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  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 8:35 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)


    is an annual Award, intended to assist mature West Coast theatre artists to further their artistic development, and will take the form of a $1,500 dollar cash award. Applications will be considered for projects, courses or to fulfil your heart’s desire.

    Criteria For Application:

    • Must be a West Coast resident, or be able to demonstrate a body of work on or related to the West Coast.
    • Must have a minimum of 10 years professional theatre experience. Applicable experience includes but is not limited to the areas of performance, directing, technical, design or stage management.
    • Retroactive funding is not available. The Award will not consider projects which have been completed.

    Applications Must Contain:

    1. A project proposal. (A letter describing what you would like to do is fine.)

    2. A resume.

    3. 2 References. (Names & phone numbers are sufficient; letters of reference are not required.)

    Submissions accepted by email ONLY to: johnandlarry@live.ca

    Application Deadline: Annually on May 16th.

    Please note: late applications will not be accepted.

    Questions? Email johnandlarry@live.ca

    For information on making a donation to the award, please call Dawn Brennan at 604-255-6448

  • Friday, April 06, 2018 5:14 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Beginner Puppetry Intensive for Artists

    June 2nd-3rd, 2018 from 10am to 2:30pm
    Cost: $250.00
    Cost for Equity, ACTRA, UBCP & Axis Members: $200
     Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Street, Vancouver BC

    Make yourself suitable to even more roles by learning a skill that more and more theatre companies are requiring - Puppetry.

    Starting with the basics and quickly building your arsenal of techniques and tools, this two-day introductory puppet intensive, intended for artists with professional training looking to add to their repertoire of desired skills.  The course will touch on puppet theatre history, and will focus on hand puppetry techniques and styles, performing with puppets, and aims to prepare participants with the ability and confidence to rock an audition using a puppet.

    Puppets will be provided for use during the workshop, however if participants have a puppet of their own they wish to use they may bring it.

    Actors should come prepared to the workshop with a memorized, short monologue (under 1 minute) of their choosing, and dressed in clothes they can move in.

    This is a Professional Development Workshop

    Please send in your theatre resume and a short note why you would like to take this workshop. 

    Although no puppetry experience is required, participants must have theatre or film acting training.

    To Register: visit http://www.axistheatre.com/professional-workshops/

    Contact: booking@axistheatre.com for more information

    Workshop Leader Bio: 

    Jeny Cassady has been getting friendly with puppets for over 25 years as puppet designer, builder, performer, on-set coach, teacher, and director.  Two time Jessie Richardson award winner, Jeny trained with respected professionals from around the world in mask performance, acting, clowning, marionette, hand and rod puppeteering, animatronics, and received a BFA with distinction from University of Victoria.  Her puppets have been featured on stages across BC, on the web, and in numerous independent films. Skilled in the manipulation of many styles of puppetry, her performances can be seen on stage, and in many film and television productions.  Most recent appearances include: Mary for ABC’s Imaginary Mary, Arts Club’s 3 year run of Avenue Q, Axis Theatre’s award winning Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch, and Henson’s Turkey Hollow.  

    Jeny wishes to encourage the enrichment of puppetry arts in Vancouver and enjoys mentoring, volunteering, and engaging in causes that promote puppetry arts, help build the puppet community, or make puppetry more accessible to the public.  She is proud to be one of the founders of the Vancouver International Puppet Festival, and invites everyone to come see, play, learn, and explore all things puppet at the next festival, happening October 2018.   www.vipuppetfest.com



    twitter:  @JenyCassady

  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Magnetic North Festival will re-emerge with renewed spirit and purpose in June of 2019. Currently, the proposed dates are June 3 – 9, and/or June 10 – 16, 2019. The festival will be held on Coast Salish Territory and will be a partnership between artists, presenters and communities based in the Lower Mainland. The festival headquarters will be at The Cultch in East Vancouver and events will take place in the multiple communities that make up the Greater Vancouver Regional District, (GVRD).

