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  • Monday, August 08, 2016 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    ADHOC Assembly is dedicated to the sustained forward movement of ethno-cultural and socially diverse performance works, processes and traditions.

    Reframing the Stage

    ADHOC Assembly and LMDA Canada launch a forward-looking inquiry into best practises for identity-conscious casting. A diametric alternative to colour blind casting, identity conscious productions incorporate the identities of cast and creative team members as an acknowledged and incorporated narrative element. This approach considers the implications of age, race, gender, physical ability, etc. within the story being told. (A play is herein defined as a performative source document)



    Solicit thinking around staging choices that better reflect our collective lived realities.


    CALL FOR PROPOSALS for identity-conscious / non-traditionally cast productions of Canadian work. We invite the community at large to join us in imagining future stagings of Canadian work that incorporate identity alongside the other contextual considerations which factor into our varied interpretive practises. Artists are invited to submit proposals that situate a Canadian work within a specific context (e.g. historical, regional, linguistic, gender or cultural relocation). Proposals should offer reasoning for the approach to the proposed production, and articulate the interpretive impact of this choice on the story being presented to audiences. Give consideration, if appropriate, to:

    • How the text supports your interpretation
    • Implications of the framing conceit
    • Impact on cast/creative team
    • Context as commentary
    • Form, discipline, performative tradition, symbology, cosmology
    • Consistency with / deviation from work’s conventional intention

    While this project is dramaturgically driven, submissions are welcome from all arts practitioners regardless of training, discipline, culture, ethnicity, ability, experience, affiliation or role. Collaboratively devised proposals are welcome.

    For further clarification contact



    We aim to share a selection of strong entries in order to support a breadth of artistic practises and approaches to identity conscious casting and staging, and foster discussion around best practices. Selected proposals will receive a workshop reading, publication or panel discussion to further explore the ideas offered.



    Interested parties are asked to submit the following by email to

    • 100 word bio of submitting artist (s)
    • Play title, playwright and synopsis
    • 2-4 pages text and/or images outlining casting/staging rationale
    • Identify unresolved issues subject to further research/exploration (if applicable)



    August 31, 2016 at midnight anywhere in Canada


    ADHOC Assembly (Artists Driving Holistic Organisational Change) is a Canadian advocacy organization dedicated to the sustained forward movement of ethno-cultural and socially diverse performance works, processes and traditions.

    LMDA Canada promotes the development of practical and innovative approaches to dramaturgy across Canada, encouraging dialogue and camaraderie across our extensive national network of artists.



  • Sunday, August 07, 2016 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The organization

    The City of Surrey Arts Services Division is seeking qualified Theatre Technicians to work in the Surrey Civic Theatres. Providing the focal point for the performing arts in Surrey, the Civic Theatres are comprised of three performance spaces:

    • The Surrey Arts Centre’s 405-seat Main Stage is a traditional proscenium stage and fly gallery located at Surrey Arts Centre. The theatre is the principle rental space for performing arts groups from Surrey and its surrounding communities.
    • The 129-seat Studio Theatre was completed in 2002, as part of a larger renovation project at the Surrey Arts Centre. Characterized as a black box theatre, the seating is fully retractable, which allows for a wide range of configurations and uses, from traditional theatre settings to cabaret style performances and meetings.
    • Centre Stage, which opened its doors in April 2014, is located in the Council Chambers at Surrey’s new City Hall. The space can be converted from the Council meeting space into a 200-seat performance theatre complete with state of the art sound, lighting and audio-visual equipment and raised stage area.

    The opportunity

    Community Services Assistant 3 – Theatre Technician (Auxiliary On-Call)

    The CSA 3 Theatre Technician position provides an opportunity to work with a skilled team of theatre professionals in the facilitation of all aspects of technical production work for Surrey’s Civic Theatres. Successful candidates will have a Grade 12 diploma and post-secondary education from a recognized institution, supplemented by at least 2 years related experience in performing arts production or an equivalent acceptable combination of training and experience. Please indicate on your resume specific models of lighting/sound consoles on which you have operating experience/training. Festival and special event experience would be an asset.

