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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 updates to news@gvpta.ca

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  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 6:08 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    This year’s PTC WrightSpace residency (Dec. 5 – 15, 2018) brings four writers together with dramaturgs, actors, designers, and language consultants to crack open four scripts through bespoke dramaturgical processes. Barbara Adler, Tai Amy Grauman, Robert Hamilton and Yvonne Wallace are exploring the content as well as the processes they use to create.

    Barbara Adler’s Koiker lives at the intersection of play and performance art as it focuses on Jason, a Koiker, the Dutch word for Decoy Man, the one who lays the trap. In You Used to Call Me Marie, Tai Amy Grauman creates three worlds in three separate times, where a mythical/historical/fictional couple live, love, and carry forward centuries of history. Robert Hamilton is crafting a memoir of coming out in the time of AIDS and HIV with his work Our Story. Yvonne Wallace continues to develop Utszan in English and Ucwalmicwts into a play which also functions as a combination story/language reclamation project.

    Jiv Prasram, WrightSpace Guest Dramaturg, brings devising and script development skills to the residency. The focus of the 2018 WrightSpace is on process: how do our assumptions about the way we make plays limit the ideas we explore? We’ll be questioning our habits and “go to” methods of creation and making a plan with each writer that frees their imaginations and craft.

    Process development is already underway as PTC matches the projects with guest artists who will assist in bringing them to life.

    For more information:

    Belinda Bruce, Communications Manager
    604.685.6228 ext 2

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 6:02 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Calling all communities in the arts, social sciences and humanities: The Canada Council for the Arts can help you recognize excellence in your fields!

    The Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes

    The Molson Prizes are awarded to two persons – one in the arts and the other in the social sciences and humanities, who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding achievements. The prizes are intended to encourage ongoing contribution to Canada’s cultural and intellectual heritage.

    Value: $50,000

    Nominating process: Submit a nomination package by mail. (Note: The Council’s online portal is not open to prize competitions.)

    Deadline: November 1, 2018

    For further information, please refer to the guidelines.


    Luiza Pereira
    Program Officer

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 11:42 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    After a rigorous search, Rumble Theatre's Board of Directors has appointed Jivesh Parasram as new Artistic Director. Jiv is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, facilitator, and cultural worker of Indo-Caribbean decent. He is the founding Artistic Producer of Pandemic Theatre and has been the Associate Artistic Producer at Theatre Passe Muraille for the past three years.

    Jiv joins Christie Watson, Rumble's Managing Producer, and Kellee Ngan, Director of Operations, as the organization embarks on a collaborative leadership system. Christie is the founder of Holding Space Productions and brings with him a passion for systems change and community building. He comes to Rumble after many years of freelance producing work, including Children of God (Urban Ink), Sal Capone (BoldSkool Productions), Sonic Elder (The Chop) and TBD (RADIX). Kellee is the veteran Rumbler of the trio. She carries the company history and has long been the written voice of Rumble. Her experience in writing, editing, and non-profit arts administration is one of the organization's greatest assets.

    Speaking about his new role at Rumble, Jiv says: “It is my honour and privilege to join the team at Rumble in the Unceded Coast Salish Territories, and to collaborate with a company that was so well-helmed through the generosity of my predecessor Stephen Drover. Looking forward I’m committed to honouring the legacy of Rumble while looking beyond the foundation to the earth that’s come before. My aim is to bring a focus on de-colonial practices in our organizational structure and our larger collective work. I’m excited for you to drop by the office so we chat about what that means for us together.”

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9:32 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    GVPTA is proud to co-produce Rumble Theatre's Living Room series, a mixer-slash-mingler-slash-meeting for emerging artists to hear from established artists on topics that are important to our theatre community. 

    All artists who self-identify as “emerging” are invited to take part in 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.

    The first Living Room of the 2018-2019 season, "Who’s Your Producer?", takes place on Monday, September 24, 2018. Director/Playwright/Producer Amiel Gladstone and Dawn Brennan (Managing Producer of Urban Ink) will join Rumble’s Managing Producer Christie Watson for a discussion on the important yet often complex role of the producer in theatre. 