    The New Spirit, Purpose, and Vision of Magnetic North 

    Magnetic North is a gathering place for performing arts makers, audiences, academics, and allies to share their unique perspectives and practices in the creation and participation of the work. Together we expand our individual approaches to the art and create relationships that engage and unify our diverse community.

    This spirit and purpose of the festival will not follow the format of traditional markets or industry events at festivals where the goal is to buy and sell product; those conferences and models already exist. It will focus on finding multiple ways of engaging audiences by using the festival to expand the norm of viewing a finished product in a specified way. The festival will focus on finding ways of participating in work and or its process by supporting innovation. It will also focus on clearly communicating to the public their integral role as cohort and conspirator. The idea is that everyone who participates in the festival, audiences and artists, gets what they need from it. It will be multi-disciplinary, focused on Canadian work at all stages of development and have the engagement of multiple communities of artists and audiences at its core.

    Magnetic North will be a community-minded platform animated by events and works that are proposed by the local and national arts community. There is no Artistic Director curating a singular vision, rather it is a “potluck” of professional arts proposed by independent artists and producing companies. The festival will focus on executing a meaningful community engagement plan locally and through national and international networks. The board will continue to act as the administrative team running the organization, each bringing their areas of expertise to make it happen (finance, marketing, presenter relationships, fundraising). A Festival Producer will be hired to facilitate and oversee the logistics of the event, reporting directly to the board with the aim of facilitating those who want to participate in the festival within the resources we have. 

    Call to Artists 

    We are asking artists, presenters and producers to bring their work to the table in whatever stage of development it might be. 

    If you already have resources that you have allocated to developing work, and/or are in a process that wants to engage a public in a robust dialogue, then Magnetic North is for you. If you are a presenter or student or marketer or activist who wants to have a conversation about the performing arts, we want you here. The funds we are able to raise will help fund artist fees, independent artists, marketing, community engagement, travel, and the Festival Producer salary.

    We have spoken with the artists and presenters in GVRD and they are very supportive. Please click HERE to read this letter in full, including the ideas they brought to the table at those conversations and some of the feedback we heard about a new model.

    Now we want to expand this conversation to be a national one and hear from you about your projects and your desires for your communities and how the festival can help move them forward. There will be a more detailed description of the festival and the submission and evaluation process for the festival that will be communicated over the summer, however we are gathering ideas right now.

    We are also asking for your support. We are currently writing fundraising proposals for the 2019 festival and need letters of support from the performing arts community by April 2, 2018.

    Please send your letters, or any questions you may have, to Magnetic North Chair, Heather Redfern, at heather@thecultch.com


    The Magnetic North Board

    Gabbie, Heather, Amy, Tammy and Ken

  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 1:14 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in collaboration with British Council Canada is pleased to offer a Relaxed Performance (RP) training program in Vancouver, BC on April 14, 15 and 16, 2018. In partnership with Tangled Art + Disability, this program is support by the Canada Council for the Arts.

    In 2016, British Council invited six artists and cultural organizers invested in advocating for accessible arts to be trained by UK’s Include Arts. Now certified trainers ‘in the making’, the Access Activators are bringing their knowledge and energy to support organizations across Canada to integrate Relaxed Performances into their programming. The pilot program of training is currently seeing the activation and animation of RP in arts and performance venues across Canada and will continue over the next year.

    What is a Relaxed Performance?

    Relaxed performances were initially designed to make theatre spaces more comfortable and welcoming to audience members with autism spectrum disorders, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities. Other audience members who benefit from Relaxed Performances include parents with toddlers, people with Tourette's syndrome, people who experience anxiety or even people who just don’t enjoy the conventions that are experienced in a traditional theatre setting.

    Why should your organization offer Relaxed Performances?

