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Summer Drama Day Camp 2020 Instructor

The Pumphouse Theatre is now accepting applications for four (4) full-time drama instructor positions for our annual Summer Drama Day Camp. One of these positions will be designated as a Lead Instructor.

Drama camp activities include the exploration of acting, improvisation, creative movement, voice, sound, storytelling, and playwriting. The goal of the program is to develop the social interaction and life skills of the young participants through the creative utilization of theatrical techniques.  The instructors also facilitate their students in developing a production, which is performed for friends and family on the final day of camp. Pumphouse Theatre believes in drama education that encourages creativity, freedom, and a healthy sense of play in our youth.

The Drama Instructors will work under the guidance of the Programming Director to assist in program development and be responsible for the overall execution and creation of the curriculum. Instructors will also work closely in a leadership relationship with Camp Counselors.

The successful applicants will:

  • Possess the ability to supervise and instruct young people between the ages of 5 – 15 and have had previous experience in this area.
  • Have a solid understanding of the creative theatre process and have experience and/or education in this area
  • Have had at least one term or semester of a Drama/Theatre class and/or Education class
  • Display strong communicative and interpersonal skills
  • Be committed to the creative development and the theatrical education of the participants
  • Experience with ESL and Disabilities is an asset  
  • Some experience with the creative use/construction of props, costumes and sets is an asset.
  • Know how to have fun!

Due to the structure of the Canadian Summer Jobs grants received by the Pumphouse Theatre, applicants must be currently enrolled as post-secondary students and are continuing their education in the Fall of 2020. Pumphouse Theatre is committed to building a culturally diverse environment and encourages applicants from all backgrounds and abilities to apply.

The time commitment is approximately 40 hours per week, for ten weeks, beginning June 22 and continuing through August 28, 2020 (Monday to Friday). Compensation will range from $18-$20 based on experience. For camp descriptions, please visit the Drama Class section of our website at www.pumphousetheatre.ca.

Please respond with a cover letter and resume to Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director, by mail, fax or e-mail by May 1, 2020.  No phone calls, please. Suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview, which will be held between May 11 and May 15, 2020.

Thank you in advance to all applicants. We look forward to meeting with you!

Kelly Malcolm

Programming Director

Pumphouse Theatre

2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW T3C 3P5

kelly@pumphousetheatre.ca

Fax: 403.237.5357


Summer Drama Day Camp 2020 Counsellors


The Pumphouse Theatre is now accepting applications for four (4) full-time counselor positions for our annual Summer Drama Day Camp.

Drama camp activities include the exploration of acting, improvisation, creative movement, voice, sound, storytelling, and playwriting. The goal of the program is to develop the social interaction and life skills of the young participants through the creative utilization of theatrical techniques.  Students are facilitated in developing a production, which is performed for friends and family on the final day of camp. Pumphouse Theatre believes in drama education that encourages creativity, freedom, and a healthy sense of play in our youth.

The Counselors will work under the guidance of the Program Coordinator and Drama Instructors to assist in the overall execution of the curriculum.

Potential candidates must be available from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm Monday to Friday, and are required to work during final performances.  

The successful applicants will: 

  • Possesses the ability to supervise young people between the ages of 8 – 14 and have had previous experience in this area.
  • Have an understanding of or be willing to learn the creative theatre process 
  • Display strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Be committed to the creative development and the theatrical education of the participants
  • Some experience with the creative use and construction of props, costumes and sets is an asset.
  • Know how to have fun!

Due to the structure of the Canadian Summer Jobs grants received by the Pumphouse Theatre, applicants who are currently enrolled as students (High School or Post-Secondary) and are continuing their education in the Fall of 2020 will have an advantage. Pumphouse Theatre is committed to building a culturally diverse environment and encourages applicants from all backgrounds and abilities to apply

The time commitment is approximately 40 hours per week, for nine weeks, beginning June 29 and continuing through to August 28, 2020 (Monday to Friday).  Compensation will range from $15-$17 based on experience. For camp descriptions, please visit the Drama Class section of our website at www.pumphousetheatre.ca

Please respond with a cover letter and resume to Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director, by mail, fax or e-mail by May 1, 2020.  No phone calls, please. Suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview, which will be held between May 11 and May 15, 2020. 

Thank you in advance for all who apply. We look forward to meeting with you. 

Kelly Malcolm

Programming Director

2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW T3C 3P5

kelly@pumphousetheatre.caFax: 403.237.5357


2020 Calgary Clown Festival Submissions!

COMING OCTOBER 2020

Deadline to submit March 30, 2020

Calling all clowns, street performers, burlesque, contortionists, magicians and yes even jugglers!

We want YOU to join our clown car.

That’s right folks, The Pumphouse Theatre and the Calgary Clown Society are teaming up yet again to present the Calgary Clown Festival. The Festival will be held at the Pumphouse Theatres in October 2020. We will be accepting submissions from January 10 until March 30, 2020 from any a clown with a dream and a show.

