FOR IMMEDIATE POSTING:
in the Park
What are we looking for?
• Actors who are comfortable with heightened language,
and who can communicate complex ideas and rich
imagery with the respect and spirit they demand
• Actors who bring creative offers to rehearsal, and who
come prepared with their required character or text
research completed– there is little time to teach these
• Ensemble players who are enthused about playing a
variety of roles in support of the story, and who are fully
generous to their fellow performers
Will I play more than one role?
• Guaranteed! The repertory nature of the ensemble means
that every actor will have roles in each play
• Those who are required to carry a larger role in one play
will have a balance with supporting role(s) in the other.
We’re trying to be egalitarian!
How loudly must I speak?
• A voice that is confidently supported and clearly
articulated is an asset. (this is an ‘athletic’ text and we
ARE outdoors). Microphones will be used to support
voices, not to compensate for the lack of them.
When are rehearsals?
• Beginning July 5th, rehearsals will be structured to make
the best use of the ensemble’s varied schedules – you will
only be called for the rehearsals you are required, but are
Welcome to come to more if you wish
Where are rehearsals?
• All rehearsals are conducted in Red Deer and will be
conducted either at Red Deer Fencing Club or another
location before moving to the outdoor venue in the
Where do actors come from?
• BARD traditionally includes actors from across Alberta
including Red Deer, Edmonton, Calgary, Rosebud,
Canmore and elsewhere
• Prime Stock Theatre seeks to make theatre accessible
and relevant to audiences across central Alberta. As such,
we are passionate about maintaining an artist roster that
represents the diversity of our region, and we encourage
applications from anyone with a
passion for collaboration, and a
spirit of inclusion.
What is a Co-op?
• A Co-op is an ensemble of artists and production
personnel who work collaboratively towards producing a
show – each shares their talents where they are best suited
and each receives a share of the Box Office (and all of the
• Prime Stock Theatre will front all of the expenses and
management for the event – the cast is not expected to
contribute monetarily, nor be held liable for any loss
• the Box Office share will be set upon signing of the
performer’s contract, and based upon the number of
participants (maximum 30 artist shares expected).
• all shares will be distributed equitably after expenses
What & how will I be paid?
• each artist is guaranteed an equitable share of generated
revenue (the amount depends upon Box Office and
• All cheques and printed box office reports are distributed
on the day of final strike (a running total is posted daily)
• In a traditional Co-op all artists contribute to the costs of
production and share in the profits – at BARD no artist is
required to contribute monetarily
I heard that some actors are
paid a wage?
• YES – last season (2019) we were granted several
Canada Summer Jobs positions from the federal
government which enabled us to hire 9 artists under a
weekly wage. These actors are not shareholders as well.
• While we have applied for similar funds this season, there
is no guarantee that we will receive any such funds, nor of
how many we may be able to hire under that grant. We
will not know until mid-late May.
• If we are fortunate enough to receive funds, the rate may
be $15/hr x 35 hours a week for 8-12 weeks. Some hiring
What if I have to commute from
out of town?
• BARD on BOWER offers limited travel allowance for
those who must commute from out of town
• When possible, BARD will try to aid cast members in
finding suitable billets as required
What if I only want to be in one
• The repertory nature of the ensemble means that every
actor will have roles in each play
• Ideally, we are looking for actors who can commit to
BOTH plays (in a balance of roles)
• We have found that actors who were only in one play
found that they missed out on the ‘company’
• The ability to consistently schedule rehearsals is
extremely taxing, and made more difficult when trying to
accommodate a larger company
What other responsibilities do I
have in addition to acting?
• As an active member of the ensemble you will be asked to
support set-up strike of the shows each day
• Devising and performing Live sponsor commercials, as
well as actively encouraging audience donations
• Duties may include – collecting props, organizing the
backstage, striking front of house, or securing pieces of
• All company members will be assigned specific duties
according to their abilities
What is the rehearsal schedule
• Based upon the availability of the company members, we
will work around personal work and travel schedules as
much as possible
• Generally we try to schedule work on either play on
alternate days – sometimes both plays on the same day
• As an actor, you are only called for the scenes you are in,
as well as runs and dress/tech rehearsals
• Most days end by 10:00 pm - start times vary depending
• Actors are expected to come prepared and ‘off book’ by
the 2nd time a scene is worked
Is this a ‘Safe Space’?
• YES - BARD on BOWER operates as a respectful
workplace which honours the artist and their work, and
which seeks to reject harassment or intimidation which
may infringe upon personal rights
• BARD on BOWER is committed to operate under similar
guidelines outlined through the ‘Safe spaces’ initiative of
CAEA and PACT, as well as CITT workplace standards.
• 2021 means that BARD will devise COVID-19 protocols
for safe rehearsal, performance staging, audience
interactions, backstage dressing room areas, and local
touring. This may require continual re-adjustment as time
progresses or as AHS restrictions permit. An assigned
COVID Marshall will be expected to monitor working
and performance conditions, and address cast and
company concerns in a timely manner.
What are the Live commercials?
• In 2017, the BARD cast began to offer and create live
pre-show commercials performed for our sponsors and
partners – these quickly became a highlight for the
audience, and an important way for us to honour our
sponsors. The cast is included in the creation of a series
of these 15 - 30 second ‘spots’ featuring local business
partners which are then performed live during pre-show
and intermission at BARD.
What is BARD in a BOX about?
• This is a series of short (45 minute)
versions of some of Shakespeare’s
most popular plays produced for popup
performances. Based upon a
model by Theatre Repercussion
(Montréal), BARD has adopted the
idea to bring a small company of 4-5
actors to the community parks of Red
Deer and region. We will look to
perform and promote BARD in
neighbourhood parks, campgrounds,
block parties and at community
centres & Senior’s residences as
well. (AHS permitting 2021)