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Job (Drumheller): Directors – Canadian Badlands Passion Play

Job (Drumheller): Directors – Canadian Badlands Passion Play

Canadian Badlands Passion PlayAssistant Director/ Fight Director

Job Description:
Part of a team of Directors under the guidance of the Lead Director the Assistant Director/ Fight Director works dominantly to direct the military and violent aspects of the play and look out for the overall safety of the cast at all times. They meet and lease with the rest of the directing and Design teams to create the artistic vision for the whole show.

The Assistant/Fight Director’s responsibilities include the following:

⁃ Assisting the director with background research for the show.
⁃ Taking notes during rehearsal – usually on such elements as specific problem areas, character and relationship problems, actor-related blocking and acting problems, line notes, and so on.
⁃ Working with leads and principles on their blocking, scene work or character development as approved or designated by the Lead Director/s.
⁃ Directing specific scenes or components of scenes as designated by the Lead Director/s.
⁃ Ensuring the safety of the cast, crew, and audience in any sequences requiring aggressive physical contact.
⁃ Recommending to the Director the number and type of fighters needed for casting, conducting fight auditions and advising the director on casting of fighters.
⁃ Designing, creating, and implementing fight/action sequences that fulfill the story ideas and vision of the Lead
⁃ Director/s, Musical Directors, and Choreographers
⁃ Rehearsing everyone who fights and assisting in additional combat/movement staging at the director’s discretion.
⁃ Other associated duties as required.

This position is a contract position based on a 9 week contract with a 5 day work week on site during rehearsals. We have also allocated roughly one extra week to the contract to account for time allocated to include time spent in design and Director meetings prior to rehearsals, in February, March and April.

⁃ Please submit digital resumes to productiondirectorcbpp@gmail.com no later than January 30th, 2014. If there are any questions do not hesitate to contact the email listed above.

Assistant Director Crowd/ Movement

Because of the large number of volunteer performers involved in populating the world of the passion play, a Crowd Director is hired to deal specifically with the body of performers without Lines that are imperative to many scenes.

The role of the Crowd Director is very similar to that of the 3rd AD in Film productions. Their Job is to work as a liaison between the Directors and the large group of (background) performers of the play to execute the vision of the Director/s for the play. They are responsible for:

⁃ Assigning crowd performers into their small groups and large villages giving the right amount of Men, Women, Children, Singers and Musicians into each scene required crowd in the script.
⁃ Designing and disseminating staging and blocking for the crowds movements under the ideas and directions given to them by the Lead Director/s, Musical Directors, Fight Directors and Choreographers.
⁃ Notating the details of the blocking for the directors and assisting stage management to keep track of the overall blocking of the crowd performers during all scenes.
⁃ Act as a liaison between the individual performers of the crowds and the Lead Director/s, Musical Directors, Fight Directors and Choreographers by; answering queries and questions that they know or passing the questions on to the directors at the appropriate times to bring back the correct answers to the performers.
⁃ Assist with performer moral by ensuring each individual performer feels they are important within the world of the play and the production as a whole.
⁃ Other associated duties as required.

This position is a contract position based on a 9 week contract with a 5 day work week on site during rehearsals. We have also allocated roughly one extra week to the contract to account for time allocated to include time spent in design and Director meetings prior to rehearsals, in February, March and April.

⁃ Please submit digital resumes to productiondirectorcbpp@gmail.com no later than January 30th, 2014. If there are any questions do not hesitate to contact the email listed above.

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