Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA)


Join an alliance of  theatre workers, gain inspiration, build connections, and be a part of a thriving community.

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Member Discounts and Special Offers

GVPTA has negotiated special rates on a range of services that help our members to be safe, healthy, and productive. 

We've broadened available benefits, offering exclusive rates and discounts with GVPTA partners and local businesses. 
Discounts + Special Offers
Personal Health Insurance
Theatre + Event Insurance
Discounts + Special Offers

Vectorworks Online Seminars (Limited Time Offer)

Update: Due to the impact of COVID-19, Vectorworks has generously offered free access to select online training to everyone. Please review their website to register directly while that offer is still available.

GVPTA is delighted to extend the special offer to our Company and Individual Members of FREE access to a series of online seminars on the fundamentals of the powerful Vectorworks® software, valued at $79–$149 per session. A limited number of free spots are available.

Vectorworks® seminars available as part of this offer are:

Interested GVPTA Company and Individual Members are asked to email GVPTA Executive Director Kenji Maeda with the requested workshop title and date. 

Sandman Hotel Group & Sutton Place Hotel Company 

GVPTA members have access to GVPTA's corporate rate with The Sandman Hotel Group and The Sutton Place Hotel Company, with more than 50 properties across Canada (30 across B.C., and 8 in Metro Vancouver).

Members who wish to access the GVPTA corporate rate sheet, which includes a list of properties, fixed and flexible rates, and blackout dates, contact executive director Kenji Maeda at

Classic Impressions Inc.

Coordinating print, marketing and direct mail campaigns to promote your business can be costly and overwhelming for small arts organizations. We're pleased to announce that GVPTA members can now access trusted and affordable solutions from a company that understands the varying needs of local theatre groups and supports our industry’s growth as a whole.

Through a partnership with Classic Impressions Inc., GVPTA Company and Associate Members are eligible for Preferred Member Status, providing you access to exclusive rates on mailings and print as well as a complimentary consultation to discuss your projects, goals and budget.
NEW! (COVID-19 Special Offer)
Your organization may be thinking about reaching out to the community at this time to share updates and to get the public engaged in what you're working on. When combined with digital marketing, direct mail has been shown to boost response rates by up to 45%. 

Canada Post has released an offer to help support the community and small businesses: paid postage on up to 6,000 pieces of Neighbourhood Mail for new customers. Classic Impressions is offering to pull the data for FREE (regular $100 min.), and to help further, they offer discounted rates to non-profit organizations. 

Classic Impressions has created an online form with some standard pricing to give an idea of the costs:

Other options are available (email to inquire).
  • Exclusive Rates on Print: Estimates for all printed material will include a Preferred Member Discount. Discounts vary depending on volume, stock, size, item, and availability; request a consultation to determine what options suit your unique needs and to obtain a custom quote. For example, based on popular printed items (e.g. stationery on regular stock), the GVPTA Preferred Member Status discount could range from 15%-20%.
  • Exclusive Rates on Mailings: Mailings are a great way to reach out to the community, targeting a new market that may not otherwise be attainable. Got no data, a limited budget and no idea where to start? Classic can help! Receive up to 60% off services such as data processing for unaddressed mailings.

Please note that discounts are based on regular rates and do not apply to existing partnership discounts or other promotional pricing.

To access the discount, contact GVPTA at

Is your business interested in offering preferred rates or discounts to GVPTA members? Email Kenji Maeda

Personal Health Insurance

Personal Health Insurance

GVPTA Individual members in good standing are eligible to apply for personal health insurance created specifically for Canadian performers through The Arts & Entertainment Plan® with Actra Fraternal Benefits Society. 

The Arts & Entertainment Plan® is a simple way to assist you in managing health care costs for you and your family. Get the coverage you need – minus the confusion. It’s affordable, exclusive to the artistic community and there are no medical questionnaires – so you won’t be denied access because of pre-existing conditions. It's guaranteed acceptance!
Choose from a standard or comprehensive plan; both offer the same core benefit categories:
  • Dental Care
  • Prescription Drug Care
  • Extended Health Care
  • Travel Emergency Medical
  • Group Term Life
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • Member and Family Assistance Program (MFAP)

Coverage is available for individuals and families, a convenient monthly payment option is available, and your premiums may be tax-deductible.

