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  • Monday, January 16, 2017 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Renegade Productions has just completed its move from the old Playhouse production centre at 2nd & Main to a brand new location at 3030 East Broadway. 

    This new 16,000 sq ft production centre boasts a 2,200 sq ft theatre rehearsal facility and venue, upright piano, sound system, prop department, and workshop studios. 

    The location has ample free parking, is close to transit, has easy loading and access, free wifi, HVAC, 2 lounges, and a kitchenette. 

    You're invited to call to arrange a viewing!

    More information can be found at:

  • Sunday, January 15, 2017 6:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Boca del Lupo invites artists and companies to apply for their Space Residency Program, which provides free space and mentorship support for the creation and development of new artistic work. Emerging and established artists are welcome to apply, and we encourage applicants from a variety of artistic disciplines (theatre, dance, music, performance art, visual art) as long as there is a performance component to the proposed work.  


    Applicant intake deadlines are twice a year: March 1 and September 1

    Venue: The Anderson Street Space, 1405 Anderson Street, Granville Island

    Information: or 604-684-2622 


    Work should explore, but is not limited to, Micro Performance, which is an emerging global trend proliferating in many forms, from theatre and dance to new media, live art and interactive technology. Micro Performance prizes depth of experience above all, asking the audience, which is rarely more than 20 or 30 at a time, to immerse themselves in a world of the artist’s creation. Space residencies often represent the first step in being programmed into Boca del Lupo’s Micro Performance Series, for example The Chop’s Through The Gaze Of A Navel, began in a residency, then was programmed as part of MPS and has since toured to Crow’s Theatre in Toronto, Magnetic North Theatre Festival and High Performance Rodeo.


    The Space Residency Program provides successful applicants with:

    ·         a week or two of free space at The Anderson Street Space on Granville Island,

    ·         limited support from our technical and production staff, and

    ·         feedback opportunities from Boca del Lupo’s Artistic Director Sherry J. Yoon.


    Interested artists and companies should provide the following:

    ·         Contact name, email address and phone number

    ·         Bios of all artists involved in the residency

    ·         Company bio (if applicable)

    ·         1-page proposal describing the work to be explored during residency and the eventual goal of the residency


    Applications should be sent to, no later than 4:00pm on March 1, 2017 or September 1, 2017.


    Successful applicants will be contacted directly by the Boca del Lupo team, with further questions about the project so that the residency can be customized to the company or artists’ needs.

    For more information:

  • Sunday, January 15, 2017 1:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    East 15 Acting School is part of the University of Essex and accredited by DramaUK. They are holding interviews and auditions for three challenging and exciting courses in London:

    • MA/MFA Acting (International)
    • MA/ MFA Theatre Directing
    • BA Acting (International)

    WHEN: Monday, February 6, 2017

    WHERE: The Firehall Arts Centre

    280 E Cordova St, Vancouver, BC


    Full details on each course can be found at:


    To book an audition, email


    “East 15’s extraordinary legacy and its reputation for rigorous and inspired teaching ensures students consistently display an unusual degree of courage, vision and versatility that is very exciting to watch.” Colin Firth OBE

  • Saturday, January 14, 2017 1:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Full Circle: First Nations Performance’s annual Talking Stick Festival is back for its 16th year: February 15-26, 2017.

    The Festival is currently looking for volunteers to join their team, both in advance of the festival and during the run of the festival.

    Volunteer requirements: 

    -Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 2 shifts of 3-4 hours (approx. 8 hours total) during the festival, as well as a concise volunteer orientation in the week preceding the festival. 

    Possible volunteer duties include:

    -Box Office




    -Event Assistance

    -There will also be some pre-festival work in the office as well as in our marketing department. We'll need a few volunteers on January 23 to distribute posters and flyers, having a car is a major asset! As well as a volunteer to bundle packages for distribution. 


    In recognition of your contribution you will receive a festival t-shirt and stand-by access to festival events (one show per every 2 shifts or 8 hours of work), as well as an invitation to the wrap-up party at the end of the festival. Reference letters are given to those who are able to commit to a minimum of 12 hours.


    If you are interested, please fill out the volunteer application form here.

    Please email Julia Siedlanowska at with any questions. 

    For more information about the Talking Stick Festival:

  • Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Axis Theatre is thrilled that Frank Rader & Chris McGregor are teaming up to offer a two-day Expressive Mask Workshop.

    For professionals and emerging artists who want to experiment with mask work in a group.

    Expressive Mask Workshop
    With Frank Rader and Chris McGregor

    WHEN: February 25 & 26, 2017, 11AM - 5PM
    WHERE: BMO Theatre Centre: 162 W 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC
    COST: $200

    Over the course of two days we will explore, play and experience the world of the expressive mask. We will learn how the form of the mask and its physical structure informs the expressive use of space, thus determining the particular movements that give rise to character.

