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  • Monday, March 20, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Update March 20, 2017: Still searching for new members. Will accept applications until all positions are filled.

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

    Members of the Board of Directors take part in:

    ·         Annual General Meeting

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

    ·         Fundraising & promotional events related to current productions

    ·         Volunteering at events & volunteer recruitment

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

    Priority will be given to Vancouver residents.

    ABOUT FUGUE

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

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

    Fugue Theatre is covered by Directors & Officers Liability Insurance.


    More information: fuguetheatre.org


  • Sunday, March 19, 2017 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Gallery 7 Theatre of Abbotsford, BC is thrilled to be bringing back its Theatre Boot Camp workshop series for the 2016/2017 season, featuring short courses in performance, directing and stage combat. The series is designed for both emerging and established community, church and school theatre artists, and will offer intensive training by experts in theatre and film.

    “I’m very excited to announce our ‘boot camp’ series is back and in an expanded way,” explains Ken Hildebrandt, Executive/Artistic Director. “We’re building on what was explored last year, plus venturing in to a lot of new territory as well. What’s super-great is that we’re able to provide these top-quality training opportunities without big-city prices.” 

    Leading the workshops will be experts who work in professional theatre and film. “Award-winning actor, Erla Faye Forsyth, is back to teach scene analysis and vocal performance,” continues Hildebrandt, “I’m also happy to introduce TWU theatre professor, Kate Muchmore, who will be leading our directing course, and Mike Kovac and Ryan Bolton, who will tag-team instruct our stage combat course.”  

    Participants will be able to register for individual workshops or for the entire series at a discounted rate. Each workshop will run for three sessions.

    The schedule of upcoming workshops is as follows: 

    ·    Vocal Performance with Erla Faye Forsyth: If the audience can’t hear you, your amazing performance and all your hard work making strong character choices are a waste of time. This course will help actors develop more advanced skills in vocal production as they pertain to breath support, diction, projection, voice care and preparing for a performance. Runs March 28, April 4 & 11, 2017; 7–10pm.

    Each individual three-week workshop costs $125.00/person or all four workshops cost $400.00/person, a savings of 20% over individual registration fees. For more information or to register, please call 604-504-5940 or visit the theatre’s website at gallery7theatre.com. All workshops will be held at the theatre’s rehearsal hall, #100 – 34595 3rd Avenue, Abbotsford.

     

    Season passes for Gallery 7 Theatre’s 2016/2017 theatre season are now available through the theatre’s website, or by contacting House of James at 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford or 604-852-3701.

    More information:  gallery7theatre.com

     

  • Monday, March 13, 2017 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Pacific Contact is the BC Touring Council’s annual showcase and booking conference for performing arts touring. The 2017 conference is happening in Burnaby, BC, and includes showcases, a contact room (trade show), workshops, industry meetings, networking opportunities and other events.

     

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY
    As part of the professional development intensive at Pacific Contact, BCTC is offering three workshops. You do not have to be registered for the conference to participate in these workshops. 

    WHEN: Thursday, March 30, 2017


    WORKSHOP 1

    What Can I Do? ‘Doing Reconciliation’ for non-Indigenous Arts Organizations 

    8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    WORKSHOP 2

    Future-Ready: Digital Strategies to Know Now 

    12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

    WORKSHOP 3

    Emerging Best Practices in Trans Inclusion

    1:45 PM to 3:15 PM

    WHERE: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel

     

    COST:

    Full Day – All three workshops: $150 +GST

    Workshop 1: $90 + GST

    Workshop 2: $45 +GST

    Workshop 3: $45 + GST

    TO REGISTER (by March 20)
    Onlinebctouring.org/register/professional-development-intensive/
    By chequebctouring.org/register/professional-development-intensive-cheque/

     

     

    Who should attend?

    These professional development workshops are suitable for both volunteer and professional based performing arts companies, presenters, facility managers, artists and agents/managers and government funding partners and industry representatives.

