Practicum participants are assigned to work under the direction of the Lighting Designer for Banff Centre’s Opera in the 21st Century program. Whenever possible, participants are involved with projects from conception through to completion.
A variety of opera performances take place in multiple venues, and participants may have varying degrees of responsibilities and duties on each production.
What does the program offer?
The nature of the designer/participant relationship promotes professional development according to the individual’s goals, objectives, expectations, and experience. Responsibilities are determined by a participant’s initiative and the nature and demands of the productions.
Some pre-season video calls and email interactions may be required depending on the design/production schedule.
Who should apply?
Ideal candidates will have completed formal theatre technical training at an accredited institution or have equivalent work experience and a passionate interest in the entertainment industry.
Potential candidates are aspiring professionals looking to gain experience in lighting design. Applicants will have a creative ability demonstrated through their past work in design, with a willingness to learn through curiosity and receptiveness.
You are eligible for Banff Centre housing (based on availability). You are responsible for your own room and board costs. Current rates for Banff Centre accommodation are $8.06 / day (shared) or $16.12 / day (single) and will be deducted from the living allowance.
As space is extremely limited, Banff Centre housing is available for practicum participants only.
You will receive a living allowance of $427 per week.
Note that financial assistance and stipend awards are considered taxable income for Revenue Canada.
Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Application fee: $65
*The weekly program fee is covered 100% by financial assistance.
You will also receive a weekly living allowance while part of the program (see What's Included for more information).
How to Apply
Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to technical merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the designer’s career will benefit from the program.
Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.
International applicants: Government of Canada international visitor visa regulations limit participation to no longer than six months.
All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is 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. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.