 23rd at 7:30PM, on our Facebook page.

Songs of Protest from the repertoires of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Marvin Gaye; Bruce Cockburn; Bob Marley and many more. Performed by Catherine MacLellan, Scott Parsons, Rob Oakie, Nick Gauthier, and Dave Wigmore.

Songs of protest have always been a part of mankind’s development. Used for speaking out against oppression, unjust laws, and inequality, they give a voice to those who are socially, economically and politically challenged. Songs about social justice are particularly important today as we battle to eliminate racism and fight for equality in our society.

The show features one of PEI (and Canada’s) greatest voice and songwriter in the folk world, Catherine MacLellan. She will be supported by Scott Parsons, an icon in PEI’s music history and a founder of the Black Cultural Society of PEI. The special guest for the evening will be Rob Oakie with Nick Gauthier and Dave Wigmore. You’ll hear some classics and some songs you may not recognize from the repertoires of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Marvin Gaye, Bruce Cockburn, Bob Marley and many more.

These free concerts, curated as always by Rob Oakie, can be viewed in the comfort of your homes by going to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Watermark-Theatre-93969977499

For more information, or to set up interviews with Rob Oakie, or any of the artists, please contact Andrea Surich at 902‐963‐3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Watermark Theatre is a proud member of the PTN (Professional Theatre Network of PEI).

Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave
North Rustico, PE
C0A 1X0
(902) 963‐3963
http://www.watermarktheatre.com

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Watermark Announces 2nd Music Series Concert

The Watermark Music Series 2nd concert of the summer will be held on August 4th at 7:30PM. Inspired by The Monterey Pop Festival, the concert will feature the music of The Mamas & the Papas, the Byrds, Simon and Garfunkel, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and many more. The concerts will be live streamed to our audience members while Irish Mythen, Brielle Ansems and Natalie Williams Calhoun perform these classic songs on the Watermark stage in North Rustico.

These free concerts, curated as always by Rob Oakie, can be viewed in the comfort of your homes by going to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Watermark-Theatre-93969977499

The Monterey Pop Festival was an iconic 3 day festival held in June 1967 in California. The lineup was a who’s who of pop, rock, and folk stars including The Mamas & the Papas, the Byrds, Simon and Garfunkel, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and so many more. Irish Mythen, Brielle Ansems and special guest Natalie Williams Calhoun will present their own interpretations of some of the music that helped shape the generation.

Irish Mythen was born in Ireland and now resides in Charlottetown. “This Island creates music and musicians, art and artists. I found a shift to take things more seriously when I moved here.” And she did just that. Her latest release, Little Bones, gained her recognition around the globe, including a 2020 JUNO nomination for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year, seven Music PEI 2020 nominations and two wins — Touring Artist of the Year and Roots Contemporary Recording of the Year, and a Canadian Folk Music Nomination for Solo Artist of the Year. Her previous self-titled album garnered awards and nominations from Music PEI, East Coast Music Association, Folk Alliance International and SOCAN. Write-ups in Australian Guitar Magazine, Rolling Stone and a plethora of other print and online media worldwide, have helped plant Irish firmly on the map of “Must-See Artists”.

Brielle Ansems, born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised in Montague, PEI, has grown up with music on her lips and a creativity fostered by Prince Edward Island’s artistic community. A recent graduate of Holland College School of Performing Arts Theatre Performance program, her lyric-focused music fuses folk sensibilities with pop and R&B influences to create an emotionally charged, poetic experience for her audiences.

Natalie Williams Calhoun is an accomplished concert cellist, an educator and 1/5 of the well know string ensemble Atlantic String Machine. She has toured across Canada and internationally. Since moving to PEI, she has supported countless artists on stage and in the studio both as a solo artist and with ASM. She has recorded on dozens of albums and worked with a wide range of artists including Rachel Beck, Dylan Menzie, KINLEY, Irish Mythen and many more.

