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  • Monday, July 11, 2016 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)


    Message from Gateway Theatre’s Artistic Director:

    This may be my favourite season to date. The plays we’re presenting are fresh and vital and relevant to today’s Lower Mainland. Best of all, four of our six plays are BC premieres. Each play this season showcases the work of extraordinary actors, directors, and designers. Each piece has something meaningful to say about the world in which we live.

    If you’ve been to Gateway before, you know that we produce excellent plays that speak to hearts and minds. Our plays will make you laugh, bring a tear to your eye, compel you to tap your toes, or leave you thinking about things in a different light. That’s the magic of live theatre. If you haven’t been here before, I invite you to experience that magic for yourself.  At Gateway, we’re proud of our shows we do and we’d love to share them with you.

    By subscribing, you can secure the best seats in the house and save up to 18% on ticket prices, plus get additional valuable benefits.

    I look forward to seeing you at Gateway!

    Jovanni Sy, Artistic Director


    Check out the season line-up at

  • Friday, July 08, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)


    At the end of a record-breaking 15/16 season,  The Cultch announces its 2016/2017 lineup. Highlights of the 20-show season include five world premieres by local companies and six Canadian premieres of international hits.

    Two world premiere musicals will take to the York stage in 2017 with Zee Zee Theatre’s Elbow Room: The Musical, a candid look inside Vancouver’s most iconic eatery, and Urban Ink’s Children of God, the powerful story of two Oji-Cree children taken from their family and sent to a residential school in Northern Ontario.  After its premiere at The Cultch in May it moves to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Two dance pieces from celebrated local artists will also premiere as part of the season: am a from Mindy Parfitt and Amber Funk Barton, and How To Be, the newest work from Tara Cheyenne Performance. The local premieres are rounded out by the return of Theatre Replacement’s wildly successful East Van Panto. This year the writing/directing team of Mark Chavez and Anita Rochon will bring us their wacky, wonderful take on Little Red Riding Hood, with Veda Hille returning for a fourth year as musical director!

    The six Canadian premieres include Piya Behrupiya, a Hindi version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; Fight Night from Belgium, a wickedly fun take on elections and voting systems; the American Helen & Edgar from the team behind The Moth; family-friendly The Pianist and romantic thriller The Elephant Wrestler, both from New Zealand; and the shocking La Merda from Italy.

    The season is rounded out with the return of local successes Motherload, VACT’s Empire of the Son, and Cultchivating the Fringe winner The Fighting Season, along with national works from Toronto and Montreal (All Hell is Breaking Loose, Honey; Mouthpiece; NeoIndigenA; The Daisy Theatre; Vertical Influences; Mump & Smoot).

    With 20 explosively entertaining productions, the season will keep The Cultch’s venues – the Historic Theatre, the Vancity Culture Lab, and the York Theatre – buzzing with live performance.

    Subscriptions for the 16/17 season go on sale April 8, 2016. Single tickets go on sale August 2. Call The Cultch’s Box Office at 604-251-1363 or go online at


    Full descriptions of each show can be found IN THIS PRESS RELEASE.


  • Thursday, July 07, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)


    Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival begins its 27th season in Vanier Park on June 3, with an exciting lineup of plays, concerts and special events. All tickets for Bard on the Beach go on sale April 6 for the 2016 season, which runs from June 3 to September 24.

    The Festival’s summer-long celebration of Shakespeare starts with ROMEO AND JULIET on the BMO Mainstage, with Kim Collier (Hamlet, 2013) returning to Bard to direct this timeless romantic tragedy. It alternates with Bard’s Jessie Award-winning 2012 production of THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. This huge audience favourite is full of high-spirited comedy and live performances of classic 60s popular music. Johnna Wright is back to direct, this time on the BMO Mainstage, along with many of the original actors.

    On the Howard Family Stage, in the Douglas Campbell Theatre, two of Bard’s best-known and award-winning actors make their Bard directorial debuts. Bob Frazer directs the tragedy OTHELLO, setting the play’s jealousy and manipulation amidst the racism and violence of the American Civil War. Lois Anderson directs a mythical and exotic setting of PERICLES, Shakespeare’s adventurous tale of a hero’s quest to find love, family and the meaning of life.


