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  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    This is an annual award intended to assist mature West Coast theatre artists to further their artistic development. It takes the form of a $2,000 cash award. Applications will be considered for projects, courses, or to fulfill your heart’s desire. Submissions must include a written description of your project, why it is important to you, your resume, and the contact information for two references. Retroactive funding is not available. The award will not consider projects which have been completed. 

    Submissions accepted by email only.

    Submissions and questions:

    Application Deadline: May 16, 2017

  • Monday, April 10, 2017 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Largest tour of California wines comes to Vancouver, benefiting Arts Club Theatre Company. 

    The Arts Club Theatre Company, in partnership with the Wine Institute of California, brings back the award-winning vintners of the Golden State and their wares to Vancouver with the return of the 37th annual California Wine Fair, the Arts Club’s annual fundraiser!

    Each year, guests of the California Wine Fair enjoy all-access to wide array of wines and the opportunity to bid on exclusive silent auction packages, all in support of the Arts Club. It’s a fun way to explore a variety of wines and seek out new favourites while socializing with friends in a casual setting. This year’s event brings more than 400 premium wines from 115 of California’s top producers.

    In addition to savouring California’s most beloved varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel – guests can play with their palates and sample the stylistic differences from Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, and many more. With California producing nearly 90% of US wines, this is a great way to sample the best from our neighbours in the south!   

    Over the last 50 years, the Arts Club has played a strong role in sustaining live theatre in the community, thanks in part to fundraising events like the California Wine Fair. 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.  

    WHEN: Monday, April 24, 2017.  7:00PM–9:30PM.

    WHERE: Vancouver Convention Centre East Building Ballrooms A & B (999 Canada Place)

    TICKETS: $90. Available at



    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.


    More information at


  • Monday, April 10, 2017 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Théâtre la Seizième is seeking a new team member to take on the role of Administrative Director.

    The candidate will work closely with the Artistic and General Director to ensure the healthy management of the company and its development on a short, medium, and long-term basis. The candidate will also help with the development of important partnerships and the exploration of diverse sources of revenue. Bilingual, the ideal candidate must have strong analytic and administrative skills, and pertinent experience in the management of non-profit organizations.


    - Work directly with the Artistic and General Direction to develop a strategic and multi-annual plan for the operation of the company and supervise its realization.

    - Develop, supervise and administrate the annual operational budget, provide the budget previsions, and manage the financial operations of the company.

    - Prepare the financial documents necessary for the solid functioning of the company.

    - Supervise and be responsible for the financial growth, fundraising campaigns, and for the solicitation of funds from individuals, corporations, foundations and funding bodies.

    - Prepare funding requests and manage their proper administration.

    - Negotiate and prepare contracts.

    - In collaboration with the Artistic Director, interact and supervise the employees.

    - Other administrative tasks according to need.

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


    The candidate must be ingenious, forward thinking, passionate about theatre and have the following profile:

    - Bilingual (French and English) spoken and written.

    - Able to work on an unsupervised basis.

    - Has worked in a similar position for 3 years.

    - Has experience in an artistic profession, preferably in the theatre world.

    - Has experience in budgetary administration, and also in finance and administration.

    - Has excellent communication skills, oral and written.

    - Can demonstrate a capacity to work with co-workers, to be responsible for a number of important tasks, but also to work alone.

    - Experience in financing requests is an asset.

    - Knowledge of the following software is a plus: QuickBooks, Microsoft Office Suite.

    We provide a stimulating working environment at the Maison de la francophonie with competitive benefits.

    REMUNERATION: $42,000 to $48,000 based on experience (35 hrs/week)
    HIRING DATE: May 1, 2017

    Please submit your resume, accompanied by a cover letter detailing your interest in this position, by email to:

    No follow-up phone calls, please. We will contact the candidates to be interviewed.

    For more information see

  • Sunday, April 09, 2017 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Cultch has announced its 2017/2018 season of 22 unique, diverse, and intimate shows. The Cultch continues to make its Democratizing our Stages Project a priority with its 2017/2018 season. Executive Director Heather Redfern is on a mission to bring a lineup of shows to The Cultch that reflects the diversity of its audiences.

