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These articles include news from the GVPTA and our members, notices of upcoming community events, and general arts news that may affect the local theatre industry. Members can send their news to news@gvpta.ca

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  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 10:11 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Receive funding support of up to $250,000 for costs related to planning, renovations, upgrades, expansion or purchase of your organization’s cultural space.

    Who is eligible?
    Vancouver-based non-profit societies, co-ops, charities, local First Nations Band Councils and Urban Aboriginal organizations with a strong arts and culture mandate.

    What types of projects are eligible?

    • Planning (up to $50,000): feasibility studies, business plans, functional plans, design work, capital campaign planning and more
    • Capital (up to $250,000): renovations, upgrades, expansion projects, purchase

    New for 2018
    All applicants must submit a Statement of Intent to Submit prior to meeting with Cultural Services staff to discuss their project before the deadline. Click the "Learn More" button for the Application Guidelines and other resources to help you with your submission.

    Application Deadline
    Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Learn More

    For more information or to book a meeting to discuss your project, contact
    Debra Bodner, Cultural Planner
    Cultural Services, City of Vancouver

  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018 3:37 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    You are asked to witness an Artlatch

    On January 18th, Artlatch will transform Massey Theatre into a gathering/witnessing space for the work of reawakening + sharing artistic and culture gifts. Artlatch marks the official launch Skookum Indigenous Arts Series, a new artistic partnership between Savage Society and Massey Theatre Society.

    The ‘potlatch’ is often remembered for its grand giveaways and redistribution of wealth by a chief or respected leader in the community. Canoes would travel from many distances around to witness the work the host of the ‘sɫənəq’ (pronounced sl-t-en-ek)or gathering had in mind. In the same essence, we look to use art as a gift and reason to gather and take space in our own ‘Artlatch’. A space to gather, to share, to bundle and to give with arts, performance, music, history, stories, dance, drumming and all other creative gifts.

    Artlatch January 18th

    3:30 pm Family Pow Wow Dance Class

    4:30pm Catered Public Reception
    5pm Artlatch begins
    Come witness.

    For more information, please check out the Massey Theatre website or contact Savage Society

  • Tuesday, January 09, 2018 8:46 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Vancouver 1 Day Workshop 
    Sunday January 28, 2018 
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    The Breath Space, 1392, 3rd Avenue East 
    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Join Brad Gibson and Gayle Murphy to experience rejuvenation through moving breath. You will practice allowing breath to move through you, without interference, in response to each moment. You will listen, move, sound and speak from the sensation of the movement of breath. The investigations, based on Middendorf Breath Experience and Voice Intensive practices, will inspire presence, resonance and responsiveness. 

    Maximum: 16 participants 

    Cost: $100 CAD 
    To register email info@voiceintensive.org 


  • Monday, January 08, 2018 9:17 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Apply to participate in Block P, our six-session workshop on Producing for Theatre.

    Block P will take place on six Tuesdays, beginning February 20, 2018 and ending in April, and will be led by Daniel Martin and Dave Mott of Upintheair Theatre, and guests. Sessions will encompass producing from primarily a practical angle: scheduling, budgeting, managing time, money and people, through marketing and promotions, grant writing and fundraising, and the practical aspects of putting up a production. It will also include discussion of the ethics and morals of independent production and the differences between producing new work vs published work.

    Submissions should include:

    • a description of the project you want to work on
    • a resume
    • and a letter concerning why Block P will serve your needs now

    Applicants must be members of PTC. The fee for Block P is $300, payable on acceptance. If finances are a barrier, please contact Kathleen Flaherty (kathleen@playwrightstheatre.com) to discuss options.

    The deadline for submissions is January 19, 2018.

    To see details of the program and the program leaders, update your membership and make a submission, please go to the Block P page.

  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017 8:26 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Vancouver International Children’s Festival in association with Red Diva and Boca del Lupo are looking for submissions from theatre artists who are South Asian and Indigenous. The cast of four (4) includes include one (1) role for a South Asian female and 3 Indigenous parts (any gender).

