Sound Technician Practicum Program

Performing Arts - Theatre
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Program Information


Participants will work with the Banff Centre Sound team on all Banff Centre productions, presentations, conferences, and outreach programs. Responsibilities may include performing audio technical skills, applying acoustic, electronic, and electro-mechanical theory, operating equipment, working the shows, and repairing and maintaining sound equipment. Emphasis is placed on the use of Qlab for performances. Candidates should have some previous electronics knowledge, experience in theatre sound or related media, and a demonstrated interest in sound as a career. 

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 there are a number of workshops designed for the practicum experience. These can include Qlab, Christie Projection, Calibration and Design Techniques, Line Array and Subwoofer Techniques, and more.   

Who should apply?

Ideal candidates will have completed formal theatre technical training in an accredited institution with a passionate interest in the entertainment industry. They will be able to demonstrate strong organizational aptitude, be computer literate, and have aninterest 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.

What's Included

Subsidised HousingRead MoreClose

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. 

Living AllowanceRead MoreClose

You will receive a living allowance of $427 per week.

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

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

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.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

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

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

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

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

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 (per week)*
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

Start dates for this program may be flexible. Please note your availability in your personal statement. 


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.


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.

Contact the Registrar

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

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