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  • Saturday, April 08, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

     The Arts Club Theatre Company is currently accepting applications for the Apprentice Stage Manager positions for their 2017-2018 Season.  Successful applicants will be assigned to a single production of the season in one of our three venues.

    Contract lengths will vary with some for the length of the rehearsal period until opening night and a few carry through to the end of the show run.


    The ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

    ·         College or University level education or equivalent experience.

    ·         Stage Management experience as an SM, ASM or Apprentice.

    ·         A minimum of two credits as an Equity apprentice.

    ·         Experience supervising child performers is an asset.

    ·         Criminal record check may be required.



    Please submit a cover letter and resume along with your availability to:

    Ms. Teddy Forsyth, Human Resources

    Arts Club Theatre Company

    BMO Theatre Centre

    203 – 162 West 1st Avenue

    Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 0H6


    Deadline for applications is April 27, 2017  

    Interviews will be conducted the second week of May 2017.

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


    More information:



    The Arts Club Theatre Company is one of Canada’s most successful professional theatre companies and the largest in Western Canada. Moving into our 54th season, this non-profit, charitable organization produces  year-round on three stages: the Granville Island Stage on Granville Island, the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, and the restored Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage on Granville at West 12th. The Arts Club also has an extensive provincial touring program.


  • Saturday, April 08, 2017 1:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Gateway Theatre is thrilled to announce their 2017/2018 season programming.


    Last year, Gateway’s offerings showcased topical plays that translated the day’s headlines into theatre and brought them directly to the stage. This season, Gateway’s four MainStage shows will reflect upon stories from the past.  As Jovanni Sy, Gateway’s artistic director reflects, “In looking back in time, these plays hold up a mirror to our lives today and provide a glimpse of what our future might be.”  Although rooted in history, the themes and ideas explored in this season’s plays touch on love, personal responsibility, race and identity in ways that are both timely and relevant.


    This year, theatregoers will travel back through the centuries to the late 1800s and early 1900s. They’ll have the opportunity to visit turn-of-the-century Sweden with A Little Night Music before immersing themselves in Victorian London with Dickens’ immortal A Christmas Carol.  From there, audiences will travel to Salt-Water Moon’s 1926 Newfoundland before passing through the Kowloon Gate of colonial Hong Kong with Jovanni Sy’s new detective thriller, Nine Dragons.  Whether you decide to take on the whole journey to travel the breadth of Gateway’s new season or opt for just a few stops on the way, Gateway’s plays will dazzle you with imaginative sets, designs, sumptuous costumes and storytelling at its best.


    Gateway Theatre’s 2017/2018 Season:


    A Little Night Music 

    Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler
    Directed by Peter Jorgensen
    October 12 – 21, 2017 / MainStage

    Love, regret and desire burn brightly in this new Patrick Street Productions’ presentation of Sondheim’s musical tour de force


    Long considered Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece, A Little Night Music has been enchanting audiences worldwide since its Broadway debut in 1973. Set at the turn of the last century in Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the intersections of desire as it tries to untangle the pathways through love, both sacred and profane.  Witty and moving, Sondheim’s play traces the arcs of infatuation, jealousy and true love as his cast of colourful characters meet, couple and uncouple during a weekend at a lavish country estate.  The winner of four Tony Awards, A Little Night Musicfeatures Sondheim's most popular song, the haunting "Send in the Clowns."


    Sink or Swim 

    By Beverley Elliott 
    Produced by Happygoodthings Productions

    November 16 – 25, 2017 / Studio B 

    Cabaret chanteuse Beverley Elliott returns to Gateway with a hilarious new evening of story and song


    Beverley Elliott last graced the Gateway Studio in 2015 with her smash hit cabaret show ‘…didn’t see that coming.’ Known for her recurring role as “Granny” on ABC Television’s hit series, Once Upon a Time, Beverley is excited to bring her latest show Sink or Swim to Gateway this year. Sink or Swim features an evening of songs and in which Beverley vividly shares all the fears and foibles of five-year-old ‘Smelly Elliott.’  In this poignant, playful, and relatable prequel to ‘…didn’t see that coming’, Elliott navigates the uncharted waters, big adventures, betrayals and epiphanies that shape us all into the adults we become, and answers life’s big questions like “Why did I eat the fish food?”

