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  • Monday, October 23, 2017 6:04 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Vancouver Civic Theatres

    City of Vancouver

    Press Release

    October 23, 2017




    Vancouver Civic Theatres Announces ANNEX Theatre Residency Call for Proposals

    Program will provide much-needed space for local contemporary theatre companies.


    Contemporary Theatre companies in the Lower Mainland have a new opportunity to create, workshop, and produce at the Vancouver Civic Theatres (VCT) owned ANNEX theatre. The new ANNEX Theatre Residency Program will make the ANNEX an incubation ground for creative growth, while also offering much-needed space to local theatre groups.


    The residency program offers successfully awarded organizations a 2 year residency at the ANNEX, including funding for 18 performances per year. In addition, organizations will gain access to the Playhouse Theatre Rehearsal Hall to utilize as a development space for up to 5 weeks per year, based on availability.


    “This is a an opportunity for growth that can lead to larger scale work at other civic spaces, such as the Playhouse,” said Daniel Arnold, Co-Producer of local theatre company, Alley Theatre. “One of the questions people always ask is, ‘Where's your theatre?’ Well, it would be wonderful if we had an answer for them.”


    Alley Theatre was a 2017 recipient of VCT’s Underutilized Spaces Grant which will help fund their upcoming production, The Ridiculous Darkness, opening November 11th at the ANNEX.


    Is there a catch? Sort of – resident companies will need to provide a community outreach or educational component in collaboration with VCT, a request stemming from VCT’s mission to provide accessible arts and culture opportunities in Vancouver


    Applications are open until December 4, 2017 and successful candidates will be notified in early January. For eligibility criteria, please see the Vancouver Civic Theatres website.





    Media Contact:

    Kate Swaney

    Marketing Manager, Vancouver Civic Theatres



  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 7:22 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)


    Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson 

    COMPANY: Renegade Arts Company

    Director/Choreographer: Dawn Ewen

    Musical Director: Clare Wyatt 

    Producer: Jim Buckshon 


    Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.


    Will be held at Renegade Studios, 3030 East Broadway

     Dates: Saturday Dec 2rd 10 am-6 pm and Callbacks Saturday Dec 9th,10am-6pm.

    Please email, your resume and headshot. 

    Email: renegadearts@outlook.com

    *Please prepare two pop/rock songs (one uptempo and one ballad). Bring sheet music in the correct key and in a binder. Accompanist will be provided for you.

    The callbacks will require you to dress appropriately for a movement/dance call.

    Rehearsals will start last week of February (Three days a week; Monday (evenings), Wednesday (evenings), and Sunday (daytime); *Tech days March 26th27th and 28th

    Renegade is an equal opportunity company and encourages submissions from actors of all cultural backgrounds

    Contact: For more information please direct emails to renegadearts@outlook.com


    The Shop Theatre, 3030 East Broadway March 29th - April 14th 2018

    This is a non-equity production.

    Honorariums will apply. 


    Mark Cohen
    Tenor: G4 to A2
    Mark is an aspiring filmmaker, and also acts as the show’s narrator. 

    Mimi Márquez
    Mezzo-Soprano: E5 to D#3/Eb3
    Mimi is an exotic dancer who lives just downstairs from Mark and Roger.


    Roger Davis


    Tenor: A4 to F2

    Roger is an aspiring rock musician who has been suffering from major writer’s block


    Tom Collins


    Baritone: A4 to F#2/Gb2

    A college philosophy professor and outspoken gay activist, Collins is book-smart and soulful.


    Angel Dumott Schunard


    Tenor: A4 to C3

    A drag queen and a talented drummer, Angel is a warm-hearted busker on the street.  


     Maureen Johnson


    Mezzo-Soprano: F5 to C4 (middle C)

    Maureen is a brazen, flirtatious, and provocative performance artist.


    Joanne Jefferson


    Mezzo-Soprano: E5 to G3

    A Harvard Law graduate, Joanne is a highly successful lawyer.


    Benjamin “Benny” Coffin III


    Baritone: F#4/Gb4 to A#2/Bb2

    Former roommate of Mark and Roger’s. Married into a wealthy family. 



    Renegade Arts Company

  • Saturday, October 07, 2017 5:23 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Boca del Lupo invites artists and companies to apply for their Space Residency Program, which provides up to two weeks of free space, equipment and mentorship support for the creation and development of new artistic work. Emerging and established artists are welcome to apply, and can come from a variety of artistic disciplines (theatre, dance, music, performance art, visual art) provided there is a performative component to the proposed work. With over 20 years of experience in creating our own new work, we prioritize applications that share our long held values of innovation, diversity and immersive practice.

