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  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:19 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Ruby Slippers Theatre in partnership with the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Playwrights Guild of Canada proudly present: 


    According to a national study, in the Canadian theatre industry women account for 33% of the artistic directors, 34% of the working directors, and 27% of the produced playwrights. These numbers are even lower if you look only at the large regional theatres and summer festivals. And the numbers plummet when you factor in diversity (cultural background, age, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability). 

    So as a direct response to the gross under representation of women playwrights, directors, and diversity in Canadian theatre, the Advance Theatre festival was born. This series showcases dramatic readings of five new plays written by diverse Canadian women playwrights, all directed by diverse Canadian women. These readings take place over five days during the Vancouver Fringe Festival, in September 2018.

    If you are a playwright and your play is chosen to participate in the Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women festival, Ruby Slippers Theatre and the Fringe Festival will cover the costs of all rehearsals prior to the day of the reading, your technical rehearsal, promotion, theatrical venue on Granville Island, and all artists’ fees.

    If you are a director who wishes to participate, send us your resume and cover letter for consideration.

    Playwrights: please send your play synopsis, brief bio, and a maximum ten page script excerpt to diane@rubyslippers.ca by February 15, 2018. One submission per person please. Successful candidates will be notified by May 30, 2018. 

    This is a curated process for women playwrights and directors living and working in Canada. Priority will be given to diversity.

  • Monday, September 18, 2017 3:03 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Status: Permanent fulltime

    Hours of Work: Office hours

    Start Date: Approx. MidNovember 2017

    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.

    Position Summary

    Reporting to the Executive Director the Finance & Office Manager is responsible for the financial operations of Gateway Theatre and many of the administrative functions, including:

    Daytoday financial oversight including:

    • Payroll and benefits (statutory deductions, union contributions and employee benefits package)
    • Banking and Deposits
    • Financial Controls
    • Financial Planning and Investments
    • Supervision of the Finance Assistant
    • Financial report preparation and presentation for internal and external stakeholders
    • Financial analysis
    • Sourcing, facilitating and processing all insurance policies
    • Contract management including drafting agreements for all administrative staff and contractors
    • Identify potential liabilities, particularly in human resources
    • Policy development in collaboration with the Executive Director
    • Overseeing the activities of the Building Services team to ensure that day to day cleanliness and maintenance is ongoing.
    • Liaising with the City of Richmond re: IT, building security and parking matters
    • Active member of the Management Team

    Professional Experience & Qualifications

    • Knowledge of notforprofit and/or charitable organization accounting
    • Graduate of a recognized professional accounting program with a CPA accounting designation or near completion of the program 
    • 35 years’ experience maintaining a full set of books including payroll
    • Experience working with an external auditor
    • Excellent computer skills, particularly SAGE 50 and Excel (incl. pivot tables) in a Microsoft environment
    • Other Skills & Attributes
    • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Strong verbal and written communications and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to prioritize, manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
    • Proven ability to supervise, develop and evaluate staff and delegate work
    • A collaborative, innovative and flexible approach to leadership
    • Experience working in a not‐for‐profit theatre/arts organization a significant asset

    Any offers of employment will be subject to a satisfactory criminal record check and documentation demonstrating that the candidate is legally permitted to work in Canada (Canadian citizenship, Permanent Residency or current open work permit).


    $46,000 to $52,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package and pension plan.

    To Apply

    Please send a resume and cover letter outlining your suitability for the position to Camilla Tibbs ctibbs@gatewaytheatre.com. Deadline 5pm October 6th, 2017.

    Gateway Theatre is committed to employment equity and request that any required accommodations be noted in cover letters. We thank all applicants, but only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

  • Monday, September 18, 2017 9:35 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    ABB Collective is holding auditions for:

    Fool For Love By Sam Shepard

    Directed by Jamie King

    An Equity Co-op Production

    Run Dates: Feb 14-Feb 24th at The Shop Theatre, East Vancouver


    Date: October 21st

    Location: PTC Studio 202-739 Gore Avenue

    To book an audition, please send a headshot and resume to abbartistcollective@gmail.com. If you are interested but cannot come on October 21th please feel free to send your info and we can discuss an alternate date. 


