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  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:08 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    We are hiring an organized, efficient, part time Office Manager! 

    Urban Ink Productions creates, produces and disseminates original live performance works by Indigenous and Intercultural artists. We are based in Vancouver, B.C. and our work can be seen on stages across the country. 

    This position will provide clerical and administrative support to the Managing Director. As we are a small office, the successful candidate will be flexible, adaptable, and extremely organized. This is a part time position, based on two days a week, with an hourly wage of $17.00. 

    Responsibilities: 

    • Manage bookkeeping preparation, including invoicing; 
    • Database management; 
    • Occasional support with Social Media; 
    • Updating of the website as needed; 
    • Ongoing administrative assistance; 
    • Provide support to Fund Development initiatives and grant writing; 
    • Manage occasional special projects; 
    • And a myriad of other tasks as they arise. 

    This role requires you to work onsite at the Urban ink offices, 2 days per week. This position requires the ability to be self motivated, make independent decisions, and to work well with others. Great communications skills – both verbal and written – will be an asset, as will an understanding of and appreciation for the performing arts. A passion for the work we do is critical! 

    Please submit your resume (subject line: Office Manager) with a cover letter explaining why you would be a great fit to: programs@urbanink.ca 

    We will hire the right person as soon as we meet them, so apply soon! 

    Urban Ink is invested making artistic work that reflects Indigenous and Intercultural diversity; we provide a platform to voices who have historically been silenced, marginalized, or ignored. 

  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:18 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Production Title:         August Osage County

    Company:                    White Rock Players’ Club

    Director:                      Ryan Mooney

    Producer:                     Kate Stadel and Thomas Gage

    Playwright:                  Tracey Letts

    Audition Dates:          August 20th 2pm-5pm

                                        August 21st 7pm-9pm

                                        September 17th 12pm (call backs)

    Audition Venue:         TBC


    Additional Requirements:

    Email producer to book an audition time. The audition will consist of cold reads.


    Rehearsal Schedule: 8 Table reads will be scheduled between September and February. Dates will be booked based on availability of actors.

    Stage rehearsals will begin February 18th and occur every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday5pm-10pm) plus a technical rehearsal the weekend prior to opening.

    If the majority of these rehearsal times do not work for you, but you are truly interested in auditioning, please contact us anyway.


    Production Dates:       April 11-28 2018

    Production Venue:      Coast Capital Playhouse, White Rock

    Contact:                      Kate Stadel katestadel@gmail.com

     

    Characters: 

    Beverly Weston

    The father of the Weston family, aged 69, an alcoholic and washed-up poet. His mysterious disappearance one evening and eventually discovered death are the reasons for the family's reunion. The reasons for his implied suicide are a major plot point that bring some of the family's dark past painfully back into the light.

    Violet Weston

    The mother of the Weston family, aged 65. Undergoing treatment for oral cancer, she is addicted to several prescription drugs, mostly depressants and narcotics. After an ugly rant at Beverly's funeral dinner, the family's focus shifts to keeping her clean. Despite her drug-induced episodes, she is sharp-tongued and shrewd; she is aware of the family's many secrets and not hesitant to reveal them for her own benefit.

    Barbara Fordham

    The oldest daughter of the Weston Family, age 46. Mother of Jean and wife of Bill, though they are currently separated. She is a college professor in Boulder, Colorado. She wants to save her marriage, but has the intense need to control everything around her as it falls apart.

    Ivy Weston

    The middle daughter of the Weston family, age 44. The only daughter to stay in Oklahoma, she works as a librarian at the local college, and her calm and patient exterior hides a passionate woman who is gradually growing cynical. She is secretly having an affair with her "cousin", Little Charles, and plans to move to New York with him.

    Karen Weston

    The youngest daughter in the Weston family, age 40. She is newly engaged to Steve, whom she considers the "perfect man", and lives with him in Florida, planning to marry him soon. Karen can talk of little else but her own happiness even at her father's funeral, and she clearly chooses to lie to herself about her sleazy fiancé rather than face the reality of not getting a happy ending.

    Bill Fordham

    Barbara's estranged husband and Jean's father, age 49. A college professor, he has left his wife for a younger woman named Cindy, one of his students, but wants to be there for his family. His marriage is disintegrating and his patience is slowly running thin.

    Jean Fordham

    Bill and Barbara's smart-tongued 14-year-old daughter. She smokes pot and cigarettes, is a vegetarian, loves old movies, and is bitter about her parents' split. She is a molestation victim at the hands of her future uncle Steve, but reacts violently to Johnna coming to her rescue.

