Gain valuable experience in stage management for opera productions. Practicum participants will act as assistant stage managers on Banff Centre’s Opera in the 21st Century program. Practicums will learn under the direction of professional stage managers assigned to the productions.
Special consideration will be given to professionals who require reinforcement of specific skills or who wish to expand their skill base into different disciplines (e.g., a theatre stage manager wishing to learn opera stage management skills).
What does the program offer?
Practicum learning opportunities and duties will vary according to the nature of each production. These may include scheduling, prompting, company management, participating in the rehearsal process, and various other responsibilities related to stage management.
Who should apply?
Ideal applicants 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. This program is an ideal fit for aspiring professionals looking to gain experience in a different discipline.
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.
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.
Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.
Fees & Financial Assistance
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
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.