    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.

    Mark your calendar for other upcoming Living Room dates:

    November 26, 2018

    March 4, 2019

    April 29, 2019

    Learn more about the series at rumble.org/the-living-room.

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 7:33 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Municipal elections take place in communities across the province on October 20, and members of the arts and culture sector need to be informed before going to the polls! 

    The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, in partnership with the Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut Street; Joyce Whalley Room), is hosting an all-candidates meeting in Vancouver on Monday, October 15 (5-7 pm). 

    Meet the candidates running for city office and learn their positions on the arts and culture issues that matter most to you. 

    For more information, and to register, click here. The meeting is free and open to the public.

    If you have any questions or comments, please contact artsvotebc@allianceforarts.com.

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 7:24 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Canada’s performing, literary and visual arts organizations and artists have joined together in a broad initiative called “Respectful Workplaces in the Arts”. This cross-country, cross-sector project is designed to deal with and remove harassment in the sector – including sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination and violence.

    The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC), a not-for-profit arts organization, is taking the lead on a national consultation towards harassment-free workplaces in the arts. You're invited to the Vancouver session this October 19.

    Working closely with a Coordinating Committee of various arts organizations and leaders from across Canada and the sector, CHRC is developing a number of initiatives that seek to enable artists and arts organizations to establish and work in harassment-free, violence-free workplaces.

    One of these initiatives is a series of consultations with equity-seeking groups, specifically Indigenous peoples, racialized groups (people of colour), people with disabilities, and the LGBQT2+ communities.

    Equity-seeking artists/arts non-profit leaders in the live performing arts are invited to attend the consultation being held in Vancouver at the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 1-3pm. 

    The Alliance boardroom and washrooms are wheelchair accessible - more venue info is here.

    Facilitator Aftab Erfan will seek input from participants in the following areas, which are being developed under the Respectful Workplaces in the Arts umbrella:

    • a draft Code of Conduct for the live performing arts, stating commitment to “respectful workplaces in the arts”
    • training needs and resources to deal with and avoid harassment
    • reporting mechanisms for victims of harassment, and investigating mechanisms for employers

    Your input into the sector’s conversations on Respectful Workplaces in the Arts is very important and much appreciated.

    Please RSVP to shana.myara@gmail.com if you can attend. (And please feel free to pass this invitation along to other equity-seeking artists/arts non-profit leaders in the live performing arts.)

    Background documents on Respectful Workplaces in the Arts will follow your RSVP.

  • Sunday, September 16, 2018 9:22 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Want to know the economic impact of your work?
    Want to gauge where your presenting practice stands compared to your peers?
    Want to make a case for more public support of presenting?

    CAPACOA and a consortium of presenting networks and associations are conducting the Presenters' Vitality and Impact Survey. This pan-Canadian survey will set new benchmarks for performance measurement and for case-making in the performing arts presenting sector.

    Please take the survey and encourage your peers to do the same.

    The survey should take you about 15-25 minutes to complete. To make it even quicker, have your organization’s financial, programming and attendance information in hand before you start.

    Click here to start the survey. 

  • Sunday, September 16, 2018 9:14 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Tourism is one of the world’s most competitive industries and a vital component of a strong, sustainable economy in British Columbia. Recognizing the importance of this industry, the Tourism Events Program (TEP) was created to help events increase the volume of visitors to British Columbia, broaden global recognition of the province, and build our reputation as an internationally renowned destination. By providing supplemental funding for marketing, promotional, advertising and broadcast activities, the TEP helps events gain exposure and have a greater impact on the province.

    Program Requirements:

    All applicants are required to demonstrate how the event meets the following criteria:


    • The event must take place in B.C.
    • The event must be confirmed (i.e. funding for an event bid is not eligible).
    • The event should be able to demonstrate financial viability (i.e. majority of operational funding is confirmed).
    • The event must be a tourism event (i.e. the event draws tourists specifically for the event, and is not primarily community focused).
    • The event must be a sporting competition, arts, cultural celebration or festival.
    • Organizers must be able to apply at least the full minimum amount of TEP funding ($10,000) to eligible activities.
    • Each event requires a separate application form and must be submitted during the appropriate intake window.


