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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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  • Sunday, November 06, 2016 6:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    AUDITION NOTICE: Saturday, November 19, at 1pm

    First Impressions theatre is holding auditions for their non-equity production of The Marvelous Wonderettes – the story of four female singers at a 1958 high school prom.

    Written and created by Roger Bean

    Musical arrangements by Brian William Baker

    Orchestrations by Michael Borth

    Vocal arrangements by Roger Bean and Brian William Baker

    Directed by Claude A. Giroux

    This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy – four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skits! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ’50s hits including Lollipop, Dream Lover, Stupid Cupid and Lipstick on Your Collar. In act two The Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year-reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together.

    Rehearsals are scheduled to begin in mid-January and production dates are February 23 to March 4, 2017 in the Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Avenue in North Vancouver.

    Individuals interested in participating need only show up at 1pm on November 19, 2016. We welcome all who want to participate and encourage beginners as well as experienced performers to join us!

    Should you have any questions please contact First Impressions Theatre via email, TheatreCat@telus.net or phone, 604-929-9456. This is a non-equity production.

    ALSO NEEDED: Choreographer/Co-Director
    This non-equity position offers opportunity to work alongside a professional director and potentially co-direct. Performance dates are February 23 to March 4, 2017 and rehearsals will begin in mid-January in the Deep Cove Shaw Theatre. Interested parties are asked to send resume or inquiries to claudeg99@gmail.com.

    For more information about First Impressions Theatre: firstimpressionstheatre.com


  • Sunday, November 06, 2016 9:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Every fall the Theatre Arts department at Langara College has the pleasure of awarding scholarships to Studio 58 students. Sincerest congratulations to all the recipients for this fall:

    Earl Klein Memorial Scholarship

    Awarded to a fourth, fifth or sixth term Theatre Arts student(s) who has freedom of creative expression, generosity with peers and contribution to the ensemble, interest in increasing knowledge in many aspects of theatre, commitment and determination.

    - Emily Doreen Wilson & Stephanie Wong


    Touchstone Theatre Scholarship

    Awarded to a student who has shown exceptional progress in her/his work.

    - Braiden Houle


    Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship

    Awarded to a third or fourth term acting or production student who has shown excellence in some area of the Theatre Arts Program and who demonstrates financial need.

    - Ariel Slack


    Gertrude Langridge Theatre Arts Scholarship

    Awarded to a second or third year acting or production student who has shown a strong and consistent contribution to the ensemble.

    - Alex Kirkpatrick


    Gertrude Langridge Theatre Arts Scholarship

    Awarded to a second or third year acting student who demonstrates outstanding ability in some aspect of the Program.

    - Brandon Bagg


    John F. Parker Theatre Arts Scholarship

    Awarded to a second or third term acting or production student who demonstrates exceptional promise.

    - Lili Robinson


    For information about Studio 58: langara.ca/studio-58

  • Saturday, November 05, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    United Players is holding auditions for THE TRAIN DRIVER, a recent play by Athol Fugard, which runs at the Jericho Arts Centre from March 23 - April 16, 2017, directed by Adam Henderson.

    Audition date: Saturday 12th November (afternoon)
    Audition location: Jericho Hill Centre, 4196 West 4th Avenue

    Casting two roles:
    Simon Hanabe - An old African man. A gravedigger.
    Roelf Visage - A train driver in mid life. Afrikaans (Dutch South African).
    Some knowledge of South Africa would be an advantage.

    A PDF play script is available to read on request.

    FOR AUDITION TIME PLEASE CONTACT ANDREE AT 604-224-8007. No e-mails please.

    For more information: unitedplayers.com

  • Saturday, November 05, 2016 1:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is accepting applications for the holiday season to join the Front of House guest service team to work part-time.

    These are unionized positions for the period of November 16, 2016 to January 15, 2017.

    Application deadline: November 9, 2016

    For details on these positions and how to apply: artsclub.com

  • Saturday, November 05, 2016 10:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Touchstone Theatre is excited to be announcing two new additions to their team!

    Amiel Gladstone ​joins as ​​Interim Artistic Director​, and will remain in his role ​until the start of Roy​ Surette's tenure​ in July of next year.​ Amiel's long history with Touchstone and his breadth of experience make him a welcome addition as they transition to a new era​​.​ ​

    And through the BC Arts Council Early Career Development program, Naomi Vogt will be coming on board as A​​rtistic & Production Associate​ for their 2017 projects including development of her solo work.

