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  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:50 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

     We are hiring a strategic, organized, effective Communications Manager 

    Urban Ink Productions creates, produces, and disseminates original live performance works by Indigenous and Intercultural artists. We are based in Vancouver, B.C. and our work can be seen on stages across the country. 

    Urban Ink is a rapidly growing non-profit organization with strong leadership and important stories to tell. We are looking for a strategic, creative, detail oriented Communications Manager to join our team. This position will be responsible for developing and executing multi-year, multi-pronged and pro-active marketing, and communications strategies in consultation with the Urban Ink leadership team. 

    The Communications Manager has a critical role to play in supporting the following key objectives: increasing our brand awareness; growing our network of stakeholders through targeted communications; and expanding the reach of our media relations and social media. 

    • Creating and managing marketing, communications, and social media campaigns; 

    • Media strategy implementation; 

    • Brand and reputation management; 

    • PR, marketing, and online analytics; 

    • Creative content development; 

    • Media relations; 

    • Planning and managing both institutional and program specific Social Media; 

    • Website development and management. 

    The Ideal Candidate will have: At least 5+ years’ experience in marketing and communications, preferably within the arts not-for-profit or charitable sector; Experience with branding, institutional and programmatic marketing; a breadth of expertise in communications including social media, website management and print/electronic content development. Extensive knowledge of traditional and social media tools and demonstrated experience in successful media strategy implementation; superior communication, research and writing skills. Demonstrated media relations experience. Familiarity with WordPress. Strong editing and proofreading skills. Great people skills. And, a passion for the arts. 

    As we are a small office, the successful candidate will be flexible, adaptable, and extremely organized. This is a contract position, based on approximately 20 hours a week with ebbs and flows in the workload. Contract Fee starts at $20 hour, depending on experience. 

    Please submit your resume (subject line: Communications) with a cover letter explaining why you would be a great fit to: dawn@urbanink.ca We will hire the right person as soon as we meet them, so apply soon! 

    Urban Ink is invested in making artistic work that reflects Indigenous and Intercultural diversity; We are committed to attracting and retaining diverse teams who reflect the communities in which we live and work.

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:56 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is one of Canada’s most successful professional theatre companies and the largest in Western Canada. This non-profit, charitable organization produces plays year-round in three theatres: the Granville Island Stage on Granville Island, the Goldcorp Stage, and the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. The Arts Club also has an extensive provincial touring program.

    The Arts Club Theatre Company recently received a grant from the City of Coquitlam to run free workshops to youth in Coquitlam around the production of Fun Home. The themes of the production include sexual orientation, gender roles, homosexuality, myths and stereotypes. Arts Club has partnered with Qmunity to address these relevant and sometimes challenging issues through collaborative workshopping for students in grades 8-12. Workshops will be interactive, and provide accurate non-judgmental information about sexual orientation and gender identity in a fun environment that includes a range of drama techniques. The goal is to boost confidence and help students find their inner voice, while at the same time raising awareness around LGBTQ issues.

    We are currently accepting applications for the position of Workshop Facilitator (2 positions) to help create workshop curriculum, train and workshop delivery in collaboration with Qmunity facilitators. Curriculum development will happen in September/October and workshop delivery will happen from January 15-February 9, 2018.

    Responsibilities and qualifications shall include, but are not limited to the following:

    •  Teaching experience in areas such as a drama and/or musical theatre
    •  Curriculum development &amp; training
    •  Instructing a dynamic, adaptive and contextual workshop for a variety of age groups, grades and educational backgrounds
    •  Comfortable with teaching groups of up to 30 students in one session
    •  Provide feedback and debrief
    •  Ability to attend planning meetings
    •  Setting up and striking rehearsal halls/classrooms
    •  Ability to travel to and from Coquitlam
    •  Feel comfortable talking about sexuality and gender
    •  Must be LGBTQ friendly

    Date Range: 1-3 planning and training days in September/October. The workshop delivery is January 15 - February 9, 2018.

    The Arts Club is committed to employment equity and prioritizes applications from underrepresented groups including trans and gender variant persons, indigenous persons, persons of colour, and persons with disabilities.

    The applicant should have at least 3 years of group teaching experience and be able to provide a criminal record check for working with children. Remuneration to be discussed with applicant at interview.

