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(Untitled) Boxes is an interdisciplinary and intergenerational performance, created by Anoushka Ratnarajah, Kamee Abrahamian, and lee williams boudakian, that explores the lives and relationships of the Berberian family. Anahit, the family’s matriarch and cultural keeper of knowledge, is in her late 80’s and living with Alzheimer’s and cancer. She has entered the last days of her life, and her illness has progressed to the point that she needs additional care. For the first time in many years, her only daughter and three grandchildren find themselves in the family home again. Marked by generational differences and the impacts of displacement, gender, sexuality and the desire to love each other, their stories reveal a family’s fight to grow closer to one another in the face of great loss and the myriad experiences that threaten to pull them apart.
lee williams boudakian (uses they, them, theirs pronouns) is a queer, trans, Armenian-Liverpudlian mixie with familial & ancestral ties to Lebanon, Syria, what is current-day Turkey, and Liverpool, England. Born in Scarborough, Ontario, and having moved many times, lee currently works as an interdisciplinary artist, writer, producer and facilitator based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish lands. lee has trained across artistic disciplines in both institutional and non-institutional settings, and arrives at artmaking as acts of resistance, world&future visioning, and celebration towards liberation and healing. Current love projects include Kalik, ShapeShift Arts, and The HyePhen Mag.
Anoushka Ratnarajah is a queer, mixed race femme of Sri Lankan and British ancestry, and an inter-disciplinary and transnational artist and arts organizer. She has a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and an MA in Arts Politics from NYU. She has worked as a producer, performer, writer and arts organizer with cultural and arts organizations in Vancouver, Montreal and New York. She has been a fellow with The Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics and Voices of Our Nation Arts. Her art practice engages with many social, political and cultural issues, through a critical intersectional lens. She creates work that shines a light on histories and contemporary stories that are underrepresented in mainstream theatre and performance. Her current creative projects include Capital, Alice!, an anti-capitalist, Alice in Wonderland-themed musical; Toasted Marshmallows, a documentary film and community building project exploring what it means to be a mixed-race woman in North America today; and partnered projects with Kalik and Shapeshift Arts, including Dear Armen.
Kamee Abrahamian was born in Scarborough, Ontario to an Armenian family, by way of Beirut, Lebanon; and arrives in the world today as a queer woman and a multidisciplinary producer / artist / facilitator / storyteller. She has a BFA/BA in film and political science from Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec) and an MA in expressive art therapy from the European Graduate School (Saas Fee, Switzerland) — with a special focus on the integration of digital media. The bedrock of Kamee’s arts training is in classical ballet, theatre, and visual art. In collaboration with fellow artists and allies (lee williams boudakian, Katie Partlow, The Hye-Phen Mag), she continues to develop a body of work inclusive of film, performance, writing, digital art and design (Dear Armen, Alchemy of Waste/Saboteur Productions). Kamee is currently pursuing an MA/PhD in community, liberation and ecopsychologies at Pacifica Graduate Institute (Carpinteria, California) and is based in Portland, Oregon.
mia, lee, Anoushka and Kamee have already begun development on the play. It will be on stage at the 2017 Fringe Festival, September 7-17, 2017.
More information: playwrightstheatre.com
Theatre For Living (Headlines Theatre) is seeking an assistant for our Publicity and Outreach team. The job will be integral to coordinating and offering support to their 2017 production of šxʷʔamət (home) – an audience interactive play about our struggles towards Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The play will be created and performed by a mixed Indigenous and non-Indigenous cast, and runs March 3-11,2017.
The Outreach and Publicity Assistant will primarily support the activities of the Outreach Coordinator, getting the word out and fostering community connections around the project.
The ideal candidate will have communications experience particularly working with First Nations communities, grassroots organizations, as well as knowledge of the local cultural community. Excellent communications, networking and problem-solving skills are assets, as well as a passion for innovative cultural work, and social justice issues. Indigenous people are encouraged to apply.
