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  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    PTC is pleased to announce that we have chosen five playwrights as PTC Associates 2017 – 2020.  The five are developing four new projects.  For Salesman in China, the team of Leanna Brodie and Jovanni Sy will use Arthur Miller’s landmark production of Death of a Salesman in Beijing as a jumping off point to talk about the search for understanding across great personal and cultural divides.  Tetsuro Shigematsu comes in with a contemporary reimagining of a play written by Monzaemon Chikamatsu, the Shakespeare of Japan. The project is called Suicide Forest.  Kendra Fanconi’s new work is an exploration with (and perhaps for) children about how they explore and control their environment and relationships. Right now it’s called Thingamabob, a child’s name for the imaginative worlds kids build that can hold the truth of who they are. Veronique West’s project, State of War, investigates the effects of personal and political trauma on a mother and daughter’s relationship. Using fact and fiction, poetry and documentary, she hopes to dramatize the powerful historical and psychological forces that separate and connect generations.


    The PTC Associates will join PTC for three years, to develop a central project – and their practice – with PTC dramaturgs. The writers will receive a stipend, process design, dramaturgical collaboration, workshops with actors, studio space, a writers’ retreat, and support finding producing partners. They will participate in regular collegial discussions with each other and PTC staff.


    We are deeply grateful for the many high quality submissions we received from Vancouver playwrights –our faith in the depth and breadth of the talent of local theatre makers is once again affirmed.   

    Leanna Brodie is a playwright, actor, and translator. The Vic, For Home and Country, The Book of Esther, and Schoolhouse, published by Talon Books, are regularly performed across Canada. One of her opera libretti was for composer Anthony Young's Flourish Award-winning Ulla’s Odyssey, currently touring the UK. She has translated numerous Québec playwrights, including Hélène Ducharme of Théâtre Motus (whose acclaimed Baobab has toured North America with over 550 performances) and Christian Bégin (whose After Me earned 5 Jessie nominations for Ruby Slippers Theatre, including Best Production). She has been playwright-in-residence at the Blyth Festival, 4th Line Theatre, and Lighthouse Festival Theatre: other residencies have included the PTC Colony, Banff Playwrights Colony, Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, and Glassco Translation Residency. Leanna was most recently seen in And Bella Sang With Us at the Firehall Arts Centre, and will appear next in Bonjour, là, bonjour for Théâtre la Seizième. She is currently translating Olivier Sylvestre's La Beauté du monde for Pi Theatre, and two of her other translations will receive their world premieres in the 2017-18 season. For more information:


    Jovanni Sy is a playwright, director, and performer. In 2012, he was appointed Artistic Director of Gateway Theatre in Richmond. As an actor, Jovanni has performed with numerous companies from Whitehorse to St. John's. His most recent Vancouver roles were in King of the Yees (Gateway), Dead Metaphor (Firehall), and A Taste of Empire (Boca del Lupo). Jovanni directed Closer Than EverValley Song, and Harvest at Gateway. He also directed God of CarnageAntigone, and Blackbird for Theatre du Pif in Hong Kong and Stitch for Native Earth in Toronto. Jovanni's play A Taste of Empire has been performed in Toronto and Vancouver. Jovanni also directed Derek Chan in his Cantonese translation of A Taste of Empire entitled 食盡天下. Jovanni's most recent play Nine Dragons will premiere at Vertigo Theatre in Calgary in September 2017 and then transfer to Winnipeg's Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and then Gateway Theatre.


    Kendra Fanconi is the Artistic Director of The Only Animal.  She has worked since 1994 as an actor, writer, director, theatre creator and producer of original, often site-specific work. Kendra’s short play Finale has been produced in New York City, Chicago, Norway, Lithuania, Brighton U.K. Her production Nothing But Sky won the 2014 Jessie for Significant Artistic Achievement. She created NiX, Canada's first theatre of snow and ice, which premiered at ATP's playRites Festival in Calgary and was a centrepiece production in the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad up in Whistler. She also wrote and directed the outdoor extravaganza Other Freds in 2005, also won a Jessie award for Expanding the Scope of Site-Specific Theatre. That production featured 125 community members and 35 professional artists, including 7 roving musicians, a bicycle ballet, kayak stampede, and a cruise ship conga line. Other credits include: The One that Got Away (playwright/performer, Winner: Outstanding Production 2002), The Last Stand (co-writer/performer), Box2 (co-writer/performer, Winner: Best Actress), Bonehouse, (playwright, adapted for CBC radio, Nomination: Outstanding Script), The Last Five Years (director, Nomination: Outstanding Director), and Medea (director). She is also the recipient of the Sam Payne Award for Best Emerging Director.


    For more than twenty years, Tetsuro Shigematsu has been telling stories across an array of media. He is a writer, actor, performance artist, broadcaster, scholar, filmmaker and theatre artist. Originally trained in the fine arts, he found a similar creative outlet writing for CBC Television’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Then in 2004, he became the first person-of-colour to host a daily national radio program in Canada when he took over The Roundup on CBC Radio, where he co-wrote and co-produced nearly a thousand hours of network programming. His most recent theatre work, Empire of the Son, sold out its run before it opened and was named the best show of 2015 by the Vancouver Sun and the The Georgia Straight before being remounted at The Cultch in 2016. It has toured across Canada. Tetsuro’s award-winning body of work in film, television, radio, new media and theatre continues to be taught in Canadian and American universities as examples of creative possibility.


    Veronique West is a playwright and dramaturg with a passion for socially engaged theatre. She is the Literary Assistant at the Arts Club Theatre Company, Artistic Associate at Alley Theatre, and Playwriting Instructor at the Gateway Theatre Academy. Her plays include Intrusion (winner of Tarragon Theatre’s 20/20 Playwriting Competition), Marrow (Resounding Scream Theatre/Alley Theatre) and State of War (in development with Playwrights Theatre Centre). She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.