What are we looking for?

  • A wide variety of acts that exhibit elements of clown, physical theatre and comedy. This could include, but is not

        limited to; circus, puppetry, improvisation , dance and even burlesque and drag acts.

  • A wide variety of acts ranging in length of performance (10 – 90 min). Shorter shows may be paired with another

        short show to create a single event.

  • The festival is also looking for shorter works for our Cabaret Nights (5 – 7 min)
  • We are looking for all kinds of experiences for all ages. We want some kid friendly fun, we want performances

        everyone can enjoy, we also want some entertainment for a more mature audience.

What we need from you to be considered for the festival:

  • A brief synopsis of your show or idea
  • Show length
  • Bio’s of the artists involved
  • Your media package (Photos and video if available)
  • And all other questions answered in our form

To apply for this festival, please complete our online registration form: https://calgaryclownfestival.wufoo.com/forms/calgary-clown-festival-2020/

Deadline to submit is March 30

A jury will review all submissions and selections will be made in early April 2020

Remuneration will be dependent upon granting; all artists will be paid a minimum fee and not subject to box office split.

International and non-local (Calgary) artists are welcome to apply. However, travel and accommodation reimbursement are subject to funding and not guaranteed.

The Calgary Clown Festival endeavors to be an inclusive and diverse festival. We encourage submissions from all ethnicities, gender orientations, cultural and societal backgrounds.

If you face any barriers in applying in this format, or have any questions and/or concerns regarding the application process or festival at large please contact clown@pumphousetheatre.ca or 403.263.0079 ext 100.

Thank you all in advance for your application. We look forward to a fantastic festival!


Emerging Artist Exhibit

Submissions are now open for
The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery Exhibit:

Emerging Artist!

In association with IGNITE! Festival for Emerging Artists.

April 16th to June 20th, 2020

The Pumphouse Theatre is a vibrant facility with historical significance. It supports and presents all art forms and creates opportunities for engagement, enrichment, cultural experience, learning and inspiration, while serving all Calgarians. To enable this, the Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery provides accessible wall display space for Calgary and Alberta visual artists to display and sell their work, free from commission.

IGNITE! is a festival dedicated to supporting, mentoring, and presenting emerging artists of all disciplines. IGNITE! allows artists to embrace risks in a supportive environment while providing resources, a bridge to the professional arts community, and meaningful opportunities for collaboration and community building with their peers. IGNITE! will take place June 10th – June 13th, 2020 at the Pumphouse Theatres. 

Artists will be given a choice to opt into allowing their work to be adjudicated to become the official art piece of IGNITE! 2020. All submissions will be displayed from April 16th, 2020 to June 20th, 2020. If selected to be the official art piece of IGNITE! 2020, artists will receive an artist festival pass and an honorarium for the use of their image in marketing material. Artists must submit their art before January 31st, 2020 to be considered for the official art piece of IGNITE! 2020. All pieces not selected will still be considered for The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery Emerging Artist Exhibit.

Submissions must meet the following requirements: 

  • Artist resides in Alberta and must be available for installation. 
  • Artist must identify as Emerging (less than 5 years of experience) 
  • Artwork must be delivered ready to hang (wall-space only) 

Installation Requirements: All art MUST be equipped with picture hanging wire and D rings (a piece of metal hardware shaped like the letter D used on the back of frame or canvas as hooking device). Hanging cleats or flat metal hardware unfortunately will not be accepted.

The Pumphouse Theatre will install the work on behalf of the artists. Artwork may be dropped off or picked up by ei- ther the artist or a representative during the hours of 12pm and 6pm on the installation and take down dates provided. Artist must reserve an installation and take down date via a provided online form or by contacting the Programming Director. 

Timeline: 

  • Final Submission Deadline: March 13th, 2020, 4pm
    • If you wish to be considered for IGNITE! 2020, you must submit before January 31st, 2020.
  • Installation: April 12th – April 14th, 2020
  • Gallery Close: June 20th, 2020
  • Gallery Take Down: June 21st – June 23rd, 2020

To apply, please send the following information via email or mail: 

  • Completed Gallery Submission Form 
  • Artist Biography (250 words max) 
    • A short description of who you are and your art background, training, passion, and/or any combination of the fore mentioned information 
  • Artwork: A minimum of 1 to a maximum of 5 pieces will be accepted 
    • Images of artwork only; do not send original works with application 

All completed applications, or questions regarding application may be sent to: 

Attn: Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director
2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 3P5
Kelly@pumphousetheatre.ca  403-263-0079 ext. 100

Selection Process: Art pieces are selected by a committee of no less than 3 people and are a mix of artists and administrators. Selection criteria are based on suitability to the theme, technique, emotional response, creativity & innovation, and suitability to the Pumphouse Theatre gallery space and its patrons (ages 5 and up, representing various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds). Unfortunately, we are unable to accept works that feature nudity. 

Any artists who need assistance with their application, or have inquires and questions, are welcome to contact Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director, at any point.

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