Heist Production Mentorship

Mentorship Dates: January 28 - February 21, 2021 (3 weeks) 

Payment: $1500.00 

Closing date for Applications: January 4th 2020, at 4pm ADT

HEIST is a collaborative arts organization looking for an individual who is interested in learning about live art events and gaining production management skills. This production mentorship will have the individual working alongside HEIST’s managing director to assist in the production preparation tasks for our upcoming work, Frequencies. The main responsibility of this position will focus on detailed note-taking within a rehearsal period. Outside of this, other preparatory tasks will need assistance including organizing and communicating detailed schedules, rehearsal space preparation and more. This individual will receive mentorship from Sylvia Bell around the mentioned specific tasks along with one on one mentorship from Artistic Director Richie Wilcox covering topics of interest decided upon with the successful candidate.

In an effort to foster the development of brand new or emerging arts workers from marginalized communities Heist is only looking for interested candidates who self-identify as a visible minority, a new immigrant, and/or Indigenous. Applications from qualified individuals from the IBPOC community of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities are welcome as HEIST seeks to continue to diversify and strengthen its organization and the community as a whole. 

This mentorship is a full-time position running just over three weeks starting January 28th. The main workplace will be The Bus Stop Theatre located at 2203 Gottingen Street. Note: Proper regulations and practices regarding Covid-19 will be followed in order to ensure the health and safety of the entire team. Adjustments to these practices will be made if necessitated by fluctuating guidelines and scenarios within this pandemic.  

Interested candidates do not need to have any experience within the entertainment industry, stage management or production management realm. Successful candidates will possess a fine attention to detail, demonstrate strong organizational skills and show a desire to work within the arts.  

HEIST believes cohesion is extremely important in producing engaging events and that the key to success is open communication and discussion. The applicant will be included in creative and administrative communication through Google Docs and Slack as well as be invited into Heist’s weekly full company meetings. The selected applicant will have a voice at the table each week to speak and share ideas without fear of ridicule or judgement. We prioritize getting it right over being right, and pride ourselves in building open, engaging, safe and enjoyable teams.  

HEIST is a live art company committed to creating, producing and presenting innovative, genre-bending and queerly playful performances in Halifax and beyond. An important element to the organization is having a clear and strong commitment to diversity within culture, abilities and gender. HEIST is the brainchild and creative platform for Artistic Director Richie Wilcox, Technical Director Aaron Collier and Managing Director Sylvia Bell. They are responsible for the creation of recent popular shows including The Princess Show, Princess Rules and New Waterford Boy. Also, Heist produced the 2019 and 2020 Creative Nova Scotia Awards and regularly produces and promotes Heist Takeover Parties. For more information on the company, go to liveheist.com 

Interested individuals should answer the following three questions in their application: 

1) What do you want to learn about live art and event production? What interests you? 

2) What interests you about Heist? 

3) What are you passionate about?

Applications can be made by any of the methods that suits you best: 

- a letter of interest (2 page maximum) 

- a video (3 minute maximum) 

- an audio recording (3 minute maximum) 

These can be sent to liveheist@gmail.com with the subject line: Heist Mentorship. 

Please contact us if assistance with this application is needed or if another method of submission is required. Also, do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. We’d be happy to answer them in advance of the deadline. 

Deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, January 4th, 2021 by 4:00pm ADT.

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