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CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST | Designers for the 2023-24 Season

Contract Position | Application Deadline February 23rd, 2023
Posted: February 7th, 2023

Green Thumb Theatre is inviting expressions of interest from lower mainland-based designers to work with us during our upcoming 2023-24 season. As the season is still being confirmed, we are unable to share specific show details. At this time, we expect the season to consist of a total of 4 touring shows, some of which will be remounts. The successful respondents will be contracted to a specific show. 

Possible design opportunities include Set & Props, Costumes, Video/Projections, and Sound. We are particularly interested in hearing from set designers with school touring experience, projection designers, costume designers, and anyone with experience designing and/or building puppets. Compensation will vary between $1,000 and $5,000,depending on the needs of the position and the experience of the candidate.

About the positions:

Set and Props Designer

Touring into schools and typically performing in gyms, all Green Thumb touring sets must be able to be set up and struck two times a day, within 30 minutes. Sets must also break down to fit in a sprinter van. Previous touring set design experience would be an asset.

Costume Designer

Touring directly into schools, costumes must be durable, be able to go through 2-3shows per day, be stored in duffle bags or something similar, non-dry clean, and easily machine washable. Budgets must include doubles for all base costumes and any long wear costumes that touch skin. All alterations and building must be included in this budget. Due to the nature of touring, rentals are not possible.

Sound Designer

The Stage Manager will run sound cues from QLab through two left/right speakers on the gym floor. Please note that the show should also be able to function without the L/R capability if the sound system is reduced during set up. The Designer should be aware that the typical venue will be a large gymnasium. In addition to possible sound effects, the Designer may be required to compile pre-show music, intro, transition and ending music. It’s preferred that the Designer be familiar with QLab in order to make timing adjustments as needed. A QLab license and computer can be made available to the Designer for the duration of the contract if needed in order to build the layered and complex cues.


Video/Projections Designer

The Stage Manager will run projection cues from QLab through a projector set up on the gym floor, which will project onto the set. The Designer should be aware that the typical venue will be a large gymnasium, and control of lighting levels may not always be possible. It’s preferred that the Designer be familiar with QLab in order to make adjustments as needed. A QLab license and computer can be made available to the Designer for the duration of the contract if needed.


Application for positions:
Please submit the following as attachments in one email by February 23rd,2023.* Please send files as PDFs, named in the following format: YourName_COVERand YourName_CV.

  • A short cover letter outlining your experience, availability between March 2023-May 2024, and why you are interested in working with Green Thumb Theatre.
  • A CV or resume outlining your related experience.
  • A digital portfolio with examples of your work


Email your application to submissions@greenthumb.bc.ca with the subject line:
DESIGNER 2023-24 – Your Name 

*Please note, if you have applied as a designer to Green Thumb Theatre within the last 12 months, you are only required to send an updated resume, if applicable, and any other information that you would like to share can be provided in the body of the email.  A cover letter is not required, but we will happily accept one. 

If you have any questions pertaining to this posting, or require assistance with your application, please contact Madelaine Walker, Production Manager, at production@greenthumb.bc.ca or by phone at 604-254-4055 (ext 228).

COVID-19 and cancelation:
All tours will only move forward if the Theatre has the ability to tour into schools in our 2023-24 season. The Theatre will make every effort to keep the Designer apprised of this schedule. All work that has already been completed by the designer will be paid out if the tour is cancelled/rescheduled.  

Green Thumb Theatre is actively seeking to dismantle inequity in the theatre sector, and to furthering principles of access, inclusion, and equity in our work. We strongly encourage applications from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals, and welcome members of those communities to self identify as they feel comfortable. Green Thumb also recognizes that artists and contractors are informed by all facets of their identities. We welcome applicants to inform us of their pronouns if they wish, and to include details about how their identity informs their practice and needs as they see fit.


About Green Thumb Theatre:

Green Thumb Theatre is a force within the field of theatre for young audiences, not only in British Columbia, but across the country and throughout the world. Green Thumb Theatre creates, produces, and tours plays that explore social issues relevant to the lives of children, youth, and young adults. We provide theatre that celebrates the language and stories of today’s generation and culture to stimulate empathy, debate, and critical thinking. www.greenthumb.bc.ca

Green Thumb Theatre’s offices are located in the city currently known as “Vancouver”, on the traditional, unceded, ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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February 7, 2023


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