    PEG (working title)

    Peg is a ten-year old South Asian girl in the trenches of a posh boarding school in London. Trying to survive is a daily battle against Three It Girls who cast terrible shadows over her world, from the time she gets up to the time she goes to sleep. After her beloved Grandmother dies, an unexpected parcel comes for her. Inside are three Canadian cast iron soldiers. They are so small and the shadows of the Three It Girls are getting so big. In despair, she throws them against the floor and the three small figurines come to life as the Three Indigenous Snipers from World War I just in time to wage an epic battle. Written by Marie Clements, directed by Sherry Yoon. The show will be 50 minutes in length.

    PEG is a commission by Vancouver International Children’s Festival for celebrated writer, Marie Clements, to write a play highlighting the intersection of Canada’s indigenous people and the United Kingdom. The Vancouver International Children’s Festival, in association with Red Diva and Boca del Lupo, is producing this new, main-stage TYA performance. Directed by Sherry Yoon, shows will be at VICF May 28 – 30th, 2018 followed by a possible tour in the United Kingdom in October/November 2018.

    Director: Sherry Yoon
    Contact name: Jay Dodge
    Contact email: jay@bocadellupo.com Contact phone: 604.818.8250


    Deadline to submit: January 04th, 2018

    Please submit a resume and headshot to Boca del Lupo, c/o Michelle Knealle: associate@bocadellupo.com


    Development: Possible 3-day script workshop in January, dates TBC.
    1 week of development in February/March, 2018. Exact dates are TBC

    Rehearsal: 3 weeks May 6th – 24th, 2018

    Performances: May 27th preview 7pm, May 28 – 30th 2 shows per day, May 28 – 12:30pm, 7pm, May 29 – 10:30am, 12:30pm, May 30 – 10:30am, 12:30pm


    1. Peg is a 10 year-old south Asian girl attending a British boarding school.
    2. 3 Indigenous male performers.  Canadian Soldiers who participated in WW1.
    3. Three It Girls are the bullies who make Peg’s life miserable; played by the same actors as the soldiers. 

  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:07 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Actor’s Intensive is a multi-week course that takes a back-to-basics approach to tune up the mature actor’s instrument with voice, movement, and acting training from working pros. This course culminates in a showcase of participants for an invited audience including directors from the community.

    The class structure mirrors conservatory programs and provides practice that is frequent and focused. You’ll work three days a week at 15 hours per week, for 75 hours of instruction over five weeks—enough time to polish off any rust and get galvanized for lasting change.

    This is both a process and a product class. The acting training will incorporate voice and body work and examine the decision-making process that goes into crafting a performance. You will also integrate the process back into the product as you work on scenes and monologues, both classic and contemporary, to be presented at the showcase.

    Program Dates:
    March 27 – April 29, 2018

    Deadline To Apply:
    January 31, 2018

    Class Schedule:
    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30–10:30 PM and Sundays from 2–10 PM. Classes are held either at the BMO Theatre Centre (Olympic Village) or at the Granville Island Stage.

    Cost (includes GST)
    Equity Members - $640
    Non-Equity members - $799

    Other Details

    • Students are expected to attend all classes
    • Class size is limited to 12 students
    • 75 total hours of instruction
    • Students will showcase material for an audience that will include directors from the community

    The Actor’s Intensive supports each actor in a different way, including:

    1. As a bootcamp. These actors want a place to work out for the duration of the program and get into prime acting shape.
    2. As a systems re-boot. These actors want to diversify their learning, add to their skill toolbox and get re-inspired by filling in some gaps in their training.
    3. Becoming part of an acting community. You will find theatre friends, future collaborators, and project ideas here by reintroducing yourself and enhancing your presence in the acting community.

    All of our classes are taught by working professionals, award-winning actors and veterans of the Arts Club Theatre Company. Past faculty includes Alison Matthews, Jo Leslie, Wendy Gorling, Christine Hackman, Bill Pozzobon, and many others.

