Vancouver Theatre Guide
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  • Saturday, June 10, 2017 9:06 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Now in its 53rd season, the Arts Club offers professional live theatre at three venues, as well as on tour throughout the province.

    Reporting to the Ticket Sales Manager the Ticket Sales Supervisor is a detailed-oriented, personable and highly engaged employee who will work to assist in the daily operations of the call centre and the box offices for the Arts Club Theatre Company. This is a full time position supervising a unionized call centre and box office team.

    The successful candidate is a confident, creative, detail-oriented individual with considerable communication skills who thrives on the exchange of ideas.

    ACCOUNTABILITIES

    Ticket Sales Supervisor responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • ·      Box office / finance report preparation
    • ·      Motivating, monitoring, coaching and training call centre/box office team
    • ·      Generating ticket reports
    • ·      Preparing invoices
    • ·      Communicating to ticket sales staff
    • ·      Event building/editing
    • ·      Promoting excellence in guest service: developing and maintaining a friendly and positive environment for both the customers and the employees

    QUALIFICATIONS

    We are seeking applicants with a demonstrated experience of supervising employees and experience supervising a union staff is an asset. The successful candidate must have excellent customer service skills, be able to take direction from multiple sources and maintain deadlines, and must be able to think on their feet and have great problem solving abilities. A passion for performing arts is essential. Knowledge of Tessitura ticketing systems is helpful. The successful applicant must be personable, detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to work under pressure.

     COMPENSATION

    $32,000–$36,000 per annum plus extended healthcare benefits (after three months). The Ticket Sales Supervisor is a permanent, full-time position with the following hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 AM– 6 PM

     DEADLINE

    Email a cover letter and résumé to humanresources@artsclub.com by June 25, 2017.

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

  • Saturday, June 10, 2017 9:04 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Now in its 53rd season, the Arts Club offers professional live theatre at three venues, as well as on tour throughout BC.

    Reporting to the Marketing Manager, the Sales Systems Coordinator is responsible for the building and maintaining all Arts Club and rental ticketed events in the company’s CRM database (Tessitura). This includes creating sales reports to be used by all facets of the company in the monitoring and planning of our season, promotion builds for sales initiatives, and technical support

    The successful candidate is a confident, creative, detail-oriented individual with considerable communication skills who thrives on the exchange of ideas.

    ACCOUNTABILITIES

    • Build Arts Club season, single ticket, rental, and development events
    • Build and maintain all promotional codes
    • Set up marketing campaigns and appeals in Tessitura
    • Promotion of source codes to Tessitura lists
    • Daily sales reports on single tickets, season tickets, groups sales, and promo code sales
    • Troubleshoot Tessitura issues to facilitate sales
    • Liaise with ticket sales and admin staff to identify and solve Tessitura issues
    • Communications to box office on relevant changes within Tessitura
    • Generating end of show reports and equity weekly sales reports
    • Generate sales report and reconciliations for rental clients

     QUALIFICATIONS

    • Strong proficiency in Excel is required
    • Knowledge of SQL and back-end experience in a CRM database are assets
    • Exceptional communication skills and attention to detail
    • Ability to multitask and meet multiple deadlines in an open-office setting
    • An affinity for the performing arts

    COMPENSATION

    $32,000–$36,000 per annum plus extended healthcare benefits (after three months). The Sales Systems Coordinator is a permanent, full-time position with the following hours: Monday–Friday, 9 AM– 5:30 PM

     DEADLINE

    Email a cover letter and résumé to humanresources@artsclub.com by June 25, 2017.

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

  • Saturday, June 10, 2017 9:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Now in its 53rd season, the Arts Club offers professional live theatre at three venues, as well as on tour throughout BC.

    Reporting to the Ticket Sales Manager, the Ticket Sales Supervisor, Groups is a high-achieving, personable, and goal-oriented individual expected to close and exceed group sales targets. The successful candidate will strategically create a base of loyal groups, while driving new groups (10+) through day-to-day outbound sales calls and prospecting. The Ticket Sales Supervisor, Groups will also assist in the daily operations and supervision of the unionized call centre/box office.

    The successful candidate is a confident, creative, detail-oriented individual with considerable communication skills who thrives on the exchange of ideas.

