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  • 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

     


  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Are you an actor between the ages of 18 and 25?

    Mitch and Murray Productions and The Working Actors Gym present the Trevor Craven Memorial Scholarship for Young Actors

     

    A message from Mitch and Murray Productions Artistic Director Aaron Craven:

    It's with great pleasure that I announce our fourth presentation of an acting scholarship for young actors.  This scholarship, consisting of acting training and mentorship at our Working Actors Gym, will be presented to a deserving actor under the age of 25.

    I created this award in the interest of giving back to my industry and I decided to name it in honor of my brother Trevor Craven, who passed away in a car accident in 1986 at the age of 15.  Trevor was an outstanding athlete, an honour roll student and a well-known young man in my hometown of North Vancouver.

    The first three scholarships have been given out over two years to very deserving young actors Jerome Yoo, Aaron Paul Stewart and Julie Leung.

    The award will consist of an eight-week block of classes, once weekly. I also provide career mentorship as part of the scholarship.  More details on my teaching background, career and theatre company can be found at
    mitchandmurrayproductions.com

    The scholarship is open to actors between the ages of 18-25 who have had previous acting training and/or professional acting experience.

    To apply, please the send the following materials to us at
    info@mitchandmurrayproductions.com

    - A photo and resume
    - A one page letter in DOC or PDF format.  Tell us a bit about your background, what you know of our company and why you think you're a good candidate for the scholarship.

    The current application deadline is
    March 22, 2017.
    Thank you in advance to all the applicants.

    Very best,
    Aaron


  • Monday, February 27, 2017 10:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    In response to the retirement announcement by Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd, the Arts Club is seeking an experienced and visionary theatre artist to join the company as Artistic Director. The Artistic Director will create and execute a vision that engages, challenges, and inspires diverse audiences. He/she is responsible for artistic programming, hiring directors, casting, and technical operations. In addition, the Artistic Director supports the administrative operations of the Company.

    The successful candidate is a passionate and collaborative theatre artist with experience setting and executing the artistic direction of a not-for-profit professional theatre company. He/she has progressive leadership experience, and experience as an Artistic Director within a mid-size or large regional theatre environment in Canada.

    Alexander Whitehead Executive Search is leading the campaign to identify the next Artistic Director of the Arts Club. For more information, email: ArtsClubAD@alexanderwhitehead.com.

    Deadline for applications is March 31, 2017.

    More information: artsclub.com

     

    ABOUT ARTS CLUB THEATRE COMPANY

    Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Arts Club Theatre Company is the largest, year-round non-commercial professional theatre company operating in Canada. The Arts Club produces classic and contemporary international theatre on three stages in Vancouver and across British Columbia through its annual touring season. The Arts Club is a national leader in new Canadian play development.

  • Sunday, February 26, 2017 9:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Does your arts and culture organization need a well-equipped venue to produce a cultural event?

    The City of Vancouver's Theatre Rental Grant program offers financial assistance to Vancouver-based, professional, non-profit arts and cultural organizations to rent the centrally-located Vancouver Civic Theatres.

    Eligible organizations may apply for this grant to rent:

    • The Orpheum
    • The Annex
    • Vancouver Playhouse
    • Queen Elizabeth Theatre

     

    THEATRE RENTAL GRANT INFORMATION

    Detailed information about organization and event eligibility, and permitted use of grant funds are available in the 2017/ 2018 Theatre Rental Grant Guidelines published online at: http://vancouver.ca/people-programs/theatre-rental-grant-program.aspx.

    In order to be eligible to apply for financial assistance, you must be:

    • A Vancouver-based, professional, non-profit, arts or culture organization
    • In operation and have not-for-profit status in B.C. for at least one year before the application deadline
    • Mandated to present, produce, create, or develop arts and cultural work in Vancouver
    • Actively promoting events to a city-wide audience

    In the past, grants have paid for:

    • Venue fees, including some of the services of City of Vancouver technicians during your theatre rental
    • Front-of-house fees for the performance time
    • Technical days and rehearsal uses, where resources permit

    Theatre Rental Grants have some restrictions around their use. Not all types of events or event expenses can be funded. Be informed before applying by referring to the published guidelines.

     

    HOW TO APPLY

    Read the information guide: http://vancouver.ca/people-programs/theatre-rental-grant-program.aspx.

    The information guide has details about:

    • Program description and objectives
    • Eligible applicants and activities
    • Rental rates

    There are two steps in this process and TWO DEADLINES:

    1. Contact the Vancouver Civic Theatres TRG Administrator to check on venue availability and confirm your venue dates by March 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

    2. Contact TRG Administrator to confirm your organization's eligibility. If your group and project are eligible, we will email you an invitation to apply online. The completed application form must be submitted by April 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm

     

    QUESTIONS?

    Contact the staff that oversees Theatre Rentals. Questions must be received in advance of the deadlines.

    Visit the web page at Vancouver.ca


  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Arts Club Theatre Company is looking to hire for three positions:

    ·         Assistant Stage / Fit-up Carpenter (Part-time regular)

    ·         2nd Electrician (Part-time regular)

    ·         Production Assistant (Full-time regular)

     

    All of these positions require someone who has excellent communication skills and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations. Must be flexible in outlook and approach to the position and be diplomatic in all possible dealings with other staff, crews, cast, stage managers, volunteers, and suppliers. 

    An overview of each position is below. 

