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  • 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:


  • Monday, January 09, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Fugue Theatre is a project-based organization that produces original, Canadian operetta, musicals and plays with music. For the past 12 years, it has offered unique and original musical programming and continues to seek growth.

    Fugue Theatre is seeking a Managing Associate for early 2017. Reporting to the Artistic and Managing Director, the Managing Associate would be responsible for a wide range of duties from the developing and implementation of programs to marketing support. This is a part-time, contracted position, with the possibility of renewal, depending upon eventual funding and fundraising outcomes.


    • Develop and maintain marketing strategies
    • Develop and maintain social media, e-news and automated marketing campaigns
    • Assist in developing and drafting grant applications
    • Writing out final reports
    • Identify, develop and execute a communication strategy for the growth of the organization
    • Attend board meetings and work with board of directors in strategic planning
    • Act as a liaison for and co-ordinate workshops, our youth program and productions
    • Design, develop and implement strategic programs for increasing the capacity and sustainability of the organization
    • Assisting to compile budget information
    • Sourcing out and securing additional private and individual donations and sponsorships
    • Assist in fundraising campaigns
    • Assist with recruitment and training of board talent
    • Act as a liaison with various funding bodies through emails and phone calls


    • Minimum of 2 years post-secondary education in arts management, communications, business, and or/performing arts
    • Proficiency with several computer applications such as Word, Excel, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator is an asset
    • Previous experience in arts-related management and fundraising
    • Proficient at grant writing
    • Detail-oriented, with excellent organizational, networking and communication skills and the ability to multitask efficiently and meet strict deadlines in a short period of time
    • Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment

    Additional and Important Details:

    The contract period is from mid-February until the end of June. Although this position is relatively flexible, the committed candidate will have weekdays available and be available within the time frames specified and determined by the Theatre. The candidate will also have excellent interpersonal skills, be a self-starter and complete tasks in a timely fashion. The candidate will be able to work from home, with weekly meetings scheduled at the Fugue office. Weekly reporting is essential. We also seek a candidate with a clear understanding of the performing arts and in particular, theatre and music.

    How to Apply:

    Please send a cover letter, resume and samples of grant writing and marketing to Write in the subject line, “Managing Associate.”

    Deadline: January 30, 2017

    While we appreciate all who apply, we will only be contacting those selected for an interview.

  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

     Looking Back and Moving Forward

    Earlier this month, the GVPTA held its Annual General Meeting. We had the opportunity to report on the successes and challenges we have faced over our 2015-16 season. I'd like to take this opportunity to share some of those with you as I think it's important to share where we have come from and where we are headed.

    Looking back

    The GVPTA board of directors participated in a strategic plan development process that took place over several meetings and retreats resulting in our strategic plan which has been a guiding document for the organization since September 2015 and continues until the end of 2017.

    Through the strategic plan, the board adopted a new mission: To strengthen the local theatre industry.

    In addition to the new mission statement, the strategic plan highlighted two strategic themes:

    1. Financial Sustainability (i.e., revenue generation; revenue diversification)
    2. Industry Development (i.e., opportunities to connect with industry peers; development of more diverse art for more people; building capacity; building audiences)

    The plan also identified key goals to guide the organization in the areas of Governance (i.e., board recruitment; working model; mission statement); Evaluation of Programming (i.e., review of all existing programming based on value and impact to members and the broader community, along with financial considerations); and Grow and Engage Membership (i.e., review of benefits program, membership platform, and the registration and renewal processes).

    Working with staff and board members, the organization launched a new
    website in August 2016 with integrated membership management and a new system for the Vancouver Theatre Guide to help better promote local theatre productions.

    The 2016
    MAKING A SCENE conference took place in May and was attended by 84 people, with an increase in paid attendees of 15% compared to the previous year. The conference included a session on diversity and inclusion – a topical conversation in the theatre community – facilitated by Marcus Youssef from Neworld Theatre and Sarah Garton-Stanley from the National Arts Centre, English Theatre.

    The 2016 
    Unified General Auditions hosted 116 performers and 24 casting directors and artistic directors, growing 35% over the previous year.

    Dawn Brennan, GVPTA’s Director, has moved on to another organization, and we would like to acknowledge and thank Dawn for her contribution to the GVPTA and its members over the past two years. During her tenure, she made considerable strides to lay the foundation for which the GVPTA could grow internally, and for the broader theatre community to flourish and succeed.