    ACCOUNTABILITIES

    Group Advisor responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Meeting and exceeding assigned group sales targets
    • Secures group orders through a professional relationship-building approach
    • Servicing and cross-selling existing group accounts
    • Coordinating on-site group services, including day-of customer service seat visits
    • Makes in-person visits and sales presentations to prospective groups

    Ticket Sales Supervisor responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Sales reconciliation and reporting
    • Motivating, monitoring, coaching call centre/box office agents
    • Training call centre/box office agents

    QUALIFICATIONS

    We are seeking applicants with a demonstrated record of exceeding sales targets. The successful candidate must be comfortable with outbound cold sales-calling and have excellent customer service skills. A passion for performing arts is essential. Knowledge of ticketing systems is helpful. The successful applicant must be personable, detail-oriented, data-driven, and able to work under pressure.

    COMPENSATION

    $32,000–$36,000 per annum plus extended healthcare benefits (after three months). The Ticket Sales Supervisor, Group is a permanent, full-time position with the following hours: Mon–Fri, 9 AM– 5:30 PM

     DEADLINE

    Email a cover letter and résumé to humanresources@artsclub.com by June 25, 2017

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

  • Monday, June 05, 2017 5:30 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    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 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. 

    Applications can be submitted online at www.surreycareers.ca. 

  • Monday, June 05, 2017 4:54 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Massey Theatre Society operates two distinct theatre facilities in New Westminster. The Society also facilitates a dynamic array of community and performing arts organizations through its theatrical facilities, storage, scenery rental program and complete technical, patron and ticketing services.

    The historic Massey Theatre (est. 1949) is a 1260 seat road house most active in the areas of concerts, dance productions and musical theatre. It is a long-valued venue in the region and houses the largest seating capacity outside Vancouver. The Society is also theatre operator in a new Civic facility, Anvil Centre (est. 2014). This is a 360 seat non-proscenium, flexible configuration theatre. Anvil Centre also contains a Conference Centre, Museum and Archives, New Media Gallery and a number of arts studios and practice rooms. A plan is in motion to renovate and expand the historic Massey Theatre into an integrated performing arts centre.

    Reporting to the Executive Director, and working collaboratively with another TD, the position serves two theatres, their operational partners, diverse organizational clients and community members in both Massey and the Anvil Centre theatres.  Responsibility is focused on ensuring a technically proficient, safe and welcoming environment, developing and maintaining professional standards, training, health and safety, professional development and departmental communications programs. The Technical Director oversees the routine upkeep of the theatre areas and equipment, contributes to a positive client and public relationship, producing reports and plans and participates in envisioning the future of the theatres.

    Communication and attention to detail are key to success in this role. The TD is expected to communicate proactively to deliver excellence in theatre operations, facility conditions, departmental strengths and weaknesses and crew development.

    The TD identifies policy issues and general operational matters of note to collaboratively seek and implement solutions with the Executive Director and the management team.

    Qualifications:

    • Minimum 2 years experience as a venue based Technical Director, or 5 years experience as a venue based Assistant Technical Director
    • a strong understanding of the operational complexity of a large multi-user facility
    • technical theatre proficiency in lighting, sound, stage carpentry and crew / event supervision;
    • familiarity with industry standard health and safety procedures;
    • OFA level one;
    • Excellence in verbal and written communication

    Desirable attributes include:

    • experience in production or capital project planning;
    • experience in both community and professional arts;
    • experience in training, instruction and professional development of technicians

    If you enjoy a wide range of performing arts and events and working with a diverse public, we would be pleased to receive your resume in application for this position. We offer competitive compensation and a full benefits program including RRSP, Extended Health, Life Insurance, BC Medical premium and Health Expense Top up fund

    Deadline for applicants: June 24, 2017

    Submit resumes in application to: 

    Jessica Schneider, Executive Director, Massey Theatre, jessica@masseytheatre.com

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Update May 31, 2017: Still searching for new members. Will accept applications until all positions are filled.

    Fugue Theatre is seeking to fill new membership positions on its Board of Directors. We are looking for a dynamic and engaged individual who has a passion for the arts and a commitment to their community. We welcome diverse candidates with a range of experience and skills. Students and emerging artists are welcome to apply, as are professionals and established leaders connected to the arts community. Applicants must be 19 or older to apply.