    Renowned musician Bill Costin returns to accompany Beverley on piano for what promises to be an evening of hilarious storytelling.


    A Christmas Carol

    By Charles Dickens, adapted by Michael Shamata
    Directed by Rachel Peake

    December 7 – 24, 2017/ MainStage

    Gateway revives memories of Christmases past with a new production of Dickens’ immortal holiday classic 


    Ebenezer Scrooge is a greedy miser who despises Christmas. He carries on like this, seemingly immune to joy and the ways of the heart until one Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of a deceased business partner and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. These visitations give Scrooge the opportunity to reflect upon his life, examine his heart, and be transformed by the spirit of the season. Like all of our holiday shows in the past, A Christmas Carol will be a fun-filled spectacle with live music, for the whole family to enjoy together.  Get your tickets early.


    Salt-Water Moon 

    By David French

    Directed by Ravi Jain

    A Factory Theatre Production touring with Why Not Theatre

    February 15 – 24, 2018 / MainStage  

    Gateway’s new production of this beloved Canadian classic asks audiences whether ‘you ever truly return home’


    This glorious production of David French’s Salt-Water Moon was a sold-out hit in Toronto last season. Now, Gateway audiences will have the opportunity to take in director Ravi Jain’s reimagined version of this beloved Canadian classic about love, loss, and reconciliation. With its boldly spare staging, this production confronts the audience with the implication of one’s choices.  Is it possible to retrace our steps? It’s 1926 and young people are leaving Newfoundland villages in droves to work in the big city. But eighteen year-old Jacob Mercer has come home to Coley’s Point, to win back his former sweetheart Mary Snow, after abruptly leaving over a year ago. By the light of a moon-filled night, the former lovers meet to confront their past choices and contemplate a possible future together. But, is it too late? Come and find out.


    I Lost My Husband  

    By Catherine Léger

    Translated by Leanna Brodie

    Directed by Diane Brown

    Produced by Ruby Slippers Theatre

    March 15 – 24, 2018 / Studio B 

    Ruby Slippers returns to Gateway with a feisty and subversive romantic comedy


    Evelyn has lost her husband in a bar bet and she's not entirely sure she wants him back. 

    I Lost My Husband is the world premiere of Leanna Brodie’s English translation of Catherine Léger’s hit comedy J’ai perdu mon mari. A hilarious journey through the important things in life such as love, freedom, karaoke and the hazards of frozen yogurt. I Lost My Husband is Gateway’s third partnership with the leading Vancouver 

    Vancouver company, Ruby Slippers Theatre, following The List in 2016 and You Will Remember Me in 2017. 


    Nine Dragons 

    By Jovanni Sy

    Directed by Craig Hall

    A co-production with Vertigo Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

    April 12 – 21, 2018 / MainStage

    Race and privilege clash in the world premiere of a riveting new crime drama 


    Gateway is proud to present the world premiere of this powerful new play by Gateway’s Artistic Director, Jovanni Sy. It’s Kowloon in 1924 and a killer is on the loose. Tommy Lam, Hong Kong’s most brilliant police detective, is brought on to investigate. Constantly overlooked by his English superiors, Tommy feels that this case will help him prove himself. The leading suspect, however, is Victor Fung, the son of one of the wealthiest families in Asia. As a cat-and-mouse game ensues between Tommy and his mysterious nemesis, the audience must draw conclusions of their own in this riveting crime drama that will enchant lovers of classic mystery and detective stories.  


    For more information:

    Season subscriptions available.

    Subscription rates: MainStage: $187, $156 / Theatre Lover: $228, $199

  • Sunday, April 02, 2017 11:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Realwheels proudly announced the completion of Phase 1 of their Cultural Infrastructure Project. And they present the report from the first phase of their Theatre Accessibility needs assessment.

    The project is a partnership with Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture and the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) to address the limited number of theatre venues that are truly and fully accessible for artists/performers, theatre technicians, and patrons with disabilities.

