Props Builder Practicum

Performing Arts
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Program Information

Overview

Examine your core skills and develop the skills needed by a props builder in today’s theatre world. Through collaborative and individual instruction, assignments, and presentations, this program covers a wide variety of techniques.

Specific course content is determined by Banff Centre performance programming, through which you will take an active part in the creation of props, from design to rehearsals to openings.

You will be responsible for setting your own goals and learning objectives, with encouragement and support from a network of mentors. These mentors will provide insight into the demands of the workplace with advice and guidance on how to advance within the industry.

What does the program offer?

While living in the picturesque Canadian Rockies, you will act as a member of the Props Team, learning the core skills required to become a props builder. 

Your core skills will be assessed and developed based on individual interests. You may experience woodworking, wood turning, the use of various plastics, sewing, painting, sculpting, drawing, and hand and power tool use.

You will be encouraged to engage in workshops hosted by other departments. In the past, millinery, prosthetic makeup, scenic paint, welding, life drawing, and rope work have been offered as skills of value to props artisans. Through these workshops, you will have opportunities to engage with visiting artists to expand your knowledge base and professional network.

Who should apply?

Are you looking to develop your skills and capabilities, with an interest in specializing in props building as a profession? We are seeking applicants with some formal theatre training or apprenticeship experience who have a strong creative ability and visual sense and enjoy working with their hands.

Applicants must be able to facilitate a designer’s vision and accommodate the changes inherent in the rehearsal process.

Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with a special invitation to individuals of Indigenous descent.

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)*
$235.06
Program Fee with Financial Assistance
$0.00
Daily Living Allowance
$61.00

Application fee: $65

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

Successful applicants will receive a daily living allowance while part of the program. Practicums are responsible for their own room and board costs but are eligible for subsidized Banff Centre housing based on availability (see What's Included for more information).

How to Apply

Start dates for this program may be flexible. Please note your availability in your personal statement. 

Portfolio

Up to three samples of relevant recent artistic work not exceeding 25 pages in total. Please provide a description of the work or method used to create the work.

Resume

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

References

Contact details for two referees.

Personal Statement

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

Questionnaire

Please complete the provided skill-testing and knowledge based questionnaire.

Adjudication

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.

Eligibility

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)
1.800.565.9989