    Theatre is alive. An ever-evolving dialogue with life and with the world. PTC is where that conversation starts. We collaborate on new work with emerging and established theatre artists. Our focus is dramaturgy, development, playmaking from A to Z. Through carefully curated programs and deep conversations with artists, we help them transform their practice and ideas. New and necessary stories take shape. Fresh ways of working, thinking and creating emerge. We foster a culture of inclusivity and aim to make PTC accessible to the widest community possible.


    For further information:


  • Monday, January 23, 2017 6:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Applications are now open for the Arts Club’s Actor’s Intensive program. The program is entering its 8th year of providing training for actors looking at polishing up skills, led by Dean Paul Gibson as program Leader and Scott Bellis had lead Instructor.

    This is a five-week course starting March 14. It takes a back-to-basics approach to tune up the mature actor’s instrument with voice, movement, and acting training from working pros. This course culminates in a showcase of participants for an invited audience including directors from the community.

    Deadline to apply is January 31, 2017

    More information at

    Applications can be sent to

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    We are looking for help putting together this year's Unified General Auditions (UGAs) – set for March 21 and 22, with Qualifiers on February 15 and 16. Might you or someone you know be interested in being involved in this exciting annual event?

    We could use a hand for a few hours in the office in advance of the auditions, and then we’ll need several folks to help the auditions run smoothly on February 15/16, and March 21/22. No experience necessary; we just ask that you show up to the dates/times you commit to, and are eager to learn and work as part of a team. Shifts are generally 3-4 hours in length, but we’ll work around your availability.

    Examples of tasks may include: preparing materials for directors; checking in directors and performers; providing instructions and answering questions; coordinating the work of other volunteers.

    If you’re interested in taking part, please email producer Emily Neumann at with your available/preferred dates(s) and time(s), and if there’s a particular type of position you might have a preference for (e.g., office vs. audition venue, greeting people vs. behind-the-scenes, etc.). If you happen to have experience with general auditions, please mention this in your email. thank everyone in advance for their interest in this opportunity, and we endeavour to contact all applicants as soon as we can.

    For more information about  the UGAs, check out:

  • Monday, January 16, 2017 7:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Rumble Theatre is seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial, and organized person for the position of Interim Managing Producer. This is a full-time, salaried job combining elements of general management and production leadership. The position is a one-year maternity leave cover. The position will be full-time from May 1, 2017 – April 30, 2018, with training to occur on a part-time basis in April 2017.

    Rumble Theatre believes in creating a more compassionate world through the communal sharing of stories. We explore our history through commissioning and producing new adaptations of outstanding narratives, we investigate the present moment through producing contemporary plays from the Canadian and world repertoire, and we act as champions of Vancouver’s emerging artists to ensure a vital future. We believe that the theatre can be a place where community is built; a place where we can gather together to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, and greater empathy for our neighbours.

    Reporting to the Artistic Director, the Interim Managing Producer is responsible for the financial management, administration, fundraising, production management, and audience development of the company – ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of the organization. The Interim Managing Producer provides professional support to the Board of Directors and acts as an advocate of Rumble to arts professionals, various stakeholders, and the community-at-large.

    The ideal candidate has professional connections in the Canadian theatre community. They have an intimate understanding of how theatre systems work, from administrative management to artistic production process and industry/community networks. They have a sense of humour, act as a collaborative partner, and steer the organization by ensuring the achievement of both short- and long-term artistic and organizational goals and priorities, as set out in our current strategic plan. They will foster healthy relations with public and private funders, donors, artists, sponsors, audiences, and other key stakeholders.

    The candidates existing skill-set may include: production management, stage management, general management, fundraising and/or marketing, from any number of backgrounds. The candidate is seeking stable, short-term, dedicated work in a casual but high-functioning environment.

    Position duties include: budgeting, administrative and general management, grant-writing, production management, contracting of production personnel and artists, support on marketing and networking initiatives, facilities management, staff and intern supervision, primary liaison with the Board of Directors. Some evening and weekend work is required.

    Rumble has an annual operating budget of $300,000 and receives operating support from all three levels of government.

    Remuneration: $40,000/pa plus benefits, including extended medical and dental.

    Application Deadline: February 12, 2017

    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 our office is on the second floor with no elevator access.

    Please send a current CV and cover letter to: with the subject line “Interim Managing Producer”. We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates advancing in the process will be contacted. No telephone calls or walk-in inquiries please. All applications will be treated confidentially.

    More information:

  • Monday, January 16, 2017 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

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

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

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

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

    You're invited to call to arrange a viewing!

    More information can be found at:

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

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


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

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

    Information: or 604-684-2622 


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


    The Space Residency Program provides successful applicants with:

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

    ·         limited support from our technical and production staff, and

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


    Interested artists and companies should provide the following:

    ·         Contact name, email address and phone number

    ·         Bios of all artists involved in the residency

    ·         Company bio (if applicable)

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


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


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

    For more information:

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

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

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

    WHEN: Monday, February 6, 2017

    WHERE: The Firehall Arts Centre

    280 E Cordova St, Vancouver, BC


    Full details on each course can be found at:


    To book an audition, email


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

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

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

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

    Volunteer requirements: 

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

    Possible volunteer duties include:

    -Box Office




    -Event Assistance

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


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


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

    Please email Julia Siedlanowska at with any questions. 

    For more information about the Talking Stick Festival:

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

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

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

    Expressive Mask Workshop
    With Frank Rader and Chris McGregor

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

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

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

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

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


    More information and to register:

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