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  • Tuesday, September 06, 2016 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature cultural events. Produced over three weeks each January, the PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts: theatre, dance, music, and various forms of multimedia and hybrid performance. The next edition of the PuSh Festival takes place January 16 to February 5, 2017 at 15 venues across Vancouver.

    Each year, the PuSh Festival presents Main Stage shows, Club PuSh shows, an industry conference called PuSh Assembly, a free film series, artist workshops, artist talks and many other ancillary events. In all, the PuSh Festival offers over 150 paid and free events over the course of 20 days. The Festival draws an annual attendance of 25,000 to 30,000, and is beloved by Vancouverites as a highlight of the cultural calendar for its daring programming.

    The opportunity:

    This contract position is a unique opportunity for a keen and passionate individual to make a meaningful contribution to one of Vancouver’s most significant cultural organizations.

    This position is responsible for coordinating the volunteer needs of the 2017 PuSh Festival. In collaboration with all departments, you will determine the volunteer needs of the Festival, and create a plan to ensure those needs are met. In addition to hands-on work with the whole Festival team, you will also work closely with our 200+ volunteers who are the lifeblood of our thriving Festival.

    Reporting to the Operations Coordinator, you will be part of a high-performing, collaborative, vibrant, highly engaged and tight-knit team, and an active participant in various PuSh Festival activities, events and meetings.


    * Work in cooperation with all departments to determine volunteer requirements for the festival.
    * Revise Volunteer application form for website and paper applications.
    * Track and file (both hard and electronic copies) volunteer application forms as they are received.
    * Recruit, schedule and oversee benefits to all festival volunteers.
    * Manage the departmental budgets for the Volunteer Program.
    * Plan and manage creation & distribution of Festival t-shirts & identification badges for volunteers.
    * Maintain the volunteer database.
    * Attend regular production meetings.


    You have previous experience in volunteer coordination roles and festival environments. Maybe you have high-level volunteer experience and are looking to expand your professional skills. Maybe you are a natural organizer that is seeking a flexible, fun, filling work experience. Wherever you are coming from, you are looking to apply your talents to an organization with attitude that isn’t afraid to experiment. You are passionate about relationship building, community engagement, and getting the details right. You’re also keen to be part of an exceptionally high-performing team that also throws some of the best parties in town.

    You are professional, outgoing, creative and resourceful. You must be a team player with a positive attitude and an ability to roll with the punches. You enjoy the performing arts as much as you enjoy learning and being part of a generous, collaborative team. You have top-notch communications skills and a demonstrated ability to organize and motivate groups of people.

    How to Apply: 

    To apply for this position, email your resume and cover letter to with the subject line “PuSh Festival Volunteer Coordinator” by 5PM on Friday, September 9, 2016. In your cover letter, let us know what excites you about the working with the PuSh Festival, and tell us why this position is the right step for you and your career at this time. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. PuSh is an equal opportunity employer.


    This is a contract position with a fee of $6,000 based on roughly 450 hours from mid-October through February. Hours are flexible, though full time availability is required throughout the Festival, January 16 to February 5, 2017.

    Contact Email:
    Contact Phone: 604-605-8284


  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Vancouver Fringe Festival is set for September 8-18, 2016

    The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration of all kinds of theatre. Produced annually over 11 days in September, with over 500 volunteers supporting 700+ performances and attracting over 40,000 attendees, the Vancouver Fringe Festival is consistently voted Vancouver’s Best Arts Festival by Georgia Straight readers.

    The Fringe employs an “everyone is welcome” selection technique—the Mainstage shows are literally drawn out of a hat, giving all artists, from novice to veteran, a chance to participate. The Fringe strives to break down traditional boundaries and encourage open dialogue between audiences and artists by presenting live un-juried, uncensored theatre in an accessible and informal environment. All artists receive 100% of regular box office revenues generated during the Festival.

    The Fringe revels in its identity as part theatre, part party. Every night of the Festival, Fringe artists, audiences, and volunteers are invited to take in live music and performance at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar.




    Featuring GVPTA members directed and co-produced by Julia Siedlanowska

    CARRY ON: A MUSICAL presented by Awkward Stage Productions

    Generation Hot presented by The Only Animal

    Hidden Stories Project presented by Theatre Terrific

    Marrow presented by Resounding Scream Theatre

    Mrs. Barbour's Daughters presented by Vital Spark Theatre Company

    Sink or Swim directed by Lynna Goldhar Smith

    The Antagonist presented by Little Mountain Lion

    The Dance Teacher presented by Tomo Suru Players

    The Orbweaver co-presented by UBC Players Club

    William vs The World written and performed by Andrew Wade

    2016 Advance Theatre: New Works by Women program presented by Ruby Slippers Theatre in association with The Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre

    The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine written and directed by GVPTA's own Deneh'Cho Thompson. This script was winner of the 2016 Fringe New Play Prize. It was developed with support of DD Kugler, Playwrights Theatre Centre, and Full Circle: First Nations Performance.  

