Production Assistant


The Dance Centre


May 4, 2018

Organization Description: 

Established in 1986 as a resource centre for a broad membership of dance professionals and the public in British Columbia, The Dance Centre has evolved into a multifaceted organization offering a range of activities unparalleled in Canadian dance. Our goal is to support the development of dance and to develop an environment where it can thrive. We offer programs and resources supporting the professional development of artists, present public performances and events, manage Scotiabank Dance Centre, Canada's flagship dance facility, and work to promote BC dance.


Job Description: 

The Dance Centre, BC’s primary resource centre for dance and operator of Scotiabank Dance Centre, Canada’s flagship dance facility is looking for a temporary 13-week full-time student position as Production Assistant at the The Dance Centre for a total of 360 hours (start time flexible) between May to August . 

This position will provide hands-on, career-related experience for a student considering a career in the performing arts specifically in areas of Technical Management, Facility Management, Production, Special Events. 

The Production Assistant’ primary focus is to provide support to the Technical Director and the Venue and Services Administrator at The Dance Centre in areas related to facility operations (reception, coordination of rental of space; set up of studios for special events; stage management, assist TD in the planning and execution of events scheduled in the 154-seat theatre etc). The applicant will work with a diverse range of stakeholders.


Reporting to the Technical Director and working closely with the Venue and Services Coordinator, the Production Assistant will support The Dance Centre’s year-round operations as a leading cultural organization serving the diverse and multi-talented dance community in Vancouver and BC.

The Production Assistant will also support any off-site events that may arise and will work with other staff helping to support the complex day-to-day operations of Scotiabank Dance Centre facility, (comprising of seven studios including a 154 seat production studio).

The incumbent will gain valuable practical knowledge of what it means to produce an event, what constitutes the complexity and challenges of the Technical Director’s role and working in a team and organizational structure. They incumbent will have practical exposure to theatrical equipment as well as work with customized scheduling systems. The incumbent will be exposed to different aspects of the diverse and rich BC arts, specifically the dance sector and gaining knowledge of what it means to produce dance works and also within a broader performing arts context.


This temporary position is supported by Summer Student Works of the Government of Canada.

The ideal candidate will:

  • be currently enrolled in graduate or undergraduate studies in Performing Arts 
  • Must be 15 to 30 years old and a full-time students intending to return to your studies in the next school year
  • have experience using PC and Mac operating systems
  • be proficient using MS Office 
  • have excellent oral communication skills, including an ability to address individuals and groups
  • have excellent written communication skills, 
  • feel comfortable engaging with people of all ages, different cultural backgrounds and show enthusiasm for the arts sector in general; 
  • preferably have some experience in assisting with customer service and in the delivery or production of public programs for all ages; 
  • Must be comfortable working at heights, ability to lift up 30 pounds/13.6 Kilos

How to Apply: 

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter along with 2 references via email: by latest May 4th, 2018. 

Final decisions will be made based on the level of grant award received.

We will contact to interview only those candidates that meet our requirements and interest.


$13/hr & 4% vacation pay. Position based on receipt of Canada Summer Jobs funding

Contact Name: Chengyan Boon
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (604) 606-6418

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