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IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists 2019

Call for Volunteers

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The IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists is a festival dedicated to supporting, mentoring, and presenting early career artists of all disciplines. IGNITE! allows artists to embrace risk in a supportive environment while providing resources, a bridge to the professional arts community, and meaningful opportunities for collaboration and community building with their peers.

Our volunteers are the backbone of our operation—they help us make the magic happen. It is a great opportunity to meet and support emerging artists in the city and be the first to see cutting-edge and bold creations—because as a volunteer, you get to see a show for free!

Festival Dates: June 12 – 15, 2019
Location: Pumphouse Theatres (2140 Pumphouse Ave. SW)

Front of House

  • Assist patrons with general information, collect tickets, help patrons find their seats prior to show start, and assist patrons during shows if needed.
  • Comfortable directing crowds of people.
  • Customer service.
  • Enjoys fast-paced environments.
  • See all the shows in your theatre (seats permitting) during your shift!

Box Office

  • Assist with pick-up and door sales of tickets.
  • Basic math skills.
  • Customer service.
  • Comfortable working with technology and software.
  • Problem-solving.
  • Enjoys fast-paced environments.
  • See all the shows in your theatre (seats permitting) during your shift!


This position is an extra set of hands to help out during the festival. It can include covering shifts in box office and ushering, running last-minute errands, etc.

  • Able to lift and carry up to 30 lbs.
  • Potential to travel between the two IGNITE! Venues (Pumphouse Theatres and the Centennial Planetarium). 22-minute walk, seven-minute bike ride, a five-minute drive.
  • Customer service.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • Problem-solving.
  • Enjoys fast-paced environments.
  • See all the shows in your theatre (seats permitting) during your shift!

Load In and Out

Under the guidance of our technical director, this position will assist with getting the festival into and out of the Pumphouse Theatres.

  • Able to lift and carry up to 30 lbs.
  • Experience in technical theatre an asset, but not essential.
  • Light cleaning.
  • Assist with loading festival gear into and out of the venue.
  • Assist with packing and unpacking festival gear.
  • Steel toed boots, at minimum, closed toed shoes.
  • Safe and physical-work appropriate attire.
  • Work gloves, if available.

Please Note: Due to these shifts happening before and after the festival, you will be given a pass to see shows ON A DIFFERENT DATE than your volunteer shift.

To view available shifts and sign up, visit For more information, email

For the festival program, visit

The IGNITE! Festival does not tolerate harassment, bullying, or discrimination—whether in project rehearsal spaces or at festival events. All artists and staff are expected to uphold the values and behaviours of safe arts and workspaces.

Our festival takes place on Treaty 7 territory, home of the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Tsuut’ina First Nation, the Stoney Nakoda, and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. What we now call the City of Calgary was originally called Moh’kins’tsis and was marked by the meeting place of the Bow River and the Elbow River.

The IGNITE! Festival pays honour to this land and its First Peoples by following the teachings of its waters. We endeavor to provide a place for emerging artists to meet and come together—where like the two rivers, artists may surge forward in their artistic calling through the power of their collective and collaborative force.

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