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  • Monday, October 10, 2016 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    For forty-three years The Cultch has presented unforgettable theatre, dance and music, bringing world-class local, national and international presentations to thousands of patrons each year. We have a vibrant rental clientele and a unique Youth Program further extending our reach into the community. Located just off Commercial Drive, The Cultch is also a great place to work. Our team members include people like you - enthusiastic, innovative, passionate, detail-oriented and energetic who have a love and knowledge of the contemporary performing arts in all forms and delight in sharing this passion.

    The Cultch operates three theatres: the Historic Stage and Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch on Venables Street, and the York Theatre on Commercial Drive. In 2015-16 we hosted 80 clients, with more than 100 events resulting in 550 performances. We believe you'll find our high-performance culture personally fulfilling, professionally challenging and artistically rewarding. Join our team and share our vision of a future filled with the best that contemporary art has to offer.

    Right now The Cultch is hiring for three casual positions:

    BARTENDER (casual)

    Reporting to the Hospitality & Business Development Manager and Front of House

    Supervisor (while on shift), the Bartender is responsible for providing excellent customer service at The Cultch & York bars.

    Deadline for applications: Ongoing. We will be going through resumes as they arrive and setting up interviews for hiring as soon as possible.

    Hours of Work:

    This is a casual position and shifts vary from month to month. Most work

    hours will take place in the evening including weekends. You must be available for at least three shifts per week (though not guaranteed).

    Compensation:

    $15.66 / hour plus 10% in lieu of health & pension, 4.4% stat not worked, 4% vacation pay, less 2% union dues

    HOW TO APPLY:

    If this sounds like you, please send your application and cover letter with your availability and references to:

    Online: hiring@thecultch.com with “Bartender (casual)” in the subject line

    Fax: 604-251-1730

    Mail: 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6

     

    BOX OFFICE ATTENDANT (casual)

    Reporting to the Box Office Manager, the Box Office Attendant (casual) is responsible for assisting with day-to-day box office operations that includes but is not limited to ticket bookings, customer service and running reports.

    Deadline for applications: Ongoing. We will be going through resumes as they arrive and setting up interviews for hiring as soon as possible.

    Hours of Work:

    This is a casual position and shifts vary from month to month. Most work hours will take place in the evening including weekends.

    You must be available for at least one shift per week (though one shift a week is not guaranteed).

    Compensation:

    $15.66 / hour plus 10% in lieu of health & pension, 4.4% stat not worked, 4% vacation pay, less 2% union dues

    HOW TO APPLY:

    If this sounds like you, please send your application and cover letter with your availability and references to:

    Online: hiring@thecultch.com with “BOA (casual)” in the subject line

    Fax: 604-251-1730

    Mail: 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6

     

    FRONT OF HOUSE SUPERVISOR (casual)

    Reporting to the Hospitality & Business Development Manager and the Front of

    House & Volunteer Coordinator, the Front of House Supervisor is responsible for

    providing excellent customer service and ensuring a smooth facilitation of public

    events at The Cultch & York theatres.

    Deadline for applications: Ongoing. We will be going through resumes as they arrive and setting up interviews for hiring as soon as possible.

    Hours of Work:

    This is a casual position and shifts vary from month to month. Most work

    hours will take place in the evening including weekends. You must be available for at least three shifts per week (though not guaranteed).

    Compensation:

    $16.86 / hour plus 10% in lieu of health & pension, 4.4% stat not worked, 4% vacation pay, less 2% union dues

    HOW TO APPLY:

    If this sounds like you, please send your application and cover letter with your availability and references to:

    Online: hiring@thecultch.com with “Front of House Supervisor (casual)” in the subject line

    Fax: 604-251-1730

    Mail: 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6

     

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    We thank all applicants for their interest in working at The Cultch; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

    Thank you for your interest in The Cultch! We look forward to hearing from you. thecultch.com

     

  • Monday, October 10, 2016 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off

    by Liz Lochhead
    directed by Joan Bryans
    Jericho Arts Centre February 16 - March 11, 2017.

    Audition: Saturday, November 12 (afternoon)
    Callbacks: Thursday, November 17 (evening)

    To obtain an audition time, send your headshot and bio to director Joan Bryans at j.bryans@telus.net

    Auditions will be held at the Jericho Hill Centre, 4196 West 4th Ave.


    Looking  to fill the following roles:

    Mary Queen of Scots, 20-35, doubles as Marian, English maid to Elizabeth

    Queen Elizabeth I, 25-35, doubles as Bessie, Scottish maid to Mary

    Lord Bothwell, 25-35, Scottish, sexy, lawless, strong, and future 3rd husband to Mary.

