This is a Temporary, Part-time position.Category: Design
Panfish Productions is seeking creative team members (sound designer, lighting designer, costume designer, various design assistants) for our upcoming production of "Offers of Home", by Stephen Joffe. This play won Panfish's 2012 New Play Contest and has spent the last several months in development. The show premieres July 18th at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace.
The successful candidate for Sound Designer must have knowledge of sound design and sound equipment. We are seeking a sound design that incorporates recorded sound with live, actor-created sound on stage. The sound designer will be expected to work closely with the director to create a soundscape that accurately captures the emotive nature of the show, and will be asked to attend several rehearsals to observe and participate in the creative process.
The successful candidate for Lighting Designer must have knowledge of lighting design and lighting equipment. Knowledge of the TPM Backspace or experience working in similar spaces would be an asset. Experience lighting movement-based shows or dance pieces would be an asset. The lighting designer will be expected to attend several rehearsals and to work closely with the director to create a lighting environment that accurately captures the emotive nature of the show.
The successful candidate for Costume Designer must have knowledge of basic costuming techniques for contemporary theatre. They must be prepared to source & purchase or create costumes for all characters in the show, some of which are double-cast & will require quick-changes on stage. There will be close interaction between costumes and props on this show, as some costume pieces will become props, while others will conceal/reveal props. The costume designer will be expected to work closely with the director and the props designer to create costumes that seamlessly flow with the show's energy and that work with the complexities of the choreography and props design.
Assistants are being sought for the Set, Props, Lighting, Sound, and Costume departments. Assistants need not have extensive experience in their field, but must show a basic knowledge of what they will be working on, and must be prepared to learn quickly in order to assist the design team. Availability during the evenings and weekends for the run of the show (July 18th-28th) would be an asset, as assistants may be required backstage as a part of the show's running crew.
All applicants should be prepared to show a portfolio of previous work.
Our protagonist Leo, a local vagrant, guides us through the interwoven lives of two groups of people trying to create a home for themselves in Toronto.
Their stories evolve from poetry Leo writes about the people he meets, and upon finding a narrative shape, are performed (in the magic of Leo’s mind) by the passer-bys he sees regularly on the street. Although on the surface this is part of his panhandling act for the audience’s loose change, it is quite clear that through these stories he wants to prove something to us: that home is not something we can build around us, no matter how hard we try. That we are best to just let go and keep moving.
However, in the final part of the piece, Leo’s own story, we come to understand Leo’s condition is not as lucid as he would like us to believe. It is not a story he intended to tell, but it is forced out by the introduction of a third party. We discover that, despite Leo’s resolve to keep moving, there are shadows he cannot outrun, shadows that project themselves onto the world around him and influence his every interaction. Will today be the day he faces his demons and lets go?
Is home a place, a community, an idea? If we leave it, can it be found again? When it all falls down, where do we go… if not back home?
Salary: Profit Share
Please submit your resume, along with at least 2 references, to no later than 11:59pm on April 30th.
We thank everyone for their application, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Panfish Productions is a professional company run on a profit-share model. Submissions open to non-union Designers only.
Panfish débuted in 2010 with its production “4-Play: 4 One Act Plays” to rave reviews. In 2012 the company proudly presented a Canadian classic with its production of “The Melville Boys.”
Moving into the 2012-13 season, we’re excited to announce a new, more focused artistic vision: Canadian theatre with a current socio-political relevance. In plain English, that means we’re focusing on what’s going on around us: socially, politically, as Canadians. Whether through new works or classic Canadian plays with current themes, we look forward to telling our stories and to really delving into what it means to be living here, now. Panfish is still committed to mentoring and developing theatre artists and professionals and we feel that our new artistic direction is a perfect fit for the foundation that’s served us so well so far.
In November 2012 the company held its inaugural New Play Contest, and we’re currently hard at work developing the winning play into a part of our 2013 season.
If you’re interested in learning more about Panfish Productions and where our company is going, please feel free to visit our website at www.panfishproductions.ca