    Featuring other theatre artists and collectives

    2 For Tea featuring James and Jamesy

    Bella Culpa featuring A Little Bit Off

    Best Picture presented by RibbitRePublic

    Burn Job written and performed by TJ Dawe

    Fat Sex written and performed by Steve Larkin

    Festa! presented by Portuguese Buns Productions

    FRANK: To Be Frank created and performed by Emily June Newton

    Give It Up  written and performed by Morgan Brayton

    Happiness™ presented by May Can Theatre

    In the Blue of Evening presented by Bad, Bad Bunny

    Manipulation co-presented by Pepper’s Ghost New Media and Performing Arts Collective

    My Stroke of Luck written and performed by Diane Barnes

    nerdfucker written and performed by Cameryn Moore

    Not Enough presented by Nutmeg Creations

    One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody written performed by Charles Ross

    Walk the Talk presented by Acts of Random Care

    “Ze”: queer as f*ck! presented by Michelle/Ryan

    Zeppelin was a Cover Band presented by Stadium Tour


    For the full festival line-up and on-line ticket sales:

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Celebrating 20 years as the premiere theatre and entertainment venue in the Tri-Cities, the Evergreen Cultural Centre presents their season launch party on Friday, September 16 at 7pm. Come celebrate this milestone and kick off our new season with a dance party featuring SweatPea Swing Band and rock/blues/R&B masters Brickhouse. A silent auction will also be available for patrons to bid on great items from our community partners and sponsors.

     “All of us at the Evergreen Cultural Centre - staff, volunteers, and board members - are extremely excited to be celebrating our 20th anniversary,” says Doug Matthews, Evergreen Cultural Centre Society Board President. “Over this period, the number and quality of our performing and visual arts presentations have grown considerably and we are proud of the fact that a diverse group from the tri-cities area use our facilities on a regular basis. As well, our professional theatre, comedy, dance, and musical presentations are among the best in the lower mainland, and our art gallery shows are of the highest quality found anywhere.”

    If you have never been here, we invite you to come out and experience Coquitlam’s premier arts facility. If you are a patron of the Evergreen, we sincerely thank you for your support. We look forward to another 20 years of serving our community.


    SweatPea Swing Band -- The Sweetpea Swing Band has been performing their own unique brand of traditional jazz in and around Vancouver for many years. The band repertoire contains a lively collage of hot jazz music dating back as far as 1916. Although the band's music is firmly rooted in traditional jazz, The Sweetpea Swing Band presents their music in a hip, modern style that continues to incite audiences into a dancing frenzy.


    Brickhouse -- Brickhouse is one of the most uniquely "Vancouver" music experiences - seeing Brickhouse Live is one of the “Top 10” coolest things you can do in Vancouver. With their brand of original, funky tracks and cleverly covered classic R&B tunes, Brickhouse blends classic and modern (Blue Funk) with ease and makes hearing and seeing Brickhouse an addictive experience.


    WHERE: Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

    WHEN: Friday, September 16 at 7:00pm

    TICKETS: only $20 for this great event! Contact the Evergreen Box Office at 604-927-6555 or visit for tickets and more information.



    About Evergreen Cultural Centre

    The Evergreen Cultural Centre houses a 257-seat, flexible black box theatre and a 1500 square-foot public art gallery. The Rehearsal Studio and several art or meeting studios provide an additional 5000 square feet of space for Evergreen’s classes, workshops and rentals while the spacious glassed-in Lobby offers a spectacular view of Lafarge Lake.



    Twitter: @EvergreenArts


    Instagram: EvergreenArts

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016 11:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Renegade Arts Company is moving to a new location and fortunately for you they can't take all of their extensive prop collection with them. They received the Playhouse's large prop collection and have been renting out props for a few years now but since they are moving they're selling off a large portion of the prop collection due to duplication and redundancy of many of the items. They will be selling antiques and many rare collectibles. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!

