Music Stage Management and Production Assistant Practicum

Performing Arts - Theatre
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Program Information


Participants will work with the Banff Centre Production team on all Banff Centre productions, presentations, and programs. You will have the opportunity to be involved in a professional Performing Arts environment where you can strengthen your ability to adapt to change. 

The high intensity environment of ongoing creative work means that no two weeks will be the same. You will gain some experience in all areas of production work and be encouraged to attend interdepartmental workshops that may be offered in wardrobe, props building, scenic carpentry, life drawing, lighting, sound, make-up, and millinery. 

What does the program offer?

Responsibilities may include creating production schedules, creating rehearsal schedules, advancing shows, prepping and ordering equipment for artists, setting up artist studios, loading trucks, and maintaining percussion and string instrument inventories. 

Show and event related experience may consist of communicating requirements with sound, lighting, and staging teams, operating basic sound and lighting equipment, calling show cues for concerts and events, and acting as assistant stage manager with the mentorship of our Stage Manager. Administrative work may consist of archival documentation of pieces performed and artists performing, creating show reports, date collection of persons involved for development reporting.

Who should apply?

Ideal candidates will have completed formal theatre technical training in an accredited institution or have equivalent work experience and have a passionate interest in the entertainment industry. They will be able to demonstrate strong organizational aptitude, and be computer literate with interest in exploring theatre, music, and production technologies. 

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

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 $427 per week.

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
Weekly Living Allowance

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


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 merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the applicant’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 6 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:

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