Employment Opportunities

 

Join the Team! 

We are currently hiring for the following positions.  All positions are temporary, full-time, and located at the Badlands Amphitheatre in Drumheller, Alberta (on-site accommodations available).  Deadline to Submit for all positions is Monday, January 31, 2018.

 


 

Head of Wardrobe / Designer

The Head of Wardrobe supervises all department-related activities - including costume design - and manages a small staff of assistants and occasional volunteer-helpers.  They are responsible for creating the look of 400+ characters by designing the clothes and accessories the actor will wear in performance.  They acquire all the costumes and accessories, either by building them or by purchasing, renting, or borrowing ready-made items.  They oversee all costume fittings for cast and Running Crew, and are responsible for performers’ wigs, hairstyles, and facial hair.  

 

Contract Dates:

The contract runs from May 7 to July 27, 2018 in Drumheller, AB (on-site accommodations are available). Part time hours may be required starting in February to allow for monthly Creative Team meetings (in person or skype).

 

Duties:

  • Overseeing the design, construction, alteration, and repair of costume stock and working with wardrobe assistants to ensure that the work is completed in a timely manner.
  • Supervising wardrobe staff in the efficient set-up, operation, and maintenance of the wardrobe department workshop, its costume stock and equipment.
  • Overseeing costume maintenance throughout rehearsals, performances, and post-show strike.  Cast are responsible for storing and laundering their own costumes, except in extraordinary circumstances such as delicate pieces, or those soiled with stage blood.  In such cases, Wardrobe may be required to store and/or launder the particular pieces.
  • Working within the seasonal budget assigned to the Wardrobe Department in collaboration with the Production Coordinator.
  • Assisting in the hiring of Wardrobe Assistants (in cooperation with the Executive Director and/or Production Manager).
  • Collaborating with stage management to map out and manage costume pre-sets and quick-changes so they can flow smoothly during Dress Rehearsals and Performances.
  • Working with the stage management team to coordinate costume returns after the final performance, and overseeing the packing up and winter storage of wardrobe stock and equipment once the play has closed.
  • Participating in Leadership Team meetings and weekly production meetings.
  • Enforcing and staying up to date on current health and safety concerns/policies pertaining to the Wardrobe Department.
  • Other duties as required.

 

Qualifications and Required Skills:

  • Ability to work and lead while under pressure
  • The ability to balance tight deadlines with personal care and stress management
  • Experience and education in Theatre and/or management
  • Previous experience in theatres which are comprised mainly of volunteer actors
  • Experience in outdoor theatre and/or events
  • Experience in production scheduling/planning/staffing
  • 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.
  • Willing and able to walk the challenging outdoor, 60-acre set

 

Please note that a vulnerable sector check will be a required step for the successful candidate.

Résumés should be submitted before February 14, 2018 to Executive Director, Vance Neudorf, at vance.neudorf@gmail.com or (403) 823-2001 ext. 226.


 

Wardrobe Assistant

Wardrobe Assistants work with the Head of Wardrobe in cutting, stitching, and dressing as required.  Skills such as hand-sewing, millinery, cobbling, craftwork, dying or painting may be required in order to build and fit costumes for a cast of 200 volunteer actors over two months.

 

Contract Dates:

The contract runs from May 7 to July 27, 2018 in Drumheller, AB (on-site accommodations are available).

 

Duties:

  • Sewing new costumes or assembling costumes from general stock, under the direction of Head of Wardrobe.
  • Pulling or storing costumes as required.
  • Attending team meetings as needed.
  • Helping to input actor and costume data (with photographs) during costume fittings, and instructing actors on the proper wearing of their costumes and removal of modern accessories (sunglasses, Fitbits, wedding rings, etc.).
  • Assisting with construction, alteration, and repair of costume stock (including gluing, sewing, and repairing shoes).
  • Assisting with costume pre-sets, dressing, and quick-changes during Dress Rehearsals and Performances (in collaboration with Head of Wardrobe and Stage Management).
  • Liaising with performers to resolve any difficulties or issues that arise once costumes are distributed. 
  • Assisting with show laundry each night as required.
  • Assisting with the end-of-season strike and winter storage of costumes.