    Frank Rader is a mask-maker, puppet-maker and educator. His career has spanned 40 years and he has worked with many talented performers, teachers and artists from around the world, including Donato Sartori in Padua, Italy. Frank teaches mask work to established and emerging artists, at risk youth and movement for animators. He is an intuitive and creative instructor who utilizes decades of experience to empower his students and let them explore their skills and creativity.

    Chris McGregor is the Artistic Director of Axis Theatre and has directed over 60 productions all across Canada over the past 25 years. He has taught mask, physical theatre and clown for UBC's Department of Theatre and Film, Bishop’s University and Studio 58.

    “Masks reveal and conceal, depersonalize and essentialize.” — Frank Rader


    More information and to register:

  • Friday, January 13, 2017 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is currently accepting applications for the position of Special Events Manager. S/he will manage various successful fundraising events and initiatives, and will work closely with all members of the Fund Development team and various members and departments in the organization to meet the team’s goals. 

    Check out the responsibilities and qualifications for this position HERE.

    Application deadline is January 20, 2017. 

    More information:



  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Each spring the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) holds Unified General Auditions (UGAs), an opportunity for local theatre actors to be seen by casting directors from throughout the region. The 2017 UGAs are set for March 21 and 22, with the Qualifiers on February 15 and 16. 

    All GVPTA members are entitled to attend the UGAs: theatre companies can send up to two directors, and individuals can attend either as a performer or an independent casting director. [Not a GVPTA member yet? Check out our Membership web page.]

    Performers have up to three minutes during the UGAs to audition in front of all participating casting directors (two minutes during the Qualifiers). Before attending the UGAs on either March 21 or 22, performers who are not members of an actors’ union must attend the Qualifiers on February 15 or 16, or have qualified for the UGAs in previous years. Performers interested in attending should check out this Performers’ web page for details on the process they'll need to follow to apply, and then apply online by Wednesday, February 1, 2017 (Qualifiers) or Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (UGAs).

    Casting directors will receive a file containing the headshot and resume for each attending performer so they can directly contact those performers they wish to see for a specific callback at a later date. Directors interested in attending should check out this Directors’ web page for more details and then apply online by Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

    Application deadlines:

    2017 UGA Qualifiers: February 1, 2017

    2017 UGAs: March 1, 2017


    More information:

    UGAs general information

    UGAs – Information for Performers

    UGAs – Information for Directors

    UGAs – Frequently asked questions


    *Full member Equity, UBCP and ACTRA performers are not required to be a GVPTA member or attend the Qualifiers. And, performers who have qualified for the UGAs in the past are not required to attend the Qualifiers in 2017. These two groups can apply directly to attend the UGAs on March 21 or 22. (Performers should identify their status when applying for the UGAs, and union members must present their membership card before auditioning.)





    The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) is an association of theatre companies, theatre makers, performers, and other organizations and individuals that support the local theatre industry. Our mission is to strengthen the local theatre industry. We do this through providing services, promotion of member news and community events, opportunities to connect and network, and our annual theatre conference. Together with our members we are raising the profile of local theatre and building community.


    The UGAs are held and managed on the principle of diversity. We invite performers from all backgrounds including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, class, and physical ability. As well, our audition panel of directors is meant to reflect as large a cross-section of theatre companies and casting directors as possible.


    The GVPTA is not a producing organization and will not hold any callback auditions. Directors will receive a binder at the UGAs containing a headshot and resume for each attending performer so they can directly contact those performers they wish to see for a callback at a later date.


    Contacts for more information:

    Regarding UGAs:

    Regarding GVPTA membership:

    All other GVPTA enquiries:


  • Monday, January 09, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Fugue Theatre is a project-based organization that produces original, Canadian operetta, musicals and plays with music. For the past 12 years, it has offered unique and original musical programming and continues to seek growth.

    Fugue Theatre is seeking a Managing Associate for early 2017. Reporting to the Artistic and Managing Director, the Managing Associate would be responsible for a wide range of duties from the developing and implementation of programs to marketing support. This is a part-time, contracted position, with the possibility of renewal, depending upon eventual funding and fundraising outcomes.


