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CALL FOR DESIGNERS – i-ROBOT Theatre @ Beakerhead
Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre is accepting applications for i-ROBOT Theatre including:

1) Costume Designer
2) Set & Prop Designer
3) Puppet Designer
4) Sound Designer
5) Video Designer
6) Lobby Designer


This September, Swallow-a-Bicycle presents i-ROBOT Theatre a two act original production performed in an industrial warehouse style space.  i-ROBOT Theatre integrates  performance and cutting edge technology to create live Science Fiction. It will be part of Beakerhead – a city wide spectacle of arts and engineering.
The play explores a near-future world heavily populated with robots. The show uses technology as spectacle to ask philosophical questions on the nature of identity and autonomy. The show is a re-working and retelling of the original 2011 production  (and limited 2010 run) that received rave reviews. This version will be developed to be bigger, bolder and integrate more technology.

April 2013-September 2013

      April – July: monthly meetings for practical creation sessions.

      August 17-September 10 Rehearsal.

      September 11-22, 2013 Performance Run

Renumeration: A Small Honorarium will be provided

To apply please email your CV and a short cover letter summarizing your background, your interest in the project and the role(s) for which you are applying.

Please apply by February 15, 2013.

Contact: or 403.397.8559

Check out the i-ROBOT Theatre trailer:
Beakerhead Information:

Job Descriptions
*Please note i-ROBOT Theatre will be a highly experimental and collaborative process, both between designers and between designers and Beakerhead technology communities.

1) Costume Designer

                    Research cutting edge Make Fashion and technology trends.

                    Integrate technology into costumes.

                    Responsible for design and building of costumes, or oversee the building.

2) Set & Prop Designer

                    Work with director to envision most flexible and dynamic set. 

                    Responsible for design and build of set, or oversee the building of set

                    Responsible for sourcing or building props.

                    Co-ordinate with Puppet builder to seamlessly integrate puppets.

3) Puppet Designer(s)

                     Responsible for the design and build of CAT (an industrial robot building robot), Ostar (an antiquated junkyard robot) and 2 junkyard henchmen robots. Possibly other junkyard robots.

                    Consult with roboticists and hacker community for design ideas.

                    Coordinate w/ Set Designer to seamlessly integrate puppets into Set.

 4) Sound Designer

                    Create and Source sound effects and ambient soundscape .

                    Record and master household robot dialogue.

                    Assess sound equipment needs – source and price options.

 5) Video Designer

                    Responsible for sourcing and creating raw video footage

                    Required to research and meet with artists working with cutting edge video technology (e.g. digital video mapping).

                    Work with Set Designer, Lighting Designer and Production Manager to collaborate on most effective integration of video in the show.

6) Lobby Designer

                    Create an immersive experience for audience before entering the performance space. Use lights, sound, and set to transform the space.

                    Incorporate i-ROBOT Poetry and History of Robotics into lobby.

                    Work with roboticists to use robots in the space.

                    Collaborate with Beakerhead partners.



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