Please email your resume to: email@example.com
or mail it to:
Theatre For Living
323 – 350 East 2nd Ave.
Vancouver, BC Canada V5T 4R8
Attention to: David Ng, Outreach Coordinator
Application deadline: December 15, 2016
First interviews will be December 19 and 20, and second interviews on December 21.
For more information: theatreforliving.com
The Firehall Arts Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization whose mission is to produce and present theatre, dance and inter-disciplinary works that engage the soul, stimulate the mind, entertain the spirit and reflect the cultural pluralism of Canada.
The Firehall Arts Centre holds performances in its 136-155 seat flexible black box theatre, and acts as a host to visual arts exhibitions in its intimate gallery lounge. Celebrating its 34th season, the Firehall is responsible for the animation of the 1906 heritage fire station which it calls home and is home to a number of festivals including the Dancing on the Edge Festival, the Firehall's Bring-Your-Own-Venue (BYOV) Fringe Festival event as well as providing theatre and rehearsal studio rental space for other arts organizations. On occasion, the organization tours its productions provincially and nationally. The Firehall is a conscientious, respected community leader and artistic hub in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Reporting to the General Manager and Artistic Producer, this position will be responsible for developing and implementing a three-year fund development and community engagement plan for the Firehall Arts Centre.
$30,000 for a one-year, part-time flexible schedule anticipated to be between 18 to 20 hours per week.
How to Apply:
Please send resume and cover letter to:
Laura Efron, General Manager
Firehall Arts Centre
280 East Cordova Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By fax: 604-684-5841
Deadline: December 16, 2016
More information: firehallartscentre.ca
“I’m very excited to announce our ‘boot camp’ series is back and in an expanded way,” explains Ken Hildebrandt, Executive/Artistic Director. “We’re building on what was explored last year, plus venturing in to a lot of new territory as well. What’s super-great is that we’re able to provide these top-quality training opportunities without big-city prices.”
Leading the workshops will be experts who work in professional theatre and film. “Award-winning actor, Erla Faye Forsyth, is back to teach scene analysis and vocal performance,” continues Hildebrandt, “I’m also happy to introduce TWU theatre professor, Kate Muchmore, who will be leading our directing course, and Mike Kovac and Ryan Bolton, who will tag-team instruct our stage combat course.”
Participants will be able to register for individual workshops or for the entire series at a discounted rate. Each workshop will run for three sessions.
The schedule of upcoming workshops is as follows:
· Vocal Performance with Erla Faye Forsyth: If the audience can’t hear you, your amazing performance and all your hard work making strong character choices are a waste of time. This course will help actors develop more advanced skills in vocal production as they pertain to breath support, diction, projection, voice care and preparing for a performance. Runs March 28, April 4 & 11, 2017; 7–10pm.
Each individual three-week workshop costs $125.00/person or all four workshops cost $400.00/person, a savings of 20% over individual registration fees. For more information or to register, please call 604-504-5940 or visit the theatre’s website at gallery7theatre.com. All workshops will be held at the theatre’s rehearsal hall, #100 – 34595 3rd Avenue, Abbotsford.
Season passes for Gallery 7 Theatre’s 2016/2017 theatre season are now available through the theatre’s website, or by contacting House of James at 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford or 604-852-3701.
More information: gallery7theatre.com
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.
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 email@example.com
Deadline: December 18, 2016
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: actsafeconference.ca
WHEN: Monday, December 12, 2016 at 6:30pm
WHERE: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova Street
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 firehallartscentre.ca
Apprentice Directors will:
Candidates should have completed their education and/or training and have relevant experience in the professional theatre.
To apply for the program, please submit:
All applications should be e-mailed by December 11, 2016 to:
Rhea Shroff, Company & Education Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPORTANT: Please put “2017 Directing Apprentice Program” in the subject line.
More information: bardonthebeach.org
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!
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 email@example.com to reserve your spot because seats are limited.
Or buy your ticket at awkwardstageproductions.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to sign up is the start of the meeting.
In your request, please state:
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 email@example.com.
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