2017 MAKING A SCENE Conference

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017
  • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Anvil Centre

The GVPTA is proud to announce the 18th annual theatre conference Making a Scene: Falling Forward. With support from Front Row Insurance and the Anvil Centre, the 2017 conference will be held at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, from 10am-5pm (doors and registration open at 9:30am)

The theme Falling Forward looks at the history of our theatre community, the steps we are taking now, and envisioning the possibilities of our future.

The day-long conference will kick off with a panel discussing “lessons learned” from organizations that faced exceptional challenges and decisions. Vicki Stroich, Executive Director of Alberta Theatre Projects will speak about their recent $400k fundraising campaign, due in part by the 77% reduction in corporate sponsorships, while also exploring their steps toward a more sustainable business model. Paddy Macleod, former General Manager of Blackbird Theatre, will share her experience about their recent closure after 12 years of producing classical theatre to Vancouver audiences.

Attendees will then have the opportunity to participate in a selection of breakout sessions, ranging in topics including: artist and audience accessibility; the incorporation of technology into performance; individual health and wellness; and audience development.


We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.


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 traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.