    Throughout the spring and fall of 2016, SPARC BC conducted a Needs Assessment of Accessible Performance Spaces in the City of Vancouver, which included a review of leading practices and feedback from the broader community. We asked:  What is currently working well? What are the gaps and challenges in regards to accessible theatre venues?  We created an accessibility audit checklist, after which our multi-disability audit team undertook a thorough audit of one theatre venue.

    Below is a link to the final report, which encapsulates the findings and includes the accessibility audit checklist, along with the details of our audit of the Firehall Arts Centre.

    The long-term goal of this project is to increase accessibility at theatre venues for artists, technical staff, and patrons with disabilities. 

    Realwheels invites you to read this report and most importantly to use it, share it and open up dialogue around issues of accessibility in our city.


    Needs Assessment of Accessible Performance Spaces

  • Friday, March 24, 2017 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Angels in America: The Next Millennium – A Panel Discussion

    You’re invite to a special free panel discussion on Angels in America and how Tony Kushner's masterpiece still resonates within the LGBTQ community and beyond. Panelists will include Dave Deveau, Spencer Chandra Herbert, Veena Sood, Colin Thomas, and more. There will be moderated-curated questions directed to the panelists as well as an opportunity to ask questions from the audience.

    Saturday, April 1, 10:30 AM – Noon
    Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (Granville at 12th, 2750 Granville Street)
    Bonus: Performance by the Marcus Mosely Chorale

    More information and RSVP at

  • Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Gateway Theatre is looking for three youth (ages 15-30) to fill summer positions that are funded through Canada’s Summer Works program. 

    The successful applicants must:

    ·         be legally entitled to work in Canada

    ·         be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status in Canada

    ·         be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment

    ·         be a full-time student with the intention of returning to full-time studies in the fall

    ·         be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment for a period of 16 weeks

    ·         not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week)

    ·         not be attending full-time classes while carrying out this job

    Hours of work: 35 hrs/week. Office hours are 9am – 5pm (with one hour unpaid lunch break).

    The hours will vary – some evening and weekend work may be required.  Salary: $10.85/hour

    Application deadline: April 7, 2017


    1. Summer Intern position – Education

    Reporting directly to the Education Manager and working closely with the Education Coordinator, Academy Summer Faculty and students, the Intern will assist in administration, production and summer camp support. Expectations and goals will be set out by the Education Manager, who will train the Intern in communicating the Academy’s programs and requirements to families and students. The Education Intern will also learn to address the needs of the instructors and students within both class and production/presentation contexts. 

    Duties may include:

    ·                  Processing student registrations for summer and year-long classes

    ·                  Coordination of Academy auditions and summer volunteers

    ·                  Summer Camp student supervision

    ·                  Assisting with Academy presentations or productions

    ·                  Event planning

    ·                  Maintenance of Academy’s library and inventory

    ·                  Data entry and record keeping (utilizing database software)

    ·                  Communications projects and Academy promotion

    ·                  Other duties as required by supervisor               

    Necessary qualifications:

    ·                  Interest and experience in arts education for youth

    ·                  Experience in and understanding of theatre and  theatre production

    ·                  Superior detail orientation and organizational skills

    ·                  Superior interpersonal communication skills

    ·                  Computer skills in Microsoft Office suite

    ·                  Ability to work independently and in a team

    ·                  Must have or be willing to obtain an RCMP Vulnerable Sector Check (to work with children) 


    ·                  Post-secondary study in Education, Arts Administration or Theatre (performance and production)

    ·                  Knowledge of a second language, ideally, Cantonese or Mandarin

    Please apply by email to: by April 7, 2017.

    2. Summer Intern position – Marketing and Development

    Reporting directly to the Marketing and Sales Manager and the Development Manager, the Intern will assist with the execution of Gateway’s subscription and Academy registration campaigns, and the planning of our single ticket campaign.  The Intern will research individual, in-kind, and corporate partners for Gateway Theatre and learn how to create fundraising campaigns for individual donors and corporate sponsorships.

