Interpret and generate technical information from drafting, learn safe operation and maintenance of scenic shop equipment, and implement a build plan in this experiential program. You will also participate in the safe and efficient construction of stage scenery, as well as loading productions in and out. You will use a wide variety of building techniques as well as wood and metal tools in our large and fully outfitted shop.
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 Scenic Carpentry Team, learning the core skills required to become a scenic carpenter, and helping to ensure the smooth delivery of Banff Centre production needs.
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. You may have opportunities for self-guided projects and 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 scenic carpentry as a profession? We are seeking applicants with formal theatre technical training from an accredited institution, or equivalent work experience with a passionate interest in the performing arts industry. Applicants will be able to demonstrate strong organizational aptitude, flexibility, lift up to 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).
Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with a special invitation to individuals of Indigenous descent.
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 $61 per day.
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.
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.
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.