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  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Bard on the Beach Theatre Society is Western Canada’s largest Shakespeare Festival with an annual budget of $6 million and welcomes 100,000 patrons per year. The Festival runs from June through September in two theatre tents in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vanier Park, and offers year-round arts education programming. In 2015, Bard moved into its new home at the BMO Theatre Centre, allowing the company to expand its administrative, production and outreach activities, marking an exciting new phase in its history.

    Job Description: 

    Reporting to the Executive Director, the Production Manager is a key member of the senior management team, overseeing all aspects of production and site operations for Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. The Production Manager supervises the internal positions of Head of Wardrobe, Site Build Project Manager, and Technical Directors; as well as seasonal production staff. The Production Manager also supervises the Stage Management teams and season Designers.


    - Plan and supervise the execution of production requirements for the annual season productions, special events, rental productions, and site build
    - Develop, manage and track all artistic, production, and site budgets that total approx. $3.5 million
    - Maintain production inventory records
    - Engage seasonal artistic team and production personnel; negotiating fees and issuing contracts
    - Manage production team and design process from initial concept though construction, rehearsal, opening and run including oversight of all disciplines’ build labour, materials and rentals
    - Develop and manage all production and rehearsal calendars and performance schedules
    - Lead weekly production meetings for both theatres
    - Oversee annual site build, take down and park restoration
    - Oversee third-party productions (contracting, scheduling, production needs)
    - Oversee lease and management of storage facilities
    - Creation of annual site maps and theatre layouts
    - Liaise with architects, engineers and the City of Vancouver in regards to building and occupancy permits
    - Create forward planning and budgets for capital improvements and equipment upgrades
    - Advise on and assist with the planning of special projects and future artistic activity development
    - Enforce and stay up to date on current health and safety concerns/policies
    - Participate in Staff, Board, Infrastructure Committee and Health and Safety Committee meetings
    - Other duties as required


    - A university or college degree in theatre production or equivalent experience
    - 5+ years of experience with a performing arts organization in a similar role
    - Experience supervising staff and artists
    - Proven proficiency with budgeting in all production disciplines and financial tracking
    - Excellent IT proficiency including AutoCAD and advanced MS Office Skills
    - Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask in a fast paced environment
    - Ability to work independently as well as manage a large diverse team spread over four physical locations
    - Experience with artist contract negotiation and knowledge of labour agreements (specifically CAEA and ADC)
    - Knowledge of all aspects of technical production including lighting, costume, sound, scenery, rigging, and video
    - Knowledge of current health and safety and ESA legislation as it pertains to the performing arts
    - Strong interpersonal and communication skills to ensure flow of information amongst a diverse group of people
    - Ability to collaborate with artists and technicians to achieve artistic goals on time and on budget
    - Experience with repertory theatre and outdoor festival production would be an asset


    This is a full-time, permanent position. Annual salary will be commensurate with experience plus a full benefits package (following a probationary period).

    How to Apply: 

    Please submit cover letter with salary expectations and resume to:
    Claire Sakaki, Executive Director, 

    Deadline: Wednesday, January 4, 2017 

    More information:

  • Monday, December 19, 2016 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    First Impressions Theatre presents an intimate evening with Juno Award Winner Jim Byrnesand, special guests Mainstreet Muze (Feat. Babe Gurr).

    For two nights only!

    WHEN: Thursday and Friday, January 19 & 20, 2017 

    Doors 7:30 pm, Showtime 8:00 pm

    WHERE: Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, North Vancouver

    (4360 Gallant Ave – at Panorama Drive)

    TICKETS: General Admission is $35 (inc. s/c)

    Available at: 604.929.9456 or online at

    Get your tickets early and avoid disappointment!


    A Special Fundraising Concert for First Impressions Theatre

    Jim Byrnes returns to the Deep Cove Shaw Theatre with special guests Mainstreet Muze (Feat. Babe Gurr). Back by popular demand since their sold out concerts in 2014 (and 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) - get your tickets early, so that you won’t be disappointed! 

