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Performance in Public Space Apprenticeship (funder: HRDC)

Contract: June 3, 2019 – August 18th, 2019 (full-time, 35 hours/week @11weeks)

Wage: $15.00 / hour

Job Description:

We are seeking 6 post-secondary students for our 2019 summer Apprenticeship program. We are especially  interested in creating as diverse an environment as possible, and would like to make space for apprentices of a wide range of ethnicities, gender identities, abilities and backgrounds. Not having theatre experience and/or not being familiar with the work of the theatre is in no way bad. If you are interested in the state of the world and want to use art to explore the urgent stories that face us today (e.g. gentrification, polarization, climate change), we want to meet you. And if you are training to be an artist (theatre, visual, dance, voice), come and meet and connect with audiences in a profoundly different way. Let’s think together in public space and practice what it is to be both a responsible citizen and a committed artist.

This summer’s activities will include rehearsal and performance of one short original outdoor piece, and a longer play that we will perform in Dufferin Grove Park and also tour to two other parks in the city. You will also train in the  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, Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn and participate in the art of puppet construction. Apprentices 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. Scheduling is variable and includes performances in the evenings and on weekends.

The positions are funded by HRSDC’s Canada Summer Jobs program. For all positions, employees MUST be under 30 years of age. It is no longer a condition of employment that you be a student returning to a post-secondary institution in the fall.

Job Skills:

Clay & Paper Theatre is a small but mighty OUTDOOR theatre company, so applicants must be comfortable and open to working in a non-traditional theatre setting. You must also be comfortable to…

  • Work outdoors in all kinds of weather and at a wide range of tasks (tenacity)
  • Be comfortable working in parks (Dufferin Grove Park and another TBA park) 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 work skills
  • Musical ability (vocal and instrumental), as well as construction and design skills are strong assets

Job Requirements:

  • Become familiar with the company’s anti-harassment/discrimination policies, reporting procedures, and health and safety practices for the studio and park
  • Learn about the essentials of working as an artist in public space, creating an accessible arts experience and how to be a park host and an ambassador for Clay and Paper Theatre
  • Assist with construction & maintenance of props, costumes, set pieces, masks & puppets under guidance & supervision of a Clay & Paper Theatre Associate Artist/Builder and Artistic Director
  • Receive instruction & training in voice, movement, puppetry & mask
  • Assist in setup of community workshops & facilitation of puppet building with participants
  • Attend rehearsals, learn lines, songs & stage blocking, develop techniques specific to outdoor performance in a public space
  • Set-up & strike set & props, get into costume & make-up, complete vocal & physical warm-up, welcome attendees, perform show
  • Assist with outreach & promotion of the show, including hands-on promotional activities: handing out leaflets, participating in photo and video shoots, and after show Q&As

Clay & Paper Theatre encourages applications from young people of all backgrounds and levels of experience. Indigenous youth (including First Nations, Metis and Inuit), LGBTQ2, BIPOC, and young people from the disability community are especially encouraged to apply. If you require accessibility accommodations, let’s connect. We really want to meet you and do our best to help create a comfortable space for your interview/audition.

Please submit your RESUME along with a brief COVER LETTER explaining why you would like to join our motley crew to by Friday, March 29th, 2019. Auditions will take place, starting the first week of  April 2019. PLEASE NOTE: these dates may be subject to some adjustments. But we’ll try and keep people as up to date as possible.

Who is Clay and Paper Theatre

Clay and Paper Theatre creates highly original, multi-disciplinary, image-based plays, pageants and parades with and for the community, using narrative theatre and large-scale puppetry to tell today’s urgent stories. C&P has been the resident theatre company of Dufferin Grove Park since 1994, making art accessible-to-all, building/rehearsing/performing productions in public space and in full public view, always offering Pay-What-You-Can performances and free Open Studio workshops. The three annual signature events that anchor our work in Dufferin Grove are: Day of Delight (a juried multi-arts festival); our annual Summer Play (twenty-five original plays produced to date); and Night of Dread (a community parade and pageant).

Clay and Paper Theatre continuously engages new audiences: our Puppets Without Barriers provided touch tours and integrated descriptive dialogue for hearing and visually impaired audiences; CYCLOPS (Cycling Oriented Puppet Squad) was a completely mobile-theatre-troupe that pushed the bounds of audience development; the Centre for Insurgent Puppetry has offered theatre practitioners and community members alike a curriculum in puppetry, material arts building, performance techniques, spectacle, pageantry and processional arts; and ArtPods (a storage container workshop/Open Studio) has allowed C&P to take its programming on the road to new parks and communities across the city of Toronto. Additionally, over twenty-five years Clay and Paper Theatre has trained 252 new generation artists during our summer Performance in Public Space Apprenticeship program. In 2019 Clay and Paper Theatre celebrates its 25th Anniversary season.

3 Openings for Clay and Paper Theatre’s Summer Performance in Public Space Apprenticeship Program (funder: Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Training and Employment) – MORE DETAILS STILL TO COME

1 Full-time combined Arts Admin and Production Internship (funder: Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Training and Employment) – MORE DETAILS STILL TO COME

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