Theatre Production, Design, and Stage Management Practicum Programs

Program dates: vary by position (please see Details).

Application deadline: December 11, 2013

Program Information

"The creative environment here at The Banff Centre is like no other! The professional contact and experiences during my time here have moulded and shaped the beginning of my professional career in ways I never thought possible."

Marisa Vest, TPD program participant

For more than 60 years, Theatre Arts Production, Design, and Technology training programs have flourished at The Banff Centre. Our practicum training programs provide exceptional learning opportunities through the on-stage technical and design support of production residencies with resident companies, the building of original physical productions with partner companies, and the in-house creation of original main stage productions as part of The Banff Centre’s annual Summer Arts Festival.

Participants are guided by multiple creative and design teams working simultaneously in opera, dance, theatre, and interdisciplinary performance. Hands-on experiences are complemented by a competency-based training approach that identifies and tracks particular skills which the industry has identified as necessary to enter the profession.

Originally founded by eminent Hungarian designer Lazslo Funtek, our programs have trained and mentored thousands of theatre production practitioners who now work at nearly every Canadian opera, dance, and theatre company. These companies include Cirque Du Soleil, the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, the National Theatre School, the National Arts Centre, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Canadian Opera Company. Our alumni can also be found teaching and training at universities and colleges both nationally and internationally

The Theatre Production, Design, and Stage Management Practicum Programs are supported by:

Canadian Heritage Canada Council

Alberta Foundation for the Arts


Above photo: Courtesy of the Banff Centre

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of The Banff Centre.