Lighting Technician Performing Arts Practicum

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Lighting Technician Performing Arts Practicum

Work with the Banff Centre lighting team on all Banff Centre productions, presentations, residencies, conferences, and outreach programs. Responsibilities may include hanging and focusing lighting equipment, operating equipment, working the show, repairing and maintaining lighting equipment, and interpreting lighting plots. In addition, participants will occasionally assist with activities such as load-ins, load-outs, setting up, and striking temporary performance venues and production spaces.

Participants will have an opportunity to work with a wide variety of lighting instruments, as well as sophisticated lighting control systems. Participants will support a number of residency programs and work with a wide variety of artists from varied performing arts disciplines in the creation of new works.

What does the Program Offer?

Practicum participants will learn the core skills required to be a lighting technician. Participants are responsible for the smooth delivery of the production needs for all Banff Centre Performing Arts shows, events, and conferences.

The program offers one-on-one mentorship and coaching from our experienced professional staff. Practicums will leave Banff Centre with marketable skills and the confidence and competence to step into roles as specialized professionals in their field. Our alumni can be found 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.

Practicums can expect to work on a wide array of shows including theatre, dance, opera, and music as presented by Banff Centre; and a range of artists at various points in their careers. Productions created in residencies at Banff Centre have toured in Canada and internationally. In addition, the Lighting department may present specialized workshops to the practicum program based on the learning objectives of the participants.

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 performing arts 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 an interest in specializing in lighting as a profession. Participants will be required to supply their own Class 1, C.S.A. approved safety footwear, and show blacks in good repair and free of logos.

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Application Deadline: November 28, 2018
Program Dates: April 2 – September 2, 2019

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