    This is an auxiliary on-call union position with competitive compensation.

    Applicants must have a valid BC driver’s license, Emergency First Aid certificate with CPR, and be able to successfully pass a Criminal Record Check.

    The City of Surrey is a place of innovative transformation and accelerated growth—where the future is limitless and possibilities are endless. If you are excited about helping to build the city of tomorrow—and you share our values of integrity, service, teamwork, innovation and community—join us, today.


    APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 30, 2016



  • Saturday, August 06, 2016 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Arts and culture organizations now can apply for grants of up to $50,000 for small capital projects through the BC Collaborative Spaces program.

    As part of the Province’s recently announced Creative Economy Strategy, the BC Collaborative Spaces Program will invest in creative spaces in order to grow the creative economy, promote artistic creation, increased shared resources and facilitate collaboration, and enhance accessibility for artists and audiences throughout BC.

    The program follows a pilot in 2015-16 and is part of a commitment to target $1.5 million toward collaborative creative spaces over three years.

    Grants will support: ‡

    • Renovations to expand or repurpose an existing creative space (for example, a gallery or theatre);
    • Renovations to expand or repurpose an existing community facility for increased creative purposes (for example, a friendship centre or heritage site);
    • The purchase of specialized equipment (for example, a film projector, theatre seating or sound equipment).


    Arts and culture groups, band councils, Aboriginal friendship centres and non-profit organizations with an arts and culture mandate are eligible to apply.

    A limited number of project grants will be available each year, and may be applied for up to 80% of the project costs. The remaining 20% can be matched through cash or in-kind contributions from other sources.

    The maximum grant available is:

    • Up to $50,000 for the renovation and improvement of existing space and facilities; OR
    • Up to $50,000 for the purchase of specialized equipment; OR
    • Up to $50,000 (combined total) for the purchase of specialized equipment and the renovation and improvement of existing space and facilities.

    Application Deadline: September 1, 2016

    More Information including full program guidelines and application form:


  • Friday, August 05, 2016 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The opportunity: We’re looking for an Interim Manager to join us!

    The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) is currently searching for an Interim Manager to plan and execute programming and initiatives throughout the season, manage the administration needs of the organisation, and to work with the volunteer Board on implementing the current strategic plan. This position is part-time for 5-6 months.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Work with the Board to plan strategically for both short-and long-term goals.
    • Oversee all other GVPTA staff and contractors according to their job descriptions and deadlines.
    • Financial management
      • Prepare and monitor annual budget and cash flow.
      • Make ongoing financial decisions regarding budget development, amendments and/or reductions.
      • Manage the organization’s bookkeeping.
    • Ensure society filings and statutory requirements are fulfilled.
    • Guide fundraising priorities and chooses program areas for grants.
    • Assess existing programming and provide recommendations.
    • Plan, produce, and/or supervise all aspects of GVPTA-hosted events.
    • Take the lead on researching, identifying, and preparing all grant applications and final reports, and liaise with funders and government agencies.
    • Oversee overall development and fundraising strategy in consultation with the board.
    • Advocate for Vancouver Theatre to raise its profile in the larger community.


    We are looking for someone who:

    • Understands the varying needs of the membership, driven to serve and advance the community.
    • Can balance “big picture” vision and the implementation of strategic plans while identifying and executing opportunities to build a stronger theatre community.
    • Understands and embodies the value of working collaboratively - internally and externally - to ensure the organization is representative of its membership.
    • Has direct experience or knowledge of marketing and corporate sponsorship.
    • Has experience with writing grants and proposals.
    • Is passionate, positive, mission-driven, and self-directed.

    How to apply:

    Please submit your cover letter and resume to by August 31, 2016. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis. The position will start ASAP.


    Part-time at approximately 20 hours/week; $20-$24/hour


    Contact name: Kenji Maeda
    Contact email:


  • Thursday, August 04, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Ruby Slippers Theatre, in partnership with the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre, is pleased to announce the plays selected for the 2016 Advance Theatre: New Works by Women program, which will be presented September 12-16 during the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

    The committee read over 100 plays submitted from across Canada before selecting five new plays by female-identifying playwrights. Priority in curating the scripts was diversity of all kinds (age, cultural background, sexual orientation, physical ability).