    As well as complying with federal and provincial accessibility legislation, expanding your programming in ways that welcome disability will improve your sustainability as a cultural space while putting your organization on the map. More importantly, it is imperative that all audiences be able to experience arts and culture without barriers. Join us in helping to make our arts and cultural sector more inclusive.

    We wish to invite you and your organization to participate in the upcoming training in Vancouver. Here is the link to register and for more information on the training details: http://bit.ly/2DsOhBD

    Deadline to register: April 3, 2018

    The Access Activators training program will include the following 3 levels. Please note that the venues are different for Session 1 and sessions 2 & 3.

    1. The Foundation: The Principles of a Relaxed Performance
    2. Saturday, April 14, 10am-4:30pm
      1. Venue: ArtStarts: 808 Richards St. Vancouver, BC
    3. Getting the Word Out: Marketing and Audience Development
    4. Sunday, April 15, 10am-2pm
      1. Venue: The Post at 750: 110 – 750 Hamilton St. Vancouver, BC
    5. Opening the Doors: Front of House Staff and Box Office
    6. Monday, April 16, 10am-2pm
      1. Venue: The Post at 750: 110 – 750 Hamilton St. Vancouver, BC

      Accessibility: The ArtStarts Lab is located on the Mezzanine level. An elevator is available for access to the Mezzanine level. The Post at 750 has 4 gender-neutral toilets, one that is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair and other mobility-challenged access to The Post at 750 is through the CBC Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street.

      We are requesting a registration fee of $325 per organization. This fee will secure your spot for participation in all three sessions for up to 5 members of your organization.

      Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to pass this information onto other organizations who you think may be interested.

      Contact Information: 

      Cléo Sallis-Parchet
      Project Coordinator | Coordonatrice de projets – Arts
      British Council Canada | 2, Queen Street East, suite 1401 | P.O. Box 30
      Toronto, Ontario M5C 3G7
      T: +1 647-352-8355

  • Friday, March 16, 2018 8:34 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    We're pleased to announce that Rumble's Student AmbassadorsShanae Sodhi (Studio 58 at Langara College) and Olivia Lang (University of British Columbia), are reviving The 48-Hour Crock Pot to engage a whole new cohort of emerging artists. The first iteration took place in 2014 and was produced by that year's Student Ambassadors Karina Darychuk and Naomi Vogt. It was an amazing event that resulted in a wonderful new devised work and provided a much-needed opportunity to have young artists from different training institutions work and interact with one another.

    Here's the premise: The 48-Hour Crock Pot brings together students from different theatre schools around the Lower Mainland and challenges them to create a piece together. They’ll have only 48 hours (!) to devise “something meaningful” — with the help of a few prompts. This resulting work will be presented on Monday, March 26 at 7pm, in the PL1422 studio. Please join us to see what these fearless young artists cook up!

    The 48-Hour Crock Pot
    WHEN: Monday, March 26 at 7pm
    WHERE: PL1422 studio, 1422 William Street, Vancouver
    Free admission; no prior registration required
    Check out the event on Facebook

  • Friday, March 09, 2018 9:44 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Vancouver International Children’s Festival is proud to announce an upcoming storytelling workshop on Granville Island with Deborah Williams.

    Deb Williams, award winning performer, co-creator of the international hit Mom’s the Word trilogy and co-founder of Vancouver’s sold out storytelling series The Flame is offering a storytelling workshop for emerging performers with two sessions to choose from.  In this weekend intensive, Deb will share her 3 decades of storytelling expertise and give you the tools to create and share truly compelling personal stories. This inclusive, demanding, and supportive workshop is focused on learning and growth.

    New to storytelling, but passionate about it?  Bring a short, interesting personal anecdote, and Deb will work with you to get it performance ready; for stage.  Already a great storyteller?  Improve your creation and performance skills. Bring well-honed stories ready to perform.  Stories have to be true, about you, and told in less than 5 minutes.

    Each session will involve working on these and generating new stories.

