Participants will assist the technical director(s) in coordinating technical activities related to our Performing Arts department’s performance venues and production shops. Participants are involved in planning, scheduling, and systems creation, including the use of a variety of computer programs.
An emphasis is placed on the use of CADD programs to create/maintain current plans and sections of all Banff Centre shows, and to possibly develop scenic construction drawings. Participants provide assistance to the technical director(s) and, depending on ability and experience, may assume supervised responsibility for the technical direction of Banff Centre productions.
What does the program offer?
The practicum program is centered on learning the core skills required to be a Technical Director. Our practicums are responsible for the smooth delivery of the production needs for all Banff Centre Performing Arts shows, events, and conferences.
As an integral part of Banff Centre training process, practicums will experience one-on-one mentorship and coaching from our experienced professional staff who will guide them through production processes. Practicums will leave Banff Centre with marketable skills and the confidence and competence to step up into roles as specialized professionals in their field. Our alumni can be found both nationally and internationally working at opera, dance, music, and theatre companies and training at university and colleges; 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.
Much of the training material is show-driven; practicums can expect to work on a wide array of shows including theatre, dance, opera, and music as presented by Banff Centre. Practicums can expect to work alongside a range of artists at various points in their careers.
Who should apply?
Ideal candidates will have completed formal theatre technical training in an accredited institution or have equivalent work experience with 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.
Potential candidates are aspiring professionals looking to develop their careers and capabilities and demonstrate interest in specializing in technical direction as a profession. Participants will be required to supply their own Class 1, C.S.A. approved safety footwear, prescription safety eye wear (if applicable), and show 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.
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
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.
Shorter timeframes may be available for specific productions.
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.