    Dramatic readings of the selected shows will be presented as weekday matinees during the 2016 Fringe Festival at the False Creek Gym, located at 1318 Cartwright Street.

    • Aiming to Float by Janet Hinton, directed by Laura McLean. Monday, September 12 at 1:30pm
    At a pain clinic, a new and uncooperative patient clashes with her exercise therapist. Faced with crises of physical and emotional pain, together they discover the possibility of love.

    • zahgidiwin/love by Frances Koncan, directed by Christine Quintana. Tuesday, September 13 at 1:30pm
    A dark, decolonial comedy set against the backdrop of colonial Canada, zahgidiwin/love is a postcolonial fantasy about intergenerational trauma, cultural genocide, truth and reconciliation, and rock’n'roll.

    • The Long Call by Jenn Griffin, directed by Heidi Taylor. Wednesday, September 14 at 1:30pm
    Holly, an ex-exotic dancer, is close to fulfilling her life’s dream of freeing captive orangutans into the wild when her long estranged ex-boyfriend, Jack, shows up to settle an ancient score. The Long Call is a darkly funny, multimedia piece inspired by shadow puppetry, philosophy, and high stakes poker.

    • Anywhere but Here by Carmen Aguirre, directed by Anita Rochon. Thursday, September 15 at 1:30pm
    A darkly comic, magic realist play that centres around the quest for home. A family of four Chilean refugees drive a mint condition, hot pink 1950s convertible through the Arizona desert, en route to Chile, which according to the father, is paradise.

    • Women of Papiyek by Quelemia Sparrow, directed by Kim Harvey. Friday, September 16 at 1:30pm
    Generations of European and Indigenous mixed race families lived in Papiyek (now called Brockton Point in Stanley Park) before being evicted from their homes and forced to re-locate. This is the story of three Indigenous women who lived in Papiyek at the turn of the 20th century.

    Advance Theatre debuted at the 2015 Fringe Festival to great success and standing room-only houses. According to a national study, women account for less than a third of artistic directors, working directors, and produced playwrights in professional Canadian theatre. Advance Theatre was created to provide more opportunities and profile to diverse female playwrights and directors.


    Multi-award winning Ruby Slippers Theatre produces provocative text-based theatre with a major focus on the French Canadian canon in English translation. We tell stories that illuminate diverse perspectives and social issues. This season, Ruby Slippers Theatre produced three MainStage productions, as well as the inaugural offering of Advance Theatre: New Works by Women with partners Equity in Theatre and the Vancouver Fringe Festival.



    The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration of theatre. Over 11 days more than 90 theatre companies come together to share their creativity on stage. The uniqueness of the Fringe comes from the “everyone is welcome” selection technique—Mainstage shows are literally drawn from a hat, while Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) artists find their own venue, some of them in surprising locations! The Fringe revels in its identity as part theatre, part party. Every night of the Festival, there’s free live music and performances at the Fringe Bar. The Fringe is a cultural experience unlike any other!


  • Thursday, August 04, 2016 11:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Since performers collect 100% of the base ticket price (the advertised price of $14 includes fees and taxes), volunteers are the lifeblood of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Each year, nearly 600 people from all walks of life take on volunteer roles from helping set up venues, to answering artists’ and audience members’ questions, to serving drinks at the Fringe Bar, to selling tickets, to ushering. We have a very small number of permanent staff, so the Fringe couldn’t exist without volunteers like you!

    We are now accepting applications for the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival! The Festival will run September 8 – 18, 2016.

    For more information, check out


  • Wednesday, August 03, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Do you LOVE live theatre? Gallery 7 Theatre is looking to hire a permanent part-time Revenue Development Director.

    The opportunity:

    We are seeking a committed Revenue Development Director to help our amazing live theatre company, Gallery 7, based in Abbotsford, B.C. to both grow and to secure a new theatre home through donor and sponsor recruitment & stewardship, and through securing grants.

