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  • Wednesday, February 08, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is accepting applications to attend their general auditions on March 27 and 29, 2017


    Interested actors should forward the following:
    - Current resume
    - Current headshot
    - Brief cover letter addressed to Christopher Gaze, Artistic Director

    Submit by mail or in person to Bard’s Administration office:
    (Office hours: 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday)
    Bard on the Beach
     (Ref: General Auditions)
    BMO Theatre Centre
    201-162 West 1st Avenue 
    Vancouver, BC
     V5Y 0H6


    Submissions must reach the Bard office by Tuesday, February 28 at 5pm.

    NOTE: Submissions by fax or email will not be accepted.

    Artists selected for a General audition will be contacted with an audition time and will need to prepare:
    - Two contrasting Shakespeare monologues (2 min. max each)
    - A short verse (30 sec. max) of an unaccompanied melodic song to showcase your range

    Established actors who would like to be considered for our 2018 Season:
    - Submit your current resume, headshot and a cover letter expressing your interest to the address above.

    Bard on the Beach receives a large number of submissions each year, and as such is unable to offer audition times to all who apply. Principal criteria for inclusion in general auditions includes completion of classical theatre training and Shakespeare performance experience. Bard on the Beach welcomes and encourages submissions from artists of diverse backgrounds. Preference will be given to artists who have not had an audition in the last two years.


    Or contact Rhea Shroff, Company & Education Manager at 604-737-0625 Ext. 222.

  • Wednesday, February 08, 2017 1:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Ruby Slippers Theatre is thrilled to announce that Artistic Director Diane Brown is the 2016/17 recipient of The Bra D’Or Award. Diane was presented the prestigious award by playwright Carmen Aguirre at the opening night performance of You Will Remember Me at the Gateway Theatre. The Bra D’Or Award is presented annually to individuals who have supported the advancement of Canadian women playwrights.

    The Womens’ Caucus of Playwrights Guild of Canada offered the following commendation on Diane’s award: “Over the last 26 years, Diane Brown has consistently championed works by women. As Artistic Director of Ruby Slippers Theatre, Diane has an extensive history of showcasing works by women in her regular programming. She also created and initiated both the Advance Theatre: New Works by Women five-day festival and the Femmes Fatales Series, where women perform their own work. Diane’s fundamental commitment to, and record of, producing outstanding plays created by women, makes her very worthy of this award.” 

    Diane Brown is a multi-award-winning director and actor and co-founder and Artistic Director of Ruby Slippers Theatre. She initiated Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women in 2015 in response to the continued under-representation of women playwrights on Canadian stages. Diane is the Chair of Theatre Cares Vancouver, sits on the Theatre Advisory Committee for Langara College, and is involved with several social justice and environmental initiatives. A graduate of SFU, Diane is currently undertaking her master’s degree at UBC. 

    “I am so honoured to receive this award, as it is very meaningful to me,” says Diane. “For years I have been, like many others, working to redefine ‘normal’ on Canadian stages, to have gender equity and diversity issues be a thing of the past. In these frighteningly reactionary times it is more crucial now than ever to collectively commit ourselves to bringing diversity of all kinds to our stages, including, of course, women playwrights and their stories, which make up so little of our mainstage professional fare. Inclusivity is what makes theatre a humanizing and powerful force in our society.”


    Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women is presented in association with The Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre. The third annual festival of staged readings of plays written and directed by women will take place September 11-15, during The Fringe Festival.



    Multi-award winning Ruby Slippers Theatre creates, produces, and presents provocative text-based theatre from the vanguard of the English and French Canadian canon. We tell stories that illuminate diverse perspectives and social issues.


    More information:

  • Monday, February 06, 2017 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Is your group planning a community-based art project or event?

    You be eligible for grant money for planning, running, or promoting that event or project.

    These high-demand funds are available just once per year.

    DEADLINE: March 1, 2017

    Cash grants to help cover the costs of planning or producing a community art project or event.