    Deadline for all applications: March 10, 2017 

    Applicants are invited to submit their resumes with a cover letter for the specific position they’re applying for, and references to:

    Ms. Teddy Forsyth, Human Resources

    203-162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 0H6

    Email: humanresources@artsclub.com 

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


    Part-Time Regular Assistant Stage / Fit-up Carpenter

    This position is part-time under an IATSE 118 agreement and will work under the supervision of the Technical Director of the Production Shop in pre-production and the Technical Directors for the Arts Club venues on installs. Hours of employment will be as required.  This part-time permanent position is expected to start on or around April 3, 2017.

    Duties will include, but not limited to:

    ·         Set construction in scene shop

    ·         Assist with set fit up and tear down in the production shop

    ·         Supervise and assist with fit up and strike in different Arts Club venues and attend to notes

    ·         Supervise and assist with truck loading/ unloading

    ·         Advise and assist with on-going stage & scenery maintenance


    Mandatory requirement:

    ·         At least 2 years’ experience as a stage technician

    ·         Able to work at heights / climb ladders

    ·         Able to repeatedly lift, push or maneuver heavy loads, either alone or with assistance from others

    ·         Valid BC Driver’s License, able to drive a 5 ton truck


    Preference may be given to persons holding additional certificates for one, or all of the following;
    Supervisor Safety, WHMIS, 1st Aid, a valid B.C. driver’s license, LPEC, Pyrotechnic and/or Firearms certificate
      
     


    2nd Electrician

    This position is for our venues: the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage and Goldcorp Stage. The 2nd Electrician will work under the supervision of the venue Technical Director and will be assisting the Head Electricians and Venue Techs. The 2nd Electrician may be asked to step in and lead the crew through the hang, focus, level sessions and show runs as well as acting in the same capacity for the Sound department on smaller shows.  This is a Part-Time Regular position under the IATSE 118 agreement; employment will be as required, depending on the specific demands of respective productions. This is a new position and we are looking to have the selected candidate start on April 3, 2017.

    Duties will include, but are not limited to:

    • Assist with all aspects of pre-production as it relates to electrics/sound/video
    • Assist with build of practicals and special effects
    • Supervise lighting/sound/video installations when required
    • Operate lighting and/or sound control (live and pre-recorded)
    • Document and track show-related configuration in cooperation with the designers
    • Be part of running crew and assist on theatre rentals when required
    • Ensure proper use and maintenance of facilities, tools and equipment
    • Assist with ongoing maintenance, organization and purchasing of consumables
    • Assist with occupational safety and health of workers

    Preference will be given for the following:

    • F.E. certificate, OFA Level 1 certificate, Pyrotechnic certificate
    • Operation and maintenance of motorized stage equipment control systems

    Mandatory requirement:

    • At least three years’ experience as an electrician for a theatre company
    • Experience in a fly house, able to work at heights & climb ladders
    • Able to repeatedly lift, push or maneuver heavy loads, either alone or with assistance from others 

    Production Assistant

    This position is full time under an IATSE 118 agreement and will work under the supervision of the Production Secretary and the Technical Director team. Hours of employment will be generally Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 5:00pm. Occasional weekend, early morning and evening hours may be required.

    The successful candidate will be familiar with the different aspects of a professional theatre company, and will have some technical theatre knowledge. This is a new position and we are looking to have the selected candidate start on April 3, 2017.

    Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

    ·         Pick up and deliver daily show laundry, equipment and supplies for each of the production departments

    ·         Drive the various company vehicles, including rental vehicles

    ·         Purchase production materials

    ·         Assist in the prop, scenery, paint & costume departments, as well as with stage crews and overall maintenance, as needed

    ·         Assist with rehearsal hall setup and strike

    ·         Pick up and deliver items for other departments, as needed 


    Mandatory requirement:

    ·         Valid class 4 BC Driver’s License, able to drive a 5 ton truck

    ·         Clean Drivers Abstract

    ·         Be Bondable

    ·         Valid passport with ability to enter into the United States of America

    Preference may be given to persons with knowledge of Metro Vancouver and parts of the lower mainland and those holding additional certificates for one, or all of the following; WHMIS, 1st Aid, Pyrotechnic, possession of a current PAL license.

    This is a very physical job with lots of heavy lifting and the ability to climb stairs.


    For more details about all of these positions, please see artsclub.com


    ABOUT THE ARTS CLUB THEATRE COMPANY

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is Western Canada’s largest professional theatre company. 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. We have a fully equipped Production Facility located on Granville Island.


  • Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The City of Surrey’s Parks, Recreation & Culture Department is currently looking for an enthusiastic Patron Development Specialist (Community Services Assistant 5 - Auxiliary) to work within the Arts Services Division for Surrey Civic Theatres (SCT) at the Surrey Arts Centre.

    The position

    Reporting to the Programming Coordinator, the SCT Patron Development Specialist will provide important marketing and patron relations support for the SCT professional programming and facility rental operations. The Patron Development Specialist will develop reporting systems and marketing initiatives for the SCT to assist in developing audiences and building patron loyalty.  This includes creating comparison reports on promotions, tracking and analysing ticket sales and facility rentals, introducing and monitoring patron development initiatives for audiences and rental clients, and making recommendations for improving loyalty based on patron data.

    Qualifications

    The successful candidate will have a degree/diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution with course work in arts administration, or a related field and possess at least 2 years of progressively responsible experience in performing arts marketing and communications. Essential skills include strong attention to detail, high functioning time management skills, the ability to multitask and work 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. The successful candidate will require a sound knowledge of standard office equipment and basic software applications related to the work performed, including industry box office data management and/or CRM software and an advanced proficiency with Excel.

     

    This position requires the applicant to accommodate the flexible needs of the SCT. Days of work and hours will vary according to the demands of the SCT schedule.

    The deadline for applications is March 10, 2017

    For more information and to apply: surreycareers.ca



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