    • Given the volume of requests and limited funding, the following criteria are also considered:
    • International and national profile: The event raises awareness, nationally and internationally, of British Columbia’s tourism brands by having provincial, national and/or international broadcasting or other media reach;
    • Tourism value: The event motivates Canadians and people from around the world to travel to British Columbia by drawing a large number of out-of-town visitors in relation to the size of the host community;
    • Economic impact: The event offers significant economic impact relative to the size of the host community(ies);
    • Regional benefits: The event generates tourism and economic benefits for the surrounding region beyond the host community, takes place in multiple communities, and/ or takes place in a rural or remote community.

    Events That Are Not Eligible

    Events may not be primarily commercial or academic in nature (e.g. consumer shows, symposia, conventions, meetings and conferences, seminars and clinics, educational competitions, etc.); however, ancillary events/festivals created to coincide with these examples may be eligible. Attractions, shows, tours or projects held over an extended period of time are also not eligible for funding.

    Use of Funds

    Funding provided through the TEP must be used to broaden the reach and impact of the event through marketing and communications, which may include: broadcasts, promotional materials, social media, advertisements etc. See FAQs for examples of eligible and ineligible activities.

    Funding Details

    To see funding limits, visit the website here


    The application window is now open for events taking place between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020. For full application details click here

  • Sunday, September 16, 2018 9:06 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Emerging professional theatre directors will have the opportunity to participate in a unique training opportunity at Vancouver’s premier Shakespeare Festival. Apprentice Directors will receive training and mentoring from senior members of the company while supporting the creation of one of Bard’s 2019 productions. We welcome and encourage submissions from artists from diverse backgrounds.

    Opportunities in the Bard 2019 Season:

    The Taming of the Shrew 
    Directed by Lois Anderson 
    BMO Mainstage 
    April 18 to June 16, 2019 

    Shakespeare in Love
    Directed by Daryl Cloran
    BMO Mainstage
    April 15 to June 21, 2019

    All’s Well That Ends Well 
    Co-directed by Johnna Wright & Rohit Chokhani 
    Howard Family Stage 
    May 28 to July 4, 2019 

    Directed by Dean Paul Gibson
    Howard Family Stage
    July 23 to August 24, 2019

    Apprentice Directors will:

    • Attend design and production meetings as available
    • Participate in a pre-rehearsal training intensive April 9, 10, 11
    • Attend rehearsals, technical rehearsals, previews and opening night for one of Bard’s 2019 season productions
    • Support the Director of the production as needed
    • Receive mentorship from senior members of the Bard company
    • Have access to further opportunities with Bard Education
    • Receive an honorarium of $2,000
    • Bard will provide one return trip if you are not locally based. There are no additional funds for accommodation.

    Candidates should have completed post-secondary training/education and have experience in the professional theatre.

    Applications must include:

    • A video statement of no more than 1 minute in length. Please introduce yourself and tell us why this opportunity is right for you and why now.
    • Your professional resumé (including education and/or training)
    • Names and contact information for two professional references (Letters of recommendation are not requested)

    How to Apply:

    Application Deadline: October 19, 2018
    Apply at bardonthebeach.org/news/2018/2019-directing-apprentice-application/

    Questions can be directed to Rhea Shroff, Company & Education Manager: rshroff@bardonthebeach.org.

    Learn more about Bard on the Beach at bardonthebeach.org.

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 9:05 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Professional Latinx theatre artists in Canada are invited to add themselves to a database being assembled by a new local arts service organization. 

    The Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition (CALTAC) is a Vancouver-based service organization dedicated to furthering the Canadian Latinx theatre movement and unifying Latinx identified theatre artists. The organization, consisting of Carmen Aguirre, Sindy Angel, Pedro Chamale, Angie Descalzi, Alen Dominguez, Alexandra Lainfiesta and Christine Quintana, advocates, networks, and celebrates Canadian Latinx theatre. The database will be shared with all professional Canadian theatre companies. 

    Learn more at https://caltac.ca/.

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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.