    More info:

    ·         When:                       Sat., April 7 & Sun., April 8th @ 10am-4pm OR Sat., April 14 & Sun., April 15 @ 10am-4pm

    ·         Where:                      T.B.D on Granville Island

    ·         Who:                         Workshop is open to emerging artists, 19 years and up; Non-union performers who are finished   or are in mid-training.

    A $50 registration fee, to hold a space, will be refunded on completion. 

    Opportunity to Perform

    Once the workshop is completed a select group of participants will be invited to create a new piece of storytelling theatre which will be performed at the 2018 Vancouver International Children’s Festival.

    One of a Kind will have its world premiere and a week long run at the Children’s Festival.  One of a Kind will be created and rehearsed in May and performed on Granville Island May 28th and June 3rd, 2018.  The creation of One of a Kind will give participants the opportunity to meet and work with professional theatre creators and producers, the occasion to sharpen their own stories and any other skills they have to offer, and the chance to work and connect with emerging artists from around the Province.  Participants will receive a performance honorarium.

    About Deborah Williams

    Deb Williams is an award winning actor, a playwright, producer, director, comedienne and one of the co-creator/stars of the Mom’s the Word trilogy, enjoyed by 1.5 million people in 19 countries.  She is the co-Artistic Director of The Flame, Vancouver’s monthly sold out storytelling event, celebrating it’s 9th season.  She teaches storytelling across the province.

    She is a 6 time Jessie Award Nominee and 3 time winner and graduate of Studio 58.

    For more information, visit: http://www.childrensfestival.ca/story-voice-workshop/

  • Thursday, March 08, 2018 4:09 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    LAUNCH:        March 15, 2018

    WEBSITE:      conspiracy.ca/victim-impact-fraudcast  

    TEASER:          Victim Impact: the Fraudcast

    (VANCOUVER, BC) ~ Have you or someone you love been ripped off for all their worth by someone trusted? Did you lose your home? A relationship? Trust in everything and everyone? Then Victim Impact: the Fraudcast is for you – a podcast series that aims to expose the many layers of a legendary Vancouver-area fraud scheme.

    Rashida Samji scammed almost 300 people and companies for nearly $120 million dollars. The Ponzi scheme was exposed in 2012. Now, six years later, court proceedings still trudge exhaustingly forward, eating up money the victims might have recouped as well as countless dollars from public coffers. But many of the most interesting, most mysterious, angles haven’t been heard in court or investigated thoroughly in the media.

    The fraudcast is an outgrowth of Theatre Conspiracy’s documentary-style theatre show Victim Impact (premiering at The Cultch, Vancouver in June 2018). Faced with thousands of pages of court documents and dozens of hours of interviews for the theatre piece, Artistic Director Tim Carlson decided to create a podcast to investigate the reams of material that will not make it into the show.

    Working with dramaturg and former CBC radio producer Kathleen Flaherty (PTC) and sound designer David Mesiha, Carlson will host the podcast over six episodes launching March 15, 2018.

    The aim: opening up the tale. Exposing secrets. Fighting for transparency. That’s how things might change. We’ll go deep into the fallout for the victims. Follow the money. Try to crack the mystery at the heart of the case.

    The fraudcast will also invite listeners to tell their fraud stories – anonymously or on the record.

    Find Victim Impact: the Fraudcast on conspiracy.ca, iTunes, YouTube.

    About Theatre Conspiracy

    Founded in 1995, Theatre Conspiracy’s critical inquiry and aesthetic curiosity contributes to a public dialogue activating freedom of expression, diversity in identity and opinion, and challenges the status quo. Based in Vancouver, Theatre Conspiracy provides a platform for artists creating contemporary work for stage and media to investigate new directions in society, politics and culture conspiracy.ca

  • Tuesday, March 06, 2018 8:53 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    March 15 Deadline for Nominations : 2018 ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards for Theatre Gender Parity

     (The World) - The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is proud to sponsor the seventh annual 50/50 Applause Award, celebrating theatres who achieve gender equity for playwrights in their 2017-2018 Season.  The nomination window for the 2017-2018 theatrical season is open!

