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  • Saturday, March 04, 2017 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    BC Culture Days invites all BC artists to apply to be a 2016 Culture Days Ambassador in their community. Winners will receive $1,000 towards community activation and production of a Culture Days activity!

    The Culture Days Ambassador acts as a spokesperson for BC Culture Days and as a community mobilizer throughout the summer leading up to the Culture Days weekend (September 29-October 1, 2017). 

    Eligibility Requirements - The applicant must be:

    • An individual artist (amateur or professional) residing in BC;
    • (Applications from organizations, businesses or groups are not eligible);
    • Active in their arts, culture or heritage community; 
    • Present and available to act as a spokesperson in their community during the months of August and September 2017; and
    • Registered at to present an activity in BC during the 2017 Culture Days weekend (September 29-October 1, 2017)

    Ambassador Responsibilities

    • Networking and mobilizing — Reaching out to community members such as individual artists, arts organizations, cultural organizations, heritage organizations, and businesses encouraging them to offer activities during the Culture Days weekend.
    • Promoting — Encouraging public participation and discussion about Culture Days through in-person interviews with community members, blog posts, and social media, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
    • Organizing — Registering, coordinating and presenting a free Culture Days activity for the public.
    • Representing — Acting as a spokesperson and media contact during the Culture Days publicity campaign. The ambassador may be called upon for TV, Radio, and Newspaper interviews to speak on behalf of BC Culture Days and their local arts and cultural community.

    How to apply

    Check out

    Submissions will be juried by members of the BC Culture Days Steering Committee and finalists will be called for an interview. Winners will be awarded $1,000 (includes ambassador honorarium + activity budget). Winners will be required to submit a final report in October. 

    For more information, please contact Nazanin Shoja at or 604-681-3535 ext. 214.

  • Saturday, March 04, 2017 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Gallery 7 Theatre is pleased to be holding open auditions for its final production of their 2016/2017 Be Transformed! Season.  Auditions for Enchanted April are set for Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 PM at the theatre’s rehearsal hall, #100 – 34595 3rd Avenue, Abbotsford. The audition is open to all community performers ages 18 to 75. 

    Set in 1922, two frustrated English housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy to escape their bleak, predictable lives and recruit two very different English women to share in the cost and experience.  Among the wisteria blossoms and gorgeous Mediterranean sunshine, all four begin to re-discover themselves in ways they didn’t expect, and gain new perspective on what’s most important in their lives. 

    Described by the Los Angeles Times as “a lush, thoroughly refreshing theatrical holiday” and a “magical triumph”, Enchanted April will be directed by Trinity Western University professor, Kate Muchmore Woo. Woo is a director with credits from around the United States and BC including The Women of Lockerbie (Lock and Key Theatre), Twelfth Night for TWU SAMC Theatre, and Crime & Punishment for Pacific Theatre/Stone’s Throw Productions. Kate has a MFA in Directing from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.  

    “We’re very excited to welcome Kate to our theatre,” says Gallery 7 Theatre’s Artistic Director, Ken Hildebrandt. “She will bring a tremendous amount of talent and expertise to this production, and I think audiences will enjoy a transformative and entertaining theatre experience as a result.”

    Enchanted April will run May 19 – 20, 24 – 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM with discount matinees on May 20 & 27 at 2:00 PM, at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford.

    Rehearsals will start the week of March 27. 

    Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend the audition.

    To register for the audition, or for more information, please contact Gallery 7 Theatre at 604-504-5940 or visit

  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The City of Surrey Arts Services Division is seeking a qualified part-time Assistant Technical Director (ATD) for the Surrey Civic Theatres (SCT). 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.



    Reporting directly to the SCT Technical Director (TD), the Assistant Technical Director (ATD) will:

        Work with a skilled team of theatre professionals in the facilitation of all aspects of technical production work for the SCT

        Assist the TD with basic administrative duties, routine inventory and maintenance on the theatre’s technical equipment and systems

        Be responsible for assisting with production, venue and site coordination for the Surrey International Children’s Festival (SICF)

        Oversee, document and implement routine maintenance on the City’s Public Art (PA) Collection   



    The successful candidate will have:

        A diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution, supplemented by at least 2 years related experience in performing arts production or an equivalent acceptable combination of training and experience.