    WHERE: their current building (127 E. 2nd Avenue) - rear building entrance

    WHEN: First three weekends in October, 2016:

    October 1 for theatre companies, non profits and schools (11am-4pm)
    October 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 for the general public (11am-4pm)


  • Monday, August 29, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Plays Well with Others is co-organized by GVPTA Producer Deneh’Cho Thompson and the Vancouver Fringe Festival

    Event summary:  

    A continuation of the equity and inclusion conversations happening in the theatre community, Plays Well with Others provides theatre artists, producers, and administrators from any/all lived experiences a space to foster inclusive practices that target community building. The forum will feature self-identified, under-represented Fringe artists, and is open to all. 

    Event goals:

    - to advance the current equity and inclusion conversation happening in the theatre community of Vancouver

    -to hear the voices of under-represented artists, and allow others the opportunity to actively witness their experience

    - to encourage multi-level investment between the various under-represented communities and the mainstream theatre society

    - to examine how the Fringe can participate in furthering socially aware practices in the theatre and Fringe specific communities

    WHEN: 1:00pm-3:00pm, Thursday September 15

    WHERE: Studio 1398, 1398 Cartwright Street

    WHO: Everyone interested in learning about or participating in discussions around inclusion and equity in our local theatre community


    Please RSVP to by September 12

    MORE INFORMATION: Facebook Event


  • Saturday, August 27, 2016 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Urban Ink Productions is accepting actor submissions for the world premiere production of Children of God in Vancouver in May 2017 and Ottawa in June 2017. 

    Contract dates: April 17-June 18, 2017

    Audition day 1: September 12, 2016
    City: Toronto, ON

    Audition day 2: September 16, 2016
    City: Montreal, QC

    Audition day 3: October 12, 2016
    City: Vancouver, BC

    Artistic Director or casting person in attendance: Corey Payette, Artistic Director

    Deadline to submit: September 7, 2016
    Email applications to:


    [See application details below.]
    Contact name: Christie Watson
    Contact phone: 778-668-7557
    Link to detailed casting information:
    Agreement: CTA

    Ethno-cultural mandate or ethno-cultural casting statement: Urban Ink Productions creates, produces and disseminates original works of theatre by Indigenous and Intercultural artists. 

    Children of God by Corey Payette is a musical about an Oji-cree family whose children were sent to residential school. It takes place in two time periods twenty years apart, and examines how the effects of our past are directly related to our future.

    We will be holding musical auditions in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. We encourage actors of Indigenous backgrounds to apply. All roles must be strong singer/actor.


    JULIA - Lead role - age 14 - strong singer/actor. The character's background is Oji-Cree First Nations but we welcome submissions from any Indigenous background. 

    FATHER CHRISTOPHER - 40s. Head priest in charge of male dorm, strong singer/actor. (Baritone/Tenor)

    WILSON SEKORA - Must be able to play 16 and 36 years old. This character is of Indigenous background.


    TOMMY/TOM - Plays 13 year old student / 33 years old. Strong singer/actor. The character's background is Oji-Cree First Nations but we welcome submissions from any Indigenous background. 

    RITA - 50 year old. The character's background is Oji-Cree First Nations but we welcome submissions from any Indigenous background. Must be strong singer and actor. Must be able to sing and play a hand drum.

    SISTER BERNADETTE - 30s. Head nun, French Canadian and in charge of girl’s dorm. 

    VINCENT SEKORA - A 14 year old student, Wilson’s Brother. This character is of Indigenous background.

    JOANNA - A 14 year old student. This character is of Indigenous background.

    ELIZABETH - A 14 year old student. This character is of Indigenous background.



    By September 7, 2016
    -       Headshot
    -       Resume (with clear indication of union status)

    -       Those selected for an audition will be asked to prepare a scene from the show and asked to prepare one song of your choice.

    Thanks to all who submit; however, only those selected for an audition will be contacted.

    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.




  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Vancouver Fringe Festival presents the winner of the 2016 Fringe New Play Prize: The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine at the Waterfront Theatre September 9–18, 2016. The play is written and directed by GVPTA Producer Deneh’Cho Thompson. Deneh has been working with Playwrights Theatre Centre’s Kathleen Flaherty on the play, using studio sessions with theatre makers combined with research sessions and script meetings. This first version of The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine will open at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe this September.


    A difficult life. An impossible choice. The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine.

    A dystopic future, resources are depleted, overpopulation is destroying the earth. A militant government keeps people locked away in individual living quarters as the population continues to grow. The time of the culling is near. Stephanie, like so many others, has been confined since she was a child. She holds on dearly to the memories of her childhood, her mother and father. She is isolated and alone – until Wolverine appears.