    Come hear these talented performers sing and tell, sharing their songs, their stories, and their journeys, for a truly inspiring and uniquely entertaining experience – this special fundraising concert is on for two nights only!

    Jim Byrnes  was involved with fundraising to get the theatre built and has provided his continued support by headlining concerts at the theatre over the past twenty years.  Babe Gurr is also no stranger to this venue and is excited to have her debut concert with her new trio Mainstreet Muze at one of her favourite venues…..Babe has lent her talents to the fundraising concerts as well throughout the years, including headlining her own concerts in 2015/2016, and always enjoys performing at this intimate and welcoming venue.


    More information and tickets:

  • Sunday, December 18, 2016 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Call for submissions: Rumble Theatre seeks actors for a development workshop of Titus Bouffonius by Colleen Murphy (adapted from Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus) 

    Audition dates: January 17 and 19, 2017
    Audition venue: PL1422 (1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC)

    Workshop dates: April 19 – 30, 2017
    Workshop venue: PTC (Playwrights Theatre Centre), 202 – 739 Gore Ave, Vancouver, BC)

    Please note: There is no elevator access at the workshop venue.

    Titus Bouffonius is a new play by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy, adapted from Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy Titus Andronicus and commissioned by Rumble Theatre. Five actors ­– outcasts from the invented Society of the Misshapen and Destitute – attempt to perform a contemporary version of “Titus” that one of them has penned…but they sometimes forget their lines, or say what they want to, or refuse to stay dead when they are killed. Audience members are encouraged to respond to the horrible and potentially offensive acts in the performance by hurling buns at the actors in a play that is part Shakespeare, part Brecht, and incorporates the French theatre tradition of bouffon (a form of clown that focuses on mockery and extreme physical satire).

    Creative team includes Rumble’s Artistic Director Stephen Drover and Michael Kennard of the clown duo Mump & Smoot.

    Audition requirements

    • One Shakespeare monologue of your choice
    • One three-minute original bouffon piece or a three-minute original clown piece or a three-minute original physical theatre piece

    Please submit a headshot and resume to with the subject line, “Titus audition”.

    Deadline for submissions: January 9, 2017.

    If you are selected to audition, we will reply with an audition time.


    Rumble Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from all qualified candidates will be considered. We strongly encourage submissions from individuals who self-identify as being from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Unfortunately the workshop will be held in a room that is on the second floor with no current elevator access.

    Equity members will be seen first at all open audition calls. Equity members cast in this production will be engaged under the Independent Theatre Agreement. CAEA members: please bring your membership ID number to the audition.

    If you have any questions, please email

    For more information: Download the posting PDF or visit

  • Sunday, December 18, 2016 1:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Neworld Theatre is trying to raise $25,000 to support the artists involved in the radically inclusive process of creating King Arthur's Night.

    King Arthur’s Night was written by Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef with original music composed by Veda Hille.  Niall McNeil has been a professional actor for most of his life. This is the second play he has written with his long-time collaborators, Marcus Youssef and Veda Hille. The first, the Peter Pan adaptation Peter Panties, was co-produced with Leaky Heaven, and co-presented by the 2011 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and The Cultch.

    Commissioned by the Luminato Festival, and years in the making, King Arthur’s Night is epic in scale and radically inclusive. It features a fully integrated professional cast which includes actors from Burnaby, BC’s Down Syndrome Research Foundation. Plus a live band and a 20-person choir.

    Refined, brutal, crude and tender, King Arthur’s Night tests what we know about the limits of theatre, language and our collective understanding of the narratives that are permitted to shape our world. It invites audiences to reject the idea that some experiences are inherently marginal, and instead witness those stories front and centre on stage.

    The world of King Arthur’s Night is a spectacle of battle scenes and castles, of rock bands and a 20-person choir. Technical innovation lives next to the verbatim script-writing innovation by Marcus and Niall – in the realization of this project, these are inseparable. The result will be a project of scale, ambition, and radical inclusion unlike anything Canadian Theatre has seen before, and will be seen on the country’s largest stages.  