    Duties may include:

    ·                  Researching and writing copy for proposals, letters to donors, and membership newsletters

    ·                  Assisting in organizing corporate sponsorship events and various Board fundraising activities

    ·                  Work with designers to help create fundraising collateral materials

    ·                  Audience segmentation and Cultural industries market research

    ·                  Distribution of marketing collateral throughout the Lower Mainland

    ·                  Other duties as required by supervisor 

    Necessary qualifications:

    ·                  Superior written and oral communication skills

    ·                  Superior detail orientation and organizational skills

    ·                  Sales or customer service experience

    ·                  Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and Excel

    ·                  Ability to work independently


    ·                  Post-secondary training in Marketing or Communications, Arts Administration, Fundraising and Non-Profit Management, Business and/or the cultural industries

    ·                  Prior volunteer or work experience in fundraising

    ·                  Prior volunteer or work experience in a not-for-profit environment

    ·                  Event planning and/or community outreach experience

    ·                  Familiarity with Theatre Manager or other database software

    ·                  Knowledge of a second language, ideally, Cantonese or Mandarin

    Please respond with a cover letter and resume to: by April 7, 2017. 

    3. Summer Intern position – Artistic/Production

    Reporting to the Artistic Associate, the Artistic Intern will assist with season preparations for the professional productions in the Main Stage, Studio, and Pacific Festival for 2017 as well as supporting production maintenance and rental clients.  

    Duties may include:

    ·         Organizing and facilitating auditions

    ·         Creating and writing content for programs and events

    ·         Liaising with artists, contractors, and/or rental clients for the 2017‐2018 season

    ·         Archival of production materials

    ·         Script library upkeep

    ·         Coordinating translation materials

    ·         Outreach at community special events

    ·         Data entry and record keeping

    ·         Supporting the Rentals Manager

    ·         Assisting with stage equipment maintenance

    ·         Other duties as required by supervisor

    Necessary qualifications:

    ·         Excellent written and oral communication skills

    ·         A keen interest in and understanding of theatre production

    ·         Excellent organizational and multi‐tasking skills

    ·         Computer skills in Microsoft Office suite

    ·         Proven ability to balance individual initiative with working as part of a dynamic team

    ·         Superior organization skills and attention to detail 


    ·         Strong writing skills

    ·         Experience with copy-writing

    Please respond with a cover letter, resume, and sample of your writing to: by April 7, 2017.


    We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

    The positions are subject to receipt of funding. 



    Gateway Theatre’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in Richmond and surrounding communities by creating outstanding professional theatre and serving as a dynamic hub for the performing arts. Incorporated in 1982, Gateway has grown into one of the largest professional theatre companies in the Lower Mainland and is lead today by Artistic Director Jovanni Sy. We serve the community through professional live theatre productions, theatre education for youth, and community venue rentals.

  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    rEvolver Theatre Festival 2017 runs May 24 – June 4

    With a line-up that is as innovative as it is diverse, the fifth annual rEvolver Theatre Festival will present fresh and vibrant works created by emerging and early mid-career artists. Featuring nine mainstage shows at the Cultch, and three offsite shows from Wednesday, May 24 to Sunday, June 4, 2017, with companion events to be announced shortly.

    Three shows from across the country—Halifax, Toronto and Whitehorse—will represent what is happening at the forefront of interdisciplinary live theatre arts in Canada. A co-production by Heist and Theatre Outré, The Princess Show which won the Best in Fest award at the Atlantic Fringe Festival last year. Haley McGee, who has toured extensively in Europe and UK garnering multiple awards, will bring her one-woman show, I’m Doing This for You. Ramshackle Theatre’s Tombstone is a visually stunning all-ages cardboard puppet show and live movie, the company was part of the festival debut programming in 2013 with audience favourite, Sci-Fi Double Feature.
    The strong Vancouver-based contingent at the festival will include productions by Luciterra Dance Company, Ode. Movements Society, rice & beans theatre, Skinny Walrus Project, and Wild Women Theatre.