    TO APPLY: Human Resources, Arts Club Theatre Company

    MAIL: BMO Theatre Centre, 203 - 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0H6

    EMAIL: humanresources@artsclub.com

    DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: September 5, 2017


    We thank all who express interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

  • Friday, August 11, 2017 9:10 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Now entering its 54th season, the Arts Club offers professional live theatre at three venues, as well as on tour.

    Throughout the year, the Arts Club reaches out to our patrons for their philanthropic support. Our fundraising efforts, including special events, support stage productions of the highest quality and programs that strive to develop the next generation of theatre artists and audiences.

    The Fund Development team is seeking a freelance graphic designer for approximately 8 hours per week. In collaboration with members from both the Development and Marketing departments, the graphic designer will be responsible for the layout and design of a variety of engaging ephemera, such as direct mail, print ads, signage, and digital assets. The successful candidate will be a confident, motivated, and detail-oriented self-starter.

     ACCOUNTABILITIES (including, but not limited to, the following)

    ·       Ensure projects are delivered before or on deadline
    ·       Ensure artwork for accuracy and completeness
    ·       Ensure adherence to established brand guidelines and house style
    ·       Modify and repurpose existing show illustrations as required
    ·       Produce consistent file results from comp to layout to final deliverable
    ·       Provide support for design work in the Marketing department as necessary


    • Proficiency in Adobe CS (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
    • Degree in graphic design and/or minimum two years’ work experience at advertising or creative agencies
    • Ability to design for newsprint, print, web, large indoor and outdoor applications, etc.
    • Exceptional organizational and communication skills
    • Ability to multitask and meet multiple deadlines
    • An affinity for the performing arts


    The incumbent will be paid $20 per hour for approximately 8 hours a week.


    Email a cover letter and résumé to humanresources@artsclub.com by Monday, September 4, 2017.

    We thank all who express interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 10:03 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Job Posting ‐ Box Office Attendant

    Organization: Gateway Theatre
    Position: Box Office Attendant
    Status:  Part-time / Casual
    Hours of Work: Weekday afternoons, evenings and weekends 

    DEADLINE: Applications accepted until position filled

    REMUNERATION: $13.50/hr

    Gateway Theatre enriches the quality of life in Richmond and surrounding communities by creating outstanding professional theatre and serving as a dynamic hub for the performing arts. Incorporated in 1982, Gateway has grown into one of the largest professional theatre companies in the Lower Mainland and is under the artistic leadership of Jovanni Sy. We serve the community through professional live theatre productions, theatre education for youth, and community venue rentals. 

    WEBSITE: www.gatewaytheatre.com

    Reporting to the Patron Services Manager the BOX OFFICE ATTENDANT is an outgoing, detail-oriented individual responsible for day-to-day box office duties and responsibilities including, but not limited to:

    • Selling tickets & subscriptions, processing course registrations and soliciting donations in person at the box office, by email and by phone
    • Answering patron inquiries at the box office by email and over the phone
    • Preparing box office reports as required for the Patron Services Manager
    • Outbound sales calling
    • Reconciling cash and credit sales at the beginning and end of shifts
    • Discretion and professional behaviour handling confidential information
    • Upholding Gateway policies and procedures and represent Gateway in a professional and welcoming manner at all times.

    NOTE: Applicants must be available to work evenings and weekends, dependent on operational  needs.


    • Fluency (oral and written) in both English and Cantonese
    • Outstanding customer service / sales experience
    • Superior written and oral communication skills, and a positive attitude
    • Superior detail orientation and organizational skills
    • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
    • The ability to listen to concerns and resolve problems creatively
    • Excellent computer skills (Excel, Word, Outlook)
    • Prior experience handling cash and balancing a till


    To apply, email Tim Oberholzer, Patron Services Manager (toberholzer@gatewaytheatre.com) with a resume and cover letter outlining your suitability for the position.  

    We thank all who express interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No faxes or phone calls please.

    Gateway Theatre is committed to employment equity and requests that any required accommodations be noted in your application.


  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:56 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Do you know a talented new or developing Canadian theatre director who deserves to be recognized? Consider nominating them for the John Hirsch Prize!

    The John Hirsch Prize
    The prize was created to recognize new and developing theatre directors who have demonstrated great potential for future excellence and exciting artistic vision.