    Why a fundraiser? A note from Neworld Theatre:

    Creating a truly inclusive space requires longer creation periods; it requires a unique number of support staff and family members both during rehearsals and on tour; it requires us to be constantly responsive to the needs of our collaborators. On these elements we cannot compromise.

    That’s why we’re turning to you. As we look towards the world premiere, we are asking our community to support us in fulfilling our artistic vision of King Arthur’s Night. It may seem naïve to believe that a piece of theatre can change the world. But we know this process is changing us – by transforming our understanding of each other, we have been given a new lens through ourselves, our practice, and the world. This is why we tell our stories – and why we want to rewrite the rules about whose stories are worth hearing. We believe in that. And we hope you believe in King Arthur’s Night.

    Become a Knight of the Round Table - click here to donate, and please spread the word to your fellow knights! The fundraiser is open until February 28, 2017.

    More information:

  • Sunday, December 18, 2016 11:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Full Circle: First Nations Performance is looking for a dynamic, experienced General Manager. This is a salaried full-time position. The successful candidate will have a keen interest in learning all aspects of Full Circle’s operations. A minimum of 3-5 years’ related experience with a not-for-profit arts organization is required.

    About the organization

    Full Circle: First Nations Performance is a not-for-profit performing arts society, founded in 1992 and located on the traditional, unceded territories of Coast Salish peoples (Vancouver BC). Our mandate is to create opportunities for Aboriginal artists, writers and performers to express the reality of Aboriginal experience and to work in harmony with Aboriginal traditions while engaging contemporary performance technique in an interdisciplinary fashion. We are the producers of the annual Talking Stick Festival, Moccasin Trek: Arts on the Move!, Indian Acts, and home to the Aboriginal Ensemble.

    Description of position

    The General Manager is responsible to the Artistic Managing Director and works in collaboration with the Managing Producer. The General Manager is responsible for directing the financial and administrative activities of Full Circle and for advising the Artistic Managing Director on the short and long-term strategic issues surrounding these matters. The General Manager also works with the other staff, as necessary, to implement policies and direct activities surrounding the financial and administrative affairs of the company and its projects. The General Manager works in conjunction with the Artistic Managing Director and the Managing Producer to allocate resources, implement human resource policies and procedures and to facilitate the administrative functions required by the company’s activities.

    Such direction is informed by the plans and vision of the company, the policies and mandates established by the Board of Directors and the Artistic Director, and the resources available.

    Duties and Responsibilities (including but not limited to)

    Working closely with the Artistic Managing Director and the Managing Producer, the General Manager will oversee the smooth delivery of day to day operations for the organization:

    1. Overall Administration

    -Develops, for discussion and approval, long and short term policies on: financial planning, resource allocations, administrative functions, physical resources and/or capital assets, and marketing and community development strategies.

    -Maintains a working knowledge of professional practices in the cultural community, as well as trends in cultural activities in a national and international context.

    2. Office and Financial Management:

    -Develops, manages and controls the operating and project budgets of the company

    -Supervises monthly bookkeeping activities

    -Maintains appropriate internal controls

    -Ensures there are adequate resources for the company to achieve its objectives

    3. Administrative direction/support to Faculty and Staff through the Programme Chairs:

    -Directs the administrative operations of the company and its projects

    -Provides administrative support to the Artistic Managing Director, the Managing Producer and the Board of Directors, as appropriate

    -Creates financial and other reports in a timely manner

    4. Public relations, including liaising with community groups:

    -In conjunction with the Managing Producer to oversee all Development & Marketing operations of the company,

    -Represents Full Circle in the cultural community and the community at large

    -Assists, where possible, in community-at-large matters which benefit or may have an impact on the company

    5. Staff hiring and supervision:

    -In conjunction with the Artistic Managing Director and Managing Producer maintains job descriptions and hires and evaluates staff performance against approved job descriptions of all employment positions.

    -Engages, or supervises the engagement of, all artistic and production personnel

    -Maintains records for official purposes of employment histories.