    Highlights include Brief History’s patriarchy smashing, Hot Brown Honey (Australia), Carmen Aguirre’s Broken Tail Bone,  produced by Nightswimming (Toronto), the great clowning and acrobatics of Pss Pss (Baccalà Compagnia -Switzerland), and  Quelemia Sparrow’s autobiographical O’wet/Lost Lagoon by Vancouver’s Alley Theatre. In addition, The Cultch joins Zee Zee Theatre in presenting Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Saga Collectif’s raw and subversive Black Boys; and as part of this year’s Diwali celebrations, Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan - a poignant glace into the brothels of Mumbai, as well as one of the best physical theatre productions out of India, Encounter (Navarasa Dance Theater).

    Long-time patrons of The Cultch will be thrilled to know that many of their favourite performers and companies will return. Old Trout Puppet Workshop are back with their fabulous puppets to present Underland, an exclusive dive into Alice’s wonderland that will take viewers behind the scenes of a puppet show. And Christmas lovers will delight, as this holiday season will be even jollier than usual -East Van Panto, now in its 5th year, presents its outrageous take on the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves; and for the adult crowd, Cultch favourite Ronnie Burkett’s Daisy Theatre characters present their rendition of A Christmas Carol in the hilarious and irreverent Little Dickens

    The Cultch continues to partner with companies and organizations around Vancouver in 2017/2018. In January, The Cultch will once again be partnering with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. This year they will co-present two unique Irish shows. Dublin Oldschool is an electrifying combination of storytelling, poetry, and rap music, and I’m Not Here is a show that takes on the very conventions of theatre and turns them on their heads. In addition, The Cultch is proud to be presenting three world premieres of exciting new works by hard-hitting local companies: 1 Hour Photo (VACT), No Foreigners (Hong Kong Exile), and The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius (Rumble Theatre).

    With 22 poignant and enthralling productions, The Cultch’s three venues – the Historic Theatre, the Vancity Culture Lab, and the York Theatre – are sure to be bursting with lively entertainment all year long!

    Subscriptions for the 17/18 season go on sale now.  Single tickets go on sale August 8. Call The Cultch’s Box Office at 604-251-1363 or go online at

    Full descriptions of each show can be found at

  • Saturday, April 08, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

     The Arts Club Theatre Company is currently accepting applications for the Apprentice Stage Manager positions for their 2017-2018 Season.  Successful applicants will be assigned to a single production of the season in one of our three venues.

    Contract lengths will vary with some for the length of the rehearsal period until opening night and a few carry through to the end of the show run.


    The ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

    ·         College or University level education or equivalent experience.

    ·         Stage Management experience as an SM, ASM or Apprentice.

    ·         A minimum of two credits as an Equity apprentice.

    ·         Experience supervising child performers is an asset.

    ·         Criminal record check may be required.



    Please submit a cover letter and resume along with your availability to:

    Ms. Teddy Forsyth, Human Resources

    Arts Club Theatre Company

    BMO Theatre Centre

    203 – 162 West 1st Avenue

    Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 0H6


    Deadline for applications is April 27, 2017  

    Interviews will be conducted the second week of May 2017.

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


    More information:



    The Arts Club Theatre Company is one of Canada’s most successful professional theatre companies and the largest in Western Canada. Moving into our 54th season, this non-profit, charitable organization produces  year-round on three stages: the Granville Island Stage on Granville Island, the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, and the restored Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage on Granville at West 12th. The Arts Club also has an extensive provincial touring program.


  • Saturday, April 08, 2017 1:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Gateway Theatre is thrilled to announce their 2017/2018 season programming.


    Last year, Gateway’s offerings showcased topical plays that translated the day’s headlines into theatre and brought them directly to the stage. This season, Gateway’s four MainStage shows will reflect upon stories from the past.  As Jovanni Sy, Gateway’s artistic director reflects, “In looking back in time, these plays hold up a mirror to our lives today and provide a glimpse of what our future might be.”  Although rooted in history, the themes and ideas explored in this season’s plays touch on love, personal responsibility, race and identity in ways that are both timely and relevant.


    This year, theatregoers will travel back through the centuries to the late 1800s and early 1900s. They’ll have the opportunity to visit turn-of-the-century Sweden with A Little Night Music before immersing themselves in Victorian London with Dickens’ immortal A Christmas Carol.  From there, audiences will travel to Salt-Water Moon’s 1926 Newfoundland before passing through the Kowloon Gate of colonial Hong Kong with Jovanni Sy’s new detective thriller, Nine Dragons.  Whether you decide to take on the whole journey to travel the breadth of Gateway’s new season or opt for just a few stops on the way, Gateway’s plays will dazzle you with imaginative sets, designs, sumptuous costumes and storytelling at its best.


