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These articles include news from the GVPTA and our members, notices of upcoming community events, and general arts news that may affect the local theatre industry. Members can send their news to news@gvpta.ca

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  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:07 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Actor’s Intensive is a multi-week course that takes a back-to-basics approach to tune up the mature actor’s instrument with voice, movement, and acting training from working pros. This course culminates in a showcase of participants for an invited audience including directors from the community.

    The class structure mirrors conservatory programs and provides practice that is frequent and focused. You’ll work three days a week at 15 hours per week, for 75 hours of instruction over five weeks—enough time to polish off any rust and get galvanized for lasting change.

    This is both a process and a product class. The acting training will incorporate voice and body work and examine the decision-making process that goes into crafting a performance. You will also integrate the process back into the product as you work on scenes and monologues, both classic and contemporary, to be presented at the showcase.

    Program Dates:
    March 27 – April 29, 2018

    Deadline To Apply:
    January 31, 2018

    Class Schedule:
    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30–10:30 PM and Sundays from 2–10 PM. Classes are held either at the BMO Theatre Centre (Olympic Village) or at the Granville Island Stage.

    Cost (includes GST)
    Equity Members - $640
    Non-Equity members - $799

    Other Details

    • Students are expected to attend all classes
    • Class size is limited to 12 students
    • 75 total hours of instruction
    • Students will showcase material for an audience that will include directors from the community

    The Actor’s Intensive supports each actor in a different way, including:

    1. As a bootcamp. These actors want a place to work out for the duration of the program and get into prime acting shape.
    2. As a systems re-boot. These actors want to diversify their learning, add to their skill toolbox and get re-inspired by filling in some gaps in their training.
    3. Becoming part of an acting community. You will find theatre friends, future collaborators, and project ideas here by reintroducing yourself and enhancing your presence in the acting community.

    All of our classes are taught by working professionals, award-winning actors and veterans of the Arts Club Theatre Company. Past faculty includes Alison Matthews, Jo Leslie, Wendy Gorling, Christine Hackman, Bill Pozzobon, and many others.

    For more information, visit Arts Club Theatre's website: http://artsclub.com/education/the-actors-intensive

  • Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:28 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Gateway Theatre Conservatory is a training program providing twelve emerging / student theatre artists, who are curious to expand their learning and practice of theatre skills, the opportunity to participate in individual workshops which will explore elements of performance, directing and the theatre industry. Participants will learn from some of the finest professional artists and educators in the country such as Kawa Ada, Diane Brown, John Ng and Peter Jorgensen. Workshop instructors are also working directly with Gateway Theatre on-stage or behind the scenes during the 2017/18 Signature Series.


    We are seeking applicants between the ages of 16 and 22 who

    • Currently train or have previous training in theatre
    • Intend to pursue a future in theatre
    • Demonstrate an investment in developing one’s craft as a theatre artist
    • Desire a deeper engagement in the Canadian theatre industry


    For more information and to apply visit www.gatewaytheatre.com. See the attached poster which can be printed and posted at your school, organization, or in your community.

  • Wednesday, December 06, 2017 8:55 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Rumble Theatre invites applications from emerging directors to participate in the sixth installment of Directorsʼ Lab, a series of in-studio workshops, rehearsals, investigations and roundtable discussions facilitated by a Master Director. This yearʼs Lab will be facilitated by Canadian director Weyni Mengesha and will be held February 27 - March 3, 2018 at Progress Lab 1422 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Submissions are due: January 5, 2018. For eligibility and application requirements, visit our website at www.rumble.org

  • Monday, December 04, 2017 7:29 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Dec 1st, 2017 - Theatre Cares Vancouver has raised $28,000 in support of local Aids organizations, AIDS Vancouver and Positive Living BC, in addition to The Actors Fund of Canada (AFC) which assists professional Canadian entertainers maintain their health, dignity, and ability to work, the Performing Arts Lodge which provides safe and affordable housing for people in the creative community, and the Stephen Lewis Foundation, an organization dedicated to the relief of the HIV/Aids pandemic in Africa. Each of these charities will receive financial support from Theatre Cares. Huge thanks to the staff and audiences of The Arts Club Theatre and Bard on the Beach who made this possible! 