 

Qualifications and Required Skills:

  • Ability to work under pressure, and balance tight deadlines with personal care and stress management
  • Experience and education in Theatre and/or management
  • Previous experience in theatres which are comprised mainly of volunteer actors
  • Experience in outdoor theatre and/or events
  • 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
  • Willing and able to walk the challenging outdoor, 60-acre set

 

Please note that a vulnerable sector check will be a required step for the successful candidate.

Résumés should be submitted before February 14, 2018 to Executive Director, Vance Neudorf, at vance.neudorf@gmail.com or (403) 823-2001 ext. 226.


 

Armourer

The Armourer is in charge of designing, maintaining, and modifying armour, helmets, and weapons.  During the run of the show they work backstage with other Wardrobe Assistants and Stage Management to organize and execute quick changes, wardrobe maintenance, and laundry.

 

Contract Dates:

The contract runs from May 7 to July 27, 2018 in Drumheller, AB (on-site accommodations are available).

 

Duties:

  • Maintaining, repairing, or renovating armour as required.
  • Pulling or storing costumes as required.
  • Sewing new costumes or assembling costumes from general stock, under the direction of Head of Wardrobe.
  • Attending team meetings as needed.
  • Helping to input actor and costume data (with photographs) during costume fittings, and instructing actors on the proper wearing of armour / weapons and removal of modern accessories (sunglasses, Fitbits, wedding rings, etc.).
  • Assisting with construction, alteration, and repair of costume stock (including gluing, sewing, and repairing shoes) under the direction of the Head of Wardrobe.
  • Assisting with armour pre-sets, dressing, and quick-changes during Dress Rehearsals and Performances (in collaboration with Head of Wardrobe and Stage Management).
  • Liaising with performers to resolve any difficulties or issues that arise during rehearsals or performances. 
  • Assisting with show laundry each night as required.
  • Assisting with end-of-season strike and winter storage of costumes.

 

Qualifications and Required Skills:

  • Ability to work under pressure, and balance tight deadlines with personal care and stress management
  • Experience and education in Theatre and/or management
  • Previous experience in theatres which are comprised mainly of volunteer actors
  • Experience in outdoor theatre and/or events
  • 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.
  • Willing and able to walk the challenging outdoor, 60-acre set

 

Please note that a vulnerable sector check will be a required step for the successful candidate. 

Résumés should be submitted before February 14, 2018 to Executive Director, Vance Neudorf, at vance.neudorf@gmail.com or (403) 823-2001 ext. 226.


 

Scenic Designer

As an outdoor production with a permanent ‘set’ building, the Passion Play is a unique theatrical environment.  The Scenic Designer is contracted to design scenery, furnishings, and props that do all of the following: a) serve the Director’s interpretation of the work  b) accentuate the established environment of our annual production  c) suggest the style and tone of the whole production  d) create mood and atmosphere  e) give clues to the specific time and place of the action  f) offer creative possibilities for actor movement or groupings  g) fit within the Organization’s equipment, timelines, staff, and budget  h) withstand the forces of nature for an extended period of time. 

 

Contract Details:

The contract runs from May 7 to July 27, 2018 in Drumheller, AB (on-site accommodations are available). Part time hours may be required starting in February to allow for monthly Creative Team meetings (in person or skype).

 

Duties:

  • Reading the script to get a good sense of feel, flavour, and spirit of the script.
  • Meeting with the Directing Team and Design Team to discuss concepts and production requirements.
  • Researching art history, background politics, historical information for design details.
  • Planning and monitoring the design budget. 
  • Researching, estimating and preparing a properties list.
  • Providing scale drawings, models, or design ideas to build-teams.
  • Sourcing appropriate materials and researching special effects.
  • Clearly presenting ideas and liaising with other Departments, Designers, Directors, or Executive Director on collaborative elements.
  • Instructing the Scenic Art Department and monitoring their work.
  • Attending production meetings as needed. 
  • Attending necessary rehearsals to see elements in use, give and take performance notes, and advise on visual presentation.
  • Attending Rehearsal Runs, Tech Week, Dress Rehearsals and Preview to take and distribute notes.
  • Other duties as required.