    Steve Heidebrecht

    Karen's fiancé, age 50. A businessman in Florida (whose business, it is hinted, centers around the Middle East and may be less than legitimate), and not the "perfect man" that Karen considers him. He flirts with Jean throughout the play, supplies her with marijuana, and molests her.

    Mattie Fae Aiken

    Violet's sister, Charlie's wife and Little Charles' mother, age 57. Just as jaded as her sister, Mattie Fae constantly belittles her son and antagonizes her husband. Eventually she reveals the major plot point that Beverly, not Charlie, is the real father of Little Charles.

    Charlie Aiken

    Husband of Mattie Fae and the presumed father of Little Charles, age 60. Charlie, a genial man, was a lifelong friend of Beverly. He struggles to get Mattie Fae to respect Little Charles.

    "Little" Charles Aiken

    Son of Mattie Fae and Beverly, 37 years old—but, like everyone else, he believes Charlie is his father. Unemployed and clumsy, his mother calls him a "screw-up", which may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. He is secretly having an affair with Ivy, who is revealed to actually be his half-sister.

    Johnna Monevata

    Cheyenne Indian woman, age 26, whom Beverly hires as a live-in housekeeper shortly before he disappears. Violet is prejudiced against her, but she wins over the other family members with her cooking skills, hard work, and empathy. Johnna is the silent witness to much of the mayhem in the house.

    Sheriff Deon Gilbeau

    A high-school classmate and former boyfriend of Barbara's, age 47, who brings the news of Beverly's suicide to the family.

  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:10 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Now in its 53rd season, the Arts Club offers professional live theatre at three venues, as well as on tour throughout the province.

    We are seeking a Publicist to manage strategic media promotions in accordance with the immediate and long-range goals of the company. This position implements effective and creative communication campaigns for the purpose of marketing, development, and company media coverage. The Publicist is ultimately accountable for all public and media relations.

    The successful candidate is a confident, motivated, detail-oriented individual with considerable communication skills who thrives on the exchange of ideas.

    Accountabilities (including, but not limited to, the following):

    • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with local and national reviewers, writers, editors, and broadcast journalists
    • Serves as key media spokesperson
    • Writes and distributes media releases
    • Creates and facilitates engaging content for social media on all Arts Club channels
    • Co-ordinates production photography and videography in-studio or on-location for media and marketing use
    • Co-ordinates all media calls, public relation events, b-roll production, and press junkets
    • Hosts media at opening night performances
    • Liaise with theatre artists
    • Maintains company archives

     Qualifications:               

    • Post-secondary education in communications, public relations, or marketing with a combination of 3–5 years of education and professional experience
    • Established local and national media contacts
    • Strong writing and editing skills
    • A valid driver’s license and clean driving record is an asset
    • Knowledge of union regulations (ACTRA, CAEA, VMA) is an asset
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel; working knowledge of Photoshop is an asset
    • Experience with an integrated ticketing database, specifically Tessitura, is an asset
    • Highly organized and professional self-starter
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills

    Compensation:

    The Publicist is a permanent, full-time position with the following hours: Monday–Friday, 9 AM– 5:30 PM. Some evening and weekend work is required. 

    Deadline:

    Email a cover letter and résumé to humanresources@artsclub.com by July 23, 2017

    We thank all who express interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted

  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:04 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Audition day 1: 08/22/2017
    City: Vancouver

    Audition day 2: 08/23/2017
    City: Vancouver

    Audition day 3: 08/24/2017
    City: Vancouver

    Artistic Director or casting person in attendance: Bill Millerd, Stephanie Hargreaves
    Deadline to submit: 08/04/2017
    Email applications to: prodintern@artsclub.com
    Contact name: Alina Wong
    Contact email: prodintern@artsclub.com
    Contact phone: 604-687-5315, ext. 283
    Engager website: artsclub.com
    Link to detailed casting information: artsclub.com
    Agreement: CTA

    Ethno-cultural mandate or ethno-cultural casting statement: The Arts Club Theatre is committed to diversity in its casting and encourages submissions from all ethnic/cultural backgrounds for all auditions.

    Additional information:

    The Arts Club Theatre Company will be holding General Auditions on August 22, 23, and 24th, 2017.

    Those who have auditioned for the Arts Club Theatre in the last year need not re-submit. Non-Equity performers are welcome and will be scheduled to audition after all Canadian Actors’ Equity Association members have been seen. Auditioners will be asked to prepare one contemporary monologue not more than 3 minutes in length.