    Theatre Cares Vancouver has been raising funds and awareness aroundHIV/AIDs since 1991. 

    Finding money to keep much-needed programs going is not the only obstacle in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Education appears to be sorely lacking as well. The Canadian AIDS Society has reported that a large number of youth believe there is not only a cure for HIV/AIDS, but there is also a vaccine available to prevent HIV infection. There is not.

    The Stephen Lewis Foundation works with community-level organizations that are turning the tide of HIV&AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, orphaned children, grandmothers and people living with HIV&AIDS. Since 2003, they have funded over 1,400 initiatives, partnering with more than 300 community-based organizations in the 15 African countries hardest hit by the global AIDS pandemic. These grassroots groups are the lifeline for their communities: they provide counselling and education about HIV prevention, care and treatment; distribute food, medication and other necessities; reach the sick and vulnerable through home-based health care; help orphans and vulnerable children access education and work through their grief; and support grandmothers caring for their orphaned grandchildren.

    Without the generosity of the theatre patrons and the support of local theatre companies, Theatre Cares would not be able to do the work that it does. Our fundraising over the years has benefited PAL Vancouver, the Coast Foundation, Triage Emergency Services & Care Society, Camp Moomba, PEERS Vancouver, Electric Company and the Positive Women's Network, a partnership of women living with HIV/AIDS in British Columbia.

    Theatre Cares Vancouver is a volunteer-based organization that unites the generous spirit of Vancouver’s performing arts community with its supporters to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS relief and other worthy causes.

    For more information, please contact:

    Diane Brown,

    Chair, Theatre Cares Committee


  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017 9:30 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Arts Umbrella, in partnership with UBC and SFU are hosting a mock audition experience for graduating high school students interested in pursuing a professional acting career. The mock auditions are an opportunity for Grade 12 Drama Students to experience the audition process and gain valuable feedback from teaching professionals as they prepare for upcoming post-secondary auditions.  


    The session is being held Dec 8, 2017 from 6:30p – 8:30pm at Arts Umbrella Granville Island. The cost is free but students need to book their spot in advance. More information can be found here: https://www.artsumbrella.com/events/mock-auditions/

  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017 8:59 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    For production of A FEW GOOD MEN

    The electrifying play that became the legendary Oscar-nominated film! A young unwilling Lawyer and his team uncover a conspiracy at the highest level while defending their clients accused of murder in this tense, riveting courtroom drama by Aaron Sorkin, Academy Award-Winner (The Social Network) and creator of The West Wing and The Newsroom.

     A Marine at the Guantanamo Naval Air Station, in Cuba, dies after a hazing incident. Two young Marines are charged with the death, but a nosy Navy lawyer with ambition suspects there's more to the story, and wants to investigate. She's prodded by her own superior to assign a dynamic but unorthodox Navy lawyer to the case who will dispense with the case quickly…As tensions mount and pressures increase to settle out of court, it becomes clear to the defence team that powers within the highest offices of the Pentagon have conspired to railroad the legal process. What ensues is a courtroom and intellectual battle that will leave everyone with blood on their hands.


    Open to all genders and ethnicities 

    Please come with a one to two-minute dramatic monologue; there will be reading from the script as well


    Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10:00 am and 

    Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 1:00pm

    For information email Claude A. Giroux at claudeg99@gmail.com


    Performances presented by First Impressions Theatre in the

    Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, March 1 to 17, 2018

  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017 11:18 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Living Room is a mixer-slash-mingler-slash-meeting for emerging artists to hear from established artists on topics that are important to our theatre community. Each event is centred around a specific theme. Rumble invites all artists who self-identify as “emerging” to join us for 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.

    All Living Room events start at 7pm and are held in the PL1422 studio (1422 William Street, Vancouver). The Living Room is free-of-charge and no advance sign-up is required.