    Vancouver-based non-profit organizations, cooperatives, or First Nation band councils that have been in operation for at least six months before the application deadline are eligible to apply.

    Eligible projects are arts and cultural activities that engage communities, such as:

    • Festivals, celebrations, and major parades
    • Community arts projects
    • Artist residency within a neighbourhood or community
    • Neighbourhood or community art plans
    • Public art projects

    Review the information at the link below and contact Cultural Services to discuss your group's eligibility and receive an application form.


    Review the information at:

    Then contact:
    Douglas Durand, Cultural Planner


    Cultural Services staff will be conducting a free workshop and walk-through of the 2017 Community Arts Grants application form and process. The intent is to share information about this grant program and guidance on how to complete the online application form.

    • Tuesday, January 31, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

      New(to)Town Collective is an emerging theatre collective, aspiring to provide accessible, experimental training workshops and creating new interdisciplinary works together. They're excited to bring back SUNDAY NIGHT Training Jams with a little extra!

      Dates: February 12, 19, 26 & March 5, 2017

      Part 1: Drop-in Training Jam classes are opportunities to cross pollinate training, practices, and ideas between artists of various disciplines as well as non-artists. It is a safe space for exploration, curiosity, and to expand your artistic community. Each week is a different topic.

      5:00-6:30pm. Drop in. No registration required.

      Part 2: Progressive Performance Workshop will explore materials you are interested in developing or extending. Your chosen material can be anything from scene study and monologues, to script development, choreography, a clown turn, or any kind of devised work. If your artistic journey is like sailing through the ocean, then we are here to guide you to your North Star. Whatever your intention may be the Collective can help you paddle but you’re the Captain.

      6:30-9:00pm. Registration is required. Max 10 participants. 

      For more information, including weekly topics, go to

      About New(to)Town Collective

      We are interested in collaborating and cross pollinating our practices and ideas with collaborators from across all artistic disciplines through our Training Jams. As a Collective, we bring together a unique blend of practices including: Grotowski, devising, clowning, visual arts, contemporary dance, playwriting, dramaturgy, directing and more! We are integrating these practices to train and create new works as a collective while supporting each others’ individual artistic endeavors. Current facilitators are Davey Calderon, June Fukumura, Anjela Magpantay and Avyen Von Waldenburg.


      For more information about N(t)TC or the facilitators, look us up at!

    • Monday, January 30, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

      Repost: January 30, 2017

      The Living Room is a mixer-slash-mingler-slash-meeting for emerging artists to hear from established artists on topics that are important to our theatre community. Connect, network, and share news in a casual and fun environment. Rumble Theatre invites all artists who self-identify as “emerging” to join us for these fun and stimulating evenings of conversation and community-building. Each event is centred around a specific theme.

      All Living Room events start at 7pm and are held in the PL1422 studio (1422 William Street, Vancouver). The Living Room is free-of-charge and no advance sign-up is required.

      The 2016-2017 Living Rooms

      September 26, 2016 — Festivals: So many, so awesome.

      How do festivals contribute to the theatre community? What is involved in producing one? What kind of theatre works in different festivals? How can they inspire you?

      Our guests David Jordan (Executive Director of the Vancouver Fringe Festival) and Joyce Rosario (Associate Curator of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival) will talk about their respective festivals: how they’re built, how they work, and how you can engage with them.

      Conversation moderated by Marie Farsi, freelance director and co-AD of Babelle Theatre.

      November 28, 2016 — Babies and Theatre: starting a family and building a career at the same time!

      Can you have a family and a career in theatre? Will you ever work again? How can arts workers afford to have babies?

      Guest artists Reneltta Arluk (actor, director, and Artistic Director of Akpik Theatre in Yellowknife, NT) and Andrew McNee (award-winning Vancouver stage actor) will discuss how they negotiate family life and work life, how those things overlap, and how having children has affected their craft.

