Lighting Technician Performing Arts Practicum

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Program Information

Theatre practicum programs at Banff Centre


Work with Banff Centre’s Lighting Team on all Banff Centre productions, presentations, residencies, conferences, and outreach programs. Responsibilities may include hanging and focusing lighting equipment; working shows; operating, repairing and maintaining lighting equipment; and interpreting lighting plots. You will occasionally be required to assist other departments with activities such as load-ins, load-outs, and setting up and striking temporary performance venues and production spaces.

You will have an opportunity to work with a wide variety of lighting instruments, as well as sophisticated lighting control systems. You will support various residency programs and work with a range of artists from multiple performing arts disciplines in the creation of new work.

What does the program offer?

You will learn the core skills required to be a lighting technician, and work as a member of the Lighting Team to ensure the smooth delivery of Banff Centre’s production needs. This program offers one-on-one mentorship and coaching from our experienced professional staff.

You will leave Banff Centre with marketable skills and the confidence and competence to step into roles as a specialized professional. Our alumni can be found nationally and internationally working at dance, opera, music, and theatre companies, and training at university and colleges including 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. Productions created at Banff Centre have toured in Canada and internationally.

Expect to work on a wide array of shows including theatre, music, opera, and dance as presented by Banff Centre, and with a range of artists at various career stages. In addition, the Lighting Team may present specialized workshops based on participants’ learning objectives.

Who should apply?

Ideal applicants will have completed formal theatre technical training at an accredited institution or have equivalent work experience with a passionate interest in the performing arts industry. They will be able to demonstrate strong organizational aptitude, be computer literate, and have an interest in exploring theatre, music, and live performance technologies. Potential applicants are aspiring professionals looking to develop their careers and capabilities, with interest in specializing in lighting as a profession.

Participants will be required to supply their own Class 1, C.S.A. approved safety footwear, and show blacks in good repair and free of logos.


Please note, there will be a holiday break from December 21 – January 5.

Program Dates

September 17 – December 20, 2019
January 6 – March 31, 2020


What's Included

Subsidized HousingRead MoreClose

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. 

Living AllowanceRead MoreClose

You will receive a living allowance of $61 per day.

Note that financial assistance and stipend awards are considered taxable income for Revenue Canada.  

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

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.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee (per week)*
Program Fee with Financial Assistance
Daily Living Allowance

Application fee: $65

*The weekly program fee is covered 100% by financial assistance.

You will also receive a daily living allowance while part of the program (see What's Included for more information).

How to Apply


A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.

Personal Statement

A summary of your goals, how you plan to achieve them, and how this experience will assist you.


Contact details for two referees.


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 technician’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.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)