    -Provides administrative mentorship for interns

    6. Funding and fundraising:

    -Seeks financial support for the company's activities through the preparation of government and foundation grant applications

    -Prepares and submits applications for gaming funding and activities as necessary

    -Implements or oversees campaigns soliciting individual donations

    -Assists with special event fundraising

    -Oversees all deadlines for grant applications and final report due dates


    The General Manager position requires a demonstrated sense of leadership, vision, and collaboration with excellent interpersonal skills, integrity, high energy and creativity. The role requires a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience with not-for-profit arts organizations. A proven and strong background in financial and budget management as well as sound administrative and human resource skills is essential.

    Experience with spreadsheets, word processing, bookkeeping and email programs as well as advanced writing skills are beneficial. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and able to work independently in a diverse and evolving atmosphere.


    Negotiable and based on experience.

    How to Apply

    Interested applicants may apply with resume and cover letter attention Tanja Dixon-Warren at with “Full Circle General Manager” in the subject line.

    Application deadline: January 9, 2017.

    Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

    For more information:

  • Friday, December 16, 2016 4:30 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    PTC and the Vancouver Fringe Festival are pleased to announce that the team comprising lee williams boudakian, Anoushka Ratnarajah and Kamee Abrahamian is the winner of the 2017 Fringe New Play Prize for (Untitled) Boxes. The Prize includes a free Mainstage spot at the 2017 Vancouver Fringe, the design and execution of a development process for the play with PTC’s Associate Dramaturg mia amir and production mentoring from PTC.

    (Untitled) Boxes is an interdisciplinary and intergenerational performance, created by Anoushka Ratnarajah, Kamee Abrahamian, and lee williams boudakian, that explores the lives and relationships of the Berberian family. Anahit, the family’s matriarch and cultural keeper of knowledge, is in her late 80’s and living with Alzheimer’s and cancer. She has entered the last days of her life, and her illness has progressed to the point that she needs additional care. For the first time in many years, her only daughter and three grandchildren find themselves in the family home again. Marked by generational differences and the impacts of displacement, gender, sexuality and the desire to love each other, their stories reveal a family’s fight to grow closer to one another in the face of great loss and the myriad experiences that threaten to pull them apart.

    lee williams boudakian (uses they, them, theirs pronouns) is a queer, trans, Armenian-Liverpudlian mixie with familial & ancestral ties to Lebanon, Syria, what is current-day Turkey, and Liverpool, England. Born in Scarborough, Ontario, and having moved many times, lee currently works as an interdisciplinary artist, writer, producer and facilitator based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish lands. lee has trained across artistic disciplines in both institutional and non-institutional settings, and arrives at artmaking as acts of resistance, world&future visioning, and celebration towards liberation and healing. Current love projects include Kalik, ShapeShift Arts, and The HyePhen Mag.

    Anoushka Ratnarajah is a queer, mixed race femme of Sri Lankan and British ancestry, and an inter-disciplinary and transnational artist and arts organizer. She has a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and an MA in Arts Politics from NYU. She has worked as a producer, performer, writer and arts organizer with cultural and arts organizations in Vancouver, Montreal and New York. She has been a fellow with The Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics and Voices of Our Nation Arts. Her art practice engages with many social, political and cultural issues, through a critical intersectional lens. She creates work that shines a light on histories and contemporary stories that are underrepresented in mainstream theatre and performance. Her current creative projects include Capital, Alice!, an anti-capitalist, Alice in Wonderland-themed musical; Toasted Marshmallows, a documentary film and community building project exploring what it means to be a mixed-race woman in North America today; and partnered projects with Kalik and Shapeshift Arts, including Dear Armen.

    Kamee Abrahamian was born in Scarborough, Ontario to an Armenian family, by way of Beirut, Lebanon; and arrives in the world today as a queer woman and a multidisciplinary producer / artist / facilitator / storyteller. She has a BFA/BA in film and political science from Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec) and an MA in expressive art therapy from the European Graduate School (Saas Fee, Switzerland) — with a special focus on the integration of digital media. The bedrock of Kamee’s arts training is in classical ballet, theatre, and visual art.  In collaboration with fellow artists and allies (lee williams boudakian, Katie Partlow, The Hye-Phen Mag), she continues to develop a body of work inclusive of film, performance, writing, digital art and design (Dear Armen, Alchemy of Waste/Saboteur Productions). Kamee is currently pursuing an MA/PhD  in community, liberation and ecopsychologies at Pacifica Graduate Institute (Carpinteria, California) and is based in Portland, Oregon.

    mia, lee, Anoushka and Kamee have already begun development on the play. It will be on stage at the 2017 Fringe Festival, September 7-17, 2017.