    • Develop and maintain marketing strategies
    • Develop and maintain social media, e-news and automated marketing campaigns
    • Assist in developing and drafting grant applications
    • Writing out final reports
    • Identify, develop and execute a communication strategy for the growth of the organization
    • Attend board meetings and work with board of directors in strategic planning
    • Act as a liaison for and co-ordinate workshops, our youth program and productions
    • Design, develop and implement strategic programs for increasing the capacity and sustainability of the organization
    • Assisting to compile budget information
    • Sourcing out and securing additional private and individual donations and sponsorships
    • Assist in fundraising campaigns
    • Assist with recruitment and training of board talent
    • Act as a liaison with various funding bodies through emails and phone calls


    • Minimum of 2 years post-secondary education in arts management, communications, business, and or/performing arts
    • Proficiency with several computer applications such as Word, Excel, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator is an asset
    • Previous experience in arts-related management and fundraising
    • Proficient at grant writing
    • Detail-oriented, with excellent organizational, networking and communication skills and the ability to multitask efficiently and meet strict deadlines in a short period of time
    • Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment

    Additional and Important Details:

    The contract period is from mid-February until the end of June. Although this position is relatively flexible, the committed candidate will have weekdays available and be available within the time frames specified and determined by the Theatre. The candidate will also have excellent interpersonal skills, be a self-starter and complete tasks in a timely fashion. The candidate will be able to work from home, with weekly meetings scheduled at the Fugue office. Weekly reporting is essential. We also seek a candidate with a clear understanding of the performing arts and in particular, theatre and music.

    How to Apply:

    Please send a cover letter, resume and samples of grant writing and marketing to Write in the subject line, “Managing Associate.”

    Deadline: January 30, 2017

    While we appreciate all who apply, we will only be contacting those selected for an interview.

  • Saturday, January 07, 2017 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is currently accepting applications for Ticket Sales Agents available to work day and evening shifts during the week and on the weekend. As a member of the box office team the Ticket Sales Agents will be part of a dynamic sales team in a unionized position attending to incoming calls and sales at our box office locations.

    Check out the responsibilities and qualifications for this position HERE.

    Application deadline is January 14, 2017.

    More information:

  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

     Looking Back and Moving Forward

    Earlier this month, the GVPTA held its Annual General Meeting. We had the opportunity to report on the successes and challenges we have faced over our 2015-16 season. I'd like to take this opportunity to share some of those with you as I think it's important to share where we have come from and where we are headed.

    Looking back

    The GVPTA board of directors participated in a strategic plan development process that took place over several meetings and retreats resulting in our strategic plan which has been a guiding document for the organization since September 2015 and continues until the end of 2017.

    Through the strategic plan, the board adopted a new mission: To strengthen the local theatre industry.

    In addition to the new mission statement, the strategic plan highlighted two strategic themes:

    1. Financial Sustainability (i.e., revenue generation; revenue diversification)
    2. Industry Development (i.e., opportunities to connect with industry peers; development of more diverse art for more people; building capacity; building audiences)

    The plan also identified key goals to guide the organization in the areas of Governance (i.e., board recruitment; working model; mission statement); Evaluation of Programming (i.e., review of all existing programming based on value and impact to members and the broader community, along with financial considerations); and Grow and Engage Membership (i.e., review of benefits program, membership platform, and the registration and renewal processes).

    Working with staff and board members, the organization launched a new
    website in August 2016 with integrated membership management and a new system for the Vancouver Theatre Guide to help better promote local theatre productions.

    The 2016
    MAKING A SCENE conference took place in May and was attended by 84 people, with an increase in paid attendees of 15% compared to the previous year. The conference included a session on diversity and inclusion – a topical conversation in the theatre community – facilitated by Marcus Youssef from Neworld Theatre and Sarah Garton-Stanley from the National Arts Centre, English Theatre.

    The 2016 
    Unified General Auditions hosted 116 performers and 24 casting directors and artistic directors, growing 35% over the previous year.

    Dawn Brennan, GVPTA’s Director, has moved on to another organization, and we would like to acknowledge and thank Dawn for her contribution to the GVPTA and its members over the past two years. During her tenure, she made considerable strides to lay the foundation for which the GVPTA could grow internally, and for the broader theatre community to flourish and succeed.

    Moving forward

    In 2017, you'll see the return of our two core events: MAKING A SCENE and Unified General Auditions. Our Theatre Management Roundtable sessions will also continue – you're invited to meet and discuss specific topics with your theatre colleagues. And the Theatre Engagement Project will continue the conversation about community priorities and action plans.

    We are also committed to the priorities outlined in our strategic plan, in order to address the organizational deficiencies in a way that is manageable with the GVPTA's capacity and resources.

    Most importantly, the GVPTA board and staff will continue to reflect and make decisions based on the value they would bring to our membership, with the goal to strengthen the local theatre industry. We are committed to actively receiving feedback from our members and the broader theatre community about what their needs are, and how GVPTA might be able to contribute. You can reach us at

    On behalf of all of us at the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, I wish you all a happy holiday, and a prosperous 2017.

    Kenji Maeda

    GVPTA President


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