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GVPTA Technical Mentorship Pilot Program

What is the GVPTA Technical Mentorship Pilot Program?

The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) Technical Mentorship Pilot Program (TMPP) seeks to build capacity and strengthen the theatre industry and community by creating a network for new and emerging workers in the field of technical direction. TMPP provides opportunities for the next generation of leaders in technical roles within the theatre community to learn from experts in their fields as well as from their peers.

A pilot project for 2020, the TMPP is a free program designed to facilitate support, guidance, and learning opportunities for emerging technicians and prospective technical directors in the theatre industry by providing one-on-one mentorship sessions with senior-level individuals in the industry over a six-month period. Additionally, the program will offer opportunities for participants to attend networking events and access additional training or professional development.

Recognizing that both mentors and mentees have valuable experience, insight, and skills to offer each other, they will work together to help build an understanding of:

  • Mentee’s profession/industry from the mentor’s unique perspective
  • Workplace culture
  • Occupationally specific professional networks to achieve their career goals
  • Enhancing their leadership, communication, and cultural competency skills
  • The mentor’s role is not to find a job for the mentee.



Mentors should have significant experience as a technical director or production manager in the theatre or live events industry.


Mentees should be an emerging professional in the theatre industry, or be currently enrolled, have completed some post secondary education or related industry training with an aim to further their career in the technical field.

Pilot Program Timeline

Program Dates: March-August (6 months)
November 2019 Pilot Program launch; intake of expressions of interest from mentees and mentors opens
January 14, 2020 Expressions of interest deadline
Late January Vetting process and review
Early February Successful applicants are notified of their acceptance and invited to participate in a program orientation
February Online program orientation
March – August 2020 Program delivery
September 2020 Program evaluation and report

Commitment and Availability

Commitment to the mentoring relationship is an important part of the program. Each mentor and mentee relationship is expected to commit to a one-hour mentorship meeting each month as well as additional time to coordinate their meetings and participate in program feedback for the duration of the program.

If the mentor or mentee will be temporarily unavailable for a short period of time (e.g. traveling for work, on vacation, or studying for exam periods), they should notify their mentee/mentor in advance. There is an expectation that program participants will also take part in networking events, and that mentees complete a minimum number of program training hours.

Those unable to fulfill their responsibilities or who are having difficulty in their mentoring relationship should contact the GVPTA staff to discuss the appropriate course of action.

Participant commitment includes a willingness to:

  • Attend an orientation session at the outset of the program
  • Provide clear insight and feedback on topics relating to their field
  • Commit to the six-month duration of the program
  • Commit a minimum of one hour of one-on-one mentoring by phone or online each month
  • Contribute to the program evaluation process by providing meaningful feedback on their experience

Pilot Program Evaluation & Debrief

Throughout the pilot program cycle, there will be various checkpoints to ensure that mentors and mentees are being supported, expectations are being met, and to enable a rewarding mentorship experience. In between these scheduled checkpoints, GVPTA encourages and welcomes your feedback to help us assess the pilot program.

Upon completion of the pilot program cycle, GVPTA will organize a debriefing session with participants to discuss their expectations and experience of the program.

Expressions of Interest

GVPTA is accepting Expressions of Interest from those who wish to apply as mentors or mentees by January 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm. 

We encourage applicants to review the forms prior to submitting to ensure they meet all submission requirements. 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. Applicants will be contacted by the end of January. 


Contact Kenji Maeda, Executive Director, by email at kenji@gvpta.ca or by phone at 604 608 6799. 

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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