To be eligible for the plan, you must:
  • Be a professional in the arts, living in Canada
  • Have a valid Provincial Health Card
  • Be under 71 years of age

To learn more go to or call 1.800.387.8897 ext. 238.     

The Arts & Entertainment Plan is a service of Actra Fraternal Benefits Society (AFBS). AFBS is a not-for-profit, member-owned and governed, federally incorporated insurance company that is exclusive to the artistic community. Artists helping artists! 

Click here to download the PDF brochure. 

Theatre + Event Insurance

Theatre & Event Insurance Benefits 

Membership to the GVPTA provides access to a range of insurance benefits designed to suit the unique needs of the performing arts community.

Front Row Insurance Brokers is an entertainment insurance broker specializing in theatre companies, the film industry, the music industry, and photographers. Front Row will negotiate on your behalf to obtain the best coverage at the lowest premium from the insurance companies. GVPTA members have access to three types of insurance discounts through Front Row.

Front Row Insurance Brokers is an entertainment insurance broker specializing in theatre companies, the film industry, the music industry, and photographers. Front Row will negotiate on your behalf to obtain the best coverage at the lowest premium from the insurance companies. 

GVPTA members have access to three types of insurance discounts through Front Row.

SOLO Theatrical Insurance

SOLO Theatrical Insurance is a simple approach to insurance designed to provide low cost, short term coverage when you are rehearsing, producing or presenting a theatre, dance, opera or other live performance.

The SOLO Theatrical Insurance program can include the following coverage for up to four weeks with no minimum premium:
  • Up to $5,000,000 in General Liability Coverage.
  • Optional Theatrical Property coverage for Equipment, Props, Sets, and Wardrobe
  • Additional Insured certificates for your venue(s) for no additional cost.

GVPTA Members receive a $50 discount. Contact Kenji Maeda for the discount code.
Click here for an online quote

Short Term Insurance for Venues & Events

Insuring your event with Front Row is a simple and easy process that will give you peace of mind knowing that your event is protected.

Your insurance can include the following coverage:
  • Up to $5,000,000 in General Liability Coverage.
  • Additional Insured certificates for your venue and vendors for no additional cost.
  • Optional coverage for Equipment rentals and Event Cancellation available

GVPTA Members receive a $25 discount. Contact Kenji Maeda for the discount code.
Click here for an online quote

actONE: Theatre, Dance, and Opera

Designed for producers of theatre, dance and opera, actONE provides seamless insurance coverage from the moment you begin your project until the applause of closing night.

Coverage includes:
  • Theatrical property sets, costumes, cameras, computers & office equipment as well as rented or borrowed theatrical equipment such as lights & sound
  • Actors', volunteers' and employees' personal property in theatres or rehearsal spaces 
  • Theatrical performance disruption for interruption, postponement, cancellation, or impairment of your performances caused by circumstances which are beyond your control 
  • Theatrical venue and tenants’ legal liability to insure damage you cause to a venue, rehearsal space or any other premise
  • Crime-related insurance dishonesty, theft of money, fraud or forgery
  • Theatrical liability for claims related to bodily injury or property damage to another party including legal defence costs
  • Catastrophic cast indemnity for delays, interruptions, postponements, cancellation of a production or performance due to injury, sickness or permanent total disability or death affecting one-third of your cast
  • Travel delay coverage when severe weather conditions or mechanical breakdown of vehicles prevent your cast from being able to travel to a venue. Non-owned automobiles for the use of automobiles in your production

With additional options to add on:
  • Cast Non-Appearance to insure interruptions, postponement, cancellation, or impairment of performances when your key cast, talent or performers are unable to appear due to injury, illness or death
  • Weather Insurance to insure interruption, postponement, cancellation, or impairment of performances caused by dangerous or adverse weather conditions
  • Accident, Medical & Travel Insurance for out-of country emergency situations or for your company while at home

GVPTA Members contact Kenji Maeda for the discount code.

Click for more about the actONE plan