For more information, or to set up interviews with Rob Oakie, or any of the artists, please contact Andrea Surich at 902‐963‐3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Watermark Theatre is a proud member of the PTN (Professional Theatre Network of PEI).

Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave
North Rustico, PE
C0A 1X0
(902) 963‐3963
http://www.watermarktheatre.com

The Music Series Returns

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Watermark Theatre is delighted to announce that the Watermark Music Series will go forward this summer, online. The concerts will be live streamed to our audience members while local musicians perform on the Watermark stage in North Rustico.

These free concerts, curated as always by Rob Oakie, can be viewed in the comfort of your homes by going to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Watermark-Theatre-93969977499

The first concert will be July 26th at 7:30PM and will feature R&B classic songs from Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave, Michael Jackson and more…
Starring local PEI artists Logan Richard, Joce Reyome, and Tiffany Liu.

Spellbinding R&B grooves, pop hooks galore, a smooth voice that wraps you in, and tasteful blues-tinged guitar licks that make you realize why many are calling Logan Richard one of the best up-and-coming young guitarists in the country: This is what you get upon catching one of Logan Richard’s live shows, or upon a spin of his new self-titled 2020 EP. Honing his front man skills from a young age, belting blues music on stages for outdoor summer café diners on the streets of Charlottetown, PEI, Richard asserted himself on the Maritime blues music scene early on in his life. Continuing his steep career trajectory ascent since then, Richard released his successful debut EP called “The Split” in 2017, which escalated him to a headline slot at the TD Jazz/Blues Festival, and was nominated for Blues Recording of the Year at the 2019 ECMA’s.

Travelling from Boston, Joce Reyome has made this Island their home for the last four years. You can often find them singing originals at local bars, restaurants, and opening for your favourite musicians like Andrew Waite, Irish Mythen, and more. They’re now working on their first EP and are excited to share with this vibrant community.

Tiffany Liu was born in Tianjin city and grew up in Tangshan city China. She came to Canada in March 2016 and moved to PEI in September 2017. Tiffany has been playing the Pipa for 20 years, and her undergraduate major was Chinese Traditional musical instrument performance. She recently graduated from UPEI’s Master of education program.

For more information, or to set up an interviews with Rob Oakie, or any of the artists, please contact Andrea Surich at 902‐963‐3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Watermark Theatre is a proud member of the PTN (Professional Theatre Network of PEI).

Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave
North Rustico, PE
C0A 1X0
(902) 963‐3963
http://www.watermarktheatre.com

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Watermark Cancels Summer Season

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With the health of our audience members and our theatre company in mind, we have made the painful decision to cancel Watermark Theatre’s 2020 summer season.

We have been spending the past number of weeks trying to find new ways to present great classical theatre for our audience despite the limitations presented. Our dedicated stage crew and designers were scheduled to begin building sets, costumes and props on May 11 and rehearsals with the acting company were scheduled to begin on June 1. With current restrictions in place we can’t even get some of our team to the island! Making this decision is heart breaking for us but until it is safe to assemble in large groups again, we will have to keep the theatre’s doors closed.

That being said, we are a creative organization and we have a number of ideas on how to keep the theatre vital, vibrant and in your hearts and minds. In the months to come, we will explore opportunities to bring art to our community through our on-line presence or in partnership with other arts organizations and we will continue to share those ideas with you.

Rest assured that we will be back in the summer of 2021 with a wonderful slate of plays to entertain, delight, and provoke audiences once again. Theatre artists around the world are recharging their creative energies and reevaluating their place in the world, and will be back on stage with a new sense of purpose. Theatre has been around for 2500 years, through all kinds of world challenges, and will return again. Let us never take the act of assembly for granted ever again!

We look forward to welcoming you back to the theatre!

Robert and Andrea

Robert Tsonos, Artistic Director
Andrea Surich, General Manager

For more information please contact:
Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse