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  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:31 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    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.

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is currently accepting applications for the position of Full-time Head Electrician for the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. The Head Electrician will work under the supervision of the Technical Director and will be responsible for implementing the lighting design. The Head Electrician will also be required to act in the same capacity for the Sound department for smaller shows.  This is a union position, IATSE 118. 

    Specific skills will include, but not be limited to:

    • Proficient in programming and operation of computer lighting boards (ETC ION, Grand MA) and all components of the lighting system
    • Experienced in programming and running sound control for both live mix and pre-recorded sound (Q-Lab)
    • Able to read and understand Lighting Designer plots and associated paperwork
    • Able to work at heights

    Duties will include, but not limited to:

    • Supervise, monitor and assist with all aspects of pre-production as it relates to electrics/sound/video
    • Assist Lighting and Sound Designers with respective designs and requirements
    • Assist with build of practicals and special effects
    • Operate lighting and/or sound control (live and pre-recorded)
    • Document and track all show-related configuration in cooperation with the designers
    • Oversee the Stanley Theatre Electrical department inventory, repair and maintenance
    • ·       Advise and assist with ongoing maintenance, organization and purchasing of consumables
    • Advise and assist on theatre rentals when required
    • 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 a Head Electrician for a professional 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

    The Head Electrician will be self-motivated, possess good organizational and time management skills, plus have excellent communication skills and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations. The ideal candidate will have a calm and flexible outlook and be diplomatic in dealing with crews, cast, stage managers and all other staff.

    Salary: as per the collective agreement

    TO APPLY: Human Resources, Arts Club Theatre Company

    MAIL: #203 – 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0H6

    FAX: (604) 688-3273


    Deadline for applications: May 31, 2017.

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

  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 3:34 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Job Title:              Technical Director
    Organization:     Gateway Theatre
    Deadline:             June 11, 2017
    Region:                 Lower Mainland, BC, Canada
    Job Status:          Contract 

    Job Description:

    The Technical Director reports to the Production Manager and collaborates with all production personnel to ensure efficient and effective technical operations of the assigned productions.  This individual should be a leader who directs work while building engagement and communication with colleagues in their own language.  Familiarity with the processes of collaborators and empathy for their needs while adhering to schedules and budgets is paramount.  This individual’s interpersonal skills are critical in ensuring the entire production team is successful and supported throughout the process on a pro-active basis.

    The Majority of the productions listed below do not require involvement with construction and only involve production meetings during rehearsals.  The 2nd Main Stage production (“MS2”) will require complete coordination of and additional competency in rehearsal and construction processes.  Candidate(s) who are not available for every production listed below will still be considered;

    MS1: A little Night Music

    Producer:        Patrick Street Productions

    Presenter:       Gateway Theatre


    Rehearsals:                             Thu Sep 28th – Sun Oct 08th, 2017

    Technical Rehearsals:             Sun Oct 8th – Fri Oct 12th, 2017

    Public Performances:              Thu Oct 12th – Sat Oct 21st, 2017

    Strike and Restore:                 Sun Oct 22nd – Wed Oct 25th, 2017


    ST1: Sink or Swim

    Producer:        Happygoodthings Productions

    Presenter:       Gateway Theatre


    Technical Rehearsals:             Mon Nov 13th – Fri Nov 17th, 2017

    Public Performances:              Thu Nov 16th – Sat Nov 25th, 2017

    Strike and Restore:                 Sun Nov 26th – Wed Nov 29th, 2017


    MS2: A Christmas Carol

    Producer:        Gateway Theatre


    Rehearsals:                             Fri Nov 3rd  – Sat Nov 25th , 2017

    Technical Rehearsals:             Sun Nov 26th – Fri Dec 8th, 2017

    Public Performances:              Tue Dec 5th – Sun Dec 24th , 2017

    Strike and Restore:                 Tue Dec 26th – Fri Dec 29th, 2017


    MS3: Salt Water Moon

    Producer:        Why Not Theatre

    Presenter:       Gateway Theatre


    Technical Rehearsals:             Tue Feb 13th – Fri Feb 16th , 2018

    Public Performances:              Thu Feb 15th  – Sat Feb 24th, 2018

    Strike and Restore:                 Sun Feb 24th – Wed Feb 28th, 2018


    ST2: I Lost My Husband

    Visiting Company:   Ruby Slippers Theatre

    Host Company:       Gateway Theatre


    Rehearsals:                             Thu Feb 15th – Fri Mar 9th, 2018

    Setup:                                      Sat Mar 3rd – Fri Mar 9th, 2018

    Technical Rehearsals:             Sat Mar 10th  – Fri Mar 16th, 2018

    Public Performances:              Thu Mar 15th – Sat Mar 24th, 2018

    Strike and Restore:                 Sun Mar 25th – Wed Mar 28th, 2018


    MS4: 9 Dragons

    Joint Producers:        Vertigo Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Gateway Theatre