    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. Past residencies include The Chop’s Through the Gaze of a Navelwhich went on to tour to Crow’s Theatre in Toronto, the Yukon Arts Centre and Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo, and in currently in development is Neworld’s Marcus Youssef and Niall McNeil working title: Niall Talks About S*hit He Likes, With A Little Help From His Friends.

    Successful applicants from our inaugural competition include:  

    • Ralph Escamillan immersive dance piece Squin premiering at PuSh 2018
    • Holly Schmidt’s Midnight Picnic exploring the affinities and tensions between social practice and experimental performance
    • Universal Limited’s Japanese Problem is an intimate site specific experience about the incarceration of Canadian citizens set at Hastings Park race track horse stalls.  Full production premiered September 2017.
    • Mind of a Snail shadow puppetry duo Chloé Ziner and Jessica Gabriel’s Rate of Loss
    • Christine Quintana with Molly McKinnon and Mishelle Cuttler’s performance installation Good Things to Do.
    • Babelle Theatre’s investigation on Prometheus Bound
    • Scheherazaad Cooper and Chengxin Wei’s Breathe Water micro dance work based in Odissi and Chinese Dance
    • Flip the Switch’s Le Voyage who since the residency has toured to the World Stage Design festival in Taipei (pictured above)

    Interested artists and companies should provide the following:

    • Title of Project, contact name, email address and phone number
    • Bios of all artists involved in the residency
    • Company bio (if applicable)
    • Clear articulation of your practice and what you will be creating/investigating/developing. (eg but not limited to: social and/or community engaged practice, installation, micro performance etc)
    • 1-page proposal describing the work to be explored during residency and the eventual goal of the residency, and any other additional information that you feel would strengthen your application which can include but not limited to: Micro performance and intimate presentations for immersive work, articulate relevance/urgency of work, a reflection and advancement of diversity in our city as it relates to the art being created etc.

    If successful we can provide letters of support for government grants for development, travel and accommodation costs.

    Applications should be sent to sjyoon@bocadellupo.com, no later than 4:00pm PST on November 4, 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 artist’s needs.

  • Thursday, October 05, 2017 7:30 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Applications are now open for the Arts Club's new Dramaturgy Lab and Internship Program for the 2017–2018 season!

    Led by Arts Club Literary Manager Rachel Ditor, this lab is geared to emerging artists of any age interested in learning more about the practice of dramaturgy. The program has two parts: 

    Part 1: The Lab - a mix of readings, discussions, projects, seeing shows, and hands-on engagement with new plays in development at the Arts Club. Part 1 runs from mid-October to March.

    Part 2: The Internship – participants from The Lab are invited to apply for a paid dramaturgy internship at the Arts Club. The successful applicant will work directly with guest directors on production dramaturgy, attend readings and workshops, and assist literary staff with plays in development. The internship spans May to August 2018. The schedule is flexible. Only participants from The Lab are eligible for The Internship.

    There is a $90 fee to participate in The Lab. Fee includes readings, screenings, and tickets to select Arts Club shows. Some scholarships are available. Please note in your cover letter if you want to be considered for a scholarship. Equity discount will apply for Equity members. No previous experience in dramaturgy is required. 

    To apply, please email your application with the following documents:

    1. A cover letter explaining what you hope to learn through The Lab
    2. Your CV
    3. A filled-out application form

    Application deadline: October 13, 2017
    Notification: October 16, 2017

  • Friday, September 29, 2017 1:03 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Theatre Rental Grant (TRG) program offers financial assistance to arts and cultural organizations to use and produce a cultural event in well-equipped venues. Vancouver-based, professional, non-profit arts and cultural organizations may apply to rent the centrally-located  Vancouver Civic Theatres.

    Eligible organizations may apply for this grant to rent:

    Open: Friday, September 29, 2017
    Close: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

    For more information on eligiblity, guidelines and how to apply, read the Theatre Rental Grant Information Guide. Please contact staff well in advance of the deadlines for any questions.


