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  • 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:

  • Friday, January 13, 2017 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is currently accepting applications for the position of Special Events Manager. S/he will manage various successful fundraising events and initiatives, and will work closely with all members of the Fund Development team and various members and departments in the organization to meet the team’s goals. 

    Check out the responsibilities and qualifications for this position HERE.

    Application deadline is January 20, 2017. 

    More information:



  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Each spring the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) holds Unified General Auditions (UGAs), an opportunity for local theatre actors to be seen by casting directors from throughout the region. The 2017 UGAs are set for March 21 and 22, with the Qualifiers on February 15 and 16. 

    All GVPTA members are entitled to attend the UGAs: theatre companies can send up to two directors, and individuals can attend either as a performer or an independent casting director. [Not a GVPTA member yet? Check out our Membership web page.]

    Performers have up to three minutes during the UGAs to audition in front of all participating casting directors (two minutes during the Qualifiers). Before attending the UGAs on either March 21 or 22, performers who are not members of an actors’ union must attend the Qualifiers on February 15 or 16, or have qualified for the UGAs in previous years. Performers interested in attending should check out this Performers’ web page for details on the process they'll need to follow to apply, and then apply online by Wednesday, February 1, 2017 (Qualifiers) or Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (UGAs).

    Casting directors will receive a file containing the headshot and resume for each attending performer so they can directly contact those performers they wish to see for a specific callback at a later date. Directors interested in attending should check out this Directors’ web page for more details and then apply online by Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

    Application deadlines:

    2017 UGA Qualifiers: February 1, 2017

    2017 UGAs: March 1, 2017


    More information:

    UGAs general information

    UGAs – Information for Performers

    UGAs – Information for Directors

    UGAs – Frequently asked questions


    *Full member Equity, UBCP and ACTRA performers are not required to be a GVPTA member or attend the Qualifiers. And, performers who have qualified for the UGAs in the past are not required to attend the Qualifiers in 2017. These two groups can apply directly to attend the UGAs on March 21 or 22. (Performers should identify their status when applying for the UGAs, and union members must present their membership card before auditioning.)





    The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) is an association of theatre companies, theatre makers, performers, and other organizations and individuals that support the local theatre industry. Our mission is to strengthen the local theatre industry. We do this through providing services, promotion of member news and community events, opportunities to connect and network, and our annual theatre conference. Together with our members we are raising the profile of local theatre and building community.


    The UGAs are held and managed on the principle of diversity. We invite performers from all backgrounds including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, class, and physical ability. As well, our audition panel of directors is meant to reflect as large a cross-section of theatre companies and casting directors as possible.


    The GVPTA is not a producing organization and will not hold any callback auditions. Directors will receive a binder at the UGAs containing a headshot and resume for each attending performer so they can directly contact those performers they wish to see for a callback at a later date.


    Contacts for more information:

    Regarding UGAs:

    Regarding GVPTA membership:

    All other GVPTA enquiries:


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