    This is a permanent, part-time position starting as soon as possible with the potential of developing in to a full-time position that will be responsible for all business aspects of the Society.

    Who are we looking for?

    • An energetic, kind communicator.
    • A people-person who can reach out into the community and build relationships.
    • Takes initiative and is able to build a corporate sponsorship membership.
    • Communicates directly with donors and people who love live theatre.
    • Has fundraising or sponsorship experience or are good at raising money.
    • Skilled at setting goals and moving assertively toward those goals.
    • LOVES live theatre.
    • Pays attention to detail.

    About Gallery 7 Theatre:

    Gallery 7 Theatre is based in Abbotsford.  We are a community/semi-professional theatre dedicated to presenting entertaining and thought-provoking theatre that explores the spiritual, relational and social aspects of the human experience with a vision towards hope, reconciliation and redemption.

    Now in its 26th year, the Society produces a mainstage season consisting of 4 productions and a comedy-improv night, plus a workshop series and a summer theatre camp program for children and youth ages 6 – 18.

    How to apply:

    Please send cover letter, resume and samples of fundraising writing (if possible) to Please write in the subject line, “Application – Revenue Development Director.” This posting will remain open until a suitable person is found.

    We appreciate applications from all qualified candidates; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  Please, no phone calls or faxes.  Please address correspondence to Ken Hildebrandt, Executive/Artistic Director.


    More information:



  • Wednesday, August 03, 2016 9:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Vancouver Fringe Festival and Playwrights Theatre Centre are calling for applications for the fifth year of the Fringe New Play Prize. Through the Fringe New Play Prize, PTC and the Vancouver Fringe offer BC artists a leg up in the process of creating and producing with material support. BC writers and producing teams with a project underway for the 2017 Fringe season are encouraged to submit.

    The program offers:

    • Eight months of dramaturgy
    • Some free creation and rehearsal space
    • A free spot in PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series, Block P
    • A free and guaranteed space on the Fringe Mainstage, September 2017.

    All told, the Fringe New Play Prize is a juicy package with a $5000 value: ($800 Fringe application  fee + $1000 in studio space + $3000 of dramaturgy + script copying + promotion).  The production costs are the responsibility of the applicant.

    The application asks for:

    • A script idea, outline, fragment or draft
    • The resumes of artists involved in the creation
    • A production plan – A production plan is a rough timeline of the production process for your project, including deadlines for important decisions and processes such as when and how all the major resources have to be in place: personnel, money, design, promotion etc.   You are producing your own work and we need to feel confident that you have some idea how to do it.

    The decision is made by a jury of readers based primarily on the artistic potential of the idea/script supported by evidence that it has a realistic chance of succeeding. Applications must be received no later than October 2, 2016 and the winner will be announced at the Fringe Festival Lottery Party in early December.


    To apply, go to:

    The 2016 winner of the Prize, Deneh’Cho Thompson, has been working with PTC’s Kathleen Flaherty on his Fringe play The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine, using studio sessions with theatre makers combined with research sessions and script meetings.  This first Fringe version of The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine will open at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe this September.



    About Playwrights Theatre Centre

    Theatre is alive. An ever-evolving dialogue with life and with the world. PTC is where that conversation starts. We collaborate on new work with emerging and established theatre artists. Our focus is dramaturgy, development, playmaking from A to Z. We help artists transform their practice and ideas. New and necessary stories take shape. Fresh ways of working, thinking and creating emerge. We foster a culture of inclusivity and aim to make PTC accessible to the widest community possible.


    About Vancouver Fringe Festival

    The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration of every kind of theatre imaginable. Over 11 days in September, more than 90 different theatre artists and companies come together to share their creativity on stage. Audiences are as varied as the performances with theatrical offerings for all tastes and ages.


  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    the frank theatre celebrated the launch of their 20th anniversary season on July 19 at a Q2Q pre-conference event that included readings, performances and music.

    Check out THIS VIDEO of the announcement.


