Indigenous Production Trainee

  • Temporary
  • Sydney


Indigenous Production Trainee (12 month full time contract)

This role with Bangarra offers you:

  • Work at our newly renovated premises at Sydney’s Walsh Bay, an expanding, vibrant, arts precinct.
  • Flexible employment arrangements and travel opportunities
  • Competitive employee benefits including cultural leave, performance tickets, professional training and development opportunities and
  • The opportunity to undertake and qualify for a Certificate III with TAFE

In this role being an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is a genuine occupational requirement, and is authorised by section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1997 (NSW).

We are Bangarra Dance Theatre. We are a company of professional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers. We are storytellers. We are fire makers.

As one of Australia’s leading Indigenous performing arts companies, we share our culture with Communities and audiences across Australia and the world.

We have been making our indelible marks on the Australian and international theatre landscape for over three decades. We are at home performing on Country, on Australia’s most iconic stages and running education workshops and programs to nurture the next generation of storytellers.

We are for the hundreds of First Nations Communities across Australia – and for anyone who wants to be part of our story.

Company Profile

Bangarra is Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts company, widely acclaimed nationally and around the world for its powerful dance, distinctive theatrical voice and utterly unique soundscapes, music, and design.

Each year the Company shares its performances, stories, and spirit with over 50,000 people on Country and in theatres in capital cities, regional centres, and international locations. Our beautiful home on the water in the arts precinct at Walsh Bay is the perfect location for Bangarra to build on its legacy of the past 32 years. In 2024, the Company will produce its new double bill Horizon, present Dance Clan again and tour across the country with its mainstage productions and Youth Programs. This is an exciting time to join the team to contribute to these ambitious projects coming to life.

Position Description

The Production Trainee reports directly to the Director, Technical and Production. They will assist in the documentation, organisation and smooth running of Bangarra rehearsals, performances and other events as required.

The Production Trainee will also assist with the maintenance and storage of props and costumes and will give general assistance to the Production Department.

As part of their on-the-job training, the production trainee will have the opportunity to work in areas including technical production, stage management, lighting, sound, staging and rigging. There is also the potential to undertake a Certificate III in Live Production & Services through TAFE.

Areas of Responsibility

1.          Performance: Tours/ Repertoire/ New Works.

The Production Trainee will assist Stage Management in all production aspects of Bangarra performances and associated rehearsals, including (but not limited to) the following:

1.1.     Formation of prop lists, costume inventories and running sheets associated with Bangarra productions.

1.2.     Assisting in the smooth running and recording of all rehearsals, in both studio and theatres.

1.3.     Assisting in the recording of all Bangarra performances for archival purposes.

1.4.     When required, ensure maintenance, cleaning and laundering of costumes associated with Bangarra productions.

1.5.     Sourcing and/or collecting of props and equipment needed for Bangarra rehearsals and performances.

1.6.     Other duties as required.

2.          Venue

2.1.     Assist in the safe storage and maintenance of Bangarra sets, props, costumes and equipment relating to Bangarra shows.

2.2.     Assist in the safe storage of Bangarra’s soundtracks and archival performance and rehearsal videos.

3.          Venue management

3.1.     Assist as required in coordinating the use of Bangarra premises by outside hirers.

Skills & Experience

  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Administration skills with experience of using Microsoft Office (or equivalent)
  • An interest in operating and installing live sound and vision systems, lighting and staging systems
  • A keen interest in performing arts, especially dance
  • An open, positive attitude and a willingness to contribute to a vibrant workplace

This position requires flexibility to work evenings and weekends when in production or on tour and an ability to travel regionally and interstate.

For further information, please contact John Colvin, Director Technical and Production, [email protected]

To apply, please send:

–        A cover letter including a response to each of the above Selection Criteria (no more than 2 pages)

–        A full CV, including the names and contacts of at least 2 referees (referees will not be contacted before the shortlisting stage and after checking with the candidate)


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By 9am 4 March 2024

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