    Moving forward

    In 2017, you'll see the return of our two core events: MAKING A SCENE and Unified General Auditions. Our Theatre Management Roundtable sessions will also continue – you're invited to meet and discuss specific topics with your theatre colleagues. And the Theatre Engagement Project will continue the conversation about community priorities and action plans.

    We are also committed to the priorities outlined in our strategic plan, in order to address the organizational deficiencies in a way that is manageable with the GVPTA's capacity and resources.

    Most importantly, the GVPTA board and staff will continue to reflect and make decisions based on the value they would bring to our membership, with the goal to strengthen the local theatre industry. We are committed to actively receiving feedback from our members and the broader theatre community about what their needs are, and how GVPTA might be able to contribute. You can reach us at

    On behalf of all of us at the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, I wish you all a happy holiday, and a prosperous 2017.

    Kenji Maeda

    GVPTA President


  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Bard on the Beach Theatre Society is Western Canada’s largest Shakespeare Festival with an annual budget of $6 million and welcomes 100,000 patrons per year. The Festival runs from June through September in two theatre tents in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vanier Park, and offers year-round arts education programming. In 2015, Bard moved into its new home at the BMO Theatre Centre, allowing the company to expand its administrative, production and outreach activities, marking an exciting new phase in its history.

    Job Description: 

    Reporting to the Executive Director, the Production Manager is a key member of the senior management team, overseeing all aspects of production and site operations for Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. The Production Manager supervises the internal positions of Head of Wardrobe, Site Build Project Manager, and Technical Directors; as well as seasonal production staff. The Production Manager also supervises the Stage Management teams and season Designers.


    - Plan and supervise the execution of production requirements for the annual season productions, special events, rental productions, and site build
    - Develop, manage and track all artistic, production, and site budgets that total approx. $3.5 million
    - Maintain production inventory records
    - Engage seasonal artistic team and production personnel; negotiating fees and issuing contracts
    - Manage production team and design process from initial concept though construction, rehearsal, opening and run including oversight of all disciplines’ build labour, materials and rentals
    - Develop and manage all production and rehearsal calendars and performance schedules
    - Lead weekly production meetings for both theatres
    - Oversee annual site build, take down and park restoration
    - Oversee third-party productions (contracting, scheduling, production needs)
    - Oversee lease and management of storage facilities
    - Creation of annual site maps and theatre layouts
    - Liaise with architects, engineers and the City of Vancouver in regards to building and occupancy permits
    - Create forward planning and budgets for capital improvements and equipment upgrades
    - Advise on and assist with the planning of special projects and future artistic activity development
    - Enforce and stay up to date on current health and safety concerns/policies
    - Participate in Staff, Board, Infrastructure Committee and Health and Safety Committee meetings
    - Other duties as required


    - A university or college degree in theatre production or equivalent experience
    - 5+ years of experience with a performing arts organization in a similar role
    - Experience supervising staff and artists
    - Proven proficiency with budgeting in all production disciplines and financial tracking
    - Excellent IT proficiency including AutoCAD and advanced MS Office Skills
    - Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask in a fast paced environment
    - Ability to work independently as well as manage a large diverse team spread over four physical locations
    - Experience with artist contract negotiation and knowledge of labour agreements (specifically CAEA and ADC)
    - Knowledge of all aspects of technical production including lighting, costume, sound, scenery, rigging, and video
    - Knowledge of current health and safety and ESA legislation as it pertains to the performing arts
    - Strong interpersonal and communication skills to ensure flow of information amongst a diverse group of people
    - Ability to collaborate with artists and technicians to achieve artistic goals on time and on budget
    - Experience with repertory theatre and outdoor festival production would be an asset


    This is a full-time, permanent position. Annual salary will be commensurate with experience plus a full benefits package (following a probationary period).

    How to Apply: 

    Please submit cover letter with salary expectations and resume to:
    Claire Sakaki, Executive Director, 

    Deadline: Wednesday, January 4, 2017 

    More information:

  • Monday, December 19, 2016 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    First Impressions Theatre presents an intimate evening with Juno Award Winner Jim Byrnesand, special guests Mainstreet Muze (Feat. Babe Gurr).

    For two nights only!

    WHEN: Thursday and Friday, January 19 & 20, 2017 

    Doors 7:30 pm, Showtime 8:00 pm

    WHERE: Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, North Vancouver

    (4360 Gallant Ave – at Panorama Drive)

    TICKETS: General Admission is $35 (inc. s/c)

    Available at: 604.929.9456 or online at

    Get your tickets early and avoid disappointment!