    The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine is a story of reawakening and self-identity. By exploring the deceptive qualities of memory and the descriptive qualities of cultural identity this play hopes to uncover space to challenge prescribed identity and encourage the practice self-identifying.

    The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine was developed with support of DD Kugler, Playwrights Theatre Centre, and Full Circle: First Nations Performance.

    Cast & Crew: Written and directed by Deneh’Cho Thompson, The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine features Tai Amy Grauman as Stephanie, Jessica Hood as actor, John Cook as actor, Pedro Chamale (production manager), Kathleen Flaherty (dramaturge), Lindsay Lachance (dramaturge), Stefana Fratila (sound design) and Jenn Wilson (stage manager).



    The Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street

    50 minutes / General Admission


    Friday, September 9, 2016 @ 6:45 pm – ½ Off!!

    Saturday, September 10, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

    Sunday, September 11, 2016 @ 7:40 pm

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016 @ 5:10 pm

    Friday, September 16, 2016 @ 10:35 pm

    Sunday, September 18, 2016 @ 6:30 pm


    ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Deneh’Cho Thompson is an emerging director, actor and playwright based in Vancouver. Deneh’s artistic practice uses devised theatre as its principal component, blurring the lines that define the roles of director, actor and writer. Recently Deneh travelled to Spain to perform in Tant per Tant's production of Marie Clements' Burning Vision, presented at Barcelona's Grec Festival. Additionally, Deneh is Associate Producer at Full Circle: First nations Performance and the Talking Stick Festival, and Producer at the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance. In 2015 Deneh joined both the Full Circle First Nations Performance Ensemble and the Urban Ink Collective.

    For more information, check out this show's Facebook event page

  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Following the pilot launch of extended cycle operating assistance in 2015, and in response to recommendations and advice collected through the consultation phases of the BCAC Program Review, the BC Arts Council offers a new approach to operating funding for Arts and Cultural Service organizations. 

    Changes to the Operating Assistance Program

    The revised Operating Assistance Program allows eligible organizations to apply for operating support that extends over a longer funding cycle (two to four years), offering organizations the opportunity for increased planning capacity and predictability of funding while reducing the administrative burden of annual applications. 

    Starting with the September 30, 2016 deadline for applications, applicants to the Arts and Cultural Service Organizations operating program will apply for support for two projected years of activities instead of one. 

    The September 2016 submissions from Arts and Cultural Service organizations will receive a full peer review assessment and the grant amount will be based on the recommendations of the Advisory Committee.  

    For organizations placed on Extended Cycle Status resulting from the assessment of their application by the Advisory Committee, the grant amount will remain the same over the two-year cycle, as long as the BC Arts Council continues to receive the same allocations from the provincial government as it currently receives. You may not request an increase in support over the course of the funding cycle and you will not receive a decrease over the funding cycle. 

    For the second year of the two-year funding cycle, there will be no peer review assessment and arts and cultural service organizations will receive the established grant payment when they provide September 2017 updates to CADAC, financial statements for the last completed fiscal year and details on what activities are planned for the second year of support in the funding cycle, along with pertinent organizational and activity updates. 

    At the time of assessment of this year’s application, the Advisory Committee may also recommend some organizations be placed on Annual Status. Those organizations will be required to submit a full application for operating support for the second year of the 2-year funding cycle for Arts and Cultural Service Organizations. 

    By September 2018 a new funding cycle starts for Arts and Cultural Service Organizations, with a full application and assessment of all applications on projected activities for the following two, or perhaps three, fiscal years.

    The backgrounder document gives an overview of some of the changes that will take place to the Operating Assistance program.

    Arts and Cultural Service Operating Assistance Program Guidelines and Application forms are now available to download from the BC Arts Council website at     

    Introduction of Enhanced Capacity Assistance

    Also new this year is the introduction of Enhanced Capacity Assistance, a new approach designed to provide flexible, responsive, general funding to assist organizations supported through the BC Arts Council’s Operating Assistance program. This funding supports organizations to implement organizational change and embed strategic activities within operations without affecting base operating grant levels. 

    The program offers annual grants in set amounts of either $15,000 or $30,000 in each year of the Extended Funding Cycle within the BC Arts Council’s Operating Assistance program. Details on this new program are included as addenda to the Program Guidelines and Application Form for Operating Assistance – Arts and Cultural Service Organizations. Applications for Enhanced Capacity Assistance consist of a 2-page written proposal plus accompanying support material.  