    Setup & Rehearsals:               Mon Apr 2nd – Fri Apr 5th, 2018           

    • Regular and reliable attendance at production meetings.
    • Regular and prompt communication with collaborators.
    • Analysis of preliminary and completed designs to create work schedules, equipment lists and supply lists.
    • Coordinate and facilitate the work of artists such as stage crew, construction crew, designers, directors, chorographers and stage managers as it relates to technical operations during rehearsals, setup, technical rehearsals, strike and restore.
    • Supervision, leadership and professional development of artists such as stage crew and construction crew.
    • Available on an as-needed basis between technical rehearsals and closing night to troubleshoot issues with stage crew and stage management.
    • Consultation and advice regarding maintenance of stage equipment, supplies, operations and capital expenditures.
    • Coordinate transportation for deliveries and returns of equipment and supplies.
    • Other Duties as mutually agreed.

    Candidates need not possess all the qualifications listed below; however candidates will be short listed on the basis of the number and quality of the listed qualifications:

    Post – Secondary education in Stagecraft
    Experience as a Technical Director
    Experience as a Stagehand - e.g.; craftsperson, technician, crew chief or department head.
    Competency in creative problem solving technical and artistic challenges.
    Driver’s Licence – min CL5 to drive company over height cargo van.
    Experience with spreadsheets and Google drive


    Assets are not required to be eligible for the position; however any of the assets below will be considered in prioritizing short listed candidates over a similarly qualified candidate.

    Letters of recommendation for a coordination or supervision position from a theatre company.
    Construction Drawing/drafting experience and/or portfolios of same
    Samples of spreadsheets using formulas
    • Arts Administration experience
    Familiarity with IATSE and CAEA terms and conditions.
    Availability for multiple productions.
    Additional training in leadership or administration.

    Flat fee per production.  Amount varies by the number and type of productions contacted. 

    How to Apply:
    Email a single PDF file containing your entire application to

    CV’s, cover letters or resumes should be inside the file, but the file may contain web links to any portfolios. 

    We appreciate every expression of interest but can only commit to contacting candidates as they are selected for interview.   Please advise us if you need accessibility accommodated (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting space) to participate in this process: or 604-270-6500.

  • Sunday, April 30, 2017 11:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)


    Submit Online Here:

    The Colin Campbell Award for Excellence in Technical Theatre is awarded annually to an individual at any stage of their career who has displayed excellence and commitment to the field of professional technical theatre in Greater Vancouver through their body of work. Award Recipients will be honored annually at the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards ceremony with a $500 Cash Prize and a certificate.


    People currently eligible for this award create and interpret the setting and work in professional theatre in the following positions:

    ·         Production Manager

    ·         Stage Manager or Assistant Stage Manager

    ·         Props Builders, Props Buyers, Props

    ·         Set Builder

    ·         Scenic Carpenter

    ·         Scenic Painter

    ·         Stage Crew

    ·         Wig Maker

    ·         Cutter

    ·         Sewer

    ·         Technicians

    ·         Technical Director

    ·         Wardrobe Staff

    ·         Dressers

    ·         Milliners

    And other similar positions not listed above. 

    Submission Guidelines:

    Individuals may be nominated by someone else or may nominate themselves. Submissions will be collected by the Colin Campbell Award Committee.

    Applications Must Contain:

    ·         Name of Person Making Submission

    ·         Name of Nominee

    ·         Phone number, email address and website if applicable.

    ·         A short bio of Nominee (150 words).

    ·         An overview of the Nominee’s experience in technical theatre in Greater Vancouver (1 page).

    ·         Why this Nominee is an excellent candidate for this award (50 words).


    Submit nominations via email to

     OR online here:

    Submission Deadline:  May 16, 2017

    For more information, please contact


    Donations in any amount may be made in Colin’s name through the Vancouver Foundation at or by contacting Kristin Helgason at or 604.629-5186.



    Colin lived and worked in technical theatre and live performance for over 30 years in a variety of capacities and increasing responsibility, until his retirement for health reasons shortly before his death.  He began his career with Western Canada Theatre while still in high school in Kamloops remained constant in his commitment to the live performance industry thereafter. 