      Conversation moderated by actor, director, and playwright Kim Sənklip Harvey.

      NEXT LIVING ROOM: February 28, 2017 — Making theatre with your friends. And staying friendly.

      What happens when work and friendship mixes? How do you keep a friendship healthy when the work is hard (or vice versa)? Do friends make the best colleagues?

      When we make our own work, we usually do it with our friends. So we’re going to talk to a couple of artists who have put their friendship on the line to make great work together: Marcus Youssef (actor, playwright, and Artistic Director of Neworld Theatre) and James Long (actor and co-Artistic Director of Theatre Replacement).

      Conversation moderated by Chelsea Haberlin, director and co-Artistic Producer of Itsazoo Productions.

      The Facebook event for this Living Room is HERE.

      May 15, 2017 — Private = public: putting your own story onstage.

      What’s the cost of making a play about yourself? What if you’re not a “playwright” but you have a great story to tell? Where do you find the courage to share your personal secrets?

      Inside everyone is a story. And sometimes that story ends up onstage as a one-person show!  Come hear guest artists Tetsuro Shigematsu (playwright, performer for Empire of the Son) and Quelemia Sparrow (playwright, performer for O’wet/Lost Lagoon) talk about their processes of turning personal history into public theatre.

      Conversation moderated by Pedro Chamale, playwright, performer and co-AD of rice & beans theatre.

      More information:

    • Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

      PTC is pleased to announce that we have chosen five playwrights as PTC Associates 2017 – 2020.  The five are developing four new projects.  For Salesman in China, the team of Leanna Brodie and Jovanni Sy will use Arthur Miller’s landmark production of Death of a Salesman in Beijing as a jumping off point to talk about the search for understanding across great personal and cultural divides.  Tetsuro Shigematsu comes in with a contemporary reimagining of a play written by Monzaemon Chikamatsu, the Shakespeare of Japan. The project is called Suicide Forest.  Kendra Fanconi’s new work is an exploration with (and perhaps for) children about how they explore and control their environment and relationships. Right now it’s called Thingamabob, a child’s name for the imaginative worlds kids build that can hold the truth of who they are. Veronique West’s project, State of War, investigates the effects of personal and political trauma on a mother and daughter’s relationship. Using fact and fiction, poetry and documentary, she hopes to dramatize the powerful historical and psychological forces that separate and connect generations.


      The PTC Associates will join PTC for three years, to develop a central project – and their practice – with PTC dramaturgs. The writers will receive a stipend, process design, dramaturgical collaboration, workshops with actors, studio space, a writers’ retreat, and support finding producing partners. They will participate in regular collegial discussions with each other and PTC staff.


      We are deeply grateful for the many high quality submissions we received from Vancouver playwrights –our faith in the depth and breadth of the talent of local theatre makers is once again affirmed.   

      Leanna Brodie is a playwright, actor, and translator. The Vic, For Home and Country, The Book of Esther, and Schoolhouse, published by Talon Books, are regularly performed across Canada. One of her opera libretti was for composer Anthony Young's Flourish Award-winning Ulla’s Odyssey, currently touring the UK. She has translated numerous Québec playwrights, including Hélène Ducharme of Théâtre Motus (whose acclaimed Baobab has toured North America with over 550 performances) and Christian Bégin (whose After Me earned 5 Jessie nominations for Ruby Slippers Theatre, including Best Production). She has been playwright-in-residence at the Blyth Festival, 4th Line Theatre, and Lighthouse Festival Theatre: other residencies have included the PTC Colony, Banff Playwrights Colony, Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, and Glassco Translation Residency. Leanna was most recently seen in And Bella Sang With Us at the Firehall Arts Centre, and will appear next in Bonjour, là, bonjour for Théâtre la Seizième. She is currently translating Olivier Sylvestre's La Beauté du monde for Pi Theatre, and two of her other translations will receive their world premieres in the 2017-18 season. For more information:


      Jovanni Sy is a playwright, director, and performer. In 2012, he was appointed Artistic Director of Gateway Theatre in Richmond. As an actor, Jovanni has performed with numerous companies from Whitehorse to St. John's. His most recent Vancouver roles were in King of the Yees (Gateway), Dead Metaphor (Firehall), and A Taste of Empire (Boca del Lupo). Jovanni directed Closer Than EverValley Song, and Harvest at Gateway. He also directed God of CarnageAntigone, and Blackbird for Theatre du Pif in Hong Kong and Stitch for Native Earth in Toronto. Jovanni's play A Taste of Empire has been performed in Toronto and Vancouver. Jovanni also directed Derek Chan in his Cantonese translation of A Taste of Empire entitled 食盡天下. Jovanni's most recent play Nine Dragons will premiere at Vertigo Theatre in Calgary in September 2017 and then transfer to Winnipeg's Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and then Gateway Theatre.


      Kendra Fanconi is the Artistic Director of The Only Animal.  She has worked since 1994 as an actor, writer, director, theatre creator and producer of original, often site-specific work. Kendra’s short play Finale has been produced in New York City, Chicago, Norway, Lithuania, Brighton U.K. Her production Nothing But Sky won the 2014 Jessie for Significant Artistic Achievement. She created NiX, Canada's first theatre of snow and ice, which premiered at ATP's playRites Festival in Calgary and was a centrepiece production in the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad up in Whistler. She also wrote and directed the outdoor extravaganza Other Freds in 2005, also won a Jessie award for Expanding the Scope of Site-Specific Theatre. That production featured 125 community members and 35 professional artists, including 7 roving musicians, a bicycle ballet, kayak stampede, and a cruise ship conga line. Other credits include: The One that Got Away (playwright/performer, Winner: Outstanding Production 2002), The Last Stand (co-writer/performer), Box2 (co-writer/performer, Winner: Best Actress), Bonehouse, (playwright, adapted for CBC radio, Nomination: Outstanding Script), The Last Five Years (director, Nomination: Outstanding Director), and Medea (director). She is also the recipient of the Sam Payne Award for Best Emerging Director.


      For more than twenty years, Tetsuro Shigematsu has been telling stories across an array of media. He is a writer, actor, performance artist, broadcaster, scholar, filmmaker and theatre artist. Originally trained in the fine arts, he found a similar creative outlet writing for CBC Television’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Then in 2004, he became the first person-of-colour to host a daily national radio program in Canada when he took over The Roundup on CBC Radio, where he co-wrote and co-produced nearly a thousand hours of network programming. His most recent theatre work, Empire of the Son, sold out its run before it opened and was named the best show of 2015 by the Vancouver Sun and the The Georgia Straight before being remounted at The Cultch in 2016. It has toured across Canada. Tetsuro’s award-winning body of work in film, television, radio, new media and theatre continues to be taught in Canadian and American universities as examples of creative possibility.


      Veronique West is a playwright and dramaturg with a passion for socially engaged theatre. She is the Literary Assistant at the Arts Club Theatre Company, Artistic Associate at Alley Theatre, and Playwriting Instructor at the Gateway Theatre Academy. Her plays include Intrusion (winner of Tarragon Theatre’s 20/20 Playwriting Competition), Marrow (Resounding Scream Theatre/Alley Theatre) and State of War (in development with Playwrights Theatre Centre). She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.



      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. Through carefully curated programs and deep conversations with artists, we help them 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.


      For further information:


    • Monday, January 23, 2017 6:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

      Applications are now open for the Arts Club’s Actor’s Intensive program. The program is entering its 8th year of providing training for actors looking at polishing up skills, led by Dean Paul Gibson as program Leader and Scott Bellis had lead Instructor.