    Applications for Enhanced Capacity Assistance may be submitted with Operating Assistance applications for the September 30 deadline, or may be sent under separate cover and received by an extended deadline of November 1, 2016. Applications for Enhanced Capacity Assistance sent under separate cover will be accepted by email to There is only one intake for this program within each Extended Funding Cycle; the next deadline for Enhanced Capacity Assistance for Arts and Cultural Service Organizations will therefore be in September 2018. 

    If you have concerns or questions, please contact your Program Officer:





  • Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Largest tour of BC VQA wines in Vancouver at 12th annual Arts Club fundraiser

    On September 15, 2016, the Arts Club and the Wines of British Columbia are partnering for the 12th annual ChefmeetsBCGrape fundraising series, the largest tasting of BC VQA wines in Vancouver! The evening features more than 90 BC wineries pouring over 350 award-winning wines, with a multitude of restaurants pairing sweet and savoury dishes to show off the best in our region.   

    Last year’s runner-up for “Best BC VQA Pairing”, Torafuku Modern Asian Eatery returns to ChefmeetsBCGrape to compete against this year’s participating restaurants Chicha Restaurant, Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, Fable Kitchen, Grouse Mountain Resort, Hart House Restaurant, Lift Bar and Grill, Miradoro Restaurant, Provence Marinaside, Vancouver Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel, and Westin Bayshore.  

    Restaurant creations will be paired with notable wines from Desert Hills Estate Winery, Misconduct Wine Co., Moon Curser Vineyards, and Quails’ Gate Winery, among others. 

    “We are excited to be partnering again with the Arts Club for our largest BC VQA wine and culinary consumer event of the year,” says Laura Kittmer, Media Relations Manager of the BC Wine Institute. “This event is a great opportunity for consumers to taste new releases from top BC wineries and experience the versatility of 100 per cent BC wine through exciting pairings created and prepared by some of Vancouver’s favourite restaurants.”  

    Silent auction featuring premium BC wines, luxury goods, and entertainment and travel packages. 

    As the Arts Club’s signature fall fundraiser, all proceeds from event ticket sales and auction packages go toward the development of new Canadian plays and staging world-class theatre created by Vancouver artists.  

    This event is sponsored by Royal LePage Sussex Klein Group, Konet, and Get Home Safe, in partnership with the British Columbia Wine Institute.                   

    WHEN: Thursday, September 15, 2016, 7–9:30PM.

    WHERE: Vancouver Convention Centre East Building, Ballrooms A, B and C. 999 Canada Place.

    TICKETS: $90 tickets available at

    ($70 for groups of 10 or more – call the box office at 604.687.1644)



    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.



    Since 1990, the BCWI has played a pivotal role in taking BC’s wine industry from a vision to an internationally recognized niche region producing premium wines and providing exceptional wine tourism experiences. The BCWI markets the wine and regions of BC; delivers quality trade, media and consumer tastings; and acts as the voice of BC’s wine industry by advocating to government on behalf of industry that contributes $2 billion in provincial economic growth annually.  

    The BCWI represents all wineries in British Columbia to grow the premium market share for the Wines of British Columbia, while driving awareness of our world-class wines and tourism product—currently drawing 800,000 visitors with $476 million in tourism and tourism employment related economic impact every year. For more information about BC Wine Institute's programs and services, please visit:








  • Monday, August 22, 2016 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Gallery 7 Theatre is pleased to be holding open auditions for its November production of Little Women on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the theatre’s administration and rehearsal hall, #100 – 34595 3rd Ave, Abbotsford. The audition is open to all community performers ages 16 – 70. 

    Adapted from the novel by Louisa M. Alcott by Peter Clapham, audiences will experience the classic story anew as they follow the childhood adventures of the March sisters. Set during the American Civil War, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy make the most of their humble childhood despite the hardships they face.

    As the girls deal with adversity, sibling rivalry, and malady, each sister begins to discover a unique sense of meaning and purpose in life and slowly blossom in to adults. Humour, insight and pathos abound in this endearing re-telling of the classic novel.

    “We’re excited to be bringing this beloved classic to our stage,” explains Ken Hildebrandt, executive/artistic director for Gallery 7 Theatre. “The show promises to be a heart-warming and entertaining experience for audiences and a great opportunity for actors of all ages to showcase their acting talents.”

    Little Women will run November 11 & 12 , 16 - 19, 2016 @ 7:30 PM with discount matinees on Nov. 12 & 19 at 2:00 PM at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford. Rehearsals will commence the week of September 12 and the production will be directed by Beth Gasser.

    To register for the audition, or for more information, please contact Gallery 7 Theatre at 604-504-5940 or visit their website at Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend the audition. 

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