Vertigo Theatre Internships

VERTIGO THEATRE has entertained audiences for over 40 years with high-quality programming, and has evolved into a truly unique organization; we are the only professional theatre in Canada producing a series of plays based in the mystery genre. We produce award-winning work with high production values and aim to commission one to two new works a year.

Vertigo 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 Series. We build strong partnerships through a variety of student and professional outreach initiatives that are designed specifically to provide students with mentorship in a variety of skills needed to work both in our organization and in our industry as a whole .

Vertigo Theatre is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (P.A.C.T.) and engages artists who are members of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.



April 23rd to June 14th

Vertigo is looking for two well-rounded individuals who will be comfortable in a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, technical, administrative, back-stage, and marketing duties.  The internship will provide on-the-job training and exposure to the inner workings of the company, from admin to stage, and is suitable for students from all streams of study: Tech/Design, or Performance /Devised /Directing.  The interns will work on Vertigo’s last production of the BD&P Mystery Theatre Series 2018-19, Catalyst Theatre’s The Invisible - Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare.

Senior students will be given priority. Vertigo Theatre will provide a stipend of $250/week



April 22th to June 9th (One day of prep on April 20, possible holdover to June 16th)

Vertigo is looking for a student with stage management experience to assist the stage management team for Vertigo’s last production of the BD&P Mystery Theatre Series 2018-19, Catalyst Theatre’s The Invisible - Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare and Lunchbox Theatre’s 2019 Emerging Director’s Showcase. The first two weeks of the placement will be spent in rehearsals at Lunchbox Theatre. The intern will then move over to Vertigo for tech week and production of The Invisible and will spend the remainder of the placement at Vertigo.  The work may involve but is not limited to scheduling, back-stage show-running, dressing, and general organizational duties. The intern will be mentored by two professional stage managers who are members of the Calgary and Edmonton community respectively. The ideal candidate intends to pursue a career in stage management or production management.

Senior students will be given priority. The Faculty of Fine Arts will provide a stipend of $250/week.



Application deadline:           January 7th, 2019

Requirements:                       Resume (max 2 pages)

                                                   Letter of introduction


Selection Process: Candidates will be shortlisted by Drama Faculty.  Interviews with Vertigo will be conducted via Skype or in-person during the third and fourth weeks of January by Nikki Giguere, Company Manager; Alexandra Prichard, Rentals and Education Manager; and Michael Slemon, Production Manager.

Registration: The successful candidates will need to register into Drama 4990. 

Evaluation: Evaluation will be largely based on the practical experience provided by Vertigo Theatre. Through prior arrangement between the intern and instructor of record, an experiential report or journal might also be required.


Vertigo regrets that we cannot provide accommodation during the internship, though we can provide assistance in sourcing accommodation if needed.


Please direct any questions to Gail Hanrahan at

Please send all applications to the Dean’s Office, at