    His career in Vancouver spanned Expo ’86 to the 2010 Olympics, and he stick-handled performance events within these major international events, saw the industry change and develop, and embraced new technologies, finding ways to “save time, save money” while always “putting the art first.” Despite his health challenges, he navigated three highly ambitious projects for the 2010 Cultural Olympiad for the Playhouse this year: two technically complex mainstage productions and a national tour to five venues. The Playhouse’s six Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for the 2009/10 season are a reflection of his dedication, professionalism and absolute commitment to the highest production and artistic standards possible.

    Colin served as first Technical Director, and then Production Manager at the Playhouse from 1999-2010. Before that, he worked as Production Manager and Technical Director at the Gateway Theatre, Technical Director for Theatre Under the Stars and Karen Jamieson Dance Company, and Production Manager for the Vancouver International Fringe Festival, and lent his time and talents to many productions around the city.


  • Friday, April 28, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    This special award recognizes a person, organization or initiative that has demonstrated outstanding leadership to creating work that is representational and inclusive of Vancouver, recognizing the intersections of race, gender, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age.

    Nomination process:

    Nominations accepted via online form:

    Candidates may self-nominate, and those with accessibility issues to filling in an online form are invited to contact the committee ( to arrange for an alternate method of submission.

    Deadline for nominations for 2017: May 7

    Current committee members: Andrea Loewen, Omari Newton, Valerie Sing Turner, Chris Gatchallian, Lisa Cook Ravensbergen, and Tom Pickett

    To avoid conflict of interest (perceived or real), the sitting members of the Jessies Diversity and Inclusion Committee cannot be nominated for the award. This includes nominations for companies, productions, or initiatives where a committee member(s) held a position(s) of leadership and/or had direct influence over material decisions.



    Diversity and inclusion means nourishing the values of empathy, reciprocity, compassion and responsibility, all while empowering the voices of those who have been historically silenced.

    The Jessies acknowledge the existence of barriers and take active steps to address the changing needs of the community. Diversity sparks possibilities through willingness and the spirit of openness. The Jessies lead by taking risks to create opportunities for its members and the community at large. We invite members to be open, seek clarity and take on responsibility of leadership.

    When we empower each other, we connect courage with gratitude; this connection nourishes a truthful voice.

    We are committed to fostering a safe and respectful community in which everyone benefits from a sense of belonging wherein our diverse experiences are validated, and from that, grow a resilient community.

    In the pursuit of equality and accessibility, our job is to actively listen to, see and acknowledge the marginalized, tear down all barriers, and embody inclusion in everything we do.


  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Nominations are being accepted for two annual awards for local individuals/organizations that have made considerable contributions to the local theatre industry:


    ·    the Patron of the Arts Award which recognizes outstanding contribution to theatre, not as a practitioner but as an integral supporter that advances the ecology through their dedicated support and contribution of expertise or resources. Nominee could be an individual, organization or business, and


    ·    the GVPTA Career Achievement Award which recognizes an individual's exemplary commitment to the theatre and an elevating impact on the industry.


    The awards are presented at the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards ceremony in June.


    If you know of a worthy nominee for either of these awards for 2017, please use this online nomination form.


    Nomination deadline for both awards is May 11, 2017.

  • Monday, April 17, 2017 9:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The City of Surrey is looking to hire a part-time Performing Arts Program Assistant who will be responsible for carrying out a variety of organizational, promotional and administrative responsibilities related to performing arts programs for the Surrey Civic Theatres (SCT). These include theatre presentations, courses and workshops, summer camps, and special events.

    Responsibilities include: 

    ·         Carrying out theatre presentations, courses and workshops, summer camps, and special events;

    ·         Assisting with the day to day development and marketing of programs and services, database mining as well as program creation, planning, implementation and evaluation



    The successful candidate must have:

    ·         A performing arts background;

    ·         A good understanding of publicity, marketing and patron development concepts, and strong written and verbal communication skills;

    ·         Basic experience working with digital images

    ·         A degree/diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution in an area relevant to the position

    ·         Plus 2 years progressively responsible experience in the area of specialty, including supervision, or an equivalent acceptable combination of training and experience.

    ·         Experience in developing, presenting and marketing performing arts programs is preferred. 

    The Performing Arts Program Assistant will work in a dynamic arts environment and must excel at multitasking and meeting deadlines. Other required attributes include being creative, detail-oriented, with experience working with performing artists and a considerable understanding and knowledge of the performing arts community, cultural programs, their purpose and objectives. 

    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.

    This position requires completion of a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector.


    Successful applicants must provide proof of qualifications.

    The deadline for applications is May 5, 2017

    For more information and to apply:


  • 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

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