        Strong attention to detail, high functioning time management skills, the ability to multitask and work safely and effectively with staff and community members, and build relationships with new and existing SCT patrons

        Effective and tactful communication skills are a must for this position as well as demonstrated initiative, a positive attitude, and strong customer relations

        Proficiency with basic computer programs i.e. Microsoft Office (Excel, Word) is required.

    Applicants must have a valid BC driver’s license, Emergency First Aid certificate with CPR, and scissor lift certification. Hours and days of work will vary and will include weekends and evenings. Flexibility in scheduling will be required.      

    Application deadline is March 20, 2017

    For more information and to apply:


  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Are you an actor between the ages of 18 and 25?

    Mitch and Murray Productions and The Working Actors Gym present the Trevor Craven Memorial Scholarship for Young Actors


    A message from Mitch and Murray Productions Artistic Director Aaron Craven:

    It's with great pleasure that I announce our fourth presentation of an acting scholarship for young actors.  This scholarship, consisting of acting training and mentorship at our Working Actors Gym, will be presented to a deserving actor under the age of 25.

    I created this award in the interest of giving back to my industry and I decided to name it in honor of my brother Trevor Craven, who passed away in a car accident in 1986 at the age of 15.  Trevor was an outstanding athlete, an honour roll student and a well-known young man in my hometown of North Vancouver.

    The first three scholarships have been given out over two years to very deserving young actors Jerome Yoo, Aaron Paul Stewart and Julie Leung.

    The award will consist of an eight-week block of classes, once weekly. I also provide career mentorship as part of the scholarship.  More details on my teaching background, career and theatre company can be found at

    The scholarship is open to actors between the ages of 18-25 who have had previous acting training and/or professional acting experience.

    To apply, please the send the following materials to us at

    - A photo and resume
    - A one page letter in DOC or PDF format.  Tell us a bit about your background, what you know of our company and why you think you're a good candidate for the scholarship.

    The current application deadline is
    March 22, 2017.
    Thank you in advance to all the applicants.

    Very best,

  • Monday, February 27, 2017 10:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    In response to the retirement announcement by Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd, the Arts Club is seeking an experienced and visionary theatre artist to join the company as Artistic Director. The Artistic Director will create and execute a vision that engages, challenges, and inspires diverse audiences. He/she is responsible for artistic programming, hiring directors, casting, and technical operations. In addition, the Artistic Director supports the administrative operations of the Company.

    The successful candidate is a passionate and collaborative theatre artist with experience setting and executing the artistic direction of a not-for-profit professional theatre company. He/she has progressive leadership experience, and experience as an Artistic Director within a mid-size or large regional theatre environment in Canada.

    Alexander Whitehead Executive Search is leading the campaign to identify the next Artistic Director of the Arts Club. For more information, email:

    Deadline for applications is March 31, 2017.

    More information:



    Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Arts Club Theatre Company is the largest, year-round non-commercial professional theatre company operating in Canada. The Arts Club produces classic and contemporary international theatre on three stages in Vancouver and across British Columbia through its annual touring season. The Arts Club is a national leader in new Canadian play development.

  • Sunday, February 26, 2017 9:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Does your arts and culture organization need a well-equipped venue to produce a cultural event?

    The City of Vancouver's Theatre Rental Grant program offers financial assistance to Vancouver-based, professional, non-profit arts and cultural organizations to rent the centrally-located Vancouver Civic Theatres.

    Eligible organizations may apply for this grant to rent:

    • The Orpheum
    • The Annex
    • Vancouver Playhouse
    • Queen Elizabeth Theatre



    Detailed information about organization and event eligibility, and permitted use of grant funds are available in the 2017/ 2018 Theatre Rental Grant Guidelines published online at:

    In order to be eligible to apply for financial assistance, you must be:

    • A Vancouver-based, professional, non-profit, arts or culture organization
    • In operation and have not-for-profit status in B.C. for at least one year before the application deadline
    • Mandated to present, produce, create, or develop arts and cultural work in Vancouver
    • Actively promoting events to a city-wide audience

    In the past, grants have paid for:

    • Venue fees, including some of the services of City of Vancouver technicians during your theatre rental
    • Front-of-house fees for the performance time
    • Technical days and rehearsal uses, where resources permit

    Theatre Rental Grants have some restrictions around their use. Not all types of events or event expenses can be funded. Be informed before applying by referring to the published guidelines.



