2012 Parade Internship

Since the Ashkenaz festival began in 1995, Shadowland artists Anne Barber and Brad Harley have created the festival’s largest work of art involving hundreds of community participants. This processional performance will travel around Harbourfront Centre and adjacent Queens Quay locations on Monday, September 3 2012 in the afternoon. The 2012 parade will be based on folkloric characters, superstitions and stories from Jewish and Yiddish culture but with a radical new twist.

We are looking for people with an enthusiasm for the creative process, able to contribute ideas, work independently and with others in an exciting, demanding production environment. In exchange for your hard work you will receive training in unique theatre forms by experts in the field and a summer theatre arts adventure like no other.

The production team will also be responsible for the festival’s site décor which gives festival-goers a visual experience from the moment they arrive. In the past, we have made extensive use of woodblock printing, fabric and sculpture.

Training Opportunities

  • Idea generation, storyboarding, scripting
  • Design and building of puppets, props, animated images for outdoor theatre
  • Outdoor performance – acting, puppeteering, movement, vocal work
  • Stilt-walking (great fun but not mandatory)
  • Textiles and sewing
  • Image design and print-making

Expected Qualifications

  • Be at a stage in your training/experience that will be enhanced by an intense production process
  • Be willing to explore a range of skills in an interdisciplinary artistic environment
  • Have skills and experience in any of the following: theatre (production and performance), visual arts, design, textiles, print-making, props and set building, dance, music
  • Ability to work well in a team of community volunteers of all ages
  • Flexibility to accommodate the production schedule and community workshops on evenings and weekends where necessary, (observance recognized)
  • Be able to commit to the full duration of the project
  • Not be put off by climbing ladders, loading trucks, getting mucky!
  • Experience running community arts workshops

Knowledge or interest in broad Jewish/Yiddish culture, and experience in community arts workshops, are also assets. Masterclass ‘interns’ will be expected to help guide masterclass participants, which could be anywhere from 8-15 people. The masterclass runs for three weeks from August 13- September 3, and includes a $500 honorarium for each intern. It will take place at 918 Bathurst.

Please research Shadowland Theatre and the Ashkenaz Festival to be sure this opportunity is for you (shadowlandtheatre.ca, ashkenazfestival.com). To watch videos  from past festival parades, click here.

To apply, please email janis@ashkenazfestival.com with your resume, and a cover letter addressing why this experience is important to you, what you hope to get out of it and how you see it supporting your interests and/or career plans. Please apply by Friday, June 1st, 2012.

We look forward to hearing from you!


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