    Please send a photo and resume to:

           General Auditions
           Arts Club Theatre Company
           BMO Theatre Centre
           203-162 West 1st Ave
           Vancouver, B.C.
           V5Y 0H6

    **RESUMES SUBMITTED BY FAX OR EMAIL WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED**

    The deadline for applications will be the end of business on Friday, August 4, 2017. Selected applicants will then be contacted to arrange an appointment.

    Equity members will be seen first at all open audition calls. Equity members cast in this production will be engaged under an Equity form of contract. CAEA members: please bring your membership card to the audition.

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 10:59 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Reporting directly to the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the Fringe Festival, Theatre Wire, and other strategic projects. Other key duties include artist engagement, fundraising, marketing, and community outreach.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    Leadership

    •  Working closely with the Board of Directors, shape and maintain a vision and strategic plan that guides the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society. You will act as a professional advisor and guide to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the organization’s activities.
    •  Identify, assess, and communicate to the Board of Directors any internal and external issues that affect the organization
    •  Foster effective team work between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff
    •  Act as a champion and spokesperson for the organization
    •  Take a leadership role in positively shaping the Vancouver theatre community through involvement in associations, mentorship, sector advocacy and collaboration.
    •  Build relationships with diverse communities by listening to other leaders and to artists and communities who are traditionally underrepresented.
    •  Leading and inspiring others using a deeply informed, well-articulated vision of the future.

    Operational planning and management

    •  Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization
    •  Oversee the day-to-day operation of the organization ensuring that they align with the mandate and mission of the Fringe and provide support to the Board for monthly meetings.
    •  Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs and services as well as special events

    Human resources planning and management

    Financial planning and management

    •  Identify and engage appropriate staffing for organizational management and program delivery success
    •  Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures, and practices
    •  Establish a positive, healthy, and safe work environment which encourages diversity and people engagement
    •  Maintain a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring, coaching, and mentoring staff
    • on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review
    •  Work with staff and the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budgets(annual and multi-year)
    •  Support and mentor appropriate staff to research funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans
    • and write funding proposals to ensure that the organization reaches financial targets and goals
    •  Participate in fundraising activities as appropriate
    •  Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board
    • Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed
    •  Manage the funds of the organization according to the approved budget
    •  Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization

     Community relations/advocacy

    Risk management

    QUALIFICATIONS

     Three – five years senior non-profit management experience

    •  Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
    •  Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, human resource management, program development
    • and task facilitation
    •  Authentic leadership with demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
    •  Exceptional relationship building and team-building skills
    •  Ability to interface with and engage diverse artist, volunteer, and supporter groups
    •  Strong written and oral communication skills, including excellent public speaking ability
    •  Ability to convey a vision of the Fringe Festival’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers, donors, and government
    • representatives
    •  Ability to work flexible hours
    •  Capacity to work calmly under pressure
    •  Experience in theatre production, marketing, sponsorship, fundraising, event planning, box office systems, diversity
    • are all desirable
    •  Understanding of government relations
    •  Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to non-profit and arts sectors
    •  Degree in theatre or equivalent experience

    Interested people are encouraged to submit a cover letter plus your resume in confidence by August 9, 2017 to: edrecruitment@vancouverfringe.com Attention: Recruitment Committee

    The Vancouver Fringe Festival Society does not and shall not discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.

    For more information, check out the Vancouver Fringe Festival posting here.

  • Wednesday, July 05, 2017 4:38 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Reports To/Works Alongside:
    •General Manager
    •Artistic Director
    •Director of Marketing 

    Purpose of the Job:
    To raise the profile of Pacific Theatre as a company, and increase awareness and sales for individual productions through media relations and promotional activities.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    •Work with Marketing Director to create promotional plan for Pacific Theatre and individual productions

    •Create relationships with journalists and editors at a variety of media outlets

    •Generate press interest in shows for preview articles, interviews, and reviews

    •Help spread word about shows through direct outreach to community groups

    Secondary Responsibilities:

    •Manage and maintain an up-to-date media list

    •Write and distribute press releases and PSA’s to pitch stories about Pacific Theatre events

    •Research and write press kits

    •Work with Director of Marketing to coordinate photo and video shoots

    •Communicate with media about Pacific Theatre’s events and activities

    •Invite media, artistic directors, and others to opening nights

    •Track and archive all media and social media coverage

    •Execute and maintain all event listings for Pacific Theatre events on various listings shows

    •Reach out to and communicate with various community groups who may be interested in productions (in collaboration with Group Sales Manager)

    •Write and send e-blasts

    •Handle all distribution of posters and postcards

    •Potential for additional responsibilities of writing blog posts and basic photography and/or graphic design, depending on skills and time

    Physical Demands:

    •Can accommodate most physical restrictions – let us know what you need

    Working Conditions and Environment:

    Pacific Theatre has a small, friendly, open office environment, with a significant focus on team dynamics and mutual support. 