    John Knox, 30-45, Scottish, fanatical leader of the Protestant church in Scotland

    Lord Darnley, 20-26, English, suitor and 2nd husband to Mary, young, spoiled, insecure

    Riccio, 25 - 35, Italian, Mary's secretary and love interest.

    All actors play other speaking roles in the crowd scenes:
    Scottish school children, mummers, townsfolk, ambassadors.

    Ability with accents a must.

    For more information: vitalsparktheatre.com


  • Monday, October 10, 2016 9:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The wait will soon be over! The 2017 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival programming and artist lineup will be unveiled on November 7. Be the first to find out what groundbreaking shows from around the world will be hitting Vancouver stages in January.

    Come out to The Fox Cabaret—home of Club PuSh—as Artistic and Executive Director Norman Armour and Associate Curator Joyce Rosario announce the full lineup of the next edition of the Festival. It will be a night to celebrate Vancouver's arts community and begin the countdown to the 2017 PuSh Festival: January 16 to February 5.

    This is a free event open to the public. You’re encouraged to bring a friend!

    WHEN: Monday, November 7 at 5PM

    WHERE: Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street

    MORE INFORMATION: facebook.com/events/1657806774531368/


  • Sunday, October 09, 2016 8:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Neworld Theatre is searching for an experienced Technical Director to work in collaboration with the Producer and the Artistic team in the creation and execution of the technical elements of King Arthur’s Night, a new production touring to Toronto and Ottawa in June 2017.

    Dates: all dates will be confirmed in the fall of 2016.
    • Pre-production: December 2016 – April 2017 (part-time, semi-regular meetings, hours TBC)
    • Rehearsals: May 2017 (Includes 2 weeks in Banff)
    • Tour & Performances: June 2017

    Responsibilities: 

    • Oversees completion of all technical elements of production to the highest standard, and within budget.
    • Attend all production meetings.
    • Supports creation of tour tech rider.
    • Supervision of all technical crew while in the performing venues in Toronto and Ottawa.
    • Oversees the work of outside contractors, shops, and suppliers.
    • Make final decisions on all technical issues.
    • Participate in the scheduling process where necessary.
    • Ensure the efficient use of material and human resources.
    • Approve of all technical drawings and paperwork, including lighting plots.
    • Ensure that all theatre gear is in good working order prior to first load in day. Should any equipment require repair, the TD will communicate with the host venue to arrange for repair and/or replacement.
    • Responsible for scheduling load ins/outs, and supervising all technical installation and operations with the venues in Toronto and Ottawa.
    • Communicate directly with Producer in situations that affect scheduling or the budget.

    Qualifications: 

    • 5 years working as a TD preferred.
    • Working knowledge of CAD and/or Vectorworks an asset.
    • Thorough knowledge of stagecraft: stagecraft, theatre production and scenic construction, rigging, lighting, video.
    • Technical theatre supervisory experience, ideally including experience working alongside and supervising IATSE union stagehands
    • Experience with a variety of types of live performance including theatre, dance, and music.
    • Strong personnel, scheduling, and budgetary management skills.
    • Demonstrate appropriate problem solving capabilities, leadership qualities and initiative when required.
    • Ability to adapt to change in a fast-paced work environment, experience with touring a large theatre production is preferred.
    • Hold a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

    How to Apply: 

    Interested applicants should email a letter and resume w/ references to:
    Matt Moreau, Managing Producer
    Neworld Theatre
    matthew@neworldtheatre.com

    Application deadline: November 10, 2016

    Remuneration: 

    • During production: $1,200/ week.
    • During pre-production: to be negotiated based on schedule and availability.

    For more information: neworldtheatre.com


  • Sunday, October 09, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Two prizes, worth $50,000 each, are awarded annually - one for the arts, one for the humanities or social sciences.

    In the words of the deed of the gift, the the Molson Prizes are intended “to encourage Canadians of outstanding achievement in the fields of the arts, the humanities or the social sciences to make further contribution to the cultural or intellectual heritage of Canada....”

    Application deadline: November 1, 2016

    This award is administered in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

    For guidelines, eligibility information, and the application form: canadacouncil.ca


  • Sunday, October 09, 2016 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Effective November 2016, Renegade Productions' new home will be at 3030 E Broadway.