    Eddie: 30’s, rodeo cowboy, self-aware. 

    Martin: 30’s, charmingly naïve. 

    Old Man: Surly and eloquent.  

    Please note the role of May has already been cast. 


    Audition sides will be provided. Actors reading for the role of Eddie will be asked to prepare an additional 1 minute contemporary monologue.

    Accents will not be required.


    When Eddie and May face off in a run-down motel at the edge of the desert the two former lovers discover that fantasy and reality; the past and the present; truth and lies; are all irrevocably entwined.

  • Monday, September 18, 2017 8:39 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    United Players is looking for a stage manager for its upcoming production of Taken at Midnight , director Michael Fera, which will play at the Jericho Arts Centre from November 3-26. Anyone interested or wanting more info please contact Linda by e-mail at lindashearer52@yahoo.co.uk giving her your phone number, and she will give you a call.

  • Monday, September 18, 2017 8:36 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

     The City of Surrey Arts Services Division is seeking qualified Theatre Technicians to work in the Surrey Civic Theatres. Providing the focal point for the performing arts in Surrey, the Civic Theatres are comprised of three performance spaces: 

     The Surrey Arts Centre’s 405-seat Main Stage is a traditional proscenium stage and fly gallery located at Surrey Arts Centre. The theatre is the principle rental space for performing arts groups from Surrey and its surrounding communities. 

     The 129-seat Studio Theatre was completed in 2002, as part of a larger renovation project at the Surrey Arts Centre. Characterized as a black box theatre, the seating is fully retractable, which allows for a wide range of configurations and uses, from traditional theatre settings to cabaret style performances and meetings. 

    Centre Stage, which opened its doors in April 2014, is located in the Council Chambers at Surrey’s new City Hall. The space can be converted from the Council meeting space into a 200-seat performance theatre complete with state of the art sound, lighting and audio-visual equipment and raised stage area. 

    The CSA 3 Theatre Technician position provides an opportunity to work with a skilled team of theatre professionals in the facilitation of all aspects of technical production work for Surrey’s Civic Theatres. Successful candidates will have a Grade 12 diploma and post-secondary education from a recognized institution, supplemented by at least 2 years related experience in performing arts production or an equivalent acceptable combination of training and experience. Please indicate on your resume specific models of lighting/sound consoles on which you have operating experience/training. Festival and special event experience would be an asset. 

    This is an auxiliary on-call union position with competitive compensation. 

    Applicants must have a valid BC driver’s license, Emergency First Aid certificate with CPR, and be able to successfully pass a Criminal Record Check. 

    The City of Surrey is a place of innovative transformation and accelerated growth—where the future is limitless and possibilities are endless. If you are excited about helping to build the city of tomorrow—and you share our values of integrity, service, teamwork, innovation and community—join us, today. 

    Applications can be submitted online at www.surreycareers.ca. 

  • Friday, September 15, 2017 10:30 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    November 18th to 25th 2017,10am to 6pm

    One-on-One times will be scheduled with John

    @ The Russian Hall ~ 600 Campbell St. Vancouver, BC. ~

    With John Turner (of Mump & Smoot and the Manitoulin Conservatory)

    This workshop is designed for those who wish to work on developing and performing short clown pieces. The majority of the time will be devoted to the creation of turns and on performance; with additional time for exercises, games, discussion and the exploration of themes that arise during the workshop.

    Students should bring a short turn that is less than 5 minutes to work on. This can include work not traditionally considered clown (i.e. text, song or dance) especially if students wish to explore the broader application of clown and mask to a variety of performance genres.

