The Burnaby Summer Theatre Program is planned and implemented by the Burnaby Arts Council (BAC). This program receives a Canada Summer Jobs Grant which covers majority of the student wages, the BAC slightly tops the wage. This program has been a part of the Burnaby Arts Council for over twenty years. The Activities and Delivery of the Program: Currently BAC is partnering with the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. Selected students create, produce and perform an original theatre work at various venues through the greater Vancouver area. One Outcome of this project is that the students gain highly sought after work experience in their field of study. The students perform at parks, libraries, museums and other community venues. They also bring original theatre performances to BC Children’s Hospital, Canuck House and Ronal MacDonald House.

The program is highly inclusive and accessible to all ages and cultures. The community benefits from this project as they are given an opportunity to view live theatre in their neighborhood at community centers, parks and libraries. Community centers support this program because of the quality and innovative theatre performance.

The summer theatre troupe currently provides 50 performances at different community venues throughout Metro Vancouver. Some 2,000-2,500 children watch the plays.

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This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Canada Summer Jobs program in partnership with the Burnaby Arts Council.

Canada Summer Jobs

Each summer in concert with Canada Summer Jobs employs four to six students from SFU who write, direct and produce a play geared towards children.  The play provides a chance to engage with live theatre for Burnaby families as well as Children’s Hospital, Ronald MacDonald House, and Canuck Place.

Eligible Participants

Per the Canada Summer Job Applicant Guide to be an eligible, students must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • be a Canadian citizen, permancent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (FOREIGN STUDENTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE); and,
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevent provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

Details About Production

  • 8 to 12 weeks from May –August 30 hrs/week.
  • Creative Director/Production Manager (1 position) – $13.50/hour
  • Actors/Performers (3-4 positions, depending on grant) – $12.50/hour
  • Work needs to be designed for children and general public: can address social issues (not requisite) and must include an introduction, talk or Q&A (interactive elements encouraged).
  • Students create their own costumes and set.
  • The Burnaby Art Council provides a small budget for transportation, props, costumes etc.
  • The performances/set/costumes must be transportable. The performances are sometimes outside (No power), and the set and costumes must be easily packed up, and transportable via van to different venues across the Vancouver/Burnaby/New West.
  • Rehearsal’s can take place at SFU and or the BAC House, (6584 Deer Lake Ave).
  • Groups must be no larger than 4 students (could be up 6 – extra students tbd at a later date) and must be interdisciplinary.
  • Performance must be maximum 45 minutes long.
  • Participants must be current and returning students .
  • There MUST be minimum one student with a valid BC License.


Creative & Production Manager – 1 staff

-To work with the Burnaby Arts Council Board and staff to direct all aspects of the summer theatre production.

-To work with the production manager in securing venue bookings and to participate and contribute to community and BAC special events.

-To provide a final report to the Board and SFU.

-To provide accurate time sheets and other documentation to BAC

To assist the Executive Director in preparation and administration of the budget, books, schedules, venues and performances with community groups and events. The production manager prepares performance contracts and agreements and ensure completion of these contracts. He or she will also help design and distribute promotional material, solicit and manage in-kind donations, correspondence and daily admin tasks related to the company. The production manager will also assist with the technical execution of the play and acts in a minor role. Emphasis this year will be performing at special events. The production manager will also be involved in preparing a final report with recommendations for the future and be involved in planning for the next year’s Summer Theatre.

Actor/Technician – 2 staff

-Prepares for the role in production (interpretation, characterization, and memorization) assist with script and music development.

-Under the direction of the Artistic Director, designs and constructs sets, costumes and props, setup/strike sets, perform daily during July and august to community groups and special events.

-give feedback to artistic director about the program and suggestions for improvement. Assist the Artistic Director in planning for the following year’s program.


9 to 12 weeks: May – August (must be available to work 32.5hrs/week; Production Manager works 13 weeks)

  • 4-6 weeks: Creation and rehearsal
  • 5 weeks: Tour with approximately 50 performances