Participants will work with the Banff Centre Staging team on all Banff Centre productions, presentations, conferences, and outreach programs. Responsibilities may include interpreting and generating technical information, loading shows in and out, working the shows, rigging, selecting and operating tools, and operating and maintaining stage equipment.
What does the program offer?
This season includes supporting Banff Centre’s Musicians in Residence program, the Banff Mountain Film Festival, a Youth Orchestra Symposium, a Christmas concert, Banff Centre’s Puppet Workshop, a Banff Centre ballet residency, Banff Centre’s Singer-Songwriter residency, as well as numerous bands, family shows, and events that are part of our presenting series. On top of these programmed events there is an opportunity to work with any number of Performing Arts residency programs, which can include anything from theatre and music to exploring projections, recordings, and dance.
In addition the Staging department is working to bring specialized workshops to the practicum program based on the learning objectives of the selected participants.
The practicum program is centered around learning the core skills required to be a staging technician. The mentors use Competency Based Training methods to ensure participants are ready to be technicians in their field.
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, be computer literate, and have an 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.
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 $427 per week.
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 weekly 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.
Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.
Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.
*It may be possible to extend this practicum to September 4, 2018.
As this program exceed 6 months in length, enrollment is limited to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. This is due to changes made by the Government of Canada to international student visa regulations, effective June 1, 2014.
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.