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  • Sunday, November 20, 2016 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is Western Canada’s largest professional theatre company. Now in its 53rd season, this not-for-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.

    Job description:

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is currently accepting applications for the position of Technical Director for the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. This person shall be responsible for all aspects of production at that venue and oversees staff that operates under the IATSE Collective agreement.


    Responsibilities shall include, but are not limited to the following:
    •Liaise with Stage Managers, Designers, Technical Director Production Shop, and Director of Production
    •Develop technical concepts, equipment needs, staff requirements and schedules for the individual shows
    •Hire and supervise production staff in all related areas; provide direction, training, support and evaluation
    •Evaluate practicality of concepts, create and modify CAD drawings, solve technical and artistic problems, prepare estimates and monitor spending within the assigned budgets
    •Source and procure tools, equipment and materials focusing on financial and operational efficiency
    •Supervision of load ins and load outs for the Stanley Theatre
    •Ensures a safe working environment for the crew and artists on stage and backstage.
    •Ensure proper use and maintenance of facilities, tools and equipment
    •Make recommendations regarding capital purchases
    •Assist the Facilities Manager when required
    •Assist with supervision of the scenery & costume shop facility and other stages when required
    •Assist with the supervision of facilities rentals
    •Assist with Arts Club touring shows


    Mandatory requirements;
    Minimum 5 years of experience working in a professional production company with a counterweight fly loft
    Extensive knowledge of stagecraft, theatre production and scenic construction, rigging, lighting, sound, video and automation

    The successful applicant will have a post-secondary degree in the technical theatre/production field and proven knowledge of relevant computer programs, including show control (ETC Ion, Qlab, Isadora) and CAD (Vectorworks). He/she will have experience in supervising, motivating and managing union staff. He/she will have excellent communication and organization skills and the ability to maintain a positive attitude in stressful situations. Preference will be given to persons holding additional certificates for one, or all of the following; Firearms Acquisition, FE/LE Certificate, First Aid, Fall Arrest, Pyrotechnics. A valid B.C. driver’s license is essential.

    Application deadline: November 25, 2016

    How to apply:

    APPLY TO: Human Resources, Arts Club Theatre Company
    MAIL: #203 – 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0H6
    or FAX: 604-688-3273
    or EMAIL:
    DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: November 25, 2016

    For more information:

  • Saturday, November 19, 2016 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Rookie League is the performing arm of the Improv Comedy Institute at Vancouver TheatreSports™ League.

    Rookie League auditions for Season 11 will be held December 3 and 4, 2016.

    **Applications must be received by Tuesday, November 22 at 5 PM. No late applications will be accepted.**

    If you have questions about Rookie League, feel free to contact Nathan Clark (, Margret Nyfors ( or Chloe Numbers (

    For more information and how to apply:

  • Saturday, November 19, 2016 1:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Fringe 2017 artist applications now open!

    Do you have a play that’s 75 minutes or less that can be set up and taken down in 15 minutes? Here’s your chance to star in the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival!

    The application fee is $50 and if you get a spot in the Festival the fee is $800 for a 31-75 minute show and $600 for a show under 30 minutes (including the $50 non-refundable application fee). Winners will be randomly drawn and announced at the Lottery Party on December 9, starting at 5:30pm at Performance Works.

    A Mainstage venue spot refers to shows that are placed in a venue supplied by the Festival, including a technician, basic lighting, and sound. There are approximately eight groups assigned to each venue.

    Applications for Mainstage artists are now open and will close on November 30, 2016.

    For details on all artist categories and application deadlines and instructions:

  • Saturday, November 19, 2016 9:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Small projects can have a big impact. Emerging artists across all disciplines living in the City of Vancouver who have an interest in building their careers and working with young people in an arts-based capacity are invited to apply for Creative Spark Vancouver.

    If you relate to the statements below, then this grant is designed for you:

    • I'm an emerging artist looking to explore career opportunities
    • I'm interested in working with young people and need support to start
    • I have a project idea but don't have the funds to cover the required materials and supplies

    Now in its second year, Creative Spark Vancouver is presented by the City of Vancouver in partnership with ArtStarts in Schools. It enables emerging artists to gain experience on small projects that could lead to new career opportunities, new community relationships, different perspectives on arts and education, future learning opportunities and exciting multi-faceted projects.

    Who can apply?

    Emerging artists of any age in any artistic discipline who are residents of the City of Vancouver, or residents and members of the Musqueam, Squamish or Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

    For the purpose of this grant, an emerging artist is defined as one who:

    • has specialized training (university graduation or equivalent, self-training, or training in a culturally-specific tradition) in one or more artistic disciplines
    • has completed training within the last five years
    • is committed to developing a practice and career that will allow them to work full-time in an arts-based practice when financially possible

    Grant amount:

    Creative Spark Vancouver offer 100% coverage for projects, up to $1,000. Grant funds are intended to cover artist fees, project materials and supplies, rentals and honoraria.

    Goals of the grant:

    Before you apply, please make sure your project fulfills the Creative Spark Vancouver goals:

    • Build the capacity and confidence of emerging artists working with young people and arts-based learning;
    • Provide young people opportunities to engage actively in the arts; and
    • Embrace diversity, innovation and artistic excellence.

    Deadline for applications: December 15, 2016

    For more information and application details:

  • Friday, November 18, 2016 8:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Theatre Terrific is a non-profit charity that works with artists of all abilities. They provide theatre and performance opportunities, as well as popular classes in choral, marionettes and drama.