    Play run dates and Special Events for 2016 are:


    Romeo and Juliet: June 3 – September 23 (BMO Mainstage) – Opening Night Friday, June 10


    The Merry Wives of Windsor: June 17 – September 24 (BMO Mainstage) – Opening Night Friday, June 24


    Othello: June 24 – September 20 (Howard Family Stage) – Opening Night Thursday, July 7


    Pericles: July 2 – September 21 (Howard Family Stage) – Opening Night Sunday, July 10


    Bard-B-Q & Fireworks: Saturday, July 23, Wednesday July 27 & Saturday, July 30 @ 5pm – includes play, dinner, on-site entertainment including a world-champion pipe band, and exclusive fireworks viewing. Tickets from $95


    Chor Leoni: Mane Stage: Mondays, June 20 & 27 @ 2pm & 7:30pm


    Wine Wednesdays: July 13, August 10 & September 7 @ 6pm. $21 (must purchase play ticket for same evening).


    Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Bard: Mondays, July 11 & 18 @ 7:30pm


    Opera & Arias: The Magic Flute: A costumed concert staging; Mondays, August 29 & September 5 @ 2pm & 7:30pm


    Exploring Shakespeare Talks: Delve deeper into each play’s story and background with Simon Fraser University’s Paul Budra. Saturdays, June 11 and 25, July 16 and August 13 @ 11am


    Salon Series: New this season, behind-the-scenes panel discussions. July 18, August 29 and September 5 @ 7pm


    Talkback Tuesdays: free post-show discussions following Tuesday performances in both theatres. July 5 – August 30


    Family Nights: Lively pre-show activities, family package pricing available: July 6, August 3 and August 31 @ 6pm


    Ticket prices for 2016 include all applicable fees and taxes and begin at $20. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection. Note many performances sell out in advance. The full performance schedule, site information and play and special events details are on the Bard website at To book tickets, order online through the Bard website or call the Bard Box Office at 604-739-0559 or (toll free) 1-877-739-0559.

    Bard on the Beach gratefully acknowledges its major corporate sponsors, including our Mainstage sponsor BMO, 2016 Season Sponsor Goldcorp, our production sponsors Polygon, RE/MAX, Lonetree Cider and BlueShore Financial, Bard-B-Q & Fireworks sponsor Grosvenor, and many other generous corporate supporters. Media sponsors are The Vancouver Sun and Global BC. Bard also thanks the City of Vancouver Cultural Services Department, the Vancouver Foundation, the BC Arts Council, the Province of BC and the Canada Council for the Arts for their continuing support.

    About Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

    Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Established in 1990, Bard is an annual summer festival with a mission to perform, explore and celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare, surrounded by the natural beauty of Vancouver, British Columbia. Play performances run Tuesday through Sunday with matinees on selected weekends and weekdays and some special events on Monday evenings. All evening performances start at 7:30 pm.


  • Thursday, July 07, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    PacificTheatreLogoPacific Theatre announces its 2016-2017 season, featuring an exciting mix of world premieres and local partnerships. Out of six mainstage productions, three are brand new plays, written by local playwrights and developed in partnership with Pacific Theatre.  The rest of the season is filled out with collaborations, another original creation in the Artistic Director’s Series, and topped with John Patrick Shanley’s beautiful romance, Outside Mullingar.


    Developing and producing new work is not new to Pacific Theatre, but it has been invigorated in recent years, becoming such a focus that the season will open with three new plays: A Good Way Out by Cara Norrish, Suitcase Stories by Maki Yi, and Holy Mo: A Christmas Show by Lucia Frangione.


    “A few seasons back we decided to focus on new play development, which had been an important part of Pacific Theatre’s history but neglected for a while” says Artistic Director Ron Reed on the high number of new works in the announcement, “It’s incredibly gratifying to be announcing three new works for 2016-2017! I suppose there’s a certain risk to that, but we have the best audience anywhere: Common Grace [this season’s world premiere] was the most popular show with subscribers.”


    Partnering with other local companies has also been a mainstay of Pacific Theatre’s work. This season the company partners with Vancouver’s hottest up-and-coming troupe, Classic Chic Productions for David Mann’s Shakespeare/Godfather mash-up Corleone, as well as Richmond’s acclaimed Gateway Theatre with their production of Athol Fugard’s Valley Song.


    “I’ve wanted Corleone on our stage since seeing it fifteen years ago, and Classic Chic’s track record with Shakespeare and the movies made this a natural fit. And our audiences love Athol Fugard, so when I saw the Richmond Gateway’s beautiful an dmoving production of Valley Song I knew it was a perfect successor to Playland and Master Harold and the Boys.”





    by Cara Norrish

    “This play is about what pushes us as human beings. How far will we go to protect and provide for the ones we love. It means the world to me to have my first professional production be at Pacific Theatre. It is my home and my family.” – Cara Norrish, Playwright

    Joey thought joining a biker gang was his best chance at having a future, but now that he has a family he is looking for other options that don’t exist.