      This is a five-week course starting March 14. It takes a back-to-basics approach to tune up the mature actor’s instrument with voice, movement, and acting training from working pros. This course culminates in a showcase of participants for an invited audience including directors from the community.

      Deadline to apply is January 31, 2017

      More information at

      Applications can be sent to

    • Tuesday, January 17, 2017 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

      We are looking for help putting together this year's Unified General Auditions (UGAs) – set for March 21 and 22, with Qualifiers on February 15 and 16. Might you or someone you know be interested in being involved in this exciting annual event?

      We could use a hand for a few hours in the office in advance of the auditions, and then we’ll need several folks to help the auditions run smoothly on February 15/16, and March 21/22. No experience necessary; we just ask that you show up to the dates/times you commit to, and are eager to learn and work as part of a team. Shifts are generally 3-4 hours in length, but we’ll work around your availability.

      Examples of tasks may include: preparing materials for directors; checking in directors and performers; providing instructions and answering questions; coordinating the work of other volunteers.

      If you’re interested in taking part, please email producer Emily Neumann at with your available/preferred dates(s) and time(s), and if there’s a particular type of position you might have a preference for (e.g., office vs. audition venue, greeting people vs. behind-the-scenes, etc.). If you happen to have experience with general auditions, please mention this in your email. thank everyone in advance for their interest in this opportunity, and we endeavour to contact all applicants as soon as we can.

      For more information about  the UGAs, check out:

    • Monday, January 16, 2017 7:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

      Rumble Theatre is seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial, and organized person for the position of Interim Managing Producer. This is a full-time, salaried job combining elements of general management and production leadership. The position is a one-year maternity leave cover. The position will be full-time from May 1, 2017 – April 30, 2018, with training to occur on a part-time basis in April 2017.

      Rumble Theatre believes in creating a more compassionate world through the communal sharing of stories. We explore our history through commissioning and producing new adaptations of outstanding narratives, we investigate the present moment through producing contemporary plays from the Canadian and world repertoire, and we act as champions of Vancouver’s emerging artists to ensure a vital future. We believe that the theatre can be a place where community is built; a place where we can gather together to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, and greater empathy for our neighbours.

      Reporting to the Artistic Director, the Interim Managing Producer is responsible for the financial management, administration, fundraising, production management, and audience development of the company – ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of the organization. The Interim Managing Producer provides professional support to the Board of Directors and acts as an advocate of Rumble to arts professionals, various stakeholders, and the community-at-large.

      The ideal candidate has professional connections in the Canadian theatre community. They have an intimate understanding of how theatre systems work, from administrative management to artistic production process and industry/community networks. They have a sense of humour, act as a collaborative partner, and steer the organization by ensuring the achievement of both short- and long-term artistic and organizational goals and priorities, as set out in our current strategic plan. They will foster healthy relations with public and private funders, donors, artists, sponsors, audiences, and other key stakeholders.

      The candidates existing skill-set may include: production management, stage management, general management, fundraising and/or marketing, from any number of backgrounds. The candidate is seeking stable, short-term, dedicated work in a casual but high-functioning environment.

      Position duties include: budgeting, administrative and general management, grant-writing, production management, contracting of production personnel and artists, support on marketing and networking initiatives, facilities management, staff and intern supervision, primary liaison with the Board of Directors. Some evening and weekend work is required.

      Rumble has an annual operating budget of $300,000 and receives operating support from all three levels of government.

      Remuneration: $40,000/pa plus benefits, including extended medical and dental.

      Application Deadline: February 12, 2017

      Rumble Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from all qualified candidates will be considered. We strongly encourage submissions from individuals who self-identify as being from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Unfortunately our office is on the second floor with no elevator access.

      Please send a current CV and cover letter to: with the subject line “Interim Managing Producer”. We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates advancing in the process will be contacted. No telephone calls or walk-in inquiries please. All applications will be treated confidentially.

      More information:

    • Monday, January 16, 2017 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

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