Manitoba Theatre for Young People has been creating and presenting professional theatre productions for children and families since 1982. MTYP has grown to become one of the most respected professional theatre companies in Canada, for children or adults.MTYP's artistry has been applauded not only as a theatre for young audiences, but also as an innovative and highly creative theatre company: "It's the best of world theatre for children... a remarkable organization..." (Robert Enright, CBC Radio). Each season, MTYP presents touring companies from around the world, as well as contributing to the repertoire of Canadian theatre through the creation and development of new work.The company has received numerous honours, including being the first English theatre to win the Canadian Institute of the Arts for Young Audiences Award in 1992. MTYP's 1994 production of Comet in Moominland was nominated for the prestigious Chalmers Award and, in 1998, Old Friends received this same honour. In 2003, Founding Artistic Director Leslee Silverman received the first Arts Award of Distinction from the Manitoba Arts Council, recognizing the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements by a professional Manitoba artist. In 2007, MTYP's production of Comet in Moominland was invited to open the season at New York's prestigious New Victory Theatre and, that same year, the production won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production in the Theatre for Young Audiences category. In 2011, Leslee Silverman was awarded the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Acheivement, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts.Located at The Forks in Winnipeg, MTYP's home is a 28,000 square foot performance facility featuring a fully re-configurable theatre, classroom studios, and production and wardrobe shops.In addition to its mainstage season and touring activities, MTYP also plays a key role in the development and delivery of theatre-in-education programs that concentrate on using theatre as an educational tool to illustrate and express ideas about social issues. The company also operates a Theatre School where over 1,500 children and teens learn the art and craft of theatre and related disciplines, and an Aboriginal Arts Training & Mentorship Program which offers free classes in theatre and related disciplines to Winnipeg's Aboriginal youth.
HEAD OF PROPERTIES POSITION
Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) invites applications for the position of Head of Properties starting December 11, 2017. MTYP is a not-for-profit professional theatre company solely devoted to young people, a recognized national centre for the creation and celebration of theatre, and a decisive voice in Canada’s artistic and cultural life. MTYP has been creating and presenting professional, innovative theatre productions for children and families since 1982. Each season, MTYP reaches over 90,000 Manitobans through Mainstage productions, touring shows, theatre school classes and drama workshops.
Reports to: Production Manager
- To construct properties for Theatre and Theatre School productions
- Assist in costing of props, furniture and set dressing for all Theatre and Theatre School Productions
- To create work plans for any casual props builders that adhere to supplied budgets and Schedules
- Advise the Production Manager and Technical Director of potential problems in budgeting and/or scheduling
- To work when necessary on other properties-related projects on the theatre premises, including supporting guest companies
- Construct or procure all props, furniture, and set dressing as required, under the guidance and approval of the set designer and the direction of Production Manager
- Responsible for the repair/ upkeep of all props throughout all performance runs
- Monitor stock and inform the Production Manager and Technical Director of required materials
- Provide a safe and clean working environment in properties shop, backstage props storage, and complete necessary maintenance on tools used in properties shop
Required Skills and Experience:
- Minimum 2-3 years experience working as a props builder within the theatre industry
- Skills in painting, minor sculpting, craft work, and sewing
- Ability to read technical drawings
- Excellent attention to detail
- Clear and efficient communication
- Strong team player willing to work independently or in a collaborative environment
- Be highly resourceful and possess efficient problem solving and time management skills
- Valid class 5 drivers license
- Possession of a valid pyrotechnic license, first-aid, and CPR is an asset
Start Date: Monday December 11th, 2017
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Contract Details: This is an hourly agreement on a seasonal contract, with a total of 470 hours scheduled throughout the remainder of the 2017/2018 season. Hours for next season are still to be determined. Exact schedule of anticipated work dates and weeks has been prepared and is available upon request. The position is governed by the terms outlined in the collective agreement negotiated between MTYP and IASTE 63, but there is not a requirement that the successful applicant already be a member of IATSE.
Please visit our website at www.mtyp.ca for information on our upcoming season.
Application Deadline: November 20, 2017 at 5:00pm
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Brooklyne Alexander, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Out of town applications are welcome. We thank everyone who applies, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.