    For more information, visit Arts Club Theatre's website: http://artsclub.com/education/the-actors-intensive

  • Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:28 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Gateway Theatre Conservatory is a training program providing twelve emerging / student theatre artists, who are curious to expand their learning and practice of theatre skills, the opportunity to participate in individual workshops which will explore elements of performance, directing and the theatre industry. Participants will learn from some of the finest professional artists and educators in the country such as Kawa Ada, Diane Brown, John Ng and Peter Jorgensen. Workshop instructors are also working directly with Gateway Theatre on-stage or behind the scenes during the 2017/18 Signature Series.


    We are seeking applicants between the ages of 16 and 22 who

    • Currently train or have previous training in theatre
    • Intend to pursue a future in theatre
    • Demonstrate an investment in developing one’s craft as a theatre artist
    • Desire a deeper engagement in the Canadian theatre industry


    For more information and to apply visit www.gatewaytheatre.com. See the attached poster which can be printed and posted at your school, organization, or in your community.

  • Wednesday, December 06, 2017 8:55 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Rumble Theatre invites applications from emerging directors to participate in the sixth installment of Directorsʼ Lab, a series of in-studio workshops, rehearsals, investigations and roundtable discussions facilitated by a Master Director. This yearʼs Lab will be facilitated by Canadian director Weyni Mengesha and will be held February 27 - March 3, 2018 at Progress Lab 1422 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Submissions are due: January 5, 2018. For eligibility and application requirements, visit our website at www.rumble.org

  • Monday, December 04, 2017 7:29 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Dec 1st, 2017 - Theatre Cares Vancouver has raised $28,000 in support of local Aids organizations, AIDS Vancouver and Positive Living BC, in addition to The Actors Fund of Canada (AFC) which assists professional Canadian entertainers maintain their health, dignity, and ability to work, the Performing Arts Lodge which provides safe and affordable housing for people in the creative community, and the Stephen Lewis Foundation, an organization dedicated to the relief of the HIV/Aids pandemic in Africa. Each of these charities will receive financial support from Theatre Cares. Huge thanks to the staff and audiences of The Arts Club Theatre and Bard on the Beach who made this possible! 

    Theatre Cares Vancouver has been raising funds and awareness aroundHIV/AIDs since 1991. 

    Finding money to keep much-needed programs going is not the only obstacle in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Education appears to be sorely lacking as well. The Canadian AIDS Society has reported that a large number of youth believe there is not only a cure for HIV/AIDS, but there is also a vaccine available to prevent HIV infection. There is not.

    The Stephen Lewis Foundation works with community-level organizations that are turning the tide of HIV&AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, orphaned children, grandmothers and people living with HIV&AIDS. Since 2003, they have funded over 1,400 initiatives, partnering with more than 300 community-based organizations in the 15 African countries hardest hit by the global AIDS pandemic. These grassroots groups are the lifeline for their communities: they provide counselling and education about HIV prevention, care and treatment; distribute food, medication and other necessities; reach the sick and vulnerable through home-based health care; help orphans and vulnerable children access education and work through their grief; and support grandmothers caring for their orphaned grandchildren.

    Without the generosity of the theatre patrons and the support of local theatre companies, Theatre Cares would not be able to do the work that it does. Our fundraising over the years has benefited PAL Vancouver, the Coast Foundation, Triage Emergency Services & Care Society, Camp Moomba, PEERS Vancouver, Electric Company and the Positive Women's Network, a partnership of women living with HIV/AIDS in British Columbia.

    Theatre Cares Vancouver is a volunteer-based organization that unites the generous spirit of Vancouver’s performing arts community with its supporters to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS relief and other worthy causes.

    For more information, please contact:

    Diane Brown,

    Chair, Theatre Cares Committee


  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017 9:30 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Arts Umbrella, in partnership with UBC and SFU are hosting a mock audition experience for graduating high school students interested in pursuing a professional acting career. The mock auditions are an opportunity for Grade 12 Drama Students to experience the audition process and gain valuable feedback from teaching professionals as they prepare for upcoming post-secondary auditions.  


    The session is being held Dec 8, 2017 from 6:30p – 8:30pm at Arts Umbrella Granville Island. The cost is free but students need to book their spot in advance. More information can be found here: https://www.artsumbrella.com/events/mock-auditions/

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