 

Qualifications and Required Skills:

  • The position requires the ability to design and develop technical designs and drawings that will allow the Scenic Arts Department and Production Manager to efficiently build elements from the designs.
  • Candidates should have a proven training and ability in scenic design.
  • Previous scenic design experience for outdoor theatres or events and asset.
  • 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 enjoy complete investment in a project, while respecting time management and self-care.
  • Must be willing and able to walk the challenging outdoor, 60-acre set.

 

Please note that a vulnerable sector check will be a required step for the successful candidate.

Résumés should be submitted before February 14, 2018 to Executive Director, Vance Neudorf, at vance.neudorf@gmail.com or (403) 823-2001 ext. 226.


 

Head of Scenic Arts

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.

 

Contract Details:

The contract runs from May 7 to July 27, 2018 in Drumheller, AB (on-site accommodations are available).

 

Duties:

  • 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.

 

Please note that a vulnerable sector check will be a required step for the successful candidate.

Résumés should be submitted before February 14, 2018 to Executive Director, Vance Neudorf, at vance.neudorf@gmail.com or (403) 823-2001 ext. 226.


 

Scenic Arts Assistant

The Scenic Arts Assistant aids the Head of Scenic Art in building, altering, or procuring set pieces and properties. The position may involve significant manual labour and can be physically demanding. The Scenic Arts Assistant should have a knowledge of construction for Stage, and experience with scenic fabrication and materials like woodwork, painting, and fabric. Experience with welding, rigging, and landscaping is an asset.

This person will also be responsible to act as running crew during shows, assisting with rigging (which can be taught to you), and the movement of props and set pieces during shows.

Please note that a vulnerable sector check will be a required step for the successful candidate.

Résumés should be submitted before February 14, 2018 to Executive Director, Vance Neudorf, at vance.neudorf@gmail.com or (403) 823-2001 ext. 226.

 


Sound Assistant

During rehearsals and performances, the Sound Assistant is responsible for making sure all actors have the appropriate mics at the appropriate time. This will require creating a mic map during rehearsals with the Head of Sound, showing which actors need mics at which point in the script.  Since actors will often need to share microphones, the map needs to assess where mic changes should occur, who needs help, etc. A good grasp of excel spreadsheets is required. 

 

Qualifications and Required Skills:

  • Updating and maintaining the mic map to ensure all speaking roles have mics. This involves keeping a detailed spreadsheet of when actors have mics, which mics they have, etc.
  • Assisting with installation of the Sound System early in the season.  This will involve hooking up digital snakes and boards, moving gear, hiding speakers within the design of the set, connecting speakers, running lines, conducting tests on equipment, cleaning equipment, and maintaining upwards of 24 wireless mics.
  • Assessing each mic’d performer and their costume to ascertain the best place to conceal a lavalier mic and battery pack.
  • Assisting with setting levels and locations of mics when available. 
  • Troubleshooting potential problems and communicating them with the Head of Sound/Sound Engineer.

 

Please note that a vulnerable sector check will be a required step for the successful candidate.

Résumés should be submitted before February 14, 2018 to Executive Director, Vance Neudorf, at vance.neudorf@gmail.com or (403) 823-2001 ext. 226.

 


 

 

 

Now in its 25th Season, the Canadian Badlands Passion Play is one of Canada’s

largest outdoor theatrical events. The company is a unique combination of 200 volunteer performers with professional mentors, stage management, and crew. The company mandate is to annually depict the life,death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in dramatic form. It is performed in the Badlands Amphitheatre - Canada’s largest outdoor theatre stage with 2500 seats built into the hills of the Drumheller Badlands.