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Industry Roundtables

In an effort to facilitate building connections within the theatre community, we host industry roundtables throughout the year.

Recent roundtables have included:

Theatre Management Roundtable - geared towards general managers, artistic directors, and others that are focused in the management of a theatre company.

Theatre Venue Rental Roundtable - geared towards booking managers and coordinators of venues and facilities.

Building Relationships, Building Sales Roundtable - geared towards those responsible for box office and marketing strategies in large and small performing arts organizations. (December 3, 2018; details here).

Each roundtable includes a facilitated discussion on a topic of interest to the attending participants. 

If you are interested in chairing a roundtable with a specific discussion topic in mind, whether listed above or not, contact Executive Director, Kenji Maeda at executivedirector@gvpta.ca.


boardLink Vancouver 2018

In partnership with artScene Vancouver, GVPTA hosted boardLink 2018, a networking event designed to connect young professionals interested in applying their business or leadership skills on an arts board with local arts organizations seeking new board or committee members. 

The event took place on December 4 at the VSO School of Music's Pyatt Hall. Participating organizations included:

Applause! Musicals Society
ArtsCan Resource Network
CARFAC BC
Carousel Theatre for Young People
Firehall Arts Centre
The Jessies

Music on Main
Peninsula Productions
Pi Theatre
PTC Playwrights Theatre Centre
Repertory Company Theatre
Ruby Slippers Theatre

Staircase Theatre Society
Theatre Replacement
Upintheair Theatre
Urban Ink
Visceral Visions Society
Young People's Opera Society of BC (YPOSBC)


CreativeMornings/Vancouver - Special Evening Theatre Edition

GVPTA was pleased to collaborate in 2018 with CreativeMornings/Vancouver on a special evening edition of CreativeMornings on November 27, 2018 at the Vancouver Playhouse. We were joined by three talented creatives from Vancouver’s theatre community: Landon Krentz, Heipo Leung, and Yvonne Wallace, along with moderator Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight’s style and arts editor, for an intimate conversation about the artists' creative journeys and the role of creativity in their lives, careers, and practices. 

Speakers (L-R): Yvonne Wallace, Landon Krentz, Heipo Leung

View the video of the discussion below.


About the Speakers

Landon Krentz is a bilaterally profoundly Deaf individual who is completely bilingual in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. As a Deaf artist, he brings a unique perspective to the role of a Director of Artistic Sign Language for theatre organization that wants to establish professional sign language theatre as an inclusive artistic practice. The role has allowed him to advocate for the inclusion of artists within the larger community so that Deafness is looked upon as a reflection of diversity and culture. He is a skilled ASL/English transcriber who understands the theatrical context into sign language. In 2018, Landon was given an Award of Merit for his work in inclusion and access in Vancouver.

Heipo Leung works as a set designer in theatre and film/TV productions. She didn’t grow up dreaming of a career in theatre. She was artistic, always drawing and making things with her hands when she was a kid, but she wasn’t aware of actual jobs related to this artsy doodling. The only art-related occupation she knew of involved cutting off one’s ears, starving, committing suicide, and gaining fame only after death. A bit bleak, she thought. She never treated her artistic inclinations seriously enough to take them further - yet in 2014, Heipo decided to leave her beloved Hong Kong to attend a Theatre Design Master’s Program in Vancouver. She cried on the first night of arrival missing her family and started to doubt that decision. It has been an exciting journey for her. Heipo looks forward to an uncertain future - like an audience gets excited about what is behind the theatre curtain.

Yvonne Wallace (Ucwalmicw) is from the Lil’wat Nation. She recently graduated from the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree program at Capilano University. Her enthusiasm for playwriting began while she worked at The Centre for Indigenous Theatre. Later, she graduated with honours from Humber College Theatre Acting program. She has written three plays “Smothered Sweetly”, “The Last Dance”, and “Utsan” a play dealing with language reclamation and her first language fluency progression. Currently writing “7 Misconceptions of a Half-Breed Mother” a tragicomedy about the public-school system.




The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) strives to strengthen the local theatre industry. We do this through providing services, promotion of member news and community events, opportunities to connect and network, and our annual theatre conference. Together with our members we are raising the profile of local theatre and building community.

At GVPTA, we acknowledge that our organization is located on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.