    Your organization must be: 

    • A Vancouver-based professional, non-profit, arts or cultural organization
    • Have been in operation with non-profit status for 1 year
    • Be mandated to present, produce, create, or develop arts and cultural work in Vancouver
    • Be actively promoting events to a city-wide audience

    The grant will cover:

    • Venue Rental
    • Most venue fees, including some theatre technicians
    • Front-of-house staffing for performances
    • Technical and rehearsal days
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:19 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Ruby Slippers Theatre in partnership with the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Playwrights Guild of Canada proudly present: 


    According to a national study, in the Canadian theatre industry women account for 33% of the artistic directors, 34% of the working directors, and 27% of the produced playwrights. These numbers are even lower if you look only at the large regional theatres and summer festivals. And the numbers plummet when you factor in diversity (cultural background, age, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability). 

    So as a direct response to the gross under representation of women playwrights, directors, and diversity in Canadian theatre, the Advance Theatre festival was born. This series showcases dramatic readings of five new plays written by diverse Canadian women playwrights, all directed by diverse Canadian women. These readings take place over five days during the Vancouver Fringe Festival, in September 2018.

    If you are a playwright and your play is chosen to participate in the Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women festival, Ruby Slippers Theatre and the Fringe Festival will cover the costs of all rehearsals prior to the day of the reading, your technical rehearsal, promotion, theatrical venue on Granville Island, and all artists’ fees.

    If you are a director who wishes to participate, send us your resume and cover letter for consideration.

    Playwrights: please send your play synopsis, brief bio, and a maximum ten page script excerpt to diane@rubyslippers.ca by February 15, 2018. One submission per person please. Successful candidates will be notified by May 30, 2018. 

    This is a curated process for women playwrights and directors living and working in Canada. Priority will be given to diversity.

  • Monday, September 18, 2017 9:35 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    ABB Collective is holding auditions for:

    Fool For Love By Sam Shepard

    Directed by Jamie King

    An Equity Co-op Production

    Run Dates: Feb 14-Feb 24th at The Shop Theatre, East Vancouver


    Date: October 21st

    Location: PTC Studio 202-739 Gore Avenue

    To book an audition, please send a headshot and resume to abbartistcollective@gmail.com. If you are interested but cannot come on October 21th please feel free to send your info and we can discuss an alternate date. 


    Eddie: 30’s, rodeo cowboy, self-aware. 

    Martin: 30’s, charmingly naïve. 

    Old Man: Surly and eloquent.  

    Please note the role of May has already been cast. 


    Audition sides will be provided. Actors reading for the role of Eddie will be asked to prepare an additional 1 minute contemporary monologue.

    Accents will not be required.


    When Eddie and May face off in a run-down motel at the edge of the desert the two former lovers discover that fantasy and reality; the past and the present; truth and lies; are all irrevocably entwined.

  • Friday, September 15, 2017 10:30 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    November 18th to 25th 2017,10am to 6pm

    One-on-One times will be scheduled with John

    @ The Russian Hall ~ 600 Campbell St. Vancouver, BC. ~

    With John Turner (of Mump & Smoot and the Manitoulin Conservatory)

    This workshop is designed for those who wish to work on developing and performing short clown pieces. The majority of the time will be devoted to the creation of turns and on performance; with additional time for exercises, games, discussion and the exploration of themes that arise during the workshop.

    Students should bring a short turn that is less than 5 minutes to work on. This can include work not traditionally considered clown (i.e. text, song or dance) especially if students wish to explore the broader application of clown and mask to a variety of performance genres.

    This workshop is primarily designed for students who have completed the Pochinko Style Mask and Clown Intensive (Baby Clown) or (Clown Through Mask). While this specific training it is not a mandatory prerequisite it is advantageous for the applicants and some clown creation and performance experience is definitely a benefit.

    This 8-day workshop will culminate in a public performance on Nov. 25th.  

    $800.00 to register for this workshop


    Contact Chris McGregor chris@axistheatre.com or call 604-669-0631 for more information.


  • Wednesday, September 06, 2017 2:30 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Upintheair Theatre fosters possible futures: supporting the next generation of theatre makers, and exploring new ideas through a unique focus on speculative fiction and formal innovation. Upintheair is the producer of the annual rEvolver Theatre Festival, which takes place each May in and around The Cultch. Now entering its sixth year, rEvolver presents innovative new works by emerging and early mid-career theatre artists in a supported, collaborative environment. Upintheair also produces stand-alone work, most recently the Jessie Award winning The North Plan and Inside the Seed, and our co-production with The Only Animal, The City and The City, a mainstage production at the PuSh Festival in 2017.

