Participants will examine their core skills and develop the skills needed by a props builder, with mentorship from faculty. A wide variety of techniques are covered through collaborative and individual instruction, assignments, and presentations.
Specific program content will be determined by Banff Centre performance programming. Participants will have an active role in the creation of props from design through rehearsals to opening.
What does the program offer?
The core skills of a props artisan are developed based on the needs of each participant. Woodwork, wood turning, the use of various plastics, sewing, painting, sculpting, drawing, and hand and power tool use are covered along with materials and techniques used in contemporary practice.
Additional workshops are often offered in upholstery techniques, materials relevant to theatrical use, sculpting with various materials, and moulding and casting using silicone and urethane rubbers and urethane resins.
Props practicums are encouraged to engage in workshops hosted by other departments. In the past, millinery, prosthetic makeup, scenic paint, welding, ladder and lift training, life drawing practice, and rope work have been offered as skills of value to props artisans.
Who should apply?
Ideal candidates will have some training and apprenticeship experience and an interest in pursuing a career as a props builder. Applicants should be captivated by creating, not as a solo artist but as part of a collegial group of talented coworkers, and fashioning the supporting elements to a performed piece. Applicants must be able to facilitate a designer’s vision and accommodate the changes inherent in the rehearsal process.
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.
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 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 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.