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Job (Calgary): Fall Residence Artist – Trickster Theatre

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Job (Calgary): Fall Residence Artist – Trickster Theatre

Location: Calgary, Canada
Type: Theatre for Young Audiences

Trickster Theatre (Calgary, AB) will be holding auditions until the end of June for theatre or dance artists to work on our School Residency program starting late September, 2022.

The residencies are each one week long and involve the creation of an original show on a theme chosen by the school. The artists will work with 2 or 3 Grade K-12 classes to create a short theatre or dance piece with each class. The artist will be an actor in the pieces, as well as direct and produce them.

We are looking to hire 6 artists at the end of September for a full time 8 week contract; this will include 4 weeks of training in our process, mixed with 4 weeks teaching residencies in schools.

At the end of the 8 week training, we will work with you to find residency weeks that fits with your schedule from December – mid June. We are asking artists to complete 12 weeks of residencies after they have completed their initial 8 week training. These weeks will be assigned based on artist schedules and availability; you must be available to tour Alberta to qualify for the contracts. More weeks may be offered based on accommodation of artist availability and programming demands.

Successful applicants MUST be able to live in Calgary for the initial 8 weeks of the contract (late September – mid November).

Fees for training workshops are $18 per hour. Residency fees start at $800 per week flat rate, plus per diems and accommodations (outside Calgary), and increase with experience in the company (once artists have done over 10 residencies, fees increase to $1,000+ per week).

The Trickster Process was created by our founder and Artistic Director, David Chantler, and is unique within Canada. As a physical theatre company, our artists use a combination of movement, improvisation, and dialogue along with using everyday items such as bamboo poles, pool noodles, pvc pipes, tablecloths, etc to create original plays each week within schools. Artists are involved in every aspect of the production and will learn how to integrate sound, lights, and tech cues into all of their pieces and become familiar with how to set up and run a touring theatre rig.

In our main Artist-in-Residency program, we embed a team of artists within a school to co-create an original show with up to 600 student actors in one week. Trickster provides all of the curtains, lights, props, sound, & costumes as the school gymnasium is transformed into a live theatre with all of the students performing in the final show. We are looking for theatre artists that are interested in working with students in schools across Alberta.

Artists are invited to apply for an audition by sending an electronic copy of your resume and headshot to Please include Trickster Residency Program Auditions in the subject line; we will email you our questionnaire and set up an audition time with you.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Nimrodel at

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