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  • Saturday, December 03, 2016 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    United Players is a community theatre having produced shows in Vancouver for 57 years. Currently we mount five shows a year at the Jericho Arts Centre where we are the resident company.

    Job Description: 

    United Players is looking for a costume designer for its upcoming production of Sunday in the Park With George which will run at the Jericho Arts Centre January 20 - February 12, 2017.


    This would be mostly pulling costumes from existing stock, with some building required. Assistants and sewers available to help. Position starts immediately, as rehearsals have just begun.

    Qualifications: Experience necessary in costume design and build

    Remuneration: Honorarium dependent upon experience.

    How to Apply: Please e-mail resume to Fran Burnside at

    Deadline: December 18, 2016

    More information:

  • Saturday, December 03, 2016 10:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)
     “The Actsafe Event Safety Conference hopes to encourage important connections between everyone who provides support to the live event industry. We would like to invite everyone from event production suppliers, festivals, theatres and roadhouses, to municipalities, education providers, and labour unions.”

    Don’t miss your opportunity to connect with other members of the live event safety community. You’re invited to join Actsafe February 20 & 21, 2017 for their inaugural Event Safety Conference. Actsafe hope to encourage important connections between everyone who is involved in, and provides support to, the event industry. 

    The conference will kick off with a welcome gala dinner and keynote address from recently announced speaker Rick Antonson (Author and Former CEO of Vancouver Tourism) on Monday February 20, followed the next day with a full schedule of workshops, demos, panel discussions, roundtable talks and a tradeshow.

    Topics on the schedule include:

    - Medical planning for festivals

    - Minimizing fatigue and promoting alertness

    - Fundamentals of Risk Assessment

    - Firearms use in live theatre

    - Site setup for live events

    Plus much more.

    WHEN: February 20-21, 2017

    WHERE: Burnaby, BC

    Early Bird Conference Pass available until December 11, 2016: $150

    After December 12, 2016: Conference Pass is $200

    For more info and to register:

  • Friday, December 02, 2016 6:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Firehall Theatre Society invites you to their 2016 Annual General Meeting...

    WHEN: Monday, December 12, 2016 at 6:30pm

    WHERE: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova Street

    JOIN US!

    We invite you to join us for our annual general meeting to celebrate another successful year for the Firehall Arts Centre. We will kick off proceedings with the meeting at 6:30pm sharp, accompanied by light refreshments.

    All members have voting rights at the AGM – if you need to join or renew, you can do so in person at the door (membership is just $10; Season Passes include membership).

    What we do genuinely wouldn't be possible without you, our biggest supporters, so a huge thanks from all of us at the Firehall. We look forward to seeing you at the AGM!

    By-law amendments can be reviewed at

  • Friday, December 02, 2016 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Emerging professional theatre directors will have the opportunity to participate in a unique training opportunity at Vancouver’s premier Shakespeare festival. Apprentice Directors will receive training and mentoring from senior members of the company while supporting the creation of one of Bard’s 2017 productions.

    Apprentice Directors will:

    • Attend design and production meetings as available
    • Participate in a pre-rehearsal training intensive as scheduled
    • Attend rehearsals, technical rehearsals, previews and opening night for one of Bard’s 2017 season productions
    • Support the Director of the production as needed
    • Receive mentorship from senior members of the Bard company
    • Hear about further opportunities with Bard Education
    • Receive an honorarium of $1,500. Please note: there are no additional funds available for travel or accommodation.

    Candidates should have completed their education and/or training and have relevant experience in the professional theatre.

    To apply for the program, please submit:

    • a cover letter indicating your interest in and experience with Shakespeare and theatre, why this opportunity is right for you at this time, and if there is a particular production or director you’d like to support
    • your professional resume (including education and/or training)
    • names and contact information for two professional references. (Letters of recommendation are not requested.)

    All applications should be e-mailed by December 11, 2016 to:

    Rhea Shroff, Company & Education Manager:

    IMPORTANT: Please put “2017 Directing Apprentice Program” in the subject line.


    More information:

  • Friday, December 02, 2016 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    An Awkward Family Holiday is December 8, 2016

    Oh, those Awkward Family Holiday gatherings. Everybody has them. But wouldn’t they be so much better if they included delicious food, a cash bar, raffle prizes, a silent auction, and cabaret performances from Awkward alumni like Molly Wilson, Cecilly Day, Nick Preston, Matthew Fedorowicz, Drew Ogle, Courtney Shields, Erika Babins, J-C Roy and more?

    Our 7th annual fundraiser is a celebration of all things Awkward in song, games and festivities! As always, this year’s cabaret features many of the artists that made our record-breaking award-winning year so spectacular. Songs are edgy (we think performers and audiences are too…) but around here, everything done in a wry spirit of fun. The perfect antidote to an awkward holiday season.

    So, come in out of the cold, grab a drink, and join us for the least awkward Awkward Family Holiday party around!

    • Seriously not-awkward door prizes!!
    • Fabulous appetizers by Emelle’s Catering!! Yummy desserts!
    • Super-hot entertainment featuring some of Vancouver’s favourite emerging artists
    • Performers from Awkward’s 2016 hits TITUS and Carry On team up warm things up!
    • Be the first to hear what Awkward Stage has planned for 2017!
    • Awesome silent auction items, including tickets to Vancouver TheatreSports League, fabulous steak dinner, a BOSE SoundTouch 30 wireless music system, and more!
    • Wine and beer at the cash bar!

    WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 2016. Doors open at 7:30.

    WHERE: CBC Studio 700

    Tickets are only $30 for adults. VIP seating is $50.

    Email to reserve your spot because seats are limited.

    Or buy your ticket at

  • Friday, December 02, 2016 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Members of Vancouver's arts and cultural community are urged to register to speak at a special City Council meeting on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 to advocate for increased arts funding in the 2017 Budget.

    The City's Arts and Culture Policy Council (ACPC) has passed a motion advising City Council to increase funding to the Operating Grants program of the Cultural Services Department. ACPC feels strongly that an increase in funding in this area is crucial for organizational stability, as the budget for grants for operating clients has not increased significantly since 2007. 

    See the notice of the meeting and the agenda here

    Arts organizations, artists, and board members are encouraged to sign up to speak at the public meeting.

    WHEN: December 7, 2016 starting at 9:30am

    WHERE: Council Chamber, Third Floor, Vancouver City Hall

    To register to speak at the meeting: Contact Bonnie Kennett at 604-873-7269 or email The deadline to sign up is the start of the meeting.

    In your request, please state:

    • Your full name
    • The date of the meeting (December 7)
    • The agenda item number and title you want to speak about (Item #1: 2017 Capital and Operating Budget)

    If a representative from your organization is unable to speak: Send a letter to Mayor and Council advocating for an increase to this very valuable program.

    Please identify in your speech or letter why this increase in funding is necessary in order for the City of Vancouver's arts organizations to contribute to the vital and economic well-being of the municipality.

    If you have questions: Please contact Donna Spencer, Chair of the Arts and Culture Policy Council, at 604-689-0691 or

  • Thursday, December 01, 2016 6:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Sunday, December 11, 2016 will be the celebration of life for the wonderful and radiant Janet Wright, a beloved mother, wife, grandmother, friend, and an incredibly talented actor/director. The memorial starts at 2pm at the Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston Street). Doors open at 1pm. There will be a cash bar at the venue.

    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that guests consider making a donation to the Rachel Davis Foundation (

    No RSVP required.

    Contact: Amy Lynn Strilchuk, Publicist:

  • Friday, November 25, 2016 9:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    You probably know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday – the two famous North American shopping days immediately following American Thanksgiving in November. But have you heard about GivingTuesday? 

    To counter the retail craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a few years ago a movement for giving and volunteering was born – the day after Cyber Monday became known as GivingTuesday. 

    To mark the official “opening day of the giving season,” GivingTuesday is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes, and think about others. It’s now a public movement known as Canada's National Giving Day. 

    This year the GVPTA is proud to be a GivingTuesday partner* – we’ll be helping spread the word. 

    On GivingTuesday, let’s support the causes and people we believe in, give where we can, and help wherever possible.

    Did you know? The GVPTA and many of our member companies are registered Canadian charities and welcome support in the form of financial donations. About a dozen of them are also GivingTuesday partners* this year, and are set up to receive donations online through

    • Arts Umbrella
    • Bard on the Beach Theatre Society
    • Carousel Theatre for Young People
    • Evergreen Cultural Centre
    • Full Circle: First Nations Performance
    • Kay Meek Centre for the Performing Arts
    • Pi Theatre
    • PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
    • Shameless Hussy Productions
    • Théâtre la Seizième
    • Theatre Terrific
    • Touchstone Theatre
    • Vancouver TheatreSports League

    See the full list of GivingTuesday Partners* from around the Lower Mainland HERE

    Check out our own GivingTuesday page HERE 

    Want to learn more?

    Check out and @GivingTuesdayCA


    *About GivingTuesday Partners [Excerpt from]

    GivingTuesday Partners are charities, social enterprises, companies, brands, community groups, schools – any organization that is committed to helping Canadian charities or non-profits. GivingTuesday Canada was started by a group of founding partners dedicated to helping Canadian charities and non-profits succeed.

  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016 9:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance Society (GVPTA) invites all members and interested individuals to attend the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM). The meeting will include:

    • an overview from the past year;
    • review of the 2015-2016 Financial Statements;
    • election* of Board members; and
    • vote* on two Special Resolutions for amendments to the Society's by-laws (see below).

    *Note: Only GVPTA members in good standing are eligible to vote at the AGM.

    Anyone planning to attend is requested to RSVP in advance so we can plan for numbers.

    Date:         Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    Time:          5:15pm

    Location:   Carousel Theatre (Studio C), 1411 Cartwright Street on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC.


    Special Resolutions to be voted on:

    Special Resolution #1

    By-Law 26.3

    • CURRENT: A Director shall be elected at the annual general meeting for a two-year term. One half of the total number of directors shall be elected at each annual general meeting.
    • PROPOSED: A Director shall be elected at the annual general meeting for a two-year term. Up to one half of the total number of directors shall be elected at each annual general meeting.

    Special Resolution #2

    By-Law 27.5

    • CURRENT: The Board of Directors of The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance Society shall be expanded to include up to six individuals, as voting Directors from the theatre community at large. These Directors to be appointed by the Board of Directors for a one-year term.
    • PROPOSED: The Society shall include up to ten individuals as voting Directors from the theatre community at large.


    Any questions about the AGM may be directed to

    Any questions about membership status should be directed to

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