    Gateway Theatre’s 2017/2018 Season:


    A Little Night Music 

    Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler
    Directed by Peter Jorgensen
    October 12 – 21, 2017 / MainStage

    Love, regret and desire burn brightly in this new Patrick Street Productions’ presentation of Sondheim’s musical tour de force


    Long considered Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece, A Little Night Music has been enchanting audiences worldwide since its Broadway debut in 1973. Set at the turn of the last century in Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the intersections of desire as it tries to untangle the pathways through love, both sacred and profane.  Witty and moving, Sondheim’s play traces the arcs of infatuation, jealousy and true love as his cast of colourful characters meet, couple and uncouple during a weekend at a lavish country estate.  The winner of four Tony Awards, A Little Night Musicfeatures Sondheim's most popular song, the haunting "Send in the Clowns."


    Sink or Swim 

    By Beverley Elliott 
    Produced by Happygoodthings Productions

    November 16 – 25, 2017 / Studio B 

    Cabaret chanteuse Beverley Elliott returns to Gateway with a hilarious new evening of story and song


    Beverley Elliott last graced the Gateway Studio in 2015 with her smash hit cabaret show ‘…didn’t see that coming.’ Known for her recurring role as “Granny” on ABC Television’s hit series, Once Upon a Time, Beverley is excited to bring her latest show Sink or Swim to Gateway this year. Sink or Swim features an evening of songs and in which Beverley vividly shares all the fears and foibles of five-year-old ‘Smelly Elliott.’  In this poignant, playful, and relatable prequel to ‘…didn’t see that coming’, Elliott navigates the uncharted waters, big adventures, betrayals and epiphanies that shape us all into the adults we become, and answers life’s big questions like “Why did I eat the fish food?”

    Renowned musician Bill Costin returns to accompany Beverley on piano for what promises to be an evening of hilarious storytelling.


    A Christmas Carol

    By Charles Dickens, adapted by Michael Shamata
    Directed by Rachel Peake

    December 7 – 24, 2017/ MainStage

    Gateway revives memories of Christmases past with a new production of Dickens’ immortal holiday classic 


    Ebenezer Scrooge is a greedy miser who despises Christmas. He carries on like this, seemingly immune to joy and the ways of the heart until one Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of a deceased business partner and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. These visitations give Scrooge the opportunity to reflect upon his life, examine his heart, and be transformed by the spirit of the season. Like all of our holiday shows in the past, A Christmas Carol will be a fun-filled spectacle with live music, for the whole family to enjoy together.  Get your tickets early.


    Salt-Water Moon 

    By David French

    Directed by Ravi Jain

    A Factory Theatre Production touring with Why Not Theatre

    February 15 – 24, 2018 / MainStage  

    Gateway’s new production of this beloved Canadian classic asks audiences whether ‘you ever truly return home’


    This glorious production of David French’s Salt-Water Moon was a sold-out hit in Toronto last season. Now, Gateway audiences will have the opportunity to take in director Ravi Jain’s reimagined version of this beloved Canadian classic about love, loss, and reconciliation. With its boldly spare staging, this production confronts the audience with the implication of one’s choices.  Is it possible to retrace our steps? It’s 1926 and young people are leaving Newfoundland villages in droves to work in the big city. But eighteen year-old Jacob Mercer has come home to Coley’s Point, to win back his former sweetheart Mary Snow, after abruptly leaving over a year ago. By the light of a moon-filled night, the former lovers meet to confront their past choices and contemplate a possible future together. But, is it too late? Come and find out.


    I Lost My Husband  

    By Catherine Léger

    Translated by Leanna Brodie

    Directed by Diane Brown

    Produced by Ruby Slippers Theatre

    March 15 – 24, 2018 / Studio B 

    Ruby Slippers returns to Gateway with a feisty and subversive romantic comedy


    Evelyn has lost her husband in a bar bet and she's not entirely sure she wants him back. 

