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Scenic Carpenter Practicum

Performing Arts - Theatre
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Program Information

Theatre practicum programs at Banff Centre


For three months, participants will work with Banff Centre’s Scenic Carpentry team on all Banff Centre productions, co-commissions, presentations, external commissions, conferences, and outreach programs.

Responsibilities include interpreting and generating technical information from drafting, material handling, safe operation and maintenance of Scenic Shop equipment, implementing a build plan, participation in the efficient construction of stage scenery, as well as loading productions in and out. 

Participants will have an opportunity to learn and use a wide variety of building techniques as well as wood and metal tools in our large and fully outfitted shop.

What does the program offer?

The practicum program is centered on learning and bolstering the core skills required to be a scenic carpenter. As an integral part of Banff Centre’s training process, practicum participants will experience one-on-one mentorship and coaching from our experienced professional staff who will guide them through production processes and building techniques. 

Materials used may include wood, metal, composites, plastics, and foams. Methods of scenery movement include flies, winches, pneumatics, and electric motors.

Much of the training material is show-driven, although the Scenic Carpentry department offers in-house and guest presenters who will deliver specialized workshops, training, and off-site tours. There will also be opportunities for self-guided projects.

Who should apply?

Ideal applicants will have completed formal theatre technical training in an accredited institution or have equivalent work experience. They will be able to demonstrate strong organizational aptitude, flexibility, lift 50 lbs, and have an interest in live performance technologies. 

Basic safety equipment will be provided. Applicants should be able to work with wood and metal without any adverse reaction and provide their own CSA approved steel toed footwear, appropriate shop clothes (no holes, tears, or fraying), and eye protection (if prescription eyewear is required). 


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

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


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


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.


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:

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