    Director: Anthony F. Ingram.



    by Maki Yi

    “This is my story of God’s grace in Wilderness, and I am honored and thrilled to be on the mainstage of Pacific Theatre where the play was born and raised.” – Maki Yi, Playwright and Actor

    With only one tiny suitcase to accompany her, Maki leaves her home in Korea to experience “home” in Canada.  What follows is an incredible journey of placement, replacement, and displacement told with winsome vulnerability and plucky humour.

    Featuring: Maki Yi.



    by Lucia Frangione

    “When Lucia pitched the Holy Mo Christmas Show for a commission I was excited by the idea.  I was even more excited after attending the reading of the first draft to discover it was in fact everything I had hoped it would be … and more! I cannot wait to see these lovable ladies back on our stage!” – Alison Chisholm, Co-General Manager, Pacific Theatre

    A reverently irreverent re-imagining of the Nativity story, told with gusto and a varying commitment to accuracy by three beloved female clowns.  A long-awaited sequel to past hits Holy Mo and Holy Mo and Spew Boy.

    Director: Kerry van der Griend.

    Featuring: Lucia Frangione, Anita Wittenberg.


    CHRISTMAS PRESENCE Dec 4-6, 11-13

    Join our eclectic gathering of musicians and actors for a night of music, stories, poems, and readings for the holiday season.  Our favourite Christmas tradition.  A new line up every night, featuring local musicians like Laurell, Jordan Klassen, The Tourist Company, Carolyn Arends, Peter La Grand, Sheree Plett, and more!


    CORLEONE Feb 3-25

    by David Mann

    “Classic Chic is delighted and honoured to be invited to join Pacific Theatre next season to present this piece and do two of our favourite things:  inhabit and present a powerful masculine story told through a feminine interpretation and to play with classic-style text; in this case, iambic pentameter.” – Corina Akeson, Actor and Producer

    Power, love, betrayal, and family: what if Shakespeare wrote The Godfather?  Pacific Theatre partners with one of Vancouver’s most exciting new companies, Classic Chic Productions, for an all-female take on a take of this classic mob story.


    VALLEY SONG Mar 24-Apr 8

    by Athol Fugard

    “I am thrilled to be revisiting Valley Song by the great Athol Fugard.  Pacific Theatre is a perfect second home for this jewel of a play.  Though written specifically at the end of Apartheid, Fugard tells a timeless and universal tale of innocence, experience, and the redemptive power of love.” – Jovanni Sy, Director

    In post-apartheid South Africa, Abraam “Buks” Jonkers continues to till land he will never own, while his granddaughter Veronica dreams of starring on Johannesburg stages.

    Director: Jovanni Sy.

    Featuring: David Adams and Sereana Malani.


    OUTSIDE MULLINGAR May 19-June 10

    by John Patrick Shanley

    “Outside Mullingar is wise and gentle and funny, with an irresistible blend of humour and heartache. Shanley clearly loves these characters and when our fabulous ensemble brings them to life, I know everyone else will fall in love with them, too.” – Angela Konrad, Director

    A prickly pair of generational Irish farmers, Anthony and Rosemary have lived in neighbouring farms their entire lives, battling over property lines and inheritances, but never what matters most.  A softhearted romantic comedy.

    Director: Angela Konrad.

    Featuring: Erla Faye Forsyth, Rebecca deBoer, Ron Reed, and John Emmet Tracy.





    A musical exploration of the life of Christ, featuring a rotating band and readings, much in the style of Christmas Presence.

    SIDESHOW March 10 & 11

    Another night of who-knows-where-it-will-end-up improv comedy!  Fun for the whole family.



    Pacific Theatre is a mid-sized professional theatre company in Vancouver.  In operation since 1984, Pacific Theatre moved into its current home at 12th and Hemlock in 1994 and is now one of the only companies in Vancouver to produce a full season of theatre in its own space.  Set apart from with its unique, “fly on the wall”, 128-seat alley-style theatre, Pacific Theatre offers professional mainstage programming as well as development opportunities for emerging artists.


  • Tuesday, July 05, 2016 4:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Carousel LogoCarousel Theatre for Young People unveils its 2016/2017 Season of Theatre for Young Audiences, celebrating 40 years of sharing the magic of live theatre with young people and the young-at-heart. This season features a delightful line-up of new stories, beloved classics, and the return of CTYP audience favourites Allan Zinyk, Mike Stack, Kayla Dunbar, and Andrew Cownden. Marcus Youssef also directs his first project at CTYP.