    WHEN: Saturday, November 26, 2016

    6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

    WHERE: Village Pub, 7725 Champlain Crescent, Vancouver

    The ticket includes a light pub meal, a complimentary drink, choral performance by the music class, silent auction, 50/50, and door prizes! Cash bar is available.

    Tickets: $25

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Company: Monster Theatre

    Performance Dates: May 29-June 6, 2017 as part of the Vancouver Children’s Festival and the Theatre Wire Subscription Series, and Saskatoon International Children’s Festival. Fringe Tour July 15-August 27, cities TBA.

    Rehearsal Dates: May 8-26, 2017

    Venue in Vancouver: The Revue Stage, Granville Island

    Compensation: Fully paid, non-union

    Show Description: The Canada Show is a fast-paced TYA (theatre for young audiences) comedy compiling the history of our country into one hour of songs, sketches, and debates between three actors. It is highly physical, fast-paced material that requires young (however you choose to define that!), energetic performers who can move, sing and misbehave. The three characters have their own view of Canada’s history and fight to have their take represented.

    Actor 1 The “straight man” or parental figure. Male. First Nations, Aboriginal or Metis identifying. This character needs to be able to control the chaos of the show. Serious, passionate, and able to captivate the audience in an almost ringleader type role.

    Actor 2 The English representative. Female. Open ethnicity. This character is trying to get English Canada’s history represented, as well as fighting for telling the stories of Canadian women in history. Mischievous, trouble-making, high-energy.

    Actor 3 The French representative. Male. Open ethnicity. Must speak fluent French, ideally with a quebecois accent. This character is trying to get French Canada’s history represented, and resents being picked on by the other actors. Like Actor 2 they are mischievous and high-energy but also tormented and resilient.

    Audition Dates: November 23 10am-3pm / November 24 12pm-4pm / December 8 12pm-4pm

    Email headshot/resume/what makes you proud to be Canadian to:

    Contact Name: Maryanne Renzetti

    More information:

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 1:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Welcome to Neworld’s 16/17 season, and our conversation series.

    "It was Christine’s idea: to stop writing promo for each of our shows, and instead get people in the company to have conversations with each other about our projects, where they came from, and what they mean.

    These conversations were so surprising and satisfying to have. Ridiculous right? You’d think we’d be having them all the time. But – in the panic of making everything happen – the truth is we often don’t. And I feel grateful for the reminder they give me of why we do this: because the many artists who make this work do so not because it’s a choice, or because they think it will lead to fame and fortune, but because they feel like they have no choice. Each of these projects feels urgent to me personally, to the artists making them, and to the future of the world we share.  These are the conversations we want to have, with each other, and with you."                  
    ~ Marcus Youssef, Artistic Director

    Our 2016/2017 season, including full audio and transcripts of our conversations, is live on our website.  Read the rest of the statement by Marcus, and from Artistic Associate Chelsea Haberlin here.  

    Dive in, and be part of the conversation.  Thanks, eh?

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016 7:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Hold onto your hats! The delightfully insane folks at Alchemy Theatre are stepping through the looking glass once again to deliver:


    WHEN: Friday, November 18, 2016. Door is at 7:30, show starts at 8.

    WHERE: Seven Dining Lounge (53 West Broadway, Vancouver)

    That’s right, their first party was so successful they’re going back for seconds. Seconds? Why not thirds? Fourths! Fifths!! Mad Tea for everyone!!!

    It’s all to raise funds for their upcoming theatrical production, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, performing on Granville Island this December!

    Come down the rabbit hole and join the party! They've got live acts including singing, dancing and comedy!

    There are 50/50 and raffle prizes that might have you walk home with a few extra goodies in your pockets too!

    Friends! Food! Fun! It will be an evening of utter MADNESS!!!

    Uh… just don’t tell the Queen of Hearts. OK?

    See you all there!


    ” ThE MaD HaTteR”

    $12 tickets at the door OR Get $10 advance tickets HERE

    More information:

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Vancouver Civic Theatres open underutilized space to community arts and culture groups

    The Vancouver Civic Theatres' underutilized spaces grant provides subsidized rents to community arts and culture groups to use spaces such as the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza and ANNEX blackbox theatre. Grants up to $150,000 in 2017 and $200,000 in 2018-2019 were approved in October 2016.

    A successful pilot program in spring 2016 allowing community groups to use underutilized spaces at Vancouver Civic Theatres (VCT) led to the unanimous approval by City Council to continue the program for another three years.

    VCT's goal is to build the momentum created with the pilot program and continue to successfully negotiate short term rental engagements with arts organizations, not-for-profit local community driven groups, as well as community based festivals/events celebrating diversity within the city.

    Underutilized Vancouver Civic Theatres Spaces 2017 Grant Application is HERE

    Eligibility criteria:

    • Organization must have cultural, social or other NFP mandate

    • The intake will be on-going throughout the year

    • First-come first-serve basis

    More information on the grants:

    Alternatively, groups interested in applying for the grant can contact:

    Krista Edwardson 
    Senior Manager of Sales
    Vancouver Civic Theatres

  • Monday, November 14, 2016 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Axis Theatre Society announces its ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    WHEN: Thursday, November 24, 2016 commencing at 6:30pm

    WHERE: 1405 Anderson Street, Granville Island - upstairs

    RSVP to the Axis Theatre office: 604-669-0631 (phone) or

    Public Funders require that we have a reasonable representation of our Society Membership present at the Meeting.

    If you are unable to attend, please fill in this proxy form with the names of two Axis Theatre Administration Staff (i.e., Chris McGregor and Daune Campbell) and email/mail to the address above, or fax it to 604-669-0635.

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