    I Lost My Husband is the world premiere of Leanna Brodie’s English translation of Catherine Léger’s hit comedy J’ai perdu mon mari. A hilarious journey through the important things in life such as love, freedom, karaoke and the hazards of frozen yogurt. I Lost My Husband is Gateway’s third partnership with the leading Vancouver 

    Vancouver company, Ruby Slippers Theatre, following The List in 2016 and You Will Remember Me in 2017. 


    Nine Dragons 

    By Jovanni Sy

    Directed by Craig Hall

    A co-production with Vertigo Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

    April 12 – 21, 2018 / MainStage

    Race and privilege clash in the world premiere of a riveting new crime drama 


    Gateway is proud to present the world premiere of this powerful new play by Gateway’s Artistic Director, Jovanni Sy. It’s Kowloon in 1924 and a killer is on the loose. Tommy Lam, Hong Kong’s most brilliant police detective, is brought on to investigate. Constantly overlooked by his English superiors, Tommy feels that this case will help him prove himself. The leading suspect, however, is Victor Fung, the son of one of the wealthiest families in Asia. As a cat-and-mouse game ensues between Tommy and his mysterious nemesis, the audience must draw conclusions of their own in this riveting crime drama that will enchant lovers of classic mystery and detective stories.  


    For more information:

    Season subscriptions available.

    Subscription rates: MainStage: $187, $156 / Theatre Lover: $228, $199

  • Sunday, April 02, 2017 11:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Realwheels proudly announced the completion of Phase 1 of their Cultural Infrastructure Project. And they present the report from the first phase of their Theatre Accessibility needs assessment.

    The project is a partnership with Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture and the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) to address the limited number of theatre venues that are truly and fully accessible for artists/performers, theatre technicians, and patrons with disabilities.

    Throughout the spring and fall of 2016, SPARC BC conducted a Needs Assessment of Accessible Performance Spaces in the City of Vancouver, which included a review of leading practices and feedback from the broader community. We asked:  What is currently working well? What are the gaps and challenges in regards to accessible theatre venues?  We created an accessibility audit checklist, after which our multi-disability audit team undertook a thorough audit of one theatre venue.

    Below is a link to the final report, which encapsulates the findings and includes the accessibility audit checklist, along with the details of our audit of the Firehall Arts Centre.

    The long-term goal of this project is to increase accessibility at theatre venues for artists, technical staff, and patrons with disabilities. 

    Realwheels invites you to read this report and most importantly to use it, share it and open up dialogue around issues of accessibility in our city.


    Needs Assessment of Accessible Performance Spaces

  • Friday, March 24, 2017 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Angels in America: The Next Millennium – A Panel Discussion

    You’re invite to a special free panel discussion on Angels in America and how Tony Kushner's masterpiece still resonates within the LGBTQ community and beyond. Panelists will include Dave Deveau, Spencer Chandra Herbert, Veena Sood, Colin Thomas, and more. There will be moderated-curated questions directed to the panelists as well as an opportunity to ask questions from the audience.

    Saturday, April 1, 10:30 AM – Noon
    Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (Granville at 12th, 2750 Granville Street)
    Bonus: Performance by the Marcus Mosely Chorale

    More information and RSVP at

  • Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Gateway Theatre is looking for three youth (ages 15-30) to fill summer positions that are funded through Canada’s Summer Works program. 

    The successful applicants must:

    ·         be legally entitled to work in Canada

    ·         be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status in Canada

    ·         be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment

    ·         be a full-time student with the intention of returning to full-time studies in the fall

    ·         be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment for a period of 16 weeks

    ·         not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week)

    ·         not be attending full-time classes while carrying out this job

    Hours of work: 35 hrs/week. Office hours are 9am – 5pm (with one hour unpaid lunch break).

    The hours will vary – some evening and weekend work may be required.  Salary: $10.85/hour

    Application deadline: April 7, 2017


    1. Summer Intern position – Education

    Reporting directly to the Education Manager and working closely with the Education Coordinator, Academy Summer Faculty and students, the Intern will assist in administration, production and summer camp support. Expectations and goals will be set out by the Education Manager, who will train the Intern in communicating the Academy’s programs and requirements to families and students. The Education Intern will also learn to address the needs of the instructors and students within both class and production/presentation contexts. 