    More information:

  • Monday, December 12, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Theatre For Living (Headlines Theatre) is seeking an assistant for our Publicity and Outreach team. The job will be integral to coordinating and offering support to their 2017 production of šxʷʔamət (home) – an audience interactive play about our struggles towards Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The play will be created and performed by a mixed Indigenous and non-Indigenous cast, and runs March 3-11,2017.

    The Outreach and Publicity Assistant will primarily support the activities of the Outreach Coordinator, getting the word out and fostering community connections around the project.

    The ideal candidate will have communications experience particularly working with First Nations communities, grassroots organizations, as well as knowledge of the local cultural community. Excellent communications, networking and problem-solving skills are assets, as well as a passion for innovative cultural work, and social justice issues. Indigenous people are encouraged to apply.

    Please email your resume to:

    or mail it to:

    Theatre For Living

    323 – 350 East 2nd Ave.

    Vancouver, BC Canada V5T 4R8

    Attention to: David Ng, Outreach Coordinator


    Application deadline: December 15, 2016

    First interviews will be December 19 and 20, and second interviews on December 21.

    For more information:

  • Saturday, December 03, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Firehall Arts Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization whose mission is to produce and present theatre, dance and inter-disciplinary works that engage the soul, stimulate the mind, entertain the spirit and reflect the cultural pluralism of Canada.

    The Firehall Arts Centre holds performances in its 136-155 seat flexible black box theatre, and acts as a host to visual arts exhibitions in its intimate gallery lounge. Celebrating its 34th season, the Firehall is responsible for the animation of the 1906 heritage fire station which it calls home and is home to a number of festivals including the Dancing on the Edge Festival, the Firehall's Bring-Your-Own-Venue (BYOV) Fringe Festival event as well as providing theatre and rehearsal studio rental space for other arts organizations. On occasion, the organization tours its productions provincially and nationally. The Firehall is a conscientious, respected community leader and artistic hub in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

    Job Description: 

    Reporting to the General Manager and Artistic Producer, this position will be responsible for developing and implementing a three-year fund development and community engagement plan for the Firehall Arts Centre.


    • Plan, organize and direct the development of donations and sponsorships from businesses, foundations and individuals
      Design and implement fundraising campaigns
      Identify and cultivate community partners
      Pursue opportunities pertaining to the heritage designation of the Firehall
      Explore prospects for group bookings and/or company hosting events


    • Interest and commitment to the mission of the Firehall Arts Centre
      Proven experience in roles requiring strategic vision, planning, and innovative thinking to capitalize on opportunities
      Minimum of three to five years development experience
      Experience in setting up development plans
      Familiarity with local, regional, and national foundation and government funding sources
      Ability to be self-directed and take initiative within the scope of work
      Excellent written and oral communication skills


    $30,000 for a one-year, part-time flexible schedule anticipated to be between 18 to 20 hours per week.

    How to Apply:

    Please send resume and cover letter to:
    Laura Efron, General Manager
    Firehall Arts Centre
    280 East Cordova Street
    Vancouver, BC  V6A 1L3

    By email:
    By fax: 604-684-5841

    Deadline: December 16, 2016

    More information:

  • Saturday, December 03, 2016 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: 

    ·    Stage Combat with Mike Kovac & Ryan Bolton: Explore safe and realistic-looking stage combat techniques in this exciting course designed for actors and directors. Learn about basic falls, trips, hair pulls and slaps, plus sword, knife and fist fighting. Establishing proper safety protocols appropriate for all rehearsal & performance contexts will also be explored.  Runs February 28, March 7 & 14, 2017; 7–10pm. 

    ·    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:


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