    Members of the Board of Directors take part in:

    ·         Annual General Meeting

    ·         Meetings every 6 weeks to focus on strategic planning & oversight; fundraising; and building the profile and capacity of the organization

    ·         Fundraising & promotional events related to current productions

    ·         Volunteering at events & volunteer recruitment

    To express your interest in this position, please send a resume and a short statement introducing yourself to us as soon as possible: mma[at]fugue[dot]biz

    Priority will be given to Vancouver residents.

    ABOUT FUGUE

    We are a growing professional theatre company, founded and incorporated in 2004. Since then, Fugue has produced six new works of Canadian theatre, on a biennial production cycle. We are currently developing Les Filles Du Roi, a new trilingual musical that uses cross-cultural collaboration to explore how difference can create both challenge and opportunity. Co-created by Julie McIsaac & Corey Payette, Les Filles du Roi addresses the historical roots of current debates on migration, cultural diversity, gender equality and Indigenous sovereignty.

    Fugue Theatre’s mission is to generate innovation across the theatre and music communities by producing original, imaginative and boldly experimental Canadian musicals, operettas and plays with music. By supporting the development of original shows and encouraging experimentation we strive to create a necessary countercurrent to the mainstream. We seek out provocative, Canadian stories that both entertain and drive discourse by linking challenging art experiences to contemporary issues. 

    Fugue Theatre is covered by Directors & Officers Liability Insurance.


    More information: fuguetheatre.org


  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 3:23 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Kenji Maeda
    Executive Director

    Kenji's experiences are diverse and grounded in his passion for the arts, education, and community. Kenji is the artsVest B.C. Program Manager for Business for the Arts, and the CEO of Production Heads Network and Vancouver Actor's Guide. For five years he was the Executive Director of DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Western Canada’s largest documentary festival. Kenji has worked in film, TV and theatre as a performer and producer, and has been active on various boards and committees in the community, including the Society to Bridge Arts and Community, Alliance for Arts and Culture, Documentary Media Society, 110 Arts Cooperative, and GVPTA. Kenji is the recipient of a Jessie Award for Significant Artistic Achievement for his work on Neworld Theatre's Are We There Yet?.

    Say hello to Kenji at executivedirector@gvpta.ca.



    Dee de los Santos
    Communications and Member Services Coordinator

    Dee is an experienced public relations and marketing professional working with local theatre companies and other Canadian businesses. She’s worked as a publicist with the Vancouver International Film Festival and Reel2Real Film Festival, along with managing digital marketing campaigns for several theatre companies. In her spare time, Dee is a food and travel writer on her blog Gastrofork.ca.

    Say hello to Dee at communications@gvpta.ca.

  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)


    The GVPTA is proud to announce the 18th annual theatre conference Making a Scene: Falling Forward. With support from Front Row Insurance and the Anvil Centre, the 2017 conference will be held at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

    The theme Falling Forward looks at the history of our theatre community, the steps we are taking now, and envisioning the possibilities of our future.

    The day-long conference will kick off with a panel discussing “lessons learned” from organizations that faced exceptional challenges and decisions. Vicki Stroich, Executive Director of Alberta Theatre Projects will speak about their recent $400k fundraising campaign, due in part by the 77% reduction in corporate sponsorships, while also exploring their steps toward a more sustainable business model. John Wright, former Artistic Director of Blackbird Theatre, will share his experience about their recent closure after 12 years of producing classical theatre to Vancouver audiences.

    Attendees will then have the opportunity to participate in a selection of breakout sessions, ranging in topics including: artist and audience accessibility; the incorporation of technology into performance; individual health and wellness; and audience development.

    Join the conversation. The Anvil Centre is located just steps from the New Westminster Skytrain Station.

    Early Bird Rate (until June 5)
    Registration includes lunch

    • Members: $79 per person or $69 per person for groups of at least 3 from the same company.
    • Non-Members: $99 per person

    Subsidy Program

    The GVPTA is offering partial to full subsidy of the registration fee for individuals who require support to attend this year's conference. 

    Click here for more information about the Subsidy Program.

    Click here to Register at the Early Bird Rate.

    Additional detail on panelists and breakout sessions to be announced in the coming days.


  • Friday, May 19, 2017 3:45 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    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—as well as on tour throughout the province.