    Duties may include:

    ·                  Processing student registrations for summer and year-long classes

    ·                  Coordination of Academy auditions and summer volunteers

    ·                  Summer Camp student supervision

    ·                  Assisting with Academy presentations or productions

    ·                  Event planning

    ·                  Maintenance of Academy’s library and inventory

    ·                  Data entry and record keeping (utilizing database software)

    ·                  Communications projects and Academy promotion

    ·                  Other duties as required by supervisor               

    Necessary qualifications:

    ·                  Interest and experience in arts education for youth

    ·                  Experience in and understanding of theatre and  theatre production

    ·                  Superior detail orientation and organizational skills

    ·                  Superior interpersonal communication skills

    ·                  Computer skills in Microsoft Office suite

    ·                  Ability to work independently and in a team

    ·                  Must have or be willing to obtain an RCMP Vulnerable Sector Check (to work with children) 


    ·                  Post-secondary study in Education, Arts Administration or Theatre (performance and production)

    ·                  Knowledge of a second language, ideally, Cantonese or Mandarin

    Please apply by email to: by April 7, 2017.

    2. Summer Intern position – Marketing and Development

    Reporting directly to the Marketing and Sales Manager and the Development Manager, the Intern will assist with the execution of Gateway’s subscription and Academy registration campaigns, and the planning of our single ticket campaign.  The Intern will research individual, in-kind, and corporate partners for Gateway Theatre and learn how to create fundraising campaigns for individual donors and corporate sponsorships.

    Duties may include:

    ·                  Researching and writing copy for proposals, letters to donors, and membership newsletters

    ·                  Assisting in organizing corporate sponsorship events and various Board fundraising activities

    ·                  Work with designers to help create fundraising collateral materials

    ·                  Audience segmentation and Cultural industries market research

    ·                  Distribution of marketing collateral throughout the Lower Mainland

    ·                  Other duties as required by supervisor 

    Necessary qualifications:

    ·                  Superior written and oral communication skills

    ·                  Superior detail orientation and organizational skills

    ·                  Sales or customer service experience

    ·                  Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and Excel

    ·                  Ability to work independently


    ·                  Post-secondary training in Marketing or Communications, Arts Administration, Fundraising and Non-Profit Management, Business and/or the cultural industries

    ·                  Prior volunteer or work experience in fundraising

    ·                  Prior volunteer or work experience in a not-for-profit environment

    ·                  Event planning and/or community outreach experience

    ·                  Familiarity with Theatre Manager or other database software

    ·                  Knowledge of a second language, ideally, Cantonese or Mandarin

    Please respond with a cover letter and resume to: by April 7, 2017. 

    3. Summer Intern position – Artistic/Production

    Reporting to the Artistic Associate, the Artistic Intern will assist with season preparations for the professional productions in the Main Stage, Studio, and Pacific Festival for 2017 as well as supporting production maintenance and rental clients.  

    Duties may include:

    ·         Organizing and facilitating auditions

    ·         Creating and writing content for programs and events

    ·         Liaising with artists, contractors, and/or rental clients for the 2017‐2018 season

    ·         Archival of production materials

    ·         Script library upkeep

    ·         Coordinating translation materials

    ·         Outreach at community special events

    ·         Data entry and record keeping

    ·         Supporting the Rentals Manager

    ·         Assisting with stage equipment maintenance

    ·         Other duties as required by supervisor

    Necessary qualifications:

    ·         Excellent written and oral communication skills

    ·         A keen interest in and understanding of theatre production

    ·         Excellent organizational and multi‐tasking skills

    ·         Computer skills in Microsoft Office suite

    ·         Proven ability to balance individual initiative with working as part of a dynamic team

    ·         Superior organization skills and attention to detail 


    ·         Strong writing skills

    ·         Experience with copy-writing

    Please respond with a cover letter, resume, and sample of your writing to: by April 7, 2017.


    We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

    The positions are subject to receipt of funding. 



    Gateway Theatre’s mission is to enrich 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 lead today by Artistic Director Jovanni Sy. We serve the community through professional live theatre productions, theatre education for youth, and community venue rentals.

  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    rEvolver Theatre Festival 2017 runs May 24 – June 4

    With a line-up that is as innovative as it is diverse, the fifth annual rEvolver Theatre Festival will present fresh and vibrant works created by emerging and early mid-career artists. Featuring nine mainstage shows at the Cultch, and three offsite shows from Wednesday, May 24 to Sunday, June 4, 2017, with companion events to be announced shortly.

