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At the GVPTA, we take on a variety of initiatives in assistance of our members and industry. 

Community Surveys

As part of the GVPTA's ongoing commitment to serve the theatre community, we're seeking input in early 2020 through two distinct surveys to help inform the development of our programs.

Post-Graduate Handbook

We recognize the gap in the support and guidance provided to new graduates moving into the next phase of their career. GVPTA is developing a handbook of tips and resources encompassing various topics, including financial management, networking events, local activities relevant for emerging artists, information about professional associations and unions, and other resources. 

Recent graduates of performing arts programs transitioning into professional theatre practice in Metro Vancouver are invited to complete a Post-Graduate Handbook Survey that will help shape the content of the handbook.  

Stage Manager Resources

We wish to learn more about the unique needs and interests of stage managers in Metro Vancouver and throughout the province through a Stage Managers Survey. Feedback will help inform future activities, conversations, and gatherings that GVPTA could support or produce. 

We encourage you to share both survey links with your networks!


In partnership with PACT, the Belfry Theatre, and Boca del Lupo, GVPTA presented a two-day Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Workshop in November 2017.

Attended by leaders of 20 theatre organizations, the workshop was lead by Michele deCottignies, founder and artistic director of Stage Left Productions, with a purpose to: develop an understanding and common language to discuss EDI amongst our peers and in the community; and explore practical steps for individuals and organizations to break down barriers and open space for equity-seeking communities.

Theatre Engagement Project

A 28-page document containing the qualitative data collected through several series of consultations in 2014 and 2015 is available here.

To view the Summary and Action Plan Infographic, click here.

The Theatre Engagement Project was supported by

Living Room Series

GVPTA is proud to co-produce Rumble Theatre's Living Room series, a mixer-slash-mingler-slash-meeting for emerging artists to hear from established artists on topics that are important to our theatre community.

All artists who self-identify as “emerging” are invited to take part in these fun and stimulating evenings of conversation and community-building. It’s a great opportunity to connect, network, and share news in a casual and fun environment.

On Monday, May 4, 2020, The Living Room takes a different turn as we adapt to this time of social distancing in COVID-19: join online for a community Zoom meet-up on the topic of "Interior Design". We’ll be talking about design with found materials, puppets, and more with special guests Shizuka Kai and Robert Leveroos

"Whose Show Is It, Anyway?" took place on February 24, 2020, a discussion with 2019 Siminovitch Prize-winning theatre artist — and leader of Rumble’s 2020 Directors’ Lab — Maiko Yamamoto about identifying the audiences for our work. Who is your show made for? Who’s your audience? Local? National? International? What’s the difference anyway? 

The first Living Room of the 2019-2020 season, "Identity Play ", was held October 7, 2019. Who are you? Who are we? Who’s behind the scenes? Does it matter? How do we demonstrate our positionality in the creation of art? Rumble AD Jiv Parasram co-hosted the evening with Chelsea Haberlin (AD of Neworld Theatre) and Emelia Symington Fedy (co-AD of The Chop).

Living Room events start at 7pm and are held in the PL1422 studio. The Living Room is free of charge and no advance sign-up is required.

Watch for upcoming Living Room events soon. 

Identifying and Filling the Gaps in Sound Design

GVPTA, in partnership with the Vancouver Design Forum, The Centre for Digital Media, UBC Theatre & Film, and Associated Designers of Canada, presented an evening workshop, Identifying and Filling the Gaps in Sound Design, at the Centre for Digital Media, 685 Great Northern Way on October 24, 2019. 

This workshop was an opportunity for artists who work with sound in live performance to come together and engage in conversation about their work. The definition of “Sound Design” in Canada is broad and often fluid, which means that most sound designers possess expertise in certain areas and knowledge gaps in others.

In this workshop we discussed the expectations that we face in this field and the skills and questions held by folks in the room. Through this investigation, we aim to strengthen our own understanding of our work, and to build a stronger network of knowledge-sharing opportunities throughout our community.

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Vancouver Design Forum


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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