    Next Event:
    November 27, 2017 – Script-based rehearsal vs. the devising process
    How are these two creative processes different? What do they have in common? And what skill sets do they require to pull off?
    Camyar Chai and Mindy Parfitt will join us to debate all the pros and cons. Veronique West will be this session’s moderator.

    For more details visit: http://rumble.org/upcoming-shows/the-living-room/

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 7:26 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Register Now: Actsafe Event Safety Conference 2018, February 21 - 23, Burnaby

    The second edition of Actsafe Safety Association's conference hopes to build on the important connections made during their inaugural conference in 2017. This is the only conference on the west coast that brings together important stakeholders from festivals,  roadhouses, theatres, event production suppliers, as well as municipalities, education providers, and labour unions to share their knowledge in making workplaces in live events and performing arts safer for employers and audiences alike. The event includes 32 lively and engaging sessions, 3 industry training days and 3 evenings of social events! Early bird rates end December 31. For more information or to register, visit this link.

  • Tuesday, November 07, 2017 10:03 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)


    Theatre Conspiracy is recasting Foreign Radical for a run in Calgary. Contract period is Jan. 7-21, 2018.

    Foreign Radical is a participatory show for 30 audience members, which investigates privacy, security and racial/ethnic profiling. The show won the 2015 Critics Choice Innovation Prize at the Jessies in 2015 and an Edinburgh Fringe First award in 2017. See the Conspiracy website (conspiracy.ca) for more info.

    Open to both Equity and non-Equity actors. Compensation at Equity rates plus travel, accommodation, and per diem.

    Rehearsal will take place in Calgary Jan. 7-16 with shows ­­­at High Performance Rodeo Jan. 17-20.  Travel dates are departure Jan. 7, returning Jan. 21.

    The Host

    Male/female/non-gender specific 25-55. Highly physical. Exceptional improv skills. Preference given to actors fluent in Cantonese, Farsi, Arabic or other languages.

    The Host guides the audience through the show through direction, questions, games and debate.


    Male/non-gender specific 25-55. Preference given to actors fluent in Farsi, Arabic, African or South Asian languages. Nudity in one scene.

    Mainly a dramatic role with some participatory work.

    Auditions to be held in Vancouver at Carousel Theatre on Granville Island on Nov. 17 and 24, 2017.

    Please reply with resume / CV to info@conspiracy.ca

    Deadline for Submissions: Nov. 16, 2017

  • Monday, October 23, 2017 6:04 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Vancouver Civic Theatres

    City of Vancouver

    Press Release

    October 23, 2017




    Vancouver Civic Theatres Announces ANNEX Theatre Residency Call for Proposals

    Program will provide much-needed space for local contemporary theatre companies.


    Contemporary Theatre companies in the Lower Mainland have a new opportunity to create, workshop, and produce at the Vancouver Civic Theatres (VCT) owned ANNEX theatre. The new ANNEX Theatre Residency Program will make the ANNEX an incubation ground for creative growth, while also offering much-needed space to local theatre groups.


    The residency program offers successfully awarded organizations a 2 year residency at the ANNEX, including funding for 18 performances per year. In addition, organizations will gain access to the Playhouse Theatre Rehearsal Hall to utilize as a development space for up to 5 weeks per year, based on availability.


    “This is a an opportunity for growth that can lead to larger scale work at other civic spaces, such as the Playhouse,” said Daniel Arnold, Co-Producer of local theatre company, Alley Theatre. “One of the questions people always ask is, ‘Where's your theatre?’ Well, it would be wonderful if we had an answer for them.”


    Alley Theatre was a 2017 recipient of VCT’s Underutilized Spaces Grant which will help fund their upcoming production, The Ridiculous Darkness, opening November 11th at the ANNEX.


    Is there a catch? Sort of – resident companies will need to provide a community outreach or educational component in collaboration with VCT, a request stemming from VCT’s mission to provide accessible arts and culture opportunities in Vancouver


    Applications are open until December 4, 2017 and successful candidates will be notified in early January. For eligibility criteria, please see the Vancouver Civic Theatres website.





    Media Contact:

    Kate Swaney

    Marketing Manager, Vancouver Civic Theatres



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