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is currently accepting applications for the position of Volunteer Coordinator. The Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for recruiting, training and organizing of volunteers and interns. Working under the guidance of the Manager of Administration this position will oversee a set of best practice guidelines and a vision for the volunteer program. This is a part-time 20 hour a week position with flexible hours anticipated.

    Responsibilities:

    ·       Maintains a robust, structured volunteer program, serving artistic, production, event and administrative needs.

    ·       Working with the various departments develops a comprehensive volunteer and intern needs assessment for company activities.

    ·       Interviews and conducts orientations for new volunteers and interns.

    ·       Schedules volunteers into shift work for company activities. Contacts volunteers and confirms their shifts' start and end times.

    ·       Tracks hours and coordinates the ticket program offered to volunteers.

    ·       Manages the motivation, retention, and recognition strategies for the volunteer program.

    ·       Works to keep volunteers properly informed about the company and their duties.

    ·       Organizes and hosts volunteer appreciation events.

    ·       Trains volunteers on a how to conduct and lead tours of our spaces.

    • ·       Builds relationships with community partners and external organizations that provide volunteer development and recruitment.

    ·       When requested provides a report on the volunteer program, detailing activities and recommendations.

    ·       Opportunity for additional hours doing Front of House Management on occasion.

    Qualifications:

    ·       Supervisory experience, preference would be given to those who have managed and recruited volunteers.

    ·       Exceptional interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

    ·       Ability to meet deadlines.

    ·       Detailed oriented.

    ·       Able to work well individually and as part of a team.

    ·       Self-starter, we are seeking a creative thinker.

    ·       Familiarity with software systems “Better Impact” or “Volunteer Square” is preferred.

    Hours of Work:  20 hours per week. Because of the nature of this position the Volunteer Coordinator might need to flex their hours occasionally for evening or weekend events.

    Salary: $19.00 per hour.

    Deadline for submissions: May 26, 2017, or until the position is filled.

    Please provide a resume and cover letter:

    Attention: Ms. Teddy Forsyth, Manager of Administration

    E: humanresources@artsclub.com

    203-162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver BC V5Y 0H6

    www.artsclub.com

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

  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:42 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The White Rock Players’ Club

    Founded in 1944, the volunteer-based White Rock Players’ Club (WRPC) has an established and storied history that spans 73 years and more than 350 productions. Today, the White Rock Players own and operate out of the Coast Capital Playhouse in the heart of White Rock, and they ve shows a year, which encompass comedies, thrillers, dramas and the ever-popular Christmas Pantomime. WRPC is growing and this position is a result of our successful expansion. 

    Summary

    WRPC is searching for a professional who is fully versed in all areas of administration. This individual will be responsible for all aspects of managing our theatre reported to the elected Board of Directors. 

    Duties and Responsibilities 

    Box office

    • Liaising with patrons, volunteers, Board of Directors, community members, donors and various stakeholders • Box Office ticket and membership sales
    • Performance production reports
    • Volunteer scheduling for Front of House duties 

    • Assistance with and involvement in theatre activities and special events • Implementation of theatre rental contracts 

    Communication and publicity 

    • Sending out enewsletter (Mailchimp)
    • Posting on social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) • Updating website (Wordpress)
    • Database maintenance 

    Business admin 

    • Office administration
    • Simply Accounting bookkeeping
    • Monthly financial reports to the Board of Directors
    • All other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors 

    Qualifcations and Skills:
    • Excellent communication, interpersonal and customer service skills
    • Outgoing and dynamic personality
    • An awareness of the not-for-pro t environment
    • A knack for social media and an ease guring out digital tools
    • Knowledge of Wordpress an asset
    • Experience in using Simply Accounting
    • Excellent time management skills
    • Ability to work both independently and with a diverse variety of individuals
    • Great attention to detail and ability to prioritize tasks
    • Con ict resolution skills
    • Ability to take direction and respond positively to necessary changes or situations which may arise • Willingness to learn and grow along with WRPC 

    The ideal candidate will have a Business Administration certi cation or equivalent employment experience. Experience in Simply Accounting is mandatory. Familiarity with a ticketing system is a major asset. This is a full-time salaried position with a competitive compensation, dependent on quali cations. Required hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with a willingness to ll in for the part-time Box Of ce person, in the event of an emergency. This position is available immediately. 

    Please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter to frontofhouse@whiterockplayers.ca
    We thank all candidates for your interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 


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