    For more information on Upintheair Theatre and our programming, go to www.upintheairtheatre.com.

    The Associate Producer works with the Artistic Producers to realise all areas of the companies’ activities including event production, marketing and social media implementation, fundraising and sponsor development, audience outreach, administration, front of house & volunteer coordination, artist relations, grant writing, and organizational development.

    This position will average 20hrs/week, however it demands a high degree of flexibility over the course of the year to respond to the production cycle of the company, including some evenings and weekends. Work will be based out of Upintheair’s new office space in the Greenhouse next door to The Cultch, with flexibility to work from home.


    • Collaborates with the Artistic Producers in realising the annual rEvolver Theatre Festival and our stand-alone productions
    • rEvolver Festival:
    • Co-ordinates Presenting Partner and Sponsor relations
    • Produces rEvolver Festival Launch Party
    • Produces professional development workshops for rEvolver Festival participants
      • Co-ordinate box office and comp booking in partnership with Cultch box office staff
      • Collaborates and shares duties as Producer in Charge at rEvolver festival
      • Co-ordinate and assist in all artist events and functions
    • Creation and production of one-off and stand-alone events such as artist salons, fundraisers, and our Annual General meeting
    • Development of and implementation of marketing, social media, fundraising, and sales campaigns including ticket sales, print and electronic media, web site, and e-communications
    • Collaborates on grant writing and final reports
    • Maintenance and development of UITA contact list
    • Implementation of fundraising initiatives such as annual campaigns and fundraising events in collaboration with the board of directors
    • The Associate Producer will have the opportunity to travel to festivals/conferences to establish themselves as part of a national network of theatre professionals
    • Attend all necessary Upintheair meetings and events
    • Other duties as they arise during the course of the production cycle


    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
    • Detail-oriented with superior written and oral communication skills including excellent grammar, spelling, and proofreading skills
    • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work, while handling multiple tasks and interruptions with poise and patience
    • Ability and willingness to learn and incorporate new skills
    • Strong interpersonal and public relations skills
    • The ability to work independently and as part of the team
    • Proficiency in graphic design, video editing, and/or web design, Quickbooks, MailChimp, and major social media sites an asset
    • Experience in fundraising an asset
    • College or University level courses an asset
    • The ability to handle matters of a sensitive and confidential nature

    START DATE October 2nd, 2017 (flexible depending on availability)

    REMUNERATION $16,000 - 18,000 annually, dependent on experience

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday September 20th, 2017

    TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume to info@upintheairtheatre.com

    Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will take place in late September.

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 1:56 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Auditions for Peter Pan Prequel, Peter and the Starcatcher, Are Set for September 6th 

    Gallery 7 Theatre is thrilled to be holding open auditions for its November production of Peter and the Starcatcher on Wednesday, September 6th at 6:30 PM at the theatre’s administration and rehearsal hall, #100 – 34595 3rd Ave, Abbotsford. The audition is open to all community performers ages 14 – 75.

    A young orphan and his mates are shipped from England to a far off-island. On the voyage, they meet the precocious Molly, a Starcatcher-in-Training, who tells them that a certain trunk on board carries a magical cargo that must not fall in to the wrong hands. 

    When their ship is attacked by the fearsome pirate, Black Stache, a thrilling adventure ensues where unwilling comrades unite and unlikely heroes emerge. This Tony Award-winning play explores the depths of greed and despair as well as the bonds of friendship, duty and love. It’s a perfect adventure for the entire family! 

    Peter and the Starcatcher promises to be a wildly entertaining adventure for audiences,” says Executive/Artistic Director, Ken Hildebrandt. “The show also provides performers of all backgrounds and experience levels to really sink their teeth in to some really fun roles.”

    Those interested in auditioning should be prepared to sing acapella, 16 bars of music from their favourite musical at the audition. Gallery 7 Theatre invites all those interested in working behind the scenes as assistant stage managers, running crew, technicians or as other production team volunteers to also attend the audition. 

    Peter and the Starcatcher will be directed by John Trottier and will run November 10 & 11, 15 – 18, 2017 @ 7:30 PM with discount matinees on Nov. 11 & 18 at 2:00 PM at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford. Rehearsals will commence the week of September 11.

    To register for the audition, or for more information, please contact Gallery 7 Theatre at 604-504-5940 or visit their website at www.gallery7theatre.com.

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