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December 17, 2021

BIPOC Apprentice Stage Manager

Hosted by Vertigo Theatre

Vertigo Theatre is a premiere cultural institution in Calgary and has entertained audiences for 45 years with high-quality programming. It is the only theatre in North America programming a season based entirely in the mystery genre. Located at the base of the Calgary Tower, the Vertigo Theatre complex is home to our administration, ticket offices and two performance venues. Vertigo Theatre aims to thrill, entertain, and challenge by creating theatre that ignites the curiosity of our community. We are dedicated to the revitalization of the mystery theatre genre and to inspiring and mentoring the next generation of arts leaders. 

This position is open to people who identify as Black, Indigenous or as a Person of Colour. No previous experience is required, however curiosity about working in the performing arts, and a keen interest to learn are encouraged. 

To further its commitment to education and professional development, Vertigo Theatre is seeking to hire a BIPOC Apprentice Stage Manager for the upcoming show Sherlock Holmes and the Vanishing Thimble. It's come to our attention that there is an absence of racialized persons in Stage Management positions. In the interest of investing in future talent, we are carving out space specifically for a BIPOC individual to have on-the-job learning experience. There are many racialized individuals as part of the creative team on this production, including the Director. 

This is an entry level position where the Apprentice Stage Manager will be exposed to all the aspects of Stage Management that it takes to produce a professional production. This position qualifies for a Canadian Actor’s Equity Association (CAEA) apprenticeship credit. 

The experience will include prep time, rehearsals, tech, and working backstage for the duration of the run. The apprentice will be mentored by a professional stage manager and assistant stage manager team. The apprentice will work closely with the director, the cast, and Vertigo’s production team for the duration of the experience. 

Applications are encouraged from all experience levels, whether newly interested in working in the performing arts, a graduate of a university theatre program, or a working professional looking to gain Equity credits. The experience can be tailored to each individual’s experience level.

Vertigo also accepts Apprentice Stage Manager applications on an ongoing basis, and we encourage all interested BIPOC applicants to apply even if they are unavailable for this production. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews will commence on an ongoing basis. 


At Vertigo Theatre we are committed to a respectful work environment and a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals including visible minorities and people with disabilities.

The Board of Directors, management and staff of Vertigo Theatre, in recognition of local, national and international initiatives, both within and outside the theatre community, remain focused on reviewing and evaluating Vertigo’s policies, activities, resources, and measures of success to ensure we create, support and maintain an engaging and inclusive environment for all. We acknowledge the work of the 35/50 Initiative and we are analyzing our processes and are developing a plan of action. 

Questions about this job opportunity or working at Vertigo Theatre can be directed to Jessie Paynter, Production and Facility Manager at jessie.paynter@vertigotheatre.com


Vertigo Theatre

161, 115 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 0P5, Canada

Phone number: (403) 221 3708

Email: info@vertigotheatre.com

Vertigo Theatre is located at the base of the Calgary Tower in the heart of downtown Calgary, and is home to the organization, its two performance venues and the BD&P Mystery Theatre Series. Our artistic mandate allows exposure to a broad demographic an our diverse audience includes all walks of life.