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RBC Emerging Director Program

The deadline for submissions for this opportunity has passed.

Lunchbox Theatre is now accepting applications for the 2018/2019 RBC Emerging Director Program.

Lunchbox Theatre’s RBC Emerging Director Program is an extraordinary opportunity for Calgary theatre artists. With the support of the RBC Emerging Artist’s Project, this program is for theatre practitioners who are in the initial stages of their professional career and looking to advance their directorial talents and artistic skills through a combination of mentorship and hands-on experience.

The RBC Emerging Director will act as the Assistant Director for a minimum of three Lunchbox Theatre productions in the applicable season, allowing them to work with professional theatre directors, designers and actors. They will then direct a full professional showcase production at the conclusion of the season. The script for this production will be chosen by the Emerging Director in consultation with Lunchbox Theatre’s Artistic Producer. There will be seven public performances in May, including an invite-only gala performance designed to showcase the RBC Emerging Director’s work to other industry professionals. Compensation at CAEA rates is offered for the showcase production.

The eligible candidate must:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Be a Canadian Citizen.
  • Be a resident of Calgary or the surrounding area.
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to professional artistic practice, including:
    • A recent, recognized body of work as a director or assistant director.
    • Specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions).
    • Is recognized by their peers.

To apply, submit in PDF format only a resume and cover letter explaining why you consider yourself the ideal candidate, along with two references who are familiar with your work, to Artistic Producer, Samantha MacDonald by email to

Lunchbox Theatre strives to reflect the diversity of our community in all of our operations. We encourage artists of all backgrounds and identities to apply.

Lunchbox Theatre thanks all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Application Deadline: May 25, 2018