    After too many memorable events to mention, the Renegade Productions facility at Renegade Main Street will be succumbing to the SE False Creek trend of ‘out with the old and in with the new.’ But they have found a fantastic building at a great new location at 3030 E Broadway! They will keep producing at Main St throughout this fall and begin their move in November, and have both buildings throughout December to ensure an uninterrupted, seamless transition.

    It’s a great building, over 16,000 sq ft of music, theatre, art and dance space in a nicer, newer building with lots of parking and transit options, great security, wifi, HVAC, kitchenette, and ground level loading. There are also 40 brand new studios, which you can reserve now!

    Get updates at their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RPIBroadway.


  • Sunday, October 09, 2016 10:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Apply now to be a part of šxʷʔamət (home)!

    šxʷʔamət (home) is a theatre project that looks at issues of Reconciliation between non-indigenous and Indigenous people, and requires workshop participants and cast members.

    We want YOU to join us in developing this exciting production, šxʷʔamət (home). No acting experience required – just a willingness to be open about your experiences and a desire to play!

    Theatre for Living is collaborating with Journeys Around the Circle Society on our next Mainstage production in 2017 šxʷʔamət (home) will explore what Reconciliation between non-indigenous and Indigenous people looks and feels like on the ground.  We are recruiting indigenous AND non-Indigenous people - like yourself - to join us to create and perform this play.  No acting experience is required. The only requirement is lived experiences in the struggle towards Reconciliation …all of our stories will have different perspectives.

    Each workshop participant will be paid $600 for the workshop week.

    Cast members will be paid $700 per week, from Jan 30 - March 11, 2017. This is full time work, 8+ hours a day, 5 and sometimes 6 days a week.

    Workshop dates: Jan 30 - Feb 4, 2017 (Renegade Studios: 3030 E Broadway)
    Rehearsals: Feb 7 - 26, 2017
    Production: 11 performances, March 3 - 11, 2017 (with a preview on March 2) at the Firehall Arts Centre

    We are looking for six cast members, plus six workshop participants, to take part in a six day workshop that explores these issues in their lives (the cast will be pre-selected after the interview stage, as the workshop is not an audition). We will use various theatre games to build trust and learn the language of theatre. We will laugh together, and also explore serious issues.

    To apply, send David Ng, Theatre for Living’s Outreach Coordinator, your application, contact information, and answers to the two questions below:

    1) We want real diversity in the room, so tell us who you are, and anything else you want us to know about you!

    2) What is your journey and story towards Reconciliation? What needs to be changed for us to have true reconciliation between Indigenous and non-indigenous people?

    There is no right or wrong answer to these questions – we are looking for your own personal lived experiences to enrich the play making process…don’t worry, we aren’t putting your real stories on stage, the play that will be made will be a fiction, and whatever you send us is confidential.

    Send your application (described above) to:
    outreach@theatreforliving.com

    or mail to or drop off at our office:
    323 – 350 East 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC, V5T 4R8  (buzzer #1509)

    Deadline for applications: October 21, 2016.
    We will get in touch regarding an interview by October 24 (Please note that depending on the volume of applications, we may not be able to interview everyone). Cast and workshop participant interviews will be November 2-4, second interviews November 9-10.  Workshop participants and cast members will be announced November 15.

    Call us if you have any questions: 604-871-0508

    For more information: theatreforliving.com


  • Saturday, October 08, 2016 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Gateway Theatre is a welcoming and inclusive regional theatre for Richmond and its surrounding communities.

    Encouraging participation and cultural diversity, we strive for excellence and leadership in the development and production of live professional theatre and programs that connect the community.

    Gateway Theatre is seeking a knowledgable, organized, and detail-oriented individual to fill the position of ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE working with the Artistic Director to assist with season planning, new play development, and engagement with the artistic community.

    Status: Full time

    Hours of Work: Office hours with occasional evenings and weekends

    Compensation: $32,000 - $35,000 plus benefits

     

    Position Summary

    The Artistic Associate has four primary areas of responsibility:

    - Drafting performer contracts and acting as a liaison between Gateway Theatre, PACT, and CAEA

    - Acting as the main point of contact for artists working at Gateway

    - Coordinating casting efforts and managing auditions

    - Assisting the Artistic Director with season planning, new play development, and engagement with the artistic community

     

    Additional Responsibilities

    Reporting to the Artistic Director the Artistic Associate will:

    - assist in production budgeting

    - supervise a summer intern

    - work closely with the Marketing and Sales, Development, Education, and Production departments

     

    Experience & Qualifications

    - A thorough knowledge of professional theatre practice with specific reference to actors, directors, playwrights, designers, and other artists and theatre practitioners working in the Lower Mainland and across Canada

    - Excellent organizational abilities and immaculate attention to detail

    - Excellent verbal and written communication skills

    - Computer skills  – particularly competence in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

    - Knowledge of the CTA and DOT agreements is an asset

     

    To Apply

    Please send a resume and cover letter outlining your suitability for the position to Jovanni Sy jsy@gatewaytheatre.com.  

