Originally founded by eminent Hungarian designer Lazslo Funtek, for more than 60 years our Performing Arts practicum programs have trained and mentored thousands of production practitioners who now work at nearly every Canadian opera, dance, and theatre company, including Cirque Du Soleil, the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, the National Theatre School, the National Arts Centre, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Canadian Opera Company. Our alumni can also be found teaching and training at universities and colleges both nationally and internationally.
Practicum programs offer aspiring professionals, with prior training and experience, unique opportunities to enhance their production skills through hands-on learning and one-on-one training with professional production staff from the participant’s chosen field.
What does the program offer?
We offer a range of practicum opportunities in specialisms ranging from stage production to wigs and make up. See our full list of Practicum positions here.
You will gain practical experience whilst being guided by multiple creative and design teams working simultaneously in opera, dance, theatre, and interdisciplinary performance. This is complemented by a competency-based training approach that identifies and tracks key skills which the industry has identified as necessary to enter the profession. Your responsibilities are based on your personal needs, goals, and experiences, as well as your interests and abilities. You will have the opportunity to meet with professional directors, designers, and performers throughout the production process.
Who should apply
Participants normally will have completed at least two years of relevant academic training, with related professional experience, or will have experience in a related area of professional performing arts.
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 your living allowance.
You will receive a living allowance of $425 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
- A portfolio is required from all applicants to properties, design, scenic painting, wigs, make-up, wardrobe, boots and shoes, and millinery. Applicants to these practicum positions are required to submit a copy of their portfolio to the Office of the Registrar via SlideRoom by the application deadline. If you have listed any of the above positions as your alternative choice, a portfolio is still required.
- Please indicate clearly, on each item submitted, your name and which program the support materials are for.
- Do not send original works. Portfolio materials will not be returned to the applicants.
If you are interested in multiple positions, you only need to submit an application form (and pay the application fee) once. You may indicate your interest in various positions when you upload your supporting materials.
Successful applicants to Performing Arts practicum programs will be required to acknowledge Banff Centre’s contribution to the production of any work created wholly or in part at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
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.
Participants are selected on the basis of competency, demonstrated interest, and assessed potential in professional theatre.
International applicants: Government of Canada international visitor visa regulations limit participation to no longer than 6 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.