    MAINSTAGE PROGRAM                            * World Premiere
    • I’m Doing This for You  |  Haley McGee, Toronto
    • The Princess Show  |  Theatre Outré/Heist, Halifax
    • Tombstone: A Cardboard Western* |  Ramshackle Theatre, Whitehorse
    • Last Train In*  |  rice & beans theatre, Vancouver
    • (i·m)position  |  Luciterra Dance Company, Vancouver
    • NeOn-ね音-  |  Ode. Movements Society, Vancouver
    • shiny  |  Kelly McInnes, Vancouver
    • SPAWN*  |  Cheyenne Scott, Vancouver
    • Vampires in Barcelona*  |  Skinny Walrus Projects, Vancouver

    • All the Way*  |  O,o,o,o., Vancouver
    • Habitats  |  Isabelle Kirouac and Nayana Fielkov, Vancouver
    • Soliloquy in English  |  Patrick Blenkarn, Vancouver
    Early Bird 6-Show Flex pass: $72 All in - a savings of $48
    Available at
    Single tickets available April 15, at
    For full schedule visit
    Early Bird passes available now, single tickets on sale April 15

    rEvolver Festival is supported by the Canadian Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, British Columbia Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, and The Georgia Straight.

    Under the leadership of Daniel Martin and David Mott, Upintheair Theatre has been producing original and provocative theatre in Vancouver since 2000. The company’s last production with The Only Animal, The City and The City was presented in the 2017 PuSh Festival. Past productions include The North Plan (2016), which won three Jessie Awards in the Small Theatre category, and Inside The Seed (2013), which won Jessie Awards for Outstanding Direction (Small Theatre) and Best New Script. Each spring, the company presents the rEvolver Theatre Festival showcasing contemporary performance work by emerging and early mid-career artists.

    More information:   |
    Tombstone: A Cardboard Western* |  Ramshackle Theatre, Whitehorse  |
    Visually gorgeous, full of wit and humour, anarchy and magic, Tombstone is an all ages cardboard puppet show filmed and projected live on to the big screen, and is Ramshackle Theatre’s follow up to the 2013 rEvolver hit, Sci-Fi Double Feature. Part spaghetti western, part Westworld, and all cardboard, Tombstone will be loved by children, hipsters, parents, b-movie buffs, and anyone looking for a rollicking good time.

    I’m Doing This for You  |  Haley McGee, Toronto  |
    A woman travels halfway around the world to give the man she loves the thing she thinks he wants the most. He’s an aspiring stand-up comedian and today is his birthday. The audience is her gift to him and it’s a surprise! Blending storytelling, live-art and improvisation, Haley McGee delivers a spellbinding performance in I’m Doing This for You. Filled with startling turns from the hilarious to the humiliating, this show delves deep into just how far a person will go to not be alone.

    (i·m)position  |  Luciterra Dance Company, Vancouver  |
    Simultaneously “I am position” and “imposition”, Luciterra’s newest production is a theatrical story of love, conflict, aggression, and sensuality. Identities are lost and found, relationships formed and rejected, and group power structures are re-defined and re-imagined. This narrative is told through Luciterra’s innovative dance hybrid, drawing inspiration from each company members’ various training in bellydance, contemporary, and theatre. A unique aesthetic of mechanical robotic movement juxtaposed with sweeping lyrical lines creates a dynamic and elusive style, as unexpected as it is exciting.

    Last Train In*  |  rice & beans theatre, Vancouver  |
    Written and performed by award-winning theatre and film maker Adam Grant Warren, who was born with cerebral palsy, Last Train In is drawn from his lived experience. It is not, however, a typical story of disability and triumph over adversity. It is not about finding a way despite overwhelming odds. Instead, it’s about travel, romance, career expectations, and the all-too-human tendency to... embellish.

    NeOn-ね音-  |  ODE. Movements, Vancouver  |
    Framed around the revelation of a deep secret within playwright Mayumi Yoshida’s beloved late grandmother’s arranged marriage, NeOn is a look at Love. True Love. Does it exist? Has anyone ever got it right? Why have we all been conditioned to yearn for it? Told through multiple intertwining stories, NeOn transcends generations and continents and language. An “international citizen’s” charming look at what it means to negotiate love on either end of the world. The SHOULDs, WOULDs and COULDs about choice…  and the grace of accepting when there isn’t one. Performed in English and Japanese (with English subtitles).