    A Special Fundraising Concert for First Impressions Theatre

    Jim Byrnes returns to the Deep Cove Shaw Theatre with special guests Mainstreet Muze (Feat. Babe Gurr). Back by popular demand since their sold out concerts in 2014 (and 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) - get your tickets early, so that you won’t be disappointed! 

    Come hear these talented performers sing and tell, sharing their songs, their stories, and their journeys, for a truly inspiring and uniquely entertaining experience – this special fundraising concert is on for two nights only!

    Jim Byrnes  was involved with fundraising to get the theatre built and has provided his continued support by headlining concerts at the theatre over the past twenty years.  Babe Gurr is also no stranger to this venue and is excited to have her debut concert with her new trio Mainstreet Muze at one of her favourite venues…..Babe has lent her talents to the fundraising concerts as well throughout the years, including headlining her own concerts in 2015/2016, and always enjoys performing at this intimate and welcoming venue.


    More information and tickets:

  • Sunday, December 18, 2016 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Call for submissions: Rumble Theatre seeks actors for a development workshop of Titus Bouffonius by Colleen Murphy (adapted from Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus) 

    Audition dates: January 17 and 19, 2017
    Audition venue: PL1422 (1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC)

    Workshop dates: April 19 – 30, 2017
    Workshop venue: PTC (Playwrights Theatre Centre), 202 – 739 Gore Ave, Vancouver, BC)

    Please note: There is no elevator access at the workshop venue.

    Titus Bouffonius is a new play by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy, adapted from Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy Titus Andronicus and commissioned by Rumble Theatre. Five actors ­– outcasts from the invented Society of the Misshapen and Destitute – attempt to perform a contemporary version of “Titus” that one of them has penned…but they sometimes forget their lines, or say what they want to, or refuse to stay dead when they are killed. Audience members are encouraged to respond to the horrible and potentially offensive acts in the performance by hurling buns at the actors in a play that is part Shakespeare, part Brecht, and incorporates the French theatre tradition of bouffon (a form of clown that focuses on mockery and extreme physical satire).

    Creative team includes Rumble’s Artistic Director Stephen Drover and Michael Kennard of the clown duo Mump & Smoot.

    Audition requirements

    • One Shakespeare monologue of your choice
    • One three-minute original bouffon piece or a three-minute original clown piece or a three-minute original physical theatre piece

    Please submit a headshot and resume to with the subject line, “Titus audition”.

    Deadline for submissions: January 9, 2017.

    If you are selected to audition, we will reply with an audition time.


    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 the workshop will be held in a room that is on the second floor with no current elevator access.

    Equity members will be seen first at all open audition calls. Equity members cast in this production will be engaged under the Independent Theatre Agreement. CAEA members: please bring your membership ID number to the audition.

    If you have any questions, please email

    For more information: Download the posting PDF or visit

  • Sunday, December 18, 2016 1:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Neworld Theatre is trying to raise $25,000 to support the artists involved in the radically inclusive process of creating King Arthur's Night.

    King Arthur’s Night was written by Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef with original music composed by Veda Hille.  Niall McNeil has been a professional actor for most of his life. This is the second play he has written with his long-time collaborators, Marcus Youssef and Veda Hille. The first, the Peter Pan adaptation Peter Panties, was co-produced with Leaky Heaven, and co-presented by the 2011 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and The Cultch.

    Commissioned by the Luminato Festival, and years in the making, King Arthur’s Night is epic in scale and radically inclusive. It features a fully integrated professional cast which includes actors from Burnaby, BC’s Down Syndrome Research Foundation. Plus a live band and a 20-person choir.

    Refined, brutal, crude and tender, King Arthur’s Night tests what we know about the limits of theatre, language and our collective understanding of the narratives that are permitted to shape our world. It invites audiences to reject the idea that some experiences are inherently marginal, and instead witness those stories front and centre on stage.

    The world of King Arthur’s Night is a spectacle of battle scenes and castles, of rock bands and a 20-person choir. Technical innovation lives next to the verbatim script-writing innovation by Marcus and Niall – in the realization of this project, these are inseparable. The result will be a project of scale, ambition, and radical inclusion unlike anything Canadian Theatre has seen before, and will be seen on the country’s largest stages.  

    Why a fundraiser? A note from Neworld Theatre:

    Creating a truly inclusive space requires longer creation periods; it requires a unique number of support staff and family members both during rehearsals and on tour; it requires us to be constantly responsive to the needs of our collaborators. On these elements we cannot compromise.

