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JOB POSTING | 3 Contract Designer Positions

Contract Positions | Application Deadline April 24, 2022
Posted: March 18, 2022


Green Thumb Theatre is seeking three Lower Mainland-based designers to execute the set/props/costumes, sound, and video/projection design for Green Thumb Theatre’s tour of Derwent is Different by Jamie Norris, directed by Sarah Rodgers, touring into elementary schools in our 2022-23 season.

About the show:

Imaginative Derwent feels like a bit of an outsider at school. Luckily, he has always been able to depend on his best friend, Ramona. But now, even Ramona says he’s “too weird”! To make matters worse, Ramona is spending time with Lucas — a classmate who is occupied with making Derwent’s life miserable. In an effort to save their friendship, Derwent creates a video diary for Ramona,chronicling his experiences. 

Derwent is Different explores the how we communicate in-person versus digitally, and the importance of staying true to yourself.

 

About the positions: DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Set, Props, and Costume Designer (1 position)
Interviews by zoom the week of May 9, 2022
Build August 2022 (subject to change)

Rehearsals Monday September 26th – Sunday October 16th, 2022
Opening Monday October 17th, 2022
Fee $5,000 - $5,500 (to commensurate with experience)

Budget (pending approval)
Set $7,000 | Props $1,000 | Costume $750


Set and Props

Touring into elementary schools, the set must be able to be set up and struck two times a day, within 30 mins. Previous touring set design experience and knowledge of projection integration would be an asset.

Current script has a single location, Derwent’s basement film studio. Objects around the basement should aid Derwent in the telling of his story as he flashes back to different locations. Derwent is a magician, so ideally the set will have some nice reveals to aid in the magic within his storytelling. Set must also include a projection screen to integrate video component. The Set Designer will be expected to provide renderings to be handed over to the scene shop for budgeting and building. They will also be expected to buy/make all props for the show.

 

Costumes
Touring to elementary schools, the costumes must be durable, be able to go through two shows a 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, usually rentals are not possible. This play tours with a single actor, playing Derwent, an odd-ball 11-year-old boy who is an aspiring magician and film maker. Clothing will be contemporary.

 

Sound Designer (1 position)

Interviews via Zoom week of May 9, 2022
Production Meetings throughout
Rehearsals Monday September 26th- Sunday October 16th,2022
Opening Monday October 17th, 2022
Fee $2,500-$3000 (to commensurate with experience)

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. The show is contemporary. The Designer will be required to compile pre-show music, intro, transition and ending music and be familiar with QLab in order to make timing adjustments as needed. Some cues will involve recorded lines from the actor, layering of music and SFX cues. 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/Projection Designer  (1 position)

Interviews via Zoom week of May 9, 2022
Production Meetings throughout
Rehearsals Monday September 26th- Sunday October 16th,2022
Opening Monday October 17th, 2022
Fee $2,500-$3000 (to commensurate with experience)

The Stage Manager will run video cues from QLab. The video component will largely be live video streamed from Derwent’s device onto a projection screen, embedded in the set. The designer should be aware that the typical venue will be a large gymnasium. 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.

 

Application for positions:

Please submit the following as attachments in one email by April 24, 2022.*Please send files as PDFs, named in the following format: YourName_COVER and YourName_CV.

  • A short cover letter outlining your experience 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 DERWENT – 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 cancellation:
This tour will only move forward if the Theatre has the ability to tour into schools in our 2022-23 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 further 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. All Green Thumb staff, contractors, and volunteers are required to sign off of Green Thumb's Anti-Oppression and Anti-Harassment Policy, which can be read here: https://www.greenthumb.bc.ca/resources/anti-oppression-anti-harrassment-policy

 

About Green Thumb Theatre:

As a touring company, Green Thumb Theatre’s work often takes place throughout the traditional homelands of most of the Indigenous Nations and cultures across British Columbia and beyond. Green Thumb's offices are located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam),  Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

 

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.

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