    This workshop is primarily designed for students who have completed the Pochinko Style Mask and Clown Intensive (Baby Clown) or (Clown Through Mask). While this specific training it is not a mandatory prerequisite it is advantageous for the applicants and some clown creation and performance experience is definitely a benefit.

    This 8-day workshop will culminate in a public performance on Nov. 25th.  

    $800.00 to register for this workshop


    Contact Chris McGregor chris@axistheatre.com or call 604-669-0631 for more information.


  • Wednesday, September 06, 2017 2:30 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Upintheair Theatre fosters possible futures: supporting the next generation of theatre makers, and exploring new ideas through a unique focus on speculative fiction and formal innovation. Upintheair is the producer of the annual rEvolver Theatre Festival, which takes place each May in and around The Cultch. Now entering its sixth year, rEvolver presents innovative new works by emerging and early mid-career theatre artists in a supported, collaborative environment. Upintheair also produces stand-alone work, most recently the Jessie Award winning The North Plan and Inside the Seed, and our co-production with The Only Animal, The City and The City, a mainstage production at the PuSh Festival in 2017.

    For more information on Upintheair Theatre and our programming, go to www.upintheairtheatre.com.

    The Associate Producer works with the Artistic Producers to realise all areas of the companies’ activities including event production, marketing and social media implementation, fundraising and sponsor development, audience outreach, administration, front of house & volunteer coordination, artist relations, grant writing, and organizational development.

    This position will average 20hrs/week, however it demands a high degree of flexibility over the course of the year to respond to the production cycle of the company, including some evenings and weekends. Work will be based out of Upintheair’s new office space in the Greenhouse next door to The Cultch, with flexibility to work from home.


    • Collaborates with the Artistic Producers in realising the annual rEvolver Theatre Festival and our stand-alone productions
    • rEvolver Festival:
    • Co-ordinates Presenting Partner and Sponsor relations
    • Produces rEvolver Festival Launch Party
    • Produces professional development workshops for rEvolver Festival participants
      • Co-ordinate box office and comp booking in partnership with Cultch box office staff
      • Collaborates and shares duties as Producer in Charge at rEvolver festival
      • Co-ordinate and assist in all artist events and functions
    • Creation and production of one-off and stand-alone events such as artist salons, fundraisers, and our Annual General meeting
    • Development of and implementation of marketing, social media, fundraising, and sales campaigns including ticket sales, print and electronic media, web site, and e-communications
    • Collaborates on grant writing and final reports
    • Maintenance and development of UITA contact list
    • Implementation of fundraising initiatives such as annual campaigns and fundraising events in collaboration with the board of directors
    • The Associate Producer will have the opportunity to travel to festivals/conferences to establish themselves as part of a national network of theatre professionals
    • Attend all necessary Upintheair meetings and events
    • Other duties as they arise during the course of the production cycle


    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
    • Detail-oriented with superior written and oral communication skills including excellent grammar, spelling, and proofreading skills
    • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work, while handling multiple tasks and interruptions with poise and patience
    • Ability and willingness to learn and incorporate new skills
    • Strong interpersonal and public relations skills
    • The ability to work independently and as part of the team
    • Proficiency in graphic design, video editing, and/or web design, Quickbooks, MailChimp, and major social media sites an asset
    • Experience in fundraising an asset
    • College or University level courses an asset
    • The ability to handle matters of a sensitive and confidential nature

    START DATE October 2nd, 2017 (flexible depending on availability)

    REMUNERATION $16,000 - 18,000 annually, dependent on experience

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday September 20th, 2017

    TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume to info@upintheairtheatre.com

    Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will take place in late September.

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 1:56 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Auditions for Peter Pan Prequel, Peter and the Starcatcher, Are Set for September 6th 

    Gallery 7 Theatre is thrilled to be holding open auditions for its November production of Peter and the Starcatcher on Wednesday, September 6th at 6:30 PM at the theatre’s administration and rehearsal hall, #100 – 34595 3rd Ave, Abbotsford. The audition is open to all community performers ages 14 – 75.