    The balance of opportunity, employment and career prospects for female dramatists has lagged well behind their male counterparts. The sheer amount of academic research and published reports is staggering. Landmark events include, in 1978, the Feminist Theatre Study Group picketed five shows on London’s West End, through 2009 with an article by Marsha Norman, a 2010 speech by Theresa Rebeck, and the 2016 outcry in Dublin, Ireland that gave birth to the movement #Wakingthefeminists.  There is an ever-brightening spotlight on theatre companies around the world who consistently produce the work of male playwrights at roughly double the rate of female playwrights. Activist groups and, in France, government committees, have urged theatre managements and artistic directors to implement gender equity policies when selecting works for their seasons.  The exponential growth of independent female-only theatre companies is a symptom of the gender bias that has existed and still exists in the majority of large publicly funded theatres.

    Awards Co-chair Patricia L. Morin said “ We ask theatres everywhere to examine their own production output and see how they stack up in terms of playwrights’ gender and that their local subscribers and patrons will do the same. They can find the criteria we are using for the 2017 -2018 Applause Awards on our website and, if their local theatre qualifies, make a nomination.”

    This year's nomination form will remain open until 15 March 2018 on the ICWP website, http://www.womenplaywrights.org where you will also find links to videos, press releases, and news. Anyone may nominate eligible theatres. 
    The eligibility criteria have changed from previous years. Here are highlights of the new qualifying criteria:
    - Have at least three productions in their season
    - Have plays by both female and male dramatists in their season
    - At least 50% of the plays produced between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 are the work of female playwrights
    - At least 50% of the total number of performances during that window are the work of female playwrights
    - Only Main Stage productions will qualify where a company has several venues.
    - Theatres may not have the development of works by women as their main mission statement

    The guidelines are available at http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award. Please contact us if you need translation assistance. We have French and Spanish versions available.
    Nominations may come from artistic directors, theatre employees and members of the public. Please share this information with your theatre friends and colleagues around the world! Recipients of the 2017/18 award will be announced in May 2018.
    For more about the awards history and previous recipients, go to http://womenplaywrights.org/50-50-Awards-History

    Established in 1989, The International Centre for Women Playwrights promotes and supports women playwrights. We aim to help achieve a fair representation of the female imagination on the world’s stages. ICWP provides a place for peer support, knowledge-sharing, and play publication
    Email: awards@womenplaywrights.org
    Web Address: http://www.womenplaywrghts.org
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/icwp

  • Tuesday, March 06, 2018 8:40 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Theatre companies, are you looking for studio space? Scotiabank Dance Centre’s six studios, black box performance space and board room are available for rent by artists working in all disciplines including theatre, for rehearsals, photoshoots, auditions and more. Come check out our excellent facilities and join our friendly arts community! Visit thedancecentre.ca for details or call 604.606.6400 studiorentals@thedancecentre.ca for availability and bookings.

  • Friday, February 23, 2018 3:21 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)


    Tuesday, March 6
    5:30–7 PM
    Doors open at 5 PM

    Dear Playwright, 

    On Tuesday, March 6 the Arts Club Theatre Company is hosting a get-together with Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran.  Join us for a drink and for a chance to meet Ashlie, then learn more about her vision for new play development. 

    Also on hand will be Literary Assistant Veronique West, and departing Literary Manager Rachel Ditor. Come say hello to Ashlie, and wish Rachel well as she wraps up her 17 years with the company. During Rachel's time at the Arts Club, she has achieved a remarkable change in the way we develop new work and the company has produced 39 new plays under her tenure. 

    Complimentary tickets are available to the evening’s performance of Jill Daum’s new playForget About Tomorrow at the Goldcorp Stage to the first 10 playwrights to RSVP for the event.


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