     

    MORE INFORMATION:
    bctouring.org/pacific-contact/professional-development-intensive-pacific-contact-2017


  • Monday, March 13, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is currently accepting applications for two positions for a new educational program to be offered in the summer of 2017. We are looking for an instructor, and someone to assist/accompany the instructor, to teach 14 theatre students, entering grades 5 – 7 this fall. The program will run 9 am – 3 pm on weekdays for two weeks from July 10 to 21, 2017. This program, entitled Kids Theatre Lab at the Arts Club, is in partnership with the Vancouver School Board and will be held at an East Vancouver High School.

     

    THE TWO POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

     

    1. Summer Musical Theatre Program Instructor

     

    Responsibilities shall include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Developing a course outline to demonstrate a versatile and adaptive program with an emphasis on student engagement and collaboration.
    • Setting up and striking rehearsal halls/classrooms.
    • Ability to teach a range of musical theatre skills to youth.
    • Ability to provide a flexible program model that is able to follow student engagement and set up a classroom environment where the students are able to participate in course goals and output.
    • Provide feedback and debrief with the Education & Outreach Manager.
    • Ability to attend planning meetings.
    • Coordinate final showcase details.
    • Ability to work with an assistant instructor/accompanist.
    • Final Report writing. 

    The successful applicant will have teaching experience in acting, singing and movement. The applicant should have at least 3 years of group teaching experience and be able to provide a criminal record check for working with children.

     

    2. Summer Musical Theatre Program Assistant Instructor/Accompanist

     

    Responsibilities shall include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Assisting the primary instructor with class-room activities, sectional/break-out instruction and supervising.
    • Setting up and striking rehearsal halls/classrooms.
    • Ability to provide musical accompaniment and arrangements on the piano.
    • Provide feedback and debrief with the Education & Outreach Manager.
    • Ability to attend planning meetings.
    • Assist in coordination of final showcase details. 

    The successful applicant will have experience both in accompanying and teaching children in a musical theatre setting. The applicant should be able to provide a criminal record check for working with children. 

     

     

    TO APPLY TO EITHER POSITION:

    Human Resources, Arts Club Theatre Company

    MAIL: BMO Theatre Centre, 203 - 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC  V5Y 0H6

    EMAIL: humanresources@artsclub.com

    Please indicate in your subject line which position you’re applying for.

     

    Deadline for applications: May 1, 2017

     

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

     

    MORE INFORMATION: artsclub.com

     

      

    ABOUT THE ARTS CLUB THEATRE COMPANY

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is one of Canada’s most successful professional theatre companies and the largest in Western Canada. This non-profit, charitable organization presents plays year-round in three theatres: the Granville Island Stage on Granville Island, the Goldcorp Stage, and the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. The Arts Club also has an extensive provincial touring program.


  • Monday, March 13, 2017 1:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Gateway Theatre is seeking an outgoing, detail-oriented individual to fill the position of FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER and CONCESSION SERVER, working with the Audience Services team to provide patron service and volunteer supervision. Depending on your shift, you will fulfill one of the roles at any given time. The position is part-time, starting as soon as possible. Pay rate is $15/hr as FOH Manager, $12.50/hr as Concession Server.

     

    As FOH Manager you will:

    ·         Efficiently coordinate the front of house during events, liaising with box office attendants and backstage crew to ensure the prompt and smooth operation of show start times and intermissions.

    ·         Supervise volunteers and concession staff.

    ·         Trouble-shoot any challenges that may arise during an event or performance and document them

     

    As Concession Server you will:

    ·         Serve snacks and beverages to theatre patrons in a fun, fast-paced environment under the direction of the Front of House Manager.

    ·         Ensure proper accounting and controls of concession products; reconciling cash sales at the beginning and end of shifts. 

     

    In both positions you will:

    ·         Uphold Gateway policies and procedures; including health & safety procedures and food & beverage policies.

    ·         Represent Gateway in a professional, inclusive, and welcoming manner at all times.

     

    Qualifications:

    ·         Prior FOH Management or other service experience in the arts and cultural sector

    ·         Experience leading volunteers

    ·         Outstanding customer service and communication skills

    ·         Friendly, flexible, and enthusiastic about sharing live performance

    ·         Bondable

    ·         Comfortable working alone and are able to lift heavy supplies on occasion

    ·         Over 19 years of age with a valid “Serving It Right” certificate plus first aid training

    ·         Fluent in English (Cantonese or Mandarin language skills are an asset but not required)

     

    To apply:

    Email Lucy Pratt-Johnson, Audience Services Supervisor, lpratt-johnson@gatewaytheatre.com with a resume and cover letter outlining your suitability for the position.

