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  • Friday, December 16, 2016 4:30 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    PTC and the Vancouver Fringe Festival are pleased to announce that the team comprising lee williams boudakian, Anoushka Ratnarajah and Kamee Abrahamian is the winner of the 2017 Fringe New Play Prize for (Untitled) Boxes. The Prize includes a free Mainstage spot at the 2017 Vancouver Fringe, the design and execution of a development process for the play with PTC’s Associate Dramaturg mia amir and production mentoring from PTC.

    (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:

  • Monday, December 12, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    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:

    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:

  • Saturday, December 03, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    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.

    Job Description: 

    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.


    • Plan, organize and direct the development of donations and sponsorships from businesses, foundations and individuals
      Design and implement fundraising campaigns
      Identify and cultivate community partners
      Pursue opportunities pertaining to the heritage designation of the Firehall
      Explore prospects for group bookings and/or company hosting events


    • Interest and commitment to the mission of the Firehall Arts Centre
      Proven experience in roles requiring strategic vision, planning, and innovative thinking to capitalize on opportunities
      Minimum of three to five years development experience
      Experience in setting up development plans
      Familiarity with local, regional, and national foundation and government funding sources
      Ability to be self-directed and take initiative within the scope of work
      Excellent written and oral communication skills


    $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:
    By fax: 604-684-5841

    Deadline: December 16, 2016

    More information:

  • Saturday, December 03, 2016 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Gallery 7 Theatre of Abbotsford, BC is thrilled to be bringing back its Theatre Boot Camp workshop series for the 2016/2017 season, featuring short courses in performance, directing and stage combat. The series is designed for both emerging and established community, church and school theatre artists, and will offer intensive training by experts in theatre and film.

    “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 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:


  • 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

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