    Three shows from across the country—Halifax, Toronto and Whitehorse—will represent what is happening at the forefront of interdisciplinary live theatre arts in Canada. A co-production by Heist and Theatre Outré, The Princess Show which won the Best in Fest award at the Atlantic Fringe Festival last year. Haley McGee, who has toured extensively in Europe and UK garnering multiple awards, will bring her one-woman show, I’m Doing This for You. Ramshackle Theatre’s Tombstone is a visually stunning all-ages cardboard puppet show and live movie, the company was part of the festival debut programming in 2013 with audience favourite, Sci-Fi Double Feature.
    The strong Vancouver-based contingent at the festival will include productions by Luciterra Dance Company, Ode. Movements Society, rice & beans theatre, Skinny Walrus Project, and Wild Women Theatre.

    MAINSTAGE PROGRAM                            * World Premiere
    • I’m Doing This for You  |  Haley McGee, Toronto
    • The Princess Show  |  Theatre Outré/Heist, Halifax
    • Tombstone: A Cardboard Western* |  Ramshackle Theatre, Whitehorse
    • Last Train In*  |  rice & beans theatre, Vancouver
    • (i·m)position  |  Luciterra Dance Company, Vancouver
    • NeOn-ね音-  |  Ode. Movements Society, Vancouver
    • shiny  |  Kelly McInnes, Vancouver
    • SPAWN*  |  Cheyenne Scott, Vancouver
    • Vampires in Barcelona*  |  Skinny Walrus Projects, Vancouver

    • All the Way*  |  O,o,o,o., Vancouver
    • Habitats  |  Isabelle Kirouac and Nayana Fielkov, Vancouver
    • Soliloquy in English  |  Patrick Blenkarn, Vancouver
    Early Bird 6-Show Flex pass: $72 All in - a savings of $48
    Available at
    Single tickets available April 15, at
    For full schedule visit
    Early Bird passes available now, single tickets on sale April 15

    rEvolver Festival is supported by the Canadian Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, British Columbia Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, and The Georgia Straight.

    Under the leadership of Daniel Martin and David Mott, Upintheair Theatre has been producing original and provocative theatre in Vancouver since 2000. The company’s last production with The Only Animal, The City and The City was presented in the 2017 PuSh Festival. Past productions include The North Plan (2016), which won three Jessie Awards in the Small Theatre category, and Inside The Seed (2013), which won Jessie Awards for Outstanding Direction (Small Theatre) and Best New Script. Each spring, the company presents the rEvolver Theatre Festival showcasing contemporary performance work by emerging and early mid-career artists.

    More information:   |
    Tombstone: A Cardboard Western* |  Ramshackle Theatre, Whitehorse  |
    Visually gorgeous, full of wit and humour, anarchy and magic, Tombstone is an all ages cardboard puppet show filmed and projected live on to the big screen, and is Ramshackle Theatre’s follow up to the 2013 rEvolver hit, Sci-Fi Double Feature. Part spaghetti western, part Westworld, and all cardboard, Tombstone will be loved by children, hipsters, parents, b-movie buffs, and anyone looking for a rollicking good time.

    I’m Doing This for You  |  Haley McGee, Toronto  |
    A woman travels halfway around the world to give the man she loves the thing she thinks he wants the most. He’s an aspiring stand-up comedian and today is his birthday. The audience is her gift to him and it’s a surprise! Blending storytelling, live-art and improvisation, Haley McGee delivers a spellbinding performance in I’m Doing This for You. Filled with startling turns from the hilarious to the humiliating, this show delves deep into just how far a person will go to not be alone.

    (i·m)position  |  Luciterra Dance Company, Vancouver  |
    Simultaneously “I am position” and “imposition”, Luciterra’s newest production is a theatrical story of love, conflict, aggression, and sensuality. Identities are lost and found, relationships formed and rejected, and group power structures are re-defined and re-imagined. This narrative is told through Luciterra’s innovative dance hybrid, drawing inspiration from each company members’ various training in bellydance, contemporary, and theatre. A unique aesthetic of mechanical robotic movement juxtaposed with sweeping lyrical lines creates a dynamic and elusive style, as unexpected as it is exciting.

