Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Bard on the Beach is Western Canada's largest professional Shakespeare Festival. Its annual budget is $7 million and it employs a year-round team of professional artists and administrators. The Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas and special events from June to September, in two modern theatre tents in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vanier Park. The Festival also offers year-round educational programming at the BMO Theatre Centre in Olympic Village, and throughout the Lower Mainland.
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is committed to supporting the next generation of Vancouver-based theatre artists, by providing employment opportunities for emerging professionals to develop skills and broaden their experience. Through our Assistant Designer Program, successful applicants will work closely with established designers and the Bard production team, participating in all aspects of the design process, from development through to build and implementation. The target applicant is an early-career professional designer, looking for opportunities to explore/enhance their artistic practice through production-specific mentoring by professional artists in their field. The goal of this program is to provide meaningful work experience in a large theatre environment, while enriching and diversifying the Vancouver theatre design community.
The Technical Director, in conjunction with the production Lighting Designers.
- Assisting, as required, in all aspects of lighting and special effect design for both BMO Mainstage productions and both Howard Family Stage productions, from the first day of rehearsal, through the design and installation of the lights and special effects, up to and including the closing of all shows.
- Attending rehearsals, design meetings and weekly production meetings as required by the Designer and the Technical Director.
- Assisting in the preparation of floor plans, cue sheets, tracking sheets and other forms of documentation of the lighting design.
- Preparing and updating dimmer layouts, patch sheets and circuit lists, as requested by the Designer.
- Checking all preliminary and final lighting plots, to ensure that all unusual elements are communicated to production and site teams prior to the lighting hang.
- Assisting in the supervision of the lighting hang and the rigging of the lighting equipment, with a special focus on maintaining the the accuracy of lighting plots and paperwork as adjustments are made.
- Creating an accurate sketch of all lamps as focused.
- Attending a performance of each show once every 2 weeks throughout the run to ensure the integrity of the design and to make adjustments for the changing ambient light conditions.
- Assisting the venue technician with focus touch-ups through summer, as required.
- Managing schedule, with Technical Director and Designers, to work independently to complete projects and meet production schedule deadlines, while also attending regularly scheduled production and design meetings.
- Other duties as assigned.
- An aptitude for lighting design, with professional or semi-professional experience as a Lighting Designer or Assistant Lighting Designer and a demonstrated desire to pursue a career in professional theatrical design.
- A University or Technical College Degree/Certificate in Technical Theatre or Theatrical Design is preferred.
- A working understanding of technical drawings is required, and knowledge of Word, Excel and AutoCAD/Vectorworks, Lighwright and SoftPlot are requested. It is not necessary that assistant own these programs.
- A working knowledge of lighting systems, grids, rigging and control consoles is required.
- Excellent communication skills in person and through technology.
- An ability to plan time and flex schedule to meet production team needs.
- A strong work ethic, an ability to self-direct, reliability, an attention to detail and good organizational skills.
- A professional and friendly demeanor and a capacity for positive working relationships with colleagues as a member of a large and diverse organization.
April 15th to September 21st
$2250 per show (x four shows)
Please upload your resume and a cover letter together in one PDF named "[First & Last Name] Festival Assistant Lighting Designer," summarizing your qualifications and experience, to bardonthebeach.org/current-opportunities/apply-now/.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 11, 2019 at noon.
We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Bard on the Beach is committed to promoting an accessible, safe, inclusive and diverse environment. We respect, value and celebrate the diverse experiences of each person and actively encourage everyone to consider joining our team.
Job Type: Contract