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Head of Scenic Arts

This is a temporary, full-time position.

Location: Drumheller, Alberta
Deadline: May 1, 2018

The Canadian Badlands Passion Play is currently accepting applications for the Head of Scenic Arts during our 2018 summer season.

The Head of Scenic Arts oversees the procurement of all new props and set pieces by drawing from existing inventory, constructing, purchasing, or renting, as appropriate. They manage the scenic art department and are responsible for the care and maintenance of all existing inventory.

The Head of Scenic Arts should have a thorough knowledge of structural and mechanical construction for stage and film, and experience with scenic fabrication and materials like wood, welding, rigging, painting, fabric, stone, and some landscaping.

Most staff members live together on-site, so we are looking for positive team members who understand how to live cooperatively in community with mutual respect, refined stress management skills, and healthy boundaries.

Contract Details: The contract runs from May 7 to July 27, 2018, in Drumheller, (on-site accommodations are available).
Compensation: Fee to be negotiated.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing the timely completion of all props, set pieces, special effects, and rigging required by the production. This may require repairing, rebuilding or modifying old set pieces and props as necessary), and working to high standards of accuracy and detail in a variety of materials like wood, metal, paint, foam, drapes, etc.
  • Expediting projects within scheduled deadlines and regularly reporting to the Production Manager on the status of the project budget and schedule.
  • Developing, managing, and tracking department budget.
  • Participate in Leadership Team meetings and weekly production meetings.
  • Understanding and promoting the requirements of health and safety legislation (including the donning of steel-toed footwear when working on site), while supervising and maintaining the workshop and production worksites to keep them safe and clean.
  • Overseeing Scenic Assistants and volunteer helpers in the timely completion of all scenic elements required by the script.
  • Sourcing and purchasing set pieces or parts that cannot (or should not) be built in-house.
  • Working with the Scenic Designer and Production Manager to move and install set pieces, props, or special effects when they’re ready to head down to the set.
  • Emergency repairs and assistance for problems pertaining to the stage, set, props or effects during the run of the show.
  • Overseeing and participating in pre-setting or striking set pieces, props, or effects, during the performance, as well as overseeing the annual strike week that follows the performance season.
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications and Required Skills:

  • Must enjoy working in a challenging creative environment. With 200 hundred volunteer actors, animals, extreme heat, cold, rain, mud, and a tight schedule, it’s important that staff have a positive attitude and a good sense of humour.
  • Should be willing and able to walk the challenging outdoor 60-acre set.
  • Must have training, ability, and experience in the field of scenic arts.
  • The position requires interpreting technical designs and drawings from the Scenic Designer and Production Manager to effectively build elements from their designs.
  • Should have experience in production scheduling/planning/staffing.
  • Previous experience with animals, volunteer actors and/or outdoor theatre an asset.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.

The deadline for resume submission is May 1, 2018.

Please contact Vance Neudorf, Executive Director 1.403.823.2001 ext. 226

Employer Profile

Now in its 25th Season, the Canadian Badlands Passion Play is one Canada’s largest outdoor theatrical events. The company is a unique combination of primarily volunteer performers with professional mentors and crew. The company mandate is to annually depict the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in dramatic form. It is performed on Canada’s largest outdoor stage, built into the hills of the Drumheller badlands, in front of a 2700-seat outdoor amphitheatre.