     

    Only those applicants considered for an interview will be contacted. Gateway Theatre is committed to employment equity and request that any required accommodations be noted in your application

         

    Closing Date:  Until Filled

     

    More information: gatewaytheatre.com


  • Monday, March 13, 2017 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)


    The Arts Club Theatre Company is currently accepting applications for full-time Ticket Sales Agents. 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 call centre.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Maintaining an exceptional level of customer service
    • Upselling and cross-selling single tickets and subscriptions
    • Booking subscriptions and making ticket exchanges
    • Communicating the need for donations
    • Answering phone calls and giving information on all our productions and packages
    • Being familiar with all our productions and their content
    • Handling cash and reconciling daily sales reports
    • Other duties as assigned

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Familiarity with ticketing systems and databases.  Knowledge of Tessitura is an asset
    • The successful candidate will have a strong background in customer service and sales
    • Experience in an office environment 
    • Previous phone experience is an asset
    • Accuracy with handling cash
    • Appreciation of theatre and performing arts
    • Exceptional communication skills
    • Sense of humour

    WAGES:

    • $14.74 per hour
    TO APPLY:

    Human Resources, Arts Club Theatre Company

    #203-162 W 1st Ave, Vancouver BC, V5Y 0H6

    EMAIL: humanresources@artsclub.com

    Please provide a cover letter and a resume (when e-mailing put in the subject line that you are applying for the Full Time Ticket Sales Position) 


    Application Deadline: Sunday, March 24, 2017

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


    More information: artclub.com


    ABOUT ARTS CLUB THEATRE COMPANY

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is one of Canada’s most successful professional theatre companies and the largest in Western Canada. This non-profit, charitable organization presents plays year-round in three theatres: the Granville Island Stage on Granville Island, the Goldcorp Stage, and the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. The Arts Club also has an extensive provincial touring program.



  • Sunday, March 12, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is now accepting applications to join the Front of House guest service team to work part-time. This is a great part-time job for someone with exceptional customer service skills. This position is part of the Unifor union.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Greeting and assisting guests with seating
    • Scanning and tearing tickets
    • Attending to coat check and handling cash
    • Handling guest complaints and concerns in a courteous and professional manner
    • Stuffing and distributing programs
    • Providing excellent Guest Service and contributing to a friendly and positive environment for our guests and other employees 

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • The ideal candidate is experienced in public relations and is comfortable with large groups.
    • The preferred applicant will have excellent communication skills and the ability to handle various tasks simultaneously.
    • Must be able to work effectively in a team environment.
    • This person has a good sense of humour and pleasant attitude in stressful situations.
    • An appreciation and understanding of live theatre is a plus. 
    • Some physical duties may be required including the ability to climb stairs and carry boxes weighing up to 20 lbs.

     

    HOURS:  Work hours available on the weekdays and weekends; must be available to work on Wednesday afternoon and Saturday matinees from 12:45pm as well we are looking for applicants who like to work evenings on the weekend. Please note that under the collective agreement vacation time in the first is limited. Management requests that applicants be available for a minimum of 3 shifts (4 hours per shift) a week. Due to the show schedule an average work week will fluctuate.

     

    SALARY: $12.79 per hour

     

    TO APPLY:

    Arts Club Theatre Company, Human Resources

    EMAIL: humanresources@artsclub.com

    (when sending an e-mail application, please include a resume and cover letter ideally in one attachment in Word or PDF format put in the subject line that you are applying for a Front of House Attendant position)


    Deadline for applications: March 20, 2017


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


    More information: artsclub.com


    ABOUT ARTS CLUB THEATRE COMPANY

    The Arts Club leads in developing and producing live theatre in British Columbia. We inspire and nurture artists and audiences through diverse culture experiences that are engaging, thought-provoking and artistically innovative.  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.


  • 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 BC.CultureDays.ca 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 bc.culturedays.ca

    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 nazanin.shoja@culturedays.ca 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 gallery7theatre.com.


  • 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.

     

    Responsibilities

    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   

     

    Qualifications

    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: surreycareers.ca

     


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