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Call for Backstage Manager

Deadline August 31, 2022

Leading our Backstage Team offers the unique opportunity to work alongside multiple ages, mentor youth artists backstage during shows, and be a crucial support to the ADT dancer's, their parents and community volunteers.

Alberta Dance Theatre is looking for a friendly, dependable, and detail oriented person to lead our Backstage Team.
The Backstage Manager would assist the Co-Artistic Directors, Costume & Props Committee, and Backstage Committee in organizing props, costumes, and set at Saturday rehearsals leading up to show week. They will also be a crucial member of the load in/out team at the theatre venue. The Backstage Manger is also responsible for documenting quick changes, set transitions, and helping train backstage volunteers to assist dancer's during these changes. 
Having theatre experience, sewing skills, and rudimentary crafting skills are an asset to this position.  
Applicants notified - September 2022
First Rehearsal - September 11, 2022
Saturday Rehearsals - November 5 - 26, 2020 
Load in - November 27, 2022
Show Week - November 27 - December 3, 2022
Load out - December 3, 2022
Return everything to storage - December 4, 2022
The Backstage Manager will be compensated $1000, and spend approximately 50 hours with ADT over the course of the season. 
To apply, please send the following to
  • C.V. highlighting your experience in dance, theatre, and/or backstage management.
  • Short statement of why you would like to work with ADT and why you would be an asset to our backstage team.
  • Confirmation of your Saturday November avaliability and Show Week availability.
The Process
Each spring, Alberta Dance Theatre holds open call placement auditions inviting dancers from around the city of Calgary to join the company. ADT welcomes dancers of all experience levels. 
ADT rehearsals generally start the second week of September and run Sundays 10:30am – 4pm with limited additional Saturday rehearsals 4:00-6:00pm. 
Choreographers are not expected but are welcome to attend dress rehearsals. The ADT Backstage Manager, volunteers, lighting designer and Co-Artistic Director's spend the the first few days of show week setting the theatre up for dancer's and audience.

Professional artists and staff part of our season's team will receive 2 complimentary tickets to our live performances. We offer 5-7 performances at a professional theatre venue for school audiences and the general public over the course of 3-4 days at morning, matinee and evening times.

The Backstage Manager will also be responsible for overseeing the return of costumes and props to ADT's storage. 

All Creative Team members, staff and volunteers are welcome to attend the Red Carpet Gala and have their very own moment on the Red Carpet alongside the ADT youth artists. 
At some point during our 11 to 12 week process, ADT youth artists participate in our annual Weekend Intensive. The Weekend Intensive is an out-of-town weekend away with the company where youth artists create and dance in an inspiring environment. The Weekend Intensive usually occurs Friday through Sunday. Artists may be invited to attend and will be provided sleeping accommodations and meals. 
Alberta Dance Theatre is always looking for professional and emerging artists in all disciplines to present workshops, mentor youth artists, create material for our annual production, or partner with in new capacities we haven't yet thought of! Please reach out if you are interested in joining us!
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