    Subscriptions will be available May 25, 2016 online at or by phone at 604-685-6217.


    Teen Shakespeare Program Presents Much Ado About Nothing

    by William Shakespeare

    July 29-August 13, 2016 @ Performance Works Outdoor Stage

    CTYP’s teen ensemble explores the sharp wit and romance of Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing, set in the electric 1970’s. Beatrice and Benedict fall in love despite their ongoing war of wits while Hero and Claudio’s young romance hits a speed bump. Mayhem, misunderstanding and betrayal ensues, but love prevails. The Teen Shakespeare program is an annual outdoor production for all ages.

    Key artistic collaborators: Lead Instructor Mike Stack and Assistant Instructor Kayla Dunbar


    Sultans of the Street

    by Anusree Roy

    October 28-November 13, 2016 @ The Waterfront Theatre

    In the fall, CTYP stages celebrated Indo-Canadian playwright Anusree Roy’s Sultans of the Street. Four children from different worlds – two who want new kites and two with the simple wish to attend school – are trapped in a world of begging on the streets of Kolkata, India. Dressed as gods, they bless the generous and threaten to curse those who are not. Together, they must work to escape servitude and set a course for a new life. In association with Diwali Fest.  Recommended for ages 6 and up.

    Key artistic collaborators: Director Marcus Youssef and Production Dramaturg Rohit Chokhani


    Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny

    A co-presentation with Axis Theatre of Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

    November 19-26, 2016 @ The Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre

    Two beloved children’s stories come to life through puppetry and black light in Mermaid Theatre’s signature style. Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown’s sixty-year-old classic, Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both feature the endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects and evocative music that have earned international recognition for Mermaid Theatre. Recommended for ages 3 and up with select All Ages performances for the whole family.


    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    By Charles M. Schulz

    Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson

    Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer

    By Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson

    November 25-December 24, 2016 @ The Waterfront Theatre

    Good grief! The cherished holiday classic comes to the CTYP stage in a lively musical adaption that also features a live jazz trio. Join Charlie Brown on his quirky journey as he tries to direct the school Christmas pageant.  With some help from his friends and a ragged little tree, Charlie Brown discovers the true meaning of the season. Recommended for ages 3 and up with select All Ages performances for the whole family.

    Key artistic collaborators: Andrew Cownden as Charlie Brown and Allan Zinyk as Snoopy, with Director Carole Higgins and Choreographer Kayla Dunbar


    Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

    Based on the book by Dr. Seuss

    Adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell

    Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain

    February 24-March 19, 2017 @ The Waterfront Theatre

    The quintessential Seuss, The Cat in the Hat returns to the CTYP stage with extraordinary physical theatre, magic and movement. The Cat and his Hat appears one rainy day and turns The Boy, Sally and the Fish’s world upside down. At first it is fun, but Sally and the Boy soon find themselves in a chaotic predicament. They need to tell that Cat that his mischief is just too much. Recommended for ages 3 and up with select All Ages performances for the whole family and a Relaxed Performance for families and children with autism.

    Key artistic collaborators: Mike Stack plays the title role. Carole Higgins directs. Katie Mitchell, one of the UK’s most celebrated and innovative directors crafted this piece, originally for the National Theatre of Great Britain.


    Good Day and Good Night

    World Premiere by Kayla Dunbar and Dustin Freeland

    June 6-18, 2017 on the Bee Stage at Carousel Theatre for Young People

    The beloved Bee Stage returns with a brand new play for little ones under three. The Sun is confident and popular and the Moon is shy and overlooked. When the Sun meets the Moon they seem too different to ever get along. But with the help of the clouds, the stars, some animals and the audience, they learn to accept each other’s differences and become friends. They also learn that when they put their different strengths together, they make an excellent team. Recommended for babies and toddlers, ages 0-3.

    Key Artistic Collaborators: Actors and Playwrights Kayla Dunbar and Dustin Freeland, Director Carole Higgins and Production Dramaturg Jessica Gutteridge



    Founded in 1976, Carousel Theatre for Young People provides playful, exceptional and accessible theatrical experiences that inspire, involve and educate. Each season approximately 40 000 young people and their families benefit from CTYP’s programming. At Carousel Theatre for Young People we believe that the arts play a vital role in a young person’s development.  We envision a community that empowers people to be more imaginative, expressive and engaged. It takes a village to raise a child. CTYP is an integral part of that village.