    The Princess Show  |  Theatre Outré / Heist, Halifax   |
    Follow the world’s most revered performance artist, Princess Edward, as this bearded, sequined wonder journeys into a world where anime heroes, bass guitarist rock stars and pop epics meld into a music-filled lip-synched thriller where Princess puts it all on the line to save her beloved from the mysterious Beast. Join Princess Edward and her family in this musical lip-synched mash-up of Dungeons & Dragons, Attack on Titan, Legend of Zelda, and Rupaul’s Drag Race, where Princess puts it all on the line to save her beloved.

    shiny  |  Kelly McInnes, Vancouver 
    Challenging the women’s beauty industry and standard, shiny combines dance, visual art, sound, and “women’s work” to examine the mass objectification, sexualization and censorship of women’s bodies. It is masking of the individual through the bizarre sameness of the beauty standard and magnifies the surreal, grotesque and violence involved in the quest for “perfection”.

    SPAWN*  |  Cheyenne Scott, Vancouver                                            
    Woven through traditional Coast Salish stories, dance and media, SPAWN transports the audience from deep in the city to the depths of the ocean. Theresa is haunted by the traditional story of the salmon spirit, and the death of her mother who drowned in the Pacific. An unexpected pregnancy causes her disconnected family to reconsider their own choices in preparation of the next generation. SPAWN dives into the struggle to reconnect to culture, community, and land. There is no going back. We can only move forward through the cycle and only the toughest and luckiest complete it.

    Vampires in Barcelona*  |  Skinny Walrus Projects, Vancouver  |      
    The year is 2006. Brian Cochrane is 22 years old, backpacking around Europe, and freshly in love. He arrives in Barcelona first thing in the morning after partying all night on a train from Paris. After struggling to find his hostel, sleeping off part of his hangover, and realizing his one-year of studying Spanish in university isn’t going to cut it in the Catalan capital, his hopes for a quiet and introspective evening are side-tracked when he meets a heartbroken, quadrilingual magician. The magician’s girlfriend has just left him for his best friend. And she’s also a vampire, apparently… But there’s no such thing, right? Maybe if Brian follows the magician’s recommendation and goes to the vampire bar he’ll get some answers…

    All the Way*  |  O,o,o,o., Vancouver  |  |  Russian Hall
    A hypnagogic game show straddling the worlds of a haunted house and The Price is Right. This partially-immersive, pop-cult, horror-flick-obsessed puzzle invites audience members to dive into a hero’s journey… and emerge thrilled and victorious. All the Way rewards the competitor, soothes the dreamer, and delights in the deliciously unconventional.

    Habitats  |  Isabelle Kirouac and Nayana Fielkov, Vancouver 
    Habitats is an interdisciplinary performance for all ages, incorporating elements of contemporary dance, theatre and circus. A woman accompanied by a mysterious white hare travels through dream-like roads in search of her identity. Transforming fear into curiosity and investigating a newfound sense of possibility, Habitats is a poetic work exploring the relationship between a clown and a four-legged stilt dancer.

    Soliloquy in English |  Patrick Blenkarn, Vancouver
    Soliloquy in English is a book for multiple voices about the language that connects them. In this part reading group, part documentary, and part handmade art object created from the ruins of an Oxford Dictionary, a small group of readers are invited to participate in reading the book out loud, passing it from hand to hand and voice to voice. In doing so, they bring to life a collage of stories about what it means to share and live in the English language today.

  • 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 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:


  • 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.


    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


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

    8:30 AM to 11:30 AM


    Future-Ready: Digital Strategies to Know Now 

    12:00 PM to 1:30 PM


    Emerging Best Practices in Trans Inclusion

    1:45 PM to 3:15 PM

    WHERE: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel



    Full Day – All three workshops: $150 +GST

    Workshop 1: $90 + GST

    Workshop 2: $45 +GST

    Workshop 3: $45 + GST

    TO REGISTER (by March 20)



    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.



  • 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.




    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. 




    Human Resources, Arts Club Theatre Company

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


    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.






    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.



    ·         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, 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:

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