  • Monday, July 18, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Presentation House is excited to announce the collection of performance experiences they’ve put together for next season:

    Our shows range from an insightful literary mystery to a whimsical global offering with real baking and live music. We have new dance theatre from one of Canada’s hottest aboriginal contemporary dance companies; world class vaudeville from Montreal, and the premiere of a gripping World War One drama that we’ve worked on for over a year. And there’s a series of World Roots and Jazz concerts that are perfect for our intimate setting.

    Together we’ll Laugh, Cry, Think, Learn.

    Show details and ticket info at

    We invite you to unplug, unwind, and come to the world of Presentation House Theatre in 2016/17:  

    Walt Whitman’s Secret

    October 12 – 23

    Walt Whitman’s Secret mines the life of the most influential poet in the American canon for insights about creativity, sexuality, relations between the sexes and the often irreconcilable tensions between idealized love and how love actually manifests.

    Produced by the frank theatre company, with the support of Presentation House Theatre


    Ages Of The Moon

    October 27 – November 6

    Two highly regarded veteran actors of Canadian theatre, Alec Willows and Jon Bryden, are joined by a talented team of award winning designers and led by director John Cooper in presenting this gruff, affecting and funny play by Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard, one of America’s most celebrated dramatists.

    Produced by Lonesome Moon Productions, with the support of Presentation House Theatre



    Derek Gripper

    October 30

    What happens when a classical guitarist from Capetown, South Africa discovers the kora (a 21 string lute)? A delicate and breathtaking new art form that is bringing Malian kora music to new audiences world-wide.

    A Presentation by Cap Global Roots Series and Presentation House Theatre


    Baking Time

    November 25 – December 11

    Presentation House Theatre and UK’s Oily Cart presents

    Baking Time - a fantastic feast for the senses for 3-6 year olds, and their friends and families. With LIVE music and REAL baking!

    An international collaboration between Presentation House Theatre and UK’s 

    Oily Cart Theatre


    Salmon Girl 

    January 26 – 29, February 3 – 5

    Raven Spirit Dance’s

    Salmon Girl explores the world of water and salmon.  Through theatre, dance, music and puppetry, this piece for all ages follows the journey of a young girl into this magical world.

    Produced by  Raven Spirit Dance, with the generous support of Presentation House Theatre



    March 29 – April 2

    This historical drama focuses on a young Métis soldier from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island who volunteers to fight for Canada in the First World War. Set in both Canada and the battlefields of France, REDPATCH follows the experiences of this young soldier as he endures the horrors of trench warfare. This world premiere production will coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the historical Battle of Vimy Ridge.

    Produced by Hardline Productions, with the generous support of Presentation House Theatre


    Germán López

    April 2

    Imagine the love child of a ukulele and a guitar and you have the small but resonant 5-string timple. Virtuoso timple player Germán López hails all the way from the Canary Islands off the Southern Coast of Spain and is bringing his unique and modern take on timple music to venues all over the world.

    A presentation by Cap Global Roots Series and Presentation House Theatre


    And especially for the Holidays*

     The SantaLand Diaries

    December 8 – 18

    Mature content – NOT recommended for children.

    “The funniest Christmas play ever written” is a biting and slightly fictionalized account of humourist David Sedaris’ time as one of Macy’s store Christmas elves.

    Produced by GTI Theatrical Productions Society with the generous support of Famous Artists Limited.


    A Prairie Christmas

    December 13

    The Nadeau Ensemble performs A Prairie Christmas, a captivating concert of music to celebrate the season, honour special traditions and cherish with family and friends. Join us on an enchanting journey that evokes memories and reminds us, through music, what Christmas is all about.

    Presented by The Nadeau Ensemble


    Cool Yule!

    December 14

    Time again to be WOWED by Van Django’s 4th annual Cool Yule! Christmas Show - a high level, musical adventure that delivers fun, festive and seasonal music via nostalgic favourites, jazz standards, pop tunes, classical quotes, and sing-alongs, plus a few surprises!

    Presented by VAN DJANGO featuring Keith Bennett and LJ Mounteney

    *As well as presenting our own productions, PHT provides its space to other theatre companies as a rental venue. 

    These Holiday offerings appear at PHT as rentals, with institutional support coming from us. Enjoy!


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