    Read the information guide:

    The information guide has details about:

    • Program description and objectives
    • Eligible applicants and activities
    • Rental rates

    There are two steps in this process and TWO DEADLINES:

    1. Contact the Vancouver Civic Theatres TRG Administrator to check on venue availability and confirm your venue dates by March 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

    2. Contact TRG Administrator to confirm your organization's eligibility. If your group and project are eligible, we will email you an invitation to apply online. The completed application form must be submitted by April 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm



    Contact the staff that oversees Theatre Rentals. Questions must be received in advance of the deadlines.

    Visit the web page at

  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Arts Club Theatre Company is looking to hire for three positions:

    ·         Assistant Stage / Fit-up Carpenter (Part-time regular)

    ·         2nd Electrician (Part-time regular)

    ·         Production Assistant (Full-time regular)


    All of these positions require someone who has excellent communication skills and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations. Must be flexible in outlook and approach to the position and be diplomatic in all possible dealings with other staff, crews, cast, stage managers, volunteers, and suppliers. 

    An overview of each position is below. 

    Deadline for all applications: March 10, 2017 

    Applicants are invited to submit their resumes with a cover letter for the specific position they’re applying for, and references to:

    Ms. Teddy Forsyth, Human Resources

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


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

    Part-Time Regular Assistant Stage / Fit-up Carpenter

    This position is part-time under an IATSE 118 agreement and will work under the supervision of the Technical Director of the Production Shop in pre-production and the Technical Directors for the Arts Club venues on installs. Hours of employment will be as required.  This part-time permanent position is expected to start on or around April 3, 2017.

    Duties will include, but not limited to:

    ·         Set construction in scene shop

    ·         Assist with set fit up and tear down in the production shop

    ·         Supervise and assist with fit up and strike in different Arts Club venues and attend to notes

    ·         Supervise and assist with truck loading/ unloading

    ·         Advise and assist with on-going stage & scenery maintenance

    Mandatory requirement:

    ·         At least 2 years’ experience as a stage technician

    ·         Able to work at heights / climb ladders

    ·         Able to repeatedly lift, push or maneuver heavy loads, either alone or with assistance from others

    ·         Valid BC Driver’s License, able to drive a 5 ton truck

    Preference may be given to persons holding additional certificates for one, or all of the following;
    Supervisor Safety, WHMIS, 1st Aid, a valid B.C. driver’s license, LPEC, Pyrotechnic and/or Firearms certificate

    2nd Electrician

    This position is for our venues: the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage and Goldcorp Stage. The 2nd Electrician will work under the supervision of the venue Technical Director and will be assisting the Head Electricians and Venue Techs. The 2nd Electrician may be asked to step in and lead the crew through the hang, focus, level sessions and show runs as well as acting in the same capacity for the Sound department on smaller shows.  This is a Part-Time Regular position under the IATSE 118 agreement; employment will be as required, depending on the specific demands of respective productions. This is a new position and we are looking to have the selected candidate start on April 3, 2017.

    Duties will include, but are not limited to:

    • Assist with all aspects of pre-production as it relates to electrics/sound/video
    • Assist with build of practicals and special effects
    • Supervise lighting/sound/video installations when required
    • Operate lighting and/or sound control (live and pre-recorded)
    • Document and track show-related configuration in cooperation with the designers
    • Be part of running crew and assist on theatre rentals when required
    • Ensure proper use and maintenance of facilities, tools and equipment
    • Assist with ongoing maintenance, organization and purchasing of consumables
    • Assist with occupational safety and health of workers

    Preference will be given for the following:

    • F.E. certificate, OFA Level 1 certificate, Pyrotechnic certificate
    • Operation and maintenance of motorized stage equipment control systems

    Mandatory requirement:

    • At least three years’ experience as an electrician for a theatre company
    • Experience in a fly house, able to work at heights & climb ladders
    • Able to repeatedly lift, push or maneuver heavy loads, either alone or with assistance from others 

    Production Assistant

    This position is full time under an IATSE 118 agreement and will work under the supervision of the Production Secretary and the Technical Director team. Hours of employment will be generally Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 5:00pm. Occasional weekend, early morning and evening hours may be required.

    The successful candidate will be familiar with the different aspects of a professional theatre company, and will have some technical theatre knowledge. This is a new position and we are looking to have the selected candidate start on April 3, 2017.

    Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

    ·         Pick up and deliver daily show laundry, equipment and supplies for each of the production departments

    ·         Drive the various company vehicles, including rental vehicles

    ·         Purchase production materials

    ·         Assist in the prop, scenery, paint & costume departments, as well as with stage crews and overall maintenance, as needed

    ·         Assist with rehearsal hall setup and strike

    ·         Pick up and deliver items for other departments, as needed 

    Mandatory requirement:

    ·         Valid class 4 BC Driver’s License, able to drive a 5 ton truck

    ·         Clean Drivers Abstract

    ·         Be Bondable

    ·         Valid passport with ability to enter into the United States of America

    Preference may be given to persons with knowledge of Metro Vancouver and parts of the lower mainland and those holding additional certificates for one, or all of the following; WHMIS, 1st Aid, Pyrotechnic, possession of a current PAL license.

    This is a very physical job with lots of heavy lifting and the ability to climb stairs.

    For more details about all of these positions, please see


    The Arts Club Theatre Company is Western Canada’s largest professional theatre company. Now in its 53rd season, this non-profit charitable organization produces and presents year-round at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Goldcorp Stage—as well as on tour throughout the province. We have a fully equipped Production Facility located on Granville Island.

  • Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The City of Surrey’s Parks, Recreation & Culture Department is currently looking for an enthusiastic Patron Development Specialist (Community Services Assistant 5 - Auxiliary) to work within the Arts Services Division for Surrey Civic Theatres (SCT) at the Surrey Arts Centre.

    The position

    Reporting to the Programming Coordinator, the SCT Patron Development Specialist will provide important marketing and patron relations support for the SCT professional programming and facility rental operations. The Patron Development Specialist will develop reporting systems and marketing initiatives for the SCT to assist in developing audiences and building patron loyalty.  This includes creating comparison reports on promotions, tracking and analysing ticket sales and facility rentals, introducing and monitoring patron development initiatives for audiences and rental clients, and making recommendations for improving loyalty based on patron data.


    The successful candidate will have a degree/diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution with course work in arts administration, or a related field and possess at least 2 years of progressively responsible experience in performing arts marketing and communications. Essential skills include strong attention to detail, high functioning time management skills, the ability to multitask and work effectively with staff and community members, and build relationships with new and existing SCT patrons. Effective and tactful communication skills are a must for this position as well as demonstrated initiative, a positive attitude, and strong customer relations. The successful candidate will require a sound knowledge of standard office equipment and basic software applications related to the work performed, including industry box office data management and/or CRM software and an advanced proficiency with Excel.


    This position requires the applicant to accommodate the flexible needs of the SCT. Days of work and hours will vary according to the demands of the SCT schedule.

    The deadline for applications is March 10, 2017

    For more information and to apply:

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Following a staff gathering to unveil his 2017–2018 season of programming, Bill Millerd announced that the organization’s 54th season will be his final as Artistic Managing Director.  

    “I feel blessed to have served the Arts Club for 45 years,” says Millerd. “An incredible amount of growth has happened in our organization over these years, and I’m proud of each of our successes since our humble beginnings at the Seymour Street location. All three of our stages have been built or revived during my tenure, and our focus on premiering Canadian work and engaging new audiences remains a top priority. It’s the right time to welcome new artistic leadership to this thriving organization alongside Executive Director Peter Cathie White, who will provide continuity for our committed staff, board of directors, and artists.”  

    The search for an artistic director begins immediately. It will be led by Alexander Whitehead Executive Search in consultation with Cathie White and the Arts Club’s Board Chair Bruce Flexman.  

    Cathie White says, “Bill Millerd has been the heart of the Arts Club for 45 years, and I have enjoyed immensely the time that I have had the privilege of working with him. He stewarded this theatre company from being a 150-seat venue to what it is today—Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company.  With year-round programming on three stages, an annual 3-show tour, and a wealth of community, education, training, and new-play development programs, the Arts Club is a vibrant company that contributes much to the culture of this community, and this country. Although I will miss working with Bill, I look forward to our continuing the work of this amazing company with a new artistic director.” 

    “Bill has contributed so much to Canadian culture during his tenure at the Arts Club,” adds Flexman, “Especially with over 20% of every production the Arts Club has staged in his 45 years with us being premieres of new Canadian plays or musicals. He leaves a company that is artistically innovative, financially sustainable, with a growing endowment. Looking to the future, Peter and I are keen to receive input from the community on the values and qualities they believe are important in an artistic director. To do so, we are soliciting feedback on our website that can inform the process of finding the candidate best suited to the needs of our organization and the communities we serve.” 