    Last Train In*  |  rice & beans theatre, Vancouver  |
    Written and performed by award-winning theatre and film maker Adam Grant Warren, who was born with cerebral palsy, Last Train In is drawn from his lived experience. It is not, however, a typical story of disability and triumph over adversity. It is not about finding a way despite overwhelming odds. Instead, it’s about travel, romance, career expectations, and the all-too-human tendency to... embellish.

    NeOn-ね音-  |  ODE. Movements, Vancouver  |
    Framed around the revelation of a deep secret within playwright Mayumi Yoshida’s beloved late grandmother’s arranged marriage, NeOn is a look at Love. True Love. Does it exist? Has anyone ever got it right? Why have we all been conditioned to yearn for it? Told through multiple intertwining stories, NeOn transcends generations and continents and language. An “international citizen’s” charming look at what it means to negotiate love on either end of the world. The SHOULDs, WOULDs and COULDs about choice…  and the grace of accepting when there isn’t one. Performed in English and Japanese (with English subtitles).

    The Princess Show  |  Theatre Outré / Heist, Halifax   |
    Follow the world’s most revered performance artist, Princess Edward, as this bearded, sequined wonder journeys into a world where anime heroes, bass guitarist rock stars and pop epics meld into a music-filled lip-synched thriller where Princess puts it all on the line to save her beloved from the mysterious Beast. Join Princess Edward and her family in this musical lip-synched mash-up of Dungeons & Dragons, Attack on Titan, Legend of Zelda, and Rupaul’s Drag Race, where Princess puts it all on the line to save her beloved.

    shiny  |  Kelly McInnes, Vancouver 
    Challenging the women’s beauty industry and standard, shiny combines dance, visual art, sound, and “women’s work” to examine the mass objectification, sexualization and censorship of women’s bodies. It is masking of the individual through the bizarre sameness of the beauty standard and magnifies the surreal, grotesque and violence involved in the quest for “perfection”.

    SPAWN*  |  Cheyenne Scott, Vancouver                                            
    Woven through traditional Coast Salish stories, dance and media, SPAWN transports the audience from deep in the city to the depths of the ocean. Theresa is haunted by the traditional story of the salmon spirit, and the death of her mother who drowned in the Pacific. An unexpected pregnancy causes her disconnected family to reconsider their own choices in preparation of the next generation. SPAWN dives into the struggle to reconnect to culture, community, and land. There is no going back. We can only move forward through the cycle and only the toughest and luckiest complete it.

    Vampires in Barcelona*  |  Skinny Walrus Projects, Vancouver  |      
    The year is 2006. Brian Cochrane is 22 years old, backpacking around Europe, and freshly in love. He arrives in Barcelona first thing in the morning after partying all night on a train from Paris. After struggling to find his hostel, sleeping off part of his hangover, and realizing his one-year of studying Spanish in university isn’t going to cut it in the Catalan capital, his hopes for a quiet and introspective evening are side-tracked when he meets a heartbroken, quadrilingual magician. The magician’s girlfriend has just left him for his best friend. And she’s also a vampire, apparently… But there’s no such thing, right? Maybe if Brian follows the magician’s recommendation and goes to the vampire bar he’ll get some answers…

    All the Way*  |  O,o,o,o., Vancouver  |  |  Russian Hall
    A hypnagogic game show straddling the worlds of a haunted house and The Price is Right. This partially-immersive, pop-cult, horror-flick-obsessed puzzle invites audience members to dive into a hero’s journey… and emerge thrilled and victorious. All the Way rewards the competitor, soothes the dreamer, and delights in the deliciously unconventional.

    Habitats  |  Isabelle Kirouac and Nayana Fielkov, Vancouver 
    Habitats is an interdisciplinary performance for all ages, incorporating elements of contemporary dance, theatre and circus. A woman accompanied by a mysterious white hare travels through dream-like roads in search of her identity. Transforming fear into curiosity and investigating a newfound sense of possibility, Habitats is a poetic work exploring the relationship between a clown and a four-legged stilt dancer.

    Soliloquy in English |  Patrick Blenkarn, Vancouver
    Soliloquy in English is a book for multiple voices about the language that connects them. In this part reading group, part documentary, and part handmade art object created from the ruins of an Oxford Dictionary, a small group of readers are invited to participate in reading the book out loud, passing it from hand to hand and voice to voice. In doing so, they bring to life a collage of stories about what it means to share and live in the English language today.

Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance  |  Vancouver, BC, Canada  |

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