We're Hiring

We're Hiring

Artists Hired Full Time
Racialized Groups

Table of Contents

The Role 

The Designer is responsible for developing conceptual solutions for visual or creative technical elements of a production. Their work may include costume, set, puppet and prop design but can also include lighting, video or audio design. They are also responsible for executing these elements with support from other staff members when available. 

This position is part of Summer Ensemble, a on-the-job training program for artists 18-30 years of age who are pursuing a career in the Canadian Theatre industry.

As part of Summer Ensemble 2023, the designer will participate in InspiraTO Festival 2023, a ten minute play festival.

Type of Engagement: Full time 

Start Date: June 6 2023 

End Date: July 29 2023 

Compensation: $3,840

Job Description

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Design, build, and/or purchase, and/or adapt, paint, construct visual elements of the play such as set elements, costumes, props and/or puppets. 
  • Work closely with the director on deciding how the visual manifestation of the play looks like and what it represents. 
  • Create drafts, sketches, plans, drawings, models and/or prototypes that assist in visualization of the design elements and their construction.
  • Purchase materials or items used in design. 
  • Read the play or project brief. 
  • Consult with a director regarding requirements for the design. 
  • Consult with a technical director and facilities manager regarding technical capacity for the design to be realized. 
  • Manage a budget allocated by the General Manager. 

This is a learning on the job role and will also entail the following requirements:

  • Watch videos containing acting techniques and exercises;
  • Watch video of professional productions;
  • With the help of a mentor learn how to evaluate professional theatre’s elements;
  • Participate in learning activities about professional companies (employers) in Canada, and internationally;
  • Participate in learning activities about funding bodies and grants;
  • Participate in learning activities how a budget for an independently produced show is created and create a budget for a dream show;
  • Examine different digital tools used by theatre artists;
  • Discuss and debate elements of professional productions and acting techniques;
  • Learn how to write and edit a blogpost under supervision and mentorship;
  • Writing 1 blog post per week.

Reports to

Production Director


  • Be available to work online and in person at our theatre (3650 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, ON L4Y 3V9) and studio (2359 Royal Windsor Drive Unit 210, Mississauga, ON L5J 4S9).
  • Be available for all dates and hours stated in contract.
  • Be a Canadian Citizen, have a PR, or refugee status.
  • Be between 18 – 30 years of age.

Education and Experience:

Experience and Education in Theatre Production and Design is preferred, but not required.


English. Knowledge of any other language is a plus. 

Additional Skills:

  • Knowledge of how to use power tools
  • Sewing


Mississauga (Crane Creations Studio, and Maja Prentice Theatre)

Application Process

Deadline to apply: 

April 30, 2023

How To Apply: 

Apply Online. Click the Button Below to submit.

Required Documents: Resume in PDF format

Next Steps

Successful Candidates will be selected for an interview.

Interview Dates: May 12th 2023

What To Prepare For Your Interview: If selected for an Interview, successful candidates will be asked to bring their portfolio to their interview.

Summer Ensemble Actors 2021
Professional Development

Work full-time work as an artist

Each summer Crane Creations Theatre Company hires a group of actors to share with them how to become a professional actor in Canada. Arts Jobs are rather precarious, but we aim to create a stable foundation by equipping you with the skills you need in order to work in culture.

Read More »
pexels-genaro-servín- Crane Creations Theatre Company
Professional Development

How To Find An Arts Job

Taking the first steps into your career is daunting, and if you are reading this, it means you are hoping to build a career in the arts. Take it from me, that is not an easy path, but, as I sit here writing this, let me tell you it’s possible, just extremely difficult. 

Read More »

Holiday Special

Gift unforgettable memories This Christmas. Receive a special offer on all puppet shows.

62% off

ends 12/20/2023

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.