    Knowledge and Skills Required:

    •Experience and/or education in media relations and publicity

    •Excellent writing skills

    •Creative thinking and ability to find interesting story angles

    •Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to build relationships and comfort making “cold” communications over email or phone

    •Able to meet deadlines

    •Intrinsically motivated and able to self-manage

    •Interested in contributing to and being an intrinsic part of a team

    •Basic photography and Photoshop/Indesign skills an asset

    Additional Notes

    Salary: $22,000/year 
    Hours: 30/week
    Holiday: Bank Holidays plus 2 weeks in the first year
    Health and Dental benefits package option
    Subject to 3-month probationary period

    To Apply:

    Please contact Andrea Loewen at andrea@pacifictheatre.org with your resume and cover letter. Please attach or include links to up to three examples of press releases or writing samples, if you have them.

    In your cover letter, please be sure to address Pacific Theatre specifically and why you want to work with us. It will be helpful to address the information in our About Us page on our website.

  • Sunday, June 25, 2017 12:02 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Gateway Theatre enriches the quality of life in Richmond and surrounding communities by creating outstanding professional theatre and serving as a dynamic hub for the performing arts. Incorporated in 1982, Gateway has grown into one of the largest professional theatre companies in the Lower Mainland and is under the artistic leadership of Jovanni Sy. We serve the community through professional live theatre productions, theatre education for youth, and community venue rentals.

    Position Summary

    Reporting to the Executive Director the Operations Manager is a key member of the management team at Gateway Theatre. In addition to responsibilities managing facility operations, they will work with the Executive Director in advancing the theatre’s strategic priorities and on the administrative aspects of Gateway’s productions and presentations. The position is expected to evolve based on the skills and development of the successful candidate.

    Experience & Qualifications

    ‐ At least 3‐5 years’ performing arts administration experience or equivalent
    ‐ An understanding of theatre operations, budgeting and producing is preferred
    ‐ Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
    ‐ Strong verbal and written communications and interpersonal skills
    ‐ Ability to prioritize, manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
    ‐ Proven ability to supervise, develop and evaluate staff and delegate work
    ‐ A collaborative, innovative and flexible approach to leadership

    Compensation

    $45,000 to $49,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package and pension plan.

    To Apply

    Please send a resume and cover letter outlining your suitability for the position to Camilla Tibbs: ctibbs@gatewaytheatre.com.

    Gateway Theatre is committed to employment equity and request that any required accommodations be noted in cover letters. We thank all applicants, but only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

    Applications accepted until position filled. Click here for more information.

  • Sunday, June 25, 2017 11:57 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    THÉÂTRE LA SEIZIÈME, BC'S PRIMARY FRENCH-LANGUAGE PROFESSIONAL THEATRE COMPANY, IS SEEKING A COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER.

    REMUNERATION: $20 to $23 an hour, depending on experience (30 hours per week). The person responsible for communications will be asked to work some hours on weekends and evenings. 

    HIRING DATE: August 21st, 2017 

    CONTRACT LENGTH: until August 31st, 2018, renewable 

    RESPONSABILITIES 

    - Create a communications plan for the season and a strategic campaign for each production 

    - Create the necessary communication tools, with the input of the suppliers 

    - Be responsible for public relations 

    - Be responsible for maintaining the company’s social media platforms, with the goal of developing and maintaining a virtual audience 

    - To augment and maintain the mailing list and the data base 

    - To write documents, articles and diverse messages 

    - Plan cultural mediation activities and promotion 

    - Develop relationships allowing the promotion of the company and/or audience development 

    - Measure the impact of the marketing strategies and prepare the proper reports 

    - Be available for welcoming audience members 

    The candidate will work under the supervision of the Artistic and General Director. 

