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IATSE Local 118 is the labour union supplying technicians, stagehands, stage crew, artisans and craftspeople to the Greater Vancouver performing arts and entertainment industry, including live theatre and music.

UBCP/ACTRA - Vancouver (Union of British Columbia Performers) is an autonomous branch of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. 

Professional Associations & Arts Service Organizations

Actsafe Safety Association works to make BC safe for the production of motion pictures, television, live events and performing arts by providing trusted and reliable occupational health and safety education, training and resources to employers, supervisors and workers

The AFC (Actors' Fund of Canada) helps Canadian entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity and ability to work through compassionate support.

BC Touring Council serves presenters and touring professional artists in BC by expanding touring opportunities, promoting audience development and advocating for artists and presenters.

Canadian Actors' Equity Association represents 6000 active professional artists, including performers (actors, singers, dancers), directors, choreographers, fight directors and stage managers, engaged in theatre, opera and dance in English Canada. Equity negotiates and administers scale agreements and policies on behalf of its membership.

CHRC (Cultural Human Resources Council) brings together cultural workers and employers to address training, career development and other human resource issues.

PACT (Professional Association of Canadian Theatres) is a national member-driven organization of professional Canadian theatres which serves as the collective voice of its members by promoting professionalism in the field of theatre, nurturing Canadian theatre’s artistic talent, bolstering the business and management acumen of theatre companies, and inspiring new and renewed passion for theatre in Canada.

TheatreBC promotes and encourages the development of community theatre in British Columbia. 

Funding Information

Awards & Prizes

Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards (The Jessies) are Vancouver’s professional theatre awards, celebrating excellence in professional theatre and educating the public about Vancouver’s theatre scene.

The John Moffat & Larry Lillo Award is an annual Award, intended to assist mature West Coast theatre artists to further their artistic development, and takes the form of a $2000 dollar cash award. Applications will be considered for projects, courses or to fulfill your heart’s desire.

The Colin Campbell Award for Excellence in Technical Theatre is awarded annually to an individual at any stage of their career who has displayed excellence and commitment to the field of professional technical theatre in Greater Vancouver through their body of work.

50/50 Applause Awards For Theatre Gender Parity are sponsored by the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP).

John Hobday Awards in Arts Management offers up to two distinct awards of $10,000 annually to established or mid-career arts managers for professional development or mentorship opportunities.

The Trevor Craven Memorial Scholarship for Young Actors, offered by Mitch & Murray Productions, consists of acting training and mentoring at the company's Working Actors Gym. 

The Fringe New Play Prize, awarded annually, offers eight months dramaturgy, some free creation and rehearsal space, a free spot in a how-to-produce-theatre seminar series, and a free space on the Fringe Mainstage.

Accessibility Resources

Theatre Interpreting Services pioneers inclusive artistic practices by implementing different forms of inclusion by collaborating with Theatre Interpreters, Deaf Interpreters, Deaf artists and ASL consultants in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Venue Accessibility Audits available soon.

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.

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