    • Value: 2 prizes of $6,000 each 
      (1 Anglophone recipient and 1 Francophone recipient)
    • How to qualify: Nominations must be submitted by mail to the Canada Council for the Arts by a member of the Canadian professional theatre community. (Note: the Council’s online portal is not yet open to prize competitions)
    • Deadline: 2 October 2017
    • For further information: please refer to the guidelines
    Lori Knoll
    Program Officer
    Prizes, Canada Council for the Arts
    1-800-263-5588 | 613-566-4414, ext. 5573
  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:51 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Upintheair Theatre is now accepting applications for the 2018 rEvolver Festival. rEvolver will be presented in and around the Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch) May 23 – June 3, 2018.

    We invite submissions from artistically and culturally diverse companies and artists from across Canada to have their work considered. 


    SEE THE FULL CALL AND DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORMS: https://www.upintheairtheatre.com/revolver-festival-submissions/

    rEvolver is an incubator of new work with a focus on formal innovation, supporting emerging and early-mid career theatre makers at transformative junctions in their careers. 

    The festival presents adventurous, high energy, and sophisticated performance, bringing audiences the full range of contemporary theatrical practice, from script-based theatre to devised and site-specific works, and staged readings of work-in-progress. 

    rEvolver features primarily new Canadian work, although we will also consider submissions from companies wishing to premiere re- interpretations of existing works. In particular, we encourage work that takes risks, that is reflective of diverse voices and experiences, that is creative and has a clear artistic vision. 

    We program performances that appeal to a variety of demographics and reflect artistic and cultural diversity. We invite artists of all ages, abilities, cultural practices, ethnicities, socio-economic status, genders, religions, and sexual orientations to apply to participate in the festival.

  • Monday, July 31, 2017 10:09 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Full Circle has an opening for an Event and Sponsorship Coordinator Term position (September 2017- March 2018 possibility of extension)

    Title: Event and Sponsorship Coordinator

    Location: 1425 Charles Street, Vancouver B.C. V5L 2S7

    Status: Contract position, part-time

    Closing Date: August 22, 2017

    Full Circle: First Nations Performance is a non-profit society and registered charity that creates opportunities for Indigenous artists.


    The Event and Sponsorship Coordinator assists in developing the fundraising strategy for Signature Events, as well as managing logistics, budgeting and follow-up processes for these events. They will also play a key role in developing innovative stewardship events and experiences. The Event and Sponsorship Coordinator will have fundraising experience as well as a demonstrated track record of project management, internal communications and delegation, and an excellent ability to manage external relationships.

     Event Management (50% of Time):

    • Develops and executes an annual strategic event plan
    • Creates and manages events’ annual budgetary plan
    • Negotiates and manages vendor relationships
    • Develops relationships internally and externally and leverages partnerships to assist with the creation, delivery and selling of events
    • Leads in the planning, development and execution of Signature Events
    • Volunteer management and engagement at Signature Events

    Sponsorship Management (40% of Time):

    • Creates event and campaign sponsorship model and strategy
    • Works with Corporate Partnership Team to solicit new sponsors for events and campaigns and transitions event sponsors into long term partners
    • Engages new sponsors in multi-year agreements for ongoing events Job

    Systems and Support (10% of Time):

    • Creates templates (critical path, budget) to be used across the office for events
    • Reviews all event critical paths, budgets
    • As the in-house event expert, provides guidance to other staff members leading events
    • Develops, manages and reports on a pipeline of event and sponsorship opportunities

    Qualifications: University degree in any of the following areas; fundraising, business management, marketing or related field


    • 5 years or more progressive experience in corporate or non-profit fundraising event management
    • Demonstrated success in securing sponsorship for events and programs
    • Ability to own the strategic event planning process, while leading and managing a team through project planning and execution
    • Track record of developing, growing and executing successful events
    • Experience developing and customizing high end stewardship events

    Knowledge/Skills Required:

    ·    Excellent working knowledge of the media landscape, understanding of social media activation and community engagement

    ·       Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

    ·       Attention to detail in planning large events

    ·       Strong verbal and written communication skills

    ·       Good team work ethic, and also capable of working independently

    ·       Able to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines within budget

    ·       Decision making skills


    If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward your resume to info@fullcircle.ca attention Duane Grant.

    Full Circle: First Nations Performance would like to thank all applicants, however only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted.

  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:08 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    We are hiring an organized, efficient, part time Office Manager!

    Urban Ink Productions creates, produces and disseminates original live performance works by Indigenous and Intercultural artists. We are based in Vancouver, B.C. and our work can be seen on stages across the country.

    This position will provide clerical and administrative support to the Managing Director. As we are a small office, the successful candidate will be flexible, adaptable, and extremely organized.

