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2019 Making A Scene Conference Overview

Thank you to all of the conference delegates, presenters, panelists, moderators, facilitators, volunteers, programming partners, and supporters who joined us for GVPTA's 20th annual Making A Scene theatre conference! Over the course of three days, over 200 individuals from the theatre community took part in conference activities at SFU Woodward's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (May 28) and The Post at 750 (May 29 & 30).

Primary programming included a range of engaging, honest, and challenging panel discussions, presentations, breakout sessions and networking opportunities. Many of you participated in conversations that were at times difficult, uncomfortable, and made you vulnerable, and we are grateful to all of those who took part and enabled these discussions to take place within a safe space. We look forward to continuing to work together with you all to explore these important issues further, and to support and strengthen our community and our sector. 

Standalone workshops on Intimacy Direction with Siobhan Richardson and Beginner's QLab at The Post at 750 were well-received, and we heard that many are interested in more of this type of professional development. 

Many thanks to all of those who attended our closing event Ephemera 2: An Archiving Party, presented in partnership with Rumble Theatre, Theatre Replacement, and SFU Library, to help create a time capsule for the performing arts that is now housed in SFU Library's Special Collections.

The 2019 event was co-hosted with SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs and sponsored by PACT, Front Row Insurance, and Ecclesiastical Insurance

We can't wait until next year's event! Have further feedback? Email Executive Director Kenji Maeda with your input. 

Conference Materials

Kim Senklip Harvey's keynote helped set the tone for the conference and was one of the highlights of the event. Missed it, or want to review the content in its entirety? Kim has posted her full keynote to her blog here

Panel: Working with Designers: Strengthening the Relationship Between Designers and Producers
Didn't get a copy of the handout provided at this session? Download the Working With Designers Tips Sheet here

Check out some of the photos from the event at SFU Woodward's on our Facebook page (those images and the ones above credited to Alisha Weng), and while you're at it like our page so you view all of our news and updates in your Facebook feed. Do you have some great photos from the conference? Please share them and tag us on social media!

Primary Conference Programming

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | SFU Woodward's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, V6B 1H4). 

The conference kicked off with a keynote by director, playwright, and actor Kim Senklip Harvey from the Syilx, Tshilqot'in, Ktunaxa and Dakelh Nations. Conference programming featured a diverse range of breakout sessions, workshops, and presentations, bringing up questions, conversations, and learning relevant for the theatre community. Check out the Programming page for full details. 

Following afternoon programming, appetizers were provided (courtesy of GVPTA) at the Charles Bar, prior to evening programming in the theatre. Yours, Mine, and Ours: Much Ado About Something (When Storytelling and Copyright Collide), was a panel discussion presented in partnership with Artists' Legal Outreach. Theatre artists Erin Pike and James Long (Theatre Replacement) were joined by lawyer Martha Rans and moderator Jivesh Parasram (Rumble Theatre) for a discussion on navigating art, copyright, and the threat of legal action. Free to delegates; tickets $10 for general public. See full details on the Programming page.

Special Activities & Add-On Conference Workshops

Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30, 2019 | The Post at 750 (750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, V6B 2R5)

On May 29 and 30 we presented optional add-on workshops, including two Intimacy Direction Workshops with Siobhan Richardson (by application only; separate workshop registration required) and a Beginner's QLab Workshop (free to delegates; separate registration required. Limited space available). 

The conference closed with a wrap party on May 30, open to all; Ephemera 2: An Archiving Party was presented in partnership with Rumble Theatre, Theatre Replacement, and SFU. Free to attend.

Intimacy Direction Standalone Workshops

Facilitator: Siobhan Richardson

Add-on / standalone workshops: Application required

Wednesday, May 29 - Directors & Choreographers 6-hour session (FULL); 9:30am–4:30pm; 1-hour lunch break on your own
Thursday, May 30 - Broadly open to directors (theatre, film & television), choreographers, actors, dancers, teachers 4-hour session; 9:30am–2:30pm; 1-hour lunch break on your own

We presented two Intimacy Direction workshops with Siobhan Richardson as standalone workshops (with discounted rates for conference delegates). Participants gained a greater understanding of the role of an Intimacy Director and learned how to begin to incorporate best practices in rehearsal.

Registration for this workshop by application only. 


Contact info@gvpta.ca.

GVPTA acknowledges the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia, The Government of Canada, BC Arts Council, and the City of Vancouver Cultural Services.

GVPTA acknowledges that this conference takes place on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

GVPTA's 2019 Making A Scene Conference is sponsored by PACT, Front Row Insurance, and Ecclesiastical Insurance, co-hosted by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs, and supported by MAXGuide.

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SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs

SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC, V6B 5K3

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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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