    That’s why we’re turning to you. As we look towards the world premiere, we are asking our community to support us in fulfilling our artistic vision of King Arthur’s Night. It may seem naïve to believe that a piece of theatre can change the world. But we know this process is changing us – by transforming our understanding of each other, we have been given a new lens through ourselves, our practice, and the world. This is why we tell our stories – and why we want to rewrite the rules about whose stories are worth hearing. We believe in that. And we hope you believe in King Arthur’s Night.

    Become a Knight of the Round Table - click here to donate, and please spread the word to your fellow knights! The fundraiser is open until February 28, 2017.

    More information:

  • Sunday, December 18, 2016 11:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Full Circle: First Nations Performance is looking for a dynamic, experienced General Manager. This is a salaried full-time position. The successful candidate will have a keen interest in learning all aspects of Full Circle’s operations. A minimum of 3-5 years’ related experience with a not-for-profit arts organization is required.

    About the organization

    Full Circle: First Nations Performance is a not-for-profit performing arts society, founded in 1992 and located on the traditional, unceded territories of Coast Salish peoples (Vancouver BC). Our mandate is to create opportunities for Aboriginal artists, writers and performers to express the reality of Aboriginal experience and to work in harmony with Aboriginal traditions while engaging contemporary performance technique in an interdisciplinary fashion. We are the producers of the annual Talking Stick Festival, Moccasin Trek: Arts on the Move!, Indian Acts, and home to the Aboriginal Ensemble.

    Description of position

    The General Manager is responsible to the Artistic Managing Director and works in collaboration with the Managing Producer. The General Manager is responsible for directing the financial and administrative activities of Full Circle and for advising the Artistic Managing Director on the short and long-term strategic issues surrounding these matters. The General Manager also works with the other staff, as necessary, to implement policies and direct activities surrounding the financial and administrative affairs of the company and its projects. The General Manager works in conjunction with the Artistic Managing Director and the Managing Producer to allocate resources, implement human resource policies and procedures and to facilitate the administrative functions required by the company’s activities.

    Such direction is informed by the plans and vision of the company, the policies and mandates established by the Board of Directors and the Artistic Director, and the resources available.

    Duties and Responsibilities (including but not limited to)

    Working closely with the Artistic Managing Director and the Managing Producer, the General Manager will oversee the smooth delivery of day to day operations for the organization:

    1. Overall Administration

    -Develops, for discussion and approval, long and short term policies on: financial planning, resource allocations, administrative functions, physical resources and/or capital assets, and marketing and community development strategies.

    -Maintains a working knowledge of professional practices in the cultural community, as well as trends in cultural activities in a national and international context.

    2. Office and Financial Management:

    -Develops, manages and controls the operating and project budgets of the company

    -Supervises monthly bookkeeping activities

    -Maintains appropriate internal controls

    -Ensures there are adequate resources for the company to achieve its objectives

    3. Administrative direction/support to Faculty and Staff through the Programme Chairs:

    -Directs the administrative operations of the company and its projects

    -Provides administrative support to the Artistic Managing Director, the Managing Producer and the Board of Directors, as appropriate

    -Creates financial and other reports in a timely manner

    4. Public relations, including liaising with community groups:

    -In conjunction with the Managing Producer to oversee all Development & Marketing operations of the company,

    -Represents Full Circle in the cultural community and the community at large

    -Assists, where possible, in community-at-large matters which benefit or may have an impact on the company

    5. Staff hiring and supervision:

    -In conjunction with the Artistic Managing Director and Managing Producer maintains job descriptions and hires and evaluates staff performance against approved job descriptions of all employment positions.

    -Engages, or supervises the engagement of, all artistic and production personnel

    -Maintains records for official purposes of employment histories.

    -Provides administrative mentorship for interns

    6. Funding and fundraising:

    -Seeks financial support for the company's activities through the preparation of government and foundation grant applications

    -Prepares and submits applications for gaming funding and activities as necessary

    -Implements or oversees campaigns soliciting individual donations

    -Assists with special event fundraising

    -Oversees all deadlines for grant applications and final report due dates


    The General Manager position requires a demonstrated sense of leadership, vision, and collaboration with excellent interpersonal skills, integrity, high energy and creativity. The role requires a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience with not-for-profit arts organizations. A proven and strong background in financial and budget management as well as sound administrative and human resource skills is essential.

    Experience with spreadsheets, word processing, bookkeeping and email programs as well as advanced writing skills are beneficial. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and able to work independently in a diverse and evolving atmosphere.


    Negotiable and based on experience.

    How to Apply

    Interested applicants may apply with resume and cover letter attention Tanja Dixon-Warren at with “Full Circle General Manager” in the subject line.

    Application deadline: January 9, 2017.

    Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

    For more information:

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