    For more information on both Amiel and Naomi, check out touchstonetheatre.com

  • Monday, October 24, 2016 9:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Ruby Slippers Theatre in partnership with the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre proudly presents:  


    According to a national study of the Canadian theatre industry, women account for 33% of the artistic directors, 34% of the working directors, and 27% of the produced playwrights. And as a nation we are regressing.

    As a direct response to the under-representation of women playwrights, directors and diversity in Canadian theatre (i.e., diversity in cultural background, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation and age), the Advance Theatre series was created as an annual showcase of dramatic readings of five new plays written by diverse Canadian women directed by diverse Canadian women. These readings take place over five days during the Vancouver Fringe Festival. The inaugural Advance Theatre series took place in 2016.

    Ruby Slippers Theatre is currently accepting submissions from diverse women playwrights to participate in Advance Theatre 2017.

    If you are chosen to participate, Ruby Slippers Theatre and the Fringe will cover the costs of all rehearsals, your technical rehearsal, promotion, a theatrical venue on Granville Island, and artists’ fees for a public staged reading of your new play during the Fringe Festival in September 2017.

    How to apply:

    Send your play synopsis and a maximum ten-page script excerpt to diane@rubyslippers.ca by February 15, 2017. One submission per person please. Successful candidates will be notified by May 15, 2017.

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


    For more information: rubyslippers.ca or vancouverfringe.com


  • Monday, October 24, 2016 9:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    1. Cultural Project Grants

        Applications open: October 24, 2016

        Deadline: December 7, 2016

    Cash grants to help professional non-profit arts organizations creating, presenting, or sharing a one-time creative project or a time-limited series or season of artistic events.

    Vancouver-based non-profit arts groups projects and events in any artistic discipline that contribute to discourse, practice, or art forms or support heritage or services to the arts sector are eligible to apply.


    Karen Hasselfelt, Cultural Planner

    karen.hasselfelt@vancouver.ca / 604-871-6045

    Douglas Durand, Cultural Planner

    douglas.durand@vancouver.ca / 604-871-6007              

    For more details, check out the Project Grants Information Guide              


    2. Cultural Operating and Annual Assistance Grants

        Applications open: October 24, 2016

        Deadline: December 7, 2016

    If your organization receives support through the Operating and Annual Assistance grant programs, please take note of the deadline above.

    Cultural Operating and Annual Assistance Grants are cash grants providing consistent and reliable support to professional established non-profit arts and cultural organizations in their program and operational development to contribute to a dynamic artistic community in a healthy and sustainable manner.

    For more details, check out the Cultural Operating Grant Information Guide and/or the Annual Assistance Grants Information Guide              


    For information on all 2016-2017 Cultural Grants offered by the City of Vancouver, check out:


  • Sunday, October 23, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Wheel Voices is returning in 2017 with a great new theme: Comedy on Wheels  

    Join us!

    This workshop-to-performance community collaboration is a response to community interest to strengthen and capitalize on one of our greatest assets – the ability to use humour and storytelling to cope with life’s challenges.  

    As a participant, you’ll receive coaching and training in comedy, storytelling, and other theatre-based disciplines from various guest artists, led by the collaborative team of International Comedy Expert David Granirer and Realwheels’ own Rena Cohen. As with all Wheel Voices projects, we're excited to nurture and develop emerging talent in the disability community.

    All training is offered free of charge.  


    Two roundtable discussions will take place in January 2017. These conversations will kickstart the creative process, serving to share information, get community feedback and perspective, and offer up some exercises to get your comedic wheels turning. 

    Comedy on Wheels workshops will then officially launch February 4, 2017.

    The project will culminate in a celebration of everyone’s stories in a fully-staged theatrical production in May 2017.

    Contact info@realwheels.ca if you’re interested in participating or have any questions.

    More information about Realwheels or Wheel Voices: realwheels.ca

  • Sunday, October 23, 2016 2:00 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.  

    Position summary

    The Production Manager is responsible for all production and technical activities at Gateway Theatre. He or she ensures the efficient and cost effective execution of all production activities whilst maintaining a consistent standard of excellence. This is a full-time permanent position. 


    Reporting to the Artistic Director, the Production Manager will oversee all aspects of the Production Department at Gateway Theatre, supporting the activities of Gateway’s own productions and presentations, in addition to rental events and other activities. Responsibilities include:

    • Planning, budgeting and overseeing the technical execution of Gateway’s productions and presentations
    • Facility equipment maintenance and planning
    • Offering production support to rental events
    • Human resource management of union (IATSE, CAEA, ADC) and non-union staff
    • Participating as a member of the Management Team and working collaboratively with other departments to achieve Gateway’s long-term goals. 

    Experience & Qualifications

    • Minimum of three