    A young orphan and his mates are shipped from England to a far off-island. On the voyage, they meet the precocious Molly, a Starcatcher-in-Training, who tells them that a certain trunk on board carries a magical cargo that must not fall in to the wrong hands. 

    When their ship is attacked by the fearsome pirate, Black Stache, a thrilling adventure ensues where unwilling comrades unite and unlikely heroes emerge. This Tony Award-winning play explores the depths of greed and despair as well as the bonds of friendship, duty and love. It’s a perfect adventure for the entire family! 

    Peter and the Starcatcher promises to be a wildly entertaining adventure for audiences,” says Executive/Artistic Director, Ken Hildebrandt. “The show also provides performers of all backgrounds and experience levels to really sink their teeth in to some really fun roles.”

    Those interested in auditioning should be prepared to sing acapella, 16 bars of music from their favourite musical at the audition. Gallery 7 Theatre invites all those interested in working behind the scenes as assistant stage managers, running crew, technicians or as other production team volunteers to also attend the audition. 

    Peter and the Starcatcher will be directed by John Trottier and will run November 10 & 11, 15 – 18, 2017 @ 7:30 PM with discount matinees on Nov. 11 & 18 at 2:00 PM at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford. Rehearsals will commence the week of September 11.

    To register for the audition, or for more information, please contact Gallery 7 Theatre at 604-504-5940 or visit their website at www.gallery7theatre.com.

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 9:45 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Vancouver Fringe Festival and Playwrights Theatre Centre are calling for applications for the sixth year of the Fringe New Play Prize. Through the Fringe New Play Prize, PTC and the Vancouver Fringe offer BC artists a leg up in the process of creating and producing a new play. BC writers and producing teams with a project underway for the 2018 Fringe season are encouraged to submit.

    The program offers:

    • Eight months of dramaturgy with PTC Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel
    • Some free creation and rehearsal space
    • A free spot in PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series, Block P
    • A free and guaranteed space on the Fringe Mainstage, September 2018.

    All told, the Fringe New Play Prize is a juicy package with a $5000 value: ($800 Fringe application fee + $1000 in studio space + $3000 of dramaturgy + script copying + promotion). The production costs are the responsibility of the applicant.

    The application asks for:

    • A script idea, outline, fragment or draft
    • The resumes of artists involved in the creation
    • A production plan

    The decision is made by a jury of readers based primarily on the artistic potential of the idea/script supported by evidence that it has a realistic chance of succeeding.

    Applications must be received no later than October 2, 2017 and the winner will be notified in early December. Candidates who are not selected will be notified in time to apply by the regular deadline.

    To apply, go to playwrightstheatre.com/programs/fringe-new-play-prize

    The 2017 winners of the Prize, lee williams boudakian, Anoushka Ratnarajahand Kamee Abrahamian have been working with PTC’s Associate Dramaturg mia amir on their Fringe play Setting Bones using studio sessions combined with research sessions and script meetings. This first Fringe version of Setting Bonesopens on the Revue Stage at the 2017 Vancouver Fringe on September 9.

    For more information: kathleen@playwrightstheatre.com

  • Saturday, August 26, 2017 6:25 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    United Players is looking for someone who is proficient in desktop publishing to produce our theatre programmes. We put on five productions a year and our programmes generally are of 16 pages. Specifically we are looking for someone who is very familiar with Photoshop and InDesign and capable of working well to deadlines. 

    As the position would also entail liaising with stage managers, directors, and other theatre companies for content, people skills are also a necessity. 

    Familiarity with the theatrical world would be a benefit but not a necessity. An honorarium would be paid. A great opportunity to be part of a dynamic group putting on amazing theatre! 

    Applicants should send a resume to Joan Bryans by e-mail at j.bryans@telus.net  You can also contact her with any questions you may have.

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