Work with VIBF!
Each year, VIBF hires a number of highly skilled contractors to work in key positions and help bring the magic of the festival to life!
Artistic Director: Apply by Friday, August 26th, 2022
Length of Term: Minimum one year, with plans to renew.
Reports To: Board President
The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival is one of the largest and longest running burlesque festivals in North America. As the Artistic Director, your role will be to help shape the festival with your artistic vision and programming prowess.
Familiarize yourself with the previous years’ programming.
Create a comprehensive artistic vision for the festival.
Help decide, and reach out to, festival Headliners, featured Legend, and feature performers.
Find and onboard adjudicators to review festival applicants
Review applications alongside adjudicators and the VIBF advisory committee, with a keen eye to inclusion. The final curation of the festival is designed to reflect the
full spectrum of bodies and identities enriching and defining burlesque today, per the festival’s values.
Liaise with performers: including, but not limited to, gathering necessary tech and marketing information, as well as communicating and enforcing the VIBF Code of Conduct as needed.
Be available for media and interviews as necessary to promote the festival.
Attend regular meetings with the board.
Strictly adhere to code of conduct, conflict of interest policies, and confidentiality policies.
Time Demands (approximate) & Compensation:
This role is part-time, with the months leading up to the festival will naturally be the busiest. The role offers an honorarium of $4500.
Deliverables (in approximate order):
OCT – Info session to introduce new AD and help applicants understand the creative vision of the 2023 festival; festival applications open; Headliner and Feature outreach
NOV – Applications to the festival continue; Headliner and Feature Announcements; contact adjudicators to review applications.
DEC – Applications Closed.
DEC – Applications reviewed with adjudicators as well as the VIBF advisory committee.
JAN – Contact applicants with decisions.
FEB/MARCH – Gather tech info, bios, and promo materials from accepted performers; create set lists for Showcases; be available for media and interviews as needed.
APRIL – Festival!
APRIL – post-Festival debrief
MAY – AGM
We are seeking an Artistic Director with experience both performing and producing burlesque; with strong roots in, and knowledge of, our local burlesque community; and with a dedication to representing the diversity of burlesque in their festival curation. Two to three years professional experience is preferred. VIBF is committed to equity, decolonization, justice, and inclusion, and we welcome applicants of all genders, sexualities and expressions, races, abilities, and experiences within and beyond sex work.
How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume or a short video outlining your previous experience and why you would be a good fit to be an Artistic Director, to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: Artistic Director 2023.
Deadline to Apply:
Applications are due Friday, August 26, 2022
Interviews will be scheduled between August 29th and September 9th
*if you are interested in applying but are unavailable in this time frame, please let us know in your application email.
Start date: End of September.
We thank all who apply. All those who apply will be notified of our decision, however only shortlisted candidates will have interviews scheduled.