    Millerd’s final season reinforces the Arts Club’s commitment to new Canadian work, with three new Canadian plays: Thanks for Giving, by Governor General’s Award–winning playwright Kevin Loring; Forget About Tomorrow, by Jill Daum (Mom’s the Word); and Me and You by Melody Anderson. Two recent hit premieres will see encore productions: Mom’s the Word 3: Nest ½ Empty and Onegin, by Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille. The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage continues to stage Canadian premieres of recent Broadway hits (The Humans), popular musicals (Mamma Mia!, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,), West End sensations (King Charles III), and North American epics like the hilarious Jitters by David French, and the gripping conclusion to Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika.

    Read Bill Millerd’s retirement announcement at


    Arts Club Theatre Company’s 2017–2018 Season


    Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika By Tony Kushner September 7–October 8, 2017 

    King Charles III By Mike Bartlett October 19–November 19, 2017  

    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Book by Linda Woolverton December 7, 2017–January 7, 2018

    Jitters By David French January 25–February 25, 2018

    The Humans By Stephen Karam March 22–April 22, 2018

    Mamma Mia! Book by Catherine Johnson, Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson May 10– July 8, 2018



    Thanks for Giving* By Kevin Loring October 5–November 4, 2017

    Onegin** Book, Music, and Lyrics by Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille November 23–December 31, 2017

    Fun Home Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron February 8–March 10, 2018

    Misery By William Goldman, based on the novel by Stephen King April 5–May 5, 2018 

    Once By Enda Walsh June 14–July 29, 2018



    The Day Before Christmas** By Stacey Kaser and Alison Kelly November 16–December 24, 2017

    Topdog/Underdog By Susan-Lori Parks January 18–February 11, 2018

    Forget About Tomorrow* By Jill Daum March 1–25, 2018

    Me and You* By Melody Anderson April 12– May6, 2018



    Mom’s the Word 3: Nest ½ Empty** By the Mom’s the Word Collective October 5–November 16, 2017

    Misery By William Goldman, based on the novel by Stephen King January 4–February 8, 2018

    Show #3 TBA



    Onegin** Book, Music, and Lyrics by Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille Dates to be announced


    Titles and performance dates subject to change.

    ­­­­­­*World premiere

    **Second production of an Arts Club premiere


     For more information:



    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.


  • Saturday, February 18, 2017 10:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The position:

    This is skilled technical and supervisory work in coordinating the provision of a wide range of stage services for a variety of clients utilizing the Shadbolt Centre and/or its technical resources and personnel. The Production and Technical Services Coordinator advises clients on a variety of matters such as lighting, sound, set installation/removal, scheduling and operational procedures; oversees the provision of services by subordinates; is required to assist in the recruitment of, and direction of the work of subordinate staff engaged in technical duties; develops and recommends new or revised policies and procedures related to operational matters; prepares cost estimates for budgeting or repair purposes and arranges for the repair and maintenance of equipment used; maintains a variety of records and files and performs related work as required. The ideal candidate will have exceptional written and verbal communication skills and will exercise considerable independence of action and judgement, while policy matters are referred to and work performance is reviewed by a superior.

    Qualifications include:

    Completion of a diploma in a field related to the work plus considerable theatre stage management, technical direction and/or production management experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. The successful candidate must have a sound knowledge of the methods, practices, techniques, materials, tools and equipment used in the operation and administration of a Municipal theatre complex; policies, codes and regulations governing theatrical operations as well as hazards and safety precautions and technical stage requirements for a variety of productions.  Ability to advise, assist and direct subordinates; develop and implement recommendations; plan, assign, direct and participate in the work of auxiliary staff; effectively deal with internal and external contacts; work irregular hours and meet deadlines under pressure. A Valid Driver's License for the Province of British Columbia.

    SALARY RANGE: $4,531–4,718–4,914–5,116–5,333/month (Pay Grade 20)

    STATUS: Regular Full Time

    SCHEDULE: 70 hours bi-weekly

    SPECIAL NOTES: Subject to note “T” of the Inside Collective Agreement.

    To apply:
    Please submit your
    application online at by 4:45 PM on Friday, February 24, 2017.

    Copies of relevant professional certificates, degrees or tickets will be required at the time of the interview.

    We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

    For more information:

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