SUMMER STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES (PERFORMERS)
Contract: May 29th, 2017 – August 20th, 2017 (full-time, 35 hours/week)
Wage: 11.40$ / hour (at minimum)
Currently in its 23rd season, Clay & Paper Theatre creates, develops and performs multi-disciplinary, community-driven theatrical works using narrative theatre and large-scale puppetry in public spaces for large and diverse audiences. Clay & Paper Theatre produces plays, pageants and parades with the community, grounded in the idea that performance in public space is an act of cultural transformation. Our practice of building, rehearsing, and performing in full public view is an attempt on our part to “bring back the commons,” reunite art with the daily life of the community, and to make art accessible to all. In recent years Clay & Paper Theatre has also launched The Centre for Insurgent Puppetry, a workshop series of training opportunities in the fundamentals of puppetry, playful provocation and theatre interventions in public space. Based on Artistic Director David Anderson’s forty-six years of artistic practice, The Centre is an educational forum and a lab for those serious about becoming architects of performance in public space and animators of cultural transformation.
We are seeking 6 post-secondary student performers for our summer season. Activities will include rehearsal and performance of one original outdoor play, plus training and application of other public space animation techniques in parade or pageant settings. Performances will employ Clay & Paper Theatre’s trademark satire and wit, large puppets, mask, song, and dance. Since Clay & Paper Theatre also designs and constructs all of its own puppets, summer student employees will have the opportunity learn and participate in the art of puppet construction. Students will also learn about puppeteering (with puppets large and small), and enhance outdoor performance skills. They will also engage in outreach, workshops, and additional performances in the community of Dufferin Grove Park.
The positions are funded by HRSDC’s Canada Summer Jobs program and Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training. For all positions you MUST be a post-secondary student returning to school in the fall, and be under 30 years of age. Scheduling is variable and includes performances in the evenings and on weekends.
Please read the “Eligible Participants” section on the web page linked below.
Clay & Paper Theatre is a small but mighty OUTDOOR theatre company, so applicants must be prepared to…
- Work outdoors in all kinds of weather and at a wide range of tasks (tenacity)
- Be comfortable working in the park (Dufferin Grove) in public view (confidence)
- Punctuality, strong work ethic, and individual organization (dependable)
- Flexibility and a willingness to learn and contribute (adaptability)
- Good communication and team working skills
- The ability to lift 50lbs (stage set-up)
- Musical ability (vocal and instrumental), as well as construction and design skills are strong assets
Clay & Paper Theatre seeks and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds and levels of experience. Aboriginal performers (including First Nations, Metis and Inuit) are especially encouraged to apply.
Please submit your RESUME along with a brief COVER LETTER explaining why you would like to join our motley crew to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 31st, 2017. Two rounds of auditions will take place from April 10th – April 14th, and May 1st – 5th, 2017.