    QUALIFICATIONS 
    - Excellent French language abilities 

    - University degree in communications or in a related field 

    - A minimum of two years in a communications position 

    - Excellent writing skills 

    - Demonstrable public relations skills and community management experience 

    - An ability to work with graphic software is an asset 

    - Knowledge of the artistic field is an asset 

    - An ability to work as part of a team and also in an individual manner 

    - Organized, enterprising, strategic, and creative 

    - Able to work with: Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Gmail, MailChimp 

    This information is also available on our website: seizieme.ca 

    Please submit your resume, accompanied by a cover letter detailing your interest in this position, by email, at: info@seizieme.ca  No follow-up phone calls, please. We will contact the candidates to be interviewed. 

    Deadline for applications is July 11th, 2017, at 4 p.m. (Pacific Time). 


  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 1:16 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Only Animal is developing SLIME, a new play from Bryony Lavery. Directed by Kendra Fanconi, SLIME takes place just slightly in the future set at a climate change conference where student interns act as translators for marine animals who are participating in the conference. 

    7 non-equity roles for actors 19 - 25, or can play those ages. Please do not apply if you are a member of a union, Equity or UBCP. 

    We are interested in hiring underrepresented communities and cast for cultural diversity. The Only Animal invites application from trans or gender non-binary actors for all roles. 

    Workshop Dates: August 8 – 12, 2017

    All roles are paid. Please do not apply if you have conflicts during May/June of next year, 2018. Those cast for the workshop will be top consideration for the co-production May/June of 2018, in Banff and Vancouver as well as for development work in the interim.

    These roles contain vocal challenges of learning and performing the languages of animals:

    COCO: female, had failed one night stand with EV which makes her angry, frog translator. Also plays an adult (Georgia Mulhouse, military general)

    BARB: top student, falls in love with OLA, otter and sea lion translator

    OLA: falls in love with BARB, Sea bird translator. Also plays an adult (the elderly and frail, Dr. Meredith Lander)

    EV: male, IT guy, a self-starter, a traitor, speaks enough polar bear to get by

    FREZZLE: male, dolphin translator, can’t find a mate. Also plays an adult (Corporate Suit, Brian Talbot) 

    These roles contain physical challenges of performing languages of fish and other animals:

    GODFREY: male, dance major, gay, fish translator. Also plays an adult (scientist Neville Liddy, geeky SLIME expert)

    DUMBO: female, dance major, has taken a vow of silence to listen to what animals have to say. This actress is physically innovative and will invent sign language to translate for animals who communicate visually.

    Please submit headshot and resume by EMAIL ONLY to lisa@theonlyanimal.com by June 21, 2017. Please save files with your FULL NAME in the document title. 

    Script available upon request.

    The Only Animal thanks you in advance for all submissions, we will only contact parties we are interested in.

  • Saturday, June 10, 2017 9:08 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Now in its 53rd season, the Arts Club offers professional live theatre at three venues, as well as on tour throughout the province.

    We are seeking a full-time, in-house Graphic Designer. The Graphic Designer is an integral member of the Marketing Department, responsible for the creation of a variety of ephemera within a lively and deadline-driven environment. Reporting to the Publications and Communications Manager, the Graphic Designer collaborates with a core team to conceive and execute engaging print and web assets. The Graphic Designer also assists in developing strategies to maximize potential theatre audiences.

    The successful candidate is a confident, motivated, detail-oriented individual with considerable communication skills who thrives on the exchange of ideas.

     ACCOUNTABILITIES

    • ·      Ensure projects are delivered before or on deadline
    • ·      Ensure artwork for accuracy and completeness
    • ·      Ensure adherence to established brand guidelines and house style
    • ·      Modify and repurpose show illustrations (created by an external party) as required
    • ·      Produce consistent file results from comp to layout to final deliverable
    • ·      Monitor art preparation guidelines; convert source material as required for output
    • ·      Recommend technical and procedural updates as required

     QUALIFICATIONS

    • ·      Deep knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Excel (on a PC platform)
    • ·      Degree in graphic design plus minimum two years’ work experience at advertising or creative agencies
    • Ability to design for newsprint, print, web, large indoor and outdoor applications, etc.
    • Exceptional communication skills and attention to detail
    • Ability to multitask and meet multiple deadlines in an open-office setting
    • An affinity for the performing arts

     COMPENSATION

    $32,000–$36,000 per annum plus extended healthcare benefits (after three months). The Graphic Designer is a permanent, full-time position with the following hours: Monday–Friday, 9 AM– 5:30 PM

     DEADLINE

    Email a cover letter and résumé to humanresources@artsclub.com by June 18, 2017.

    We thank all who express interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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