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Performing Arts Production Practicums - Staging Technician and Scenic Carpentry

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Program Information

A miniature version of the set for Paul Curran's staging of "Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia," produced at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.


Originally founded by eminent Hungarian designer Lazslo Funtek, for more than 60 years our Theatre 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. Programs include hands-on learning and one-on-one training with professional production staff from the participant’s chosen field. 

What does the program offer?

Stage Technicians: Participants may be assigned supervised head-of-show positions for one or more productions, working closely with skilled professionals in a variety of disciplines.  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. Participants will be required to supply their own Class I, C.S.A. approved safety footwear. 

Program dates: April 4 - September 4, 2017 with the opportunity to extend

Scenic Carpenter: Participants involved with the scene shop are teamed with professional carpentry staff in the construction of all scenic elements for event productions, and are involved in the onstage set-up of the finished product. Materials used may include wood, metal, composites, plastics and foams. Methods of scenery movement include flies, winches, pneumatics and electric motors. Responsibilities include the maintenance and repair of tools and equipment. Candidates should have previous carpentry experience and knowledge of theatrical scenic carpentry techniques. Participants will be required to supply their own Class 1 C.S.A. approved safety footwear with all leather uppers.

Program dates: May 8 - August 7, 2017

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.

What's Included

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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. 

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You will receive a living allowance of $425 per week.

Note that financial assistance and stipend awards are considered taxable income for Revenue Canada.  

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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.

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Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.

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Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

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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 (weekly)*
Weekly Living Allowance

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

Applications will be reviewed as they are received until suitable candidates are found.


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

Personal statement

A summary of your goals, how you plan to achieve them, and how this experience will assist you.

Successful applicants to Performing Arts programs will be required to acknowledge Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s contribution to the production of any work created wholly or in part at the Centre.


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.


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.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

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