  • Monday, July 04, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

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    2016–2017 season boasts productions featuring the work of 12 local directors and 4 Vancouver-based playwrights.

    “As Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit theatre company, we are responsible for giving audiences epic, local, and modern productions—plays that reflect our times and our communities,” says Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd. This season, 95% of our directors are from Vancouver and 25% of the plays are written by local playwrights—The Men in White by Anosh Irani; Mom’s the Word 3: Nest ½ Empty by the Mom’s the Word Collective; The Day Before Christmas by Stacey Kaser and Alison Kelly; and The Piano Teacher by Dorothy Dittrich. We have innovative productions like Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, directed by John Murphy; Peter Morgan’s The Audience, directed by Sarah Rodgers; and Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches, directed by Kim Collier. Emerging directors Chelsea Haberlain and Kevin Bennett will direct on the Goldcorp Stage, after being on my radar for years, with Chelsea and Kevin both having served as assistant directors for us in past seasons.”

    Noting his directorial growth within the company, John Murphy says, “I’m thrilled to be back at the Arts Club directing the season opener and touring production of Baskerville, my fourth show as a director here. I started out as an actor with the Arts Club, and then the company nurtured me as a director. It’s a great feeling to have that kind of support. The Arts Club isn’t just a theatre company; it’s a family. There’s a wonderful sense of togetherness that makes it a joy to work here.”

    “I’ve had the opportunity to work with the Arts Club in various capacities over the last three years with the hopes of eventually directing a show at one of their three stages,” says Chelsea Haberlain. “Best of all, The Day Before Christmas is written by two awesome ladies who I get to work alongside throughout the process.”

    “The fact that subscription renewals for the new season have already exceeded expectations is a reflection of how healthy and hungry Vancouver audiences are for live theatre,” adds Executive Director Peter Cathie White. “Even more exciting is the large number of Arts Club subscribers who also donate to our not-for-profit company because they value the importance of local artists in our community. Their support at the start of each season gives us the financial foundation to feature the work of hundreds of talented artists, making subscriber-donors integral members of our Vancouver arts ecology. We are humbled by their level of engagement in the arts and enthusiasm for our work.”



    Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery By Ken Ludwig Directed by John Murphy September 8–October 9, 2016

    Bakersfield Mist By Stephen Sachs Directed by Roy Surette October 20–November 20, 2016

    Mary Poppins Book by Julian Fellows Directed by Bill Millerd December 3, 2016–January 1, 2017

    The Audience By Peter Morgan Directed by Sarah Rodgers January 26–February 26, 2017

    Brent Carver in Concert March 2–5, 2017

    Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches By Tony Kushner Directed by Kim Collier March 23–April 23, 2017

    Million Dollar Quartet Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux Directed by Bill Millerd May 11–July 9, 2017



    The Flick By Annie Baker Directed by Dean Paul Gibson September 29–October 29, 2016

    Avenue Q Book by Jeff Whitty Directed by Peter Jorgensen November 17–December 31, 2016

    The Men in White By Anosh Irani Directed by Rachel Ditor February 9–March 11, 2017

    Mom’s the Word 3: Nest ½ Empty By the Mom’s the Word Collective Directed by Wayne Harrison April 6–May 6, 2017

    Bittergirl: The Musical Book by Annabel Fitzsimmons, Alison Lawrence, and Mary Francis Moore Directed by Valerie Easton June 15–July 29, 2017



    The Day Before Christmas By Stacey Kaser and Alison Kelly Directed by Chelsea Haberlain November 24–December 24, 2016

    As I Lay Dying By William Faulkner Presented with the PuSh Festival January 19–February 12, 2017

    *The Piano Teacher By Dorothy Dittrich April 20–May 14, 2017

    Hand to God By Robert Askins Directed by Kevin Bennett May 25–June 25, 2017



    Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery By Ken Ludwig Directed by John Murphy October 9–November 8, 2016

    The (Post) Mistress By Tomson Highway Directed by John Cooper January 5–February 4, 2017

    Bittergirl: The Musical Book by Annabel Fitzsimmons, Alison Lawrence, and Mary Francis Moore Directed by Valerie Easton February 16–March 15, 2017


    Performance dates subject to change.

    ­­­­­­*An Arts Club Silver Commission



    The Arts Club Theatre Company, founded in 1964, is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Led by Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd and Executive Director Peter Cathie White, it offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre—as well as on tour throughout the province.


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