A CHRISTMAS CAROL is Back for 2023! Work With Us!

12 Sep

The Three Ships Collective, with our support, is looking for a STAGE MANAGER, a COSTUME/PROP DESIGNER, and an ASSISTANT DESIGNER/ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER (combined role) for the upcoming remount of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, directed by Sare Thorpe and written by Justin Haigh!

photo of 2022 cast by Laura Dittmann

Now in its fifth year, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a highly original, immersive, and critically acclaimed adaptation of Charles Dickens’ story, staged in the historic Campbell House Museum at Queen and University in downtown Toronto. Our production invites audiences to step into the world of Victorian London and follow flinty miser Ebenezer Scrooge on his ghostly journey of redemption. For more information about the show, please visit our website or read our 2019 review from NOW Magazine (NNNNN).



We are actively interested in seeing Union and Non-Union artists from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, all gender identities and expressions, and all abilities. In accordance with our Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Initiative, we welcome all submissions but strongly encourage IBPOC artists to apply.


STAGE MANAGER – Please note, this role requires more mobility than a traditional production as you will be moving through the house during each performance. Experience with projects that are immersive, site-specific, or promenade is an asset. If you also have any design experience and are also open to being considered for the Assistant Designer/ASM role below, please make a note of it in your submission.

COSTUME/PROP DESIGNER – Experience with period costumes is an asset. Note: We have an existing partnership with a costume house that will provide the vast majority of costumes (as well as basic alterations). While the designer will be responsible for curating and pulling costumes from the costume house’s collection, we anticipate this partnership will significantly lessen the burden on the designer while still giving them the freedom to execute their creative vision. We own the majority of the props from previous productions and have them in storage; as such the designer likely won’t need to source many new props other than consumables. The Campbell House Museum provides all furniture pieces required for the show.

ASSISTANT DESIGNER / ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER – You will be working closely with the Costume/Prop designer during the pre-production phase, and then working with the Stage Manager during the performance period. Some degree of experience in both design and stage management is an asset. This role is also partly performative in nature, as you will be delivering the pre-show announcement and assisting in guiding the audience from room to room during the performances.


Please send your resume to ThreeShipsCollective@gmail.com with “A Christmas Carol 2023 – [Position(s) you’re submitting for]” in the subject line. Designers are welcome to include examples of their work. We are accepting submissions from both Union and Non-Union artists. The deadline to submit is September 23rd at 11:59 pm, but early submissions are encouraged. While we greatly appreciate everyone’s interest in this production, due to time constraints, only those selected for an interview will be notified.

Selected candidates will be contacted to set up an interview date, time, and location in Toronto; interviews over Zoom are also an option.


This production will operate under an open-book profit share. We are accepting both Union and Non-Union artists under a CAEA Artists Collective Policy. Production team members will receive a minimum guaranteed fee of $500 plus 1.25 shares of the profit; last year production team members received approximately $950 in total compensation. We recognize that this is less than the compensation of other CAEA agreements, but the intimate nature of this show limits the revenue we can generate from ticket sales (even with a sold-out run) and we want to be transparent about expectations. Having said that, we are actively pursuing sponsorships and will be running a fundraising campaign in an effort to boost our anticipated revenue.

PLEASE NOTE: in the event the run needs to be cancelled or cut short due to factors outside of our control (such as Covid-19), artists will receive a guaranteed fee of $100/ea plus a share of any profit.


We are planning to start rehearsals in late October, held 3 times per week in Toronto (aiming for one weekday daytime, one weekday evening, and one weekend daytime). We may schedule 4 rehearsals/week in the lead up to opening (depending on need). We will do our best to take your availability into consideration when crafting the rehearsal schedule, but due to the size of the cast and team, we may not be able to accommodate every conflict.


Audiences will follow the characters throughout all three floors of Campbell House. Please note that the floors are connected with stairs only. The running time is approx 85 mins, and there will be two performances per night with a 40-45 minute break in between for rest and reset.

IMPORTANT DATES (Subject to Change)

Dec 1-4: Tech and Dress Rehearsal Period (tech times would probably be daytime, dress rehearsal(s) in the evening)

Dec 5: Break day for cast and crew

Dec 6-10: Public performances

Dec 11-12: Dark days

Dec 13-17: Public performances

Dec 18: Dark day

Dec 19-22: Public performances

Performance Times: 6:30pm and 8:45pm (weeknights and Saturdays), 4:30pm and 6:45pm (Sundays)


All cast and crew members must be fully vaccinated against Covid 19 in order to participate in this production.

MASKING: Masking will not be mandatory during rehearsals and performances, but any cast or crew member wishing to wear a mask will be welcome and encouraged to do so. PLEASE NOTE: we reserve the right to update our masking policy in line with Covid case numbers and/or the recommendations of public health authorities.

COVID-CAUTIOUS PERFORMANCES: For the Sunday 4:30 pm performances, all patrons will be required to wear masks while in the venue.





Both the Three Ships Collective and Soup Can Theatre operate on a not-for-profit basis. We do not tolerate harassment of any kind; including, but not limited to, harassment based on race, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or disability. Our Anti-Harassment Policy can be found here. We will also be adhering to CAEA’s Not In OUR Space program.


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