    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.

    Application deadline: November 30, 2016

    For more information: gatewaytheatre.com

     

  • Saturday, October 08, 2016 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Presentation House Theatre (PHT) is a place where diverse audiences can come together, to help define their sense of community. PHT produces and presents a theatre, dance and music series on its main stage and presents/produces smaller shows in its studio space, the Anne MacDonald Studio. The main stage is a 160-seat proscenium theatre. PHT also facilitates building management and the current tenants include Presentation House Gallery and the North Vancouver Museum.

    Job Description: 

    The Administrator and Box Office Assistant at PHT is tasked with being a dedicated, effective, self-motivated and diligent employee. The Administrator/Box Office Assistant will strive to provide administrative leadership in the areas directly related to the Anne MacDonald Studio, office management and Box Office duties. The Administrator will support the Managing Director, Artistic Director and Director of Marketing & Communications in a variety of ways.

    Responsibilities: 

    The Administrator/Box Office Assistant roles and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
    • Provide office management related to ordering office supplies in a timely fashion, etc.;
    • Be the first on phones, supporting general office reception duties
    • Being the primary liaison for all Anne MacDonald Studio rentals, bookings and invoices;
    • Provide general reception and clerical duties, including answering telephones, sorting and sending out the mail;
    • Support social media connections on a weekly basis especially related to Twitter and Facebook;
    • Update Theatre Manager with bookings taken via the phone and online through the GiftTools website

    Qualifications: 

    Previous experience in an arts organization, proficiency in Word and Excel, flexible schedule.

    To Apply: Send resume to admin@phtheatre.org

    Deadline: Oct. 21, 2016

    Contact Name: Marc-Andre Boyes-Manseau
    Contact Email: admin@phtheatre.org
    Contact Phone: 604-990-3473

    For more information: phtheatre.org


  • Saturday, October 08, 2016 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Urban Ink Productions is calling for applications for The Collective & The Writers Group, our two Artist Training Programs for emerging artists. These programs provide a home for artists to grow their own artistic work, and a chance to collaborate and have an ongoing, meaningful relationship to the next generation of theatre creators.

    The Collective
    is a curated group of emerging artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and artistic practices dedicated to improving their skills as theatre creators. Collective members receive ongoing training from professional artists. The focus is on an interdisciplinary approach to theatre creation.

    The group also works alongside The Writers Group to workshop their scripts and participate in readings throughout the season. From November to April, the Collective will meet every 2-3 weeks to participate in workshops with professional artists on disciplines such as voice, movement, music and writing, as well as collaborative creation sessions. Additionally, the Collective will be given the opportunity to see and discuss professional productions in Vancouver, BC.

    To apply to the Collective program, please follow the link below:
    https://goo.gl/forms/BlFZ1zNi5nHcBnv32


    The Writers Group is a creative hub for emerging playwrights from diverse cultural backgrounds, offering a platform for writers to develop their work alongside dramaturges.

    We aim to implement a progressive, inclusive model of training that celebrates the diverse voices of our community. At the end of the season, we provide a staged reading of the writers’ works in development. The Writers Group provides a home for their work to grow, and a chance to collaborate and have an ongoing relationship to the next generation of playwrights.

    Workshops of the new works in development are organized in collaboration with our Collective, a group of interdisciplinary, diverse theatre creators varying in artistic background.

    From November to April, the Writers Group will meet once per month, to work with their fellow writers and learn from guest teachers and dramaturges. The group will learn about various writing techniques, styles, specific parts of playwriting and study significant plays. Additionally, the Collective will be given the opportunity to see and discuss professional productions in Vancouver B.C. The Writers will also have the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary theatre workshops with the Collective.

    To apply to the Writers Group, please follow the link below:
    https://goo.gl/forms/Op8KdSjpgqvuyRRA2


    The deadline for both programs is Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 11pm

    Urban Ink is invested in building community and making artistic work that reflects Indigenous and Intercultural diversity; we provide a platform to voices who have historically been silenced, marginalized, or ignored.

    *Urban Ink Productions encourages submissions from emerging artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities.

    For more information, please contact programs@urbaink.ca


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