Assistant Set Designer (ASD), Howard Family Stage

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

1 position available


Bard on the Beach is Western Canada’s largest professional Shakespeare Festival. The Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas and special events from June to September, in two modern theatre tents in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vanier Park. The Festival also offers year-round educational programming at the BMO Theatre Centre in Olympic Village, and throughout the Lower Mainland.


Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is committed to the cultivation of local talent by providing opportunities for early career designers to refine and strengthen their craft. Through our Assistant Designer Program, successful applicants will work with established theatre artists to broaden their skills and obtain professional experience on a larger scale. The ASD will assist the Howard Family Stage Set and Props Designer in the execution of their designs. The ASD will attend creative meetings with the Designer, Directors and Production Team in advance of the set & props build. They will then attend to the listed responsibilities in the construction of the set and props, until both shows are open on the Howard Family Stage.  The target applicant is an early-career professional designer, looking for opportunities to explore/enhance their artistic practice through production-specific mentoring by professional artists in their field, but who will also bring useful design skills and knowledge to the production process. The ASD position term is from January 31st to July 16th, 2020.


  • Assist the Set and Props Designers from initial design meetings, through the building and installation of the set, up to and including the open of the 2 shows on the Howard Family Stage.
  • Assist the Set Designer in sourcing and constructing design elements.
  • Attend weekly production meetings with Designers, Director, Stage Management and Production Team.
  • Under designer’s oversight, represent the designer (in their absence) to scenic carpenters and painters during construction and installation of the set.
  • Draft and/or edit CAD drawings for fabricators of set and props to refer to and build from.
  • Designer may ask the ASD to create or adjust the set model for the Design Presentation.
  • Assist the Designer by purchasing set elements, props or other components.
  • Work with the tech team in the shop and theatre as needed to execute the designer’s vision.


  • Demonstrated desire to pursue a career in professional theatrical design.
  • Working understanding of technical drawings is required.
  • Expertise using Vectorworks and/or AutoCAD a definite asset.
  • Working knowledge of scenic carpentry and painting.
  • Comfortable working with/around power tools.
  • Able to communicate any inconsistencies or changes to the final approved design and inform the production and site teams prior to the build.
  • Well organized, reliable and detail-oriented
  • Class 5 Driver’s License and clean driving abstract preferred.
  • University or Technical College Degree/Certificate in Technical Theatre or Theatrical Design would be an asset.
  • Graphic Design experience an asset but not required.
  • A professional and friendly demeanor and a capacity for positive working relationships with colleagues is necessary as a member of a large and diverse organization.


The ASD will have varying time commitments. The expectation of weekly hours will fluctuate from occasional meetings early in the process, to an average of 30-40 hours per week during the build, load in and tech period.


$4250.00 fee


January 31st to July 16th, 2020


Please email your resume and a cover letter together in one PDF named “[First & Last Name] Assistant Set Designer,” summarizing your qualifications and experience to jryder@bardonthebeach.org.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, January 17, 2020

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Bard on the Beach is committed to promoting an accessible, safe, inclusive and diverse environment. We respect, value and celebrate the diverse experiences of each person and actively encourage everyone to consider joining our team.

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