    This is a part time position, based on two days a week, with an hourly wage of $17.00.


    Manage bookkeeping preparation, including invoicing;
    Database management;
    Occasional support with Social Media;
    Updating of the website as needed;
    Ongoing administrative assistance;
    Provide support to Fund Development initiatives and grant writing;
    Manage occasional special projects;

    And a myriad of other tasks as they arise.

    This role requires you to work onsite at the Urban ink offices, 2 days per week. This position requires the ability to be self motivated, make independent decisions, and to work well with others. Great communications skills – both verbal and written – will be an asset, as will an understanding of and appreciation for the performing arts. A passion for the work we do is critical!

    Please submit your resume (subject line: Office Manager) with a cover letter explaining why you would be a great fit to: programs@urbanink.ca

    We will hire the right person as soon as we meet them, so apply soon!

    Urban Ink is invested making artistic work that reflects Indigenous and Intercultural diversity;

    We are committed to attracting and retaining diverse teams who reflect the communities in which we live and work.

  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:10 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Now in its 53rd season, the Arts Club offers professional live theatre at three venues, as well as on tour throughout the province.

    We are seeking a Publicist to manage strategic media promotions in accordance with the immediate and long-range goals of the company. This position implements effective and creative communication campaigns for the purpose of marketing, development, and company media coverage. The Publicist is ultimately accountable for all public and media relations.

    The successful candidate is a confident, motivated, detail-oriented individual with considerable communication skills who thrives on the exchange of ideas.

    Accountabilities (including, but not limited to, the following):

    • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with local and national reviewers, writers, editors, and broadcast journalists
    • Serves as key media spokesperson
    • Writes and distributes media releases
    • Creates and facilitates engaging content for social media on all Arts Club channels
    • Co-ordinates production photography and videography in-studio or on-location for media and marketing use
    • Co-ordinates all media calls, public relation events, b-roll production, and press junkets
    • Hosts media at opening night performances
    • Liaise with theatre artists
    • Maintains company archives


    • Post-secondary education in communications, public relations, or marketing with a combination of 3–5 years of education and professional experience
    • Established local and national media contacts
    • Strong writing and editing skills
    • A valid driver’s license and clean driving record is an asset
    • Knowledge of union regulations (ACTRA, CAEA, VMA) is an asset
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel; working knowledge of Photoshop is an asset
    • Experience with an integrated ticketing database, specifically Tessitura, is an asset
    • Highly organized and professional self-starter
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills


    The Publicist is a permanent, full-time position with the following hours: Monday–Friday, 9 AM– 5:30 PM. Some evening and weekend work is required. 


    Email a cover letter and résumé to humanresources@artsclub.com by July 23, 2017

    We thank all who express interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted

  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:04 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Audition day 1: 08/22/2017
    City: Vancouver

    Audition day 2: 08/23/2017
    City: Vancouver

    Audition day 3: 08/24/2017
    City: Vancouver

    Artistic Director or casting person in attendance: Bill Millerd, Stephanie Hargreaves
    Deadline to submit: 08/04/2017
    Email applications to: prodintern@artsclub.com
    Contact name: Alina Wong
    Contact email: prodintern@artsclub.com
    Contact phone: 604-687-5315, ext. 283
    Engager website: artsclub.com
    Link to detailed casting information: artsclub.com
    Agreement: CTA

    Ethno-cultural mandate or ethno-cultural casting statement: The Arts Club Theatre is committed to diversity in its casting and encourages submissions from all ethnic/cultural backgrounds for all auditions.

    Additional information:

    The Arts Club Theatre Company will be holding General Auditions on August 22, 23, and 24th, 2017.

    Those who have auditioned for the Arts Club Theatre in the last year need not re-submit. Non-Equity performers are welcome and will be scheduled to audition after all Canadian Actors’ Equity Association members have been seen. Auditioners will be asked to prepare one contemporary monologue not more than 3 minutes in length.

    Please send a photo and resume to:

           General Auditions
           Arts Club Theatre Company
           BMO Theatre Centre
           203-162 West 1st Ave
           Vancouver, B.C.
           V5Y 0H6


    The deadline for applications will be the end of business on Friday, August 4, 2017. Selected applicants will then be contacted to arrange an appointment.

    Equity members will be seen first at all open audition calls. Equity members cast in this production will be engaged under an Equity form of contract. CAEA members: please bring your membership card to the audition.

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