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  • Sunday, February 12, 2017 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Pacific Theatre offers a full-time professional apprenticeship program for emerging artists who are looking to build a bridge between academia and the professional marketplace. The Company Apprenticeship is composed of three primary, intersecting categories of activity:

    Administrative: A significant portion of the apprentice’s time will be spent working on assigned administrative tasks, mostly in the capacity of Box Office and Front-of-House staff, as well as potential mentorships with specific administrative roles (community engagement, marketing, development). These hours will ebb and flow as the production cycle progresses, often culminating in weeks of long administrative hours followed by open weeks to work on artistic endeavours.
    Production: Apprentices will be periodically required by the Production Manager to participate in crew calls for lighting, construction and strike. Such calls will take place outside of scheduled administrative time.
    Artistic: Depending on the specific needs of the season, apprentices are invited to participate artistically in mainstage productions both in areas they are interested in pursuing, and areas which will round out the apprentice’s experience in professional theatre. This work may include: acting or understudying in a mainstage production, training and mentorship sessions with company artists, providing hands-on assistance to costume, lighting and/or set designers, designing lights or sound, assistant stage managing, shadowing a director, props construction, etc.

    Apprentices will also be charged with collectively producing several ‘second-stage’ projects of their choosing throughout the year. Past examples include one-act plays, 24 Hour theatre festivals, actor showcases, etc. Such projects provide excellent opportunities for aspiring directors, producers and playwrights, as well as actors.

    As one can see, the company apprenticeship is designed to develop new graduates holistically, through a process of mentorship and hands-on experience, with the aim to equip such emerging artists in all of the different aspects of working in professional theatre. These ‘Renaissance Persons’ should exit the program with the marketable skills to succeed in any number of industry positions, and with a deep, thorough understanding of the aesthetics, philosophies and tasks involved in the creation of meaningful, viable and excellent theatre.

    Apprenticeships generally span eleven months from August to June. A modest living stipend of $1,000/month is available.

    To Apply

    Successful applicants will have read our “About Us” section, as well as looked at our past productions, to comment on what draws them to Pacific Theatre as a company.

    Please note that due to Canadian Immigration Laws, we are only able to accept applicants who are already legally permitted to work in Canada.

    Submissions should be made to Cara Cunningham at, or by mail to:

    Cara Cunningham – Operations Coordinator
    Pacific Theatre
    1440 West 12th Avenue
    Vancouver, BC
    V6H 1M8

    -A headshot
    -All relevant resumes (acting, production, general work experience, etc.)
    -A letter of intent detailing reason for applying, why you want to work with Pacific Theatre, and what you hope to get out of an apprenticeship

    Applications due by March 17, 2017.

    The Pacific Theatre Apprenticeship Program is generously supported by the Y.P. Heung Foundation.


    Pacific Theatre aspires to delight, provoke and stimulate dialogue by producing theatre that rigorously explores the spiritual aspects of human experience. In over 30 seasons, Pacific Theatre has produced more than 120 professional mainstage productions ranging from established works to original world premieres featuring some of the top theatre artists from Vancouver and across the continent.

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  • Saturday, February 11, 2017 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    A Chorus Line
    Playwright: music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante
    Director: Ryan Mooney

    Music Director: Arielle Ballance
    Choreographer: Rachael Carlson


    Audition date: February 18, 2017. If you cannot make this date but are interested in the show, please let us know.


    Production dates: August 18 – September 2, 2017


    Required: 18 triple threat performers aged 18+ to play all roles.

    CAEA Members will be engaged under the Dance*Opera*Theatre Guest Artist Agreement.

    Note: Please bring a song in the style of the show, and comfortable clothes to dance and move in. All performers will need to do a dance call at the initial audition.

    Contact: Please email your headshot and resume to


    More information:




    Fighting Chance Productions arrived on the Vancouver stages in January 2007. Founded by Artistic Director Ryan Mooney, Fighting Chance started as an opportunity for young theatre artists to present their skills on a stage where their age or experience did not limit them, but ultimately helped them gain on the job experience. Since that time Fighting Chance Productions has grown to be one of the leaders among young independent theatre companies in Vancouver. Fighting Chance Productions believes heavily in introducing rising performers to Lower Mainland audiences. Fighting Chance is committed to casting at least half our shows with new to the company performers – we believe it’s a way to not only keep things fresh for our audiences, but also to nurture talent in Vancouver and beyond.

  • Saturday, February 11, 2017 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Carousel Theatre Society (CTYP) invites applications for the position of Managing Director. This is a full-time salaried senior management position that reports directly to the society’s Board of Directors. Weekends and evenings will be required.

    The Managing Director leads CTYP, in collaboration with the Artistic Director. The Managing Director supports and advances the artistic vision, strategic plan and the mission of CTYP, and is responsible for administrative operations and financial oversight. Start date will be May 15, 2017 or as mutually agreed.

    Principal duties include:
    • Securing the necessary finances and human resources to support operations and artistic programming;
    • Management of operational staff (Education, Marketing, Development, Patron Services and all related contractors);
    • Creation and management of annual and long term operating budgets, in consultation with the Artistic Director, and control and reporting on the current financial position of CTYP;
    • Overseeing and/or executing the book-keeping for the society, including filing of all remittances;
    • Preparation of principal operating grants for CTYP;
    • Supervision and/or preparation of other corporate, foundation grants;
    • Overseeing patron services, marketing and communications, fundraising and development, outreach, facility management, IT and systems;
    • Representing CTYP at local, provincial and national community events and meetings;
    • Working with the Board of Directors and the Artistic Director to advance CTYP as per the Strategic Plan, and to actively participate in the development and implementation of future plans;
    • Assisting the Board of Directors through timely reports, attendance at meetings, creation of policies and procedures, filing charitable and society reports, and other assistance as required;
    • All other management duties to ensure the ongoing operating objectives and success of CTYP


    • Minimum five years of experience as an arts administrator, or equivalent
    • Minimum two years of experience in a management role
    • Previous grant writing & fundraising experience
    • Proficiency in data analysis
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to lead and inspire a team of people

    • Passion for theatre for young audiences
    • Previous experience in a senior management role
    • Familiarity with Simply Accounting and/or Theatre Manager software
    • Familiarity working with the Canadian Theatre Agreement
    • Previous experience working with young people

    How to apply: 
    Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2017 and can be sent in confidence to:

    Carousel Theatre for Young People is an equal opportunity employer.
    We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted


    Salary Range: $60,000 - $70,000 per annum (commensurate with experience), plus extended medical and dental benefits.

    More information:




    Carousel Theatre for Young People is an award-winning Theatre for Young Audiences organization located on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC. Each season more than 40, 000 young people and their families benefit from CTYP’s distinctive programming. Under the vision of Artistic Director Carole Higgins, CTYP’s robust activities include a Mainstage Season of Professional TYA (both productions and presentations), the BEE Stage for newborns to age three years, the Teen Shakespeare Program, and a year-round drama school for young people. The organization operates an arts complex on Granville Island that includes three rehearsal halls, a full costume shop and bustling administrative offices. CTYP’s Annual Operating Budget fluctuates between $925 000 to $1 050 000, depending upon seasonal artistic activity. CTYP has a full time operational staff of five team members, and a seasonal production staff.

  • Saturday, February 11, 2017 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Emerald Pig is holding auditions for their 12th season of Bard on the Bandstand. This year’s production is Twelfth Night. Auditions are in Maple Ridge February 16 and 18, 2017.

    Twelfth Night, directed by Cathie Young, and assisted by Simon Challenger, will cap off the 12th season of Bard on the Bandstand. You’re invited to be part of this raucous bunch who are not going to let shipwreck, a brother's loss, gender, cross gartering or cross gendering, unrequited love, pirates or pesky puritans keep you from partying!

    Audition dates:

    February 16, 7 - 9 pm and February 18, 10 am - 2 pm

    Audition location: Planet Ice (Upstairs meeting room), 23588 105th Avenue, Maple Ridge

    Come prepared with a short Shakespearean monologue. And sides will be posted soon at

    Callbacks (by invitation) on February 25, 10 am - 2 pm at the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre.

    Production dates: July 13-30, 2017


    Orsino, the Duke and Count of Illyria, is a man deeply and fashionably in love with Olivia. Her rejection of him leaves him in a deep and just as fashionable melancholy.

    Sebastian is Viola’s twin brother. After the shipwreck, he was rescued by Antonio, and spent three months in his company.

    Antonio is a sea captain. Though considered a pirate by Illyrians, he considers himself an honorable opponent.

    A Sea Captain was the captain of the ship that Viola and Sebastian were traveling on?

    Valentine is one of Orsino’s attendants. He was sent to Olivia as a messenger of love, but was not allowed to speak to her.

    Curio is one of Orsino’s attendants. He seeks to distract Orsino by taking him to hunt, but Orsino refuses.

    Sir Toby Belch is Olivia’s uncle and something of a minor-league Falstaff. A penniless drunkard who sets stock by his nobility of birth, with a taste for pickled herrings that likely leave him flatulent, he makes himself quite at home at his niece’s.

    Sir Andrew Aguecheek is an unfortunate fellow. He is tall and very thin, with pale hair that lies flat and lanky, though he may occasionally attempt to curl it.

    Malvolio, whose name might be translated as ‘ill-will,’ is Olivia’s steward. Something of a puritan, he abhors disorder and drunkenness, along with bear-baiting and for that matter laughter: he does not smile.

    Fabian is a member of Olivia’s household who has lost that lady’s favor due to Malvolio’s telling her about a bear-baiting Fabian was involved with.

    Feste was Olivia’s father’s jester, and is now hers, though it appears that he wanders around a bit.

    Olivia is an orphaned, gray-eyed countess who has sworn to remain in mourning for seven years after the recent death of her brother.

    Viola is a lady of Messaline. When dressed as a man she is identical to her twin brother Sebastian.

    Maria is Olivia’s waiting-gentlewoman. Though she begins by attempting to keep Sir Toby under control, she quickly becomes one of his cronies and the brains behind the plot against Malvolio.

    The Priest is fetched by Olivia to marry her to her young man in secret.

    The First Officer recognizes Antonio from the sea-fight, and arrests him.

    The Second Officer does not actually know Antonio, but arrests him.

    Olivia’s Servant is not part of the cabal of upper servants who mock Malvolio.

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  • Thursday, February 09, 2017 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    You’re invited to the Kw’eykw`áystway Industry Series* running February 16-20, 2017 

    Kw’eykw`áystway (pronounced kwāy kwai stwhy) means “speaking with one another”. It’s a five-day forum which invites arts presenters, artists, scholars, funders and audience members together to further the development and strength of Indigenous arts. Over five days this series builds upon previous Industry Series Events to fortify existing and create new networks for the support for Indigenous art-makers, artists and organizations across the country.

    Session topics include: “Creating Work as a Guest on Territory“, “Organization to Organization Collaborations” and “Strategies for Developing the Indigenous Arts Sector”. Delegates are also invited to attend live performances, including: Moonlodge, Celebration of Powwow and the Ab-Original Cabaret.

    Moonlodge was originally written by Artistic Director of the Talking Stick Festival, Margo Kane (Cree/Saulteaux), and is currently being produced by Urban Ink. In this piece, a girl who was removed from her home by Child Welfare government services hitchhikes across America, and discovers the authentic voice inside her that was silenced, but never lost.

    Delegates receive a reduced rate ticket to attend Wax hoks en Shqalawin – Open Your Hearts Talking Stick Festival Gala at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre on February 16th.

    One pass for Kw’eykw`áystway Talking Stick Industry Series is $100. This includes 5 days of all-access to conversations, performances and hospitality. Individual sessions are at suggested drop-in fee of $15.

    Due to limited space, advance registration Is recommended.


    Program descriptions and venues are available in this booklet.

    Register online at 

    For more information, email

    Subsidies are available for those with financial restrictions.

    Programming subject to change.


    *Presented by Full Circle: First Nations Performance, in partnership with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs

  • 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.

      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.

      NEXT LIVING ROOM: 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:

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