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Head of Props - Blyth Festival

This is a Temporary, Full-time position.

Category: Production
Province: Blyth, Ontario
Position: Head of Props
Deadline: March 20, 2018
Posted: March 10, 2018

Job Description / Duties

The Blyth Festival is currently searching for a candidate to fill the seasonal position of Head of Props for the 2018 summer season. The contract will start in mid-May and conclude mid-August.
In 2018, the Blyth Festival will produce five Canadian plays, (one stand-alone revival & 4 in repertory - three of them world premieres) and our annual Young Company project, as well as present two shows in our studio space.

The Blyth Festival takes place in Blyth Memorial Hall, a municipally owned, newly renovated 379-seat theatre. There are two rehearsal halls, one of which functions as a studio theatre, and ample backstage space for repertory changeovers.

The responsibilities include but are not necessarily limited to those normally associated with a similar position in other professional Canadian theatre companies. They include overseeing all aspects of the props shop including day to day use and maintenance of tools, scheduling of work in the props shop, building and purchasing/renting of props for all shows in the summer season, load-in, technical rehearsals (as required), load outs and daily cleanup and activities in the props shop as well as assisting with props rental inquiries and rentals.
The Head of Props works with the Production Manager, Technical Director and designers to facilitate the designs as presented, within production budgets.
You will supervise any other staff members when using the tools and props shop facilities to ensure they are appropriately trained and follow approved policies and procedures. You will supervise the work of the Props & Scenic Paint Production Assistant.

Qualifications / Required Skills

• Thorough background in props construction and sourcing
• Proven management experience and good communication skills
• Excellent problem solving and multi-tasking skills
• Ability to work within a budget
• Strong team player
• Working knowledge of Health & Safety policies
• Valid G Driver’s License
• Working at Heights an asset
• Ability to lift 40 lbs.

Additional Information

The Blyth Centre for the Arts (including Blyth Festival) was founded in 1975 to produce theatre that reflects the culture and concerns for the people of southwestern Ontario and beyond. In 1975, few scripts that fit the Festival's mandate were being written so we jumped into the creation of new work. At that time, the festival was the only summer theatre producing original Canadian plays, and one of the very few, if not the only "500-seat" theatre in Canada producing Canadian plays exclusively.
Today, located in a village of 1000 in rural Huron County, the Blyth Centre for the Arts is a year-round centre of cultural activity for southwestern Ontario.

Salary: TBD

Contact Information

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Artistic Director Gil Garratt, 

Employer Profile

Blyth Festival (also known as Blyth Centre for the Arts) was founded in 1975 and functions as an arts centre for Huron County in Southwestern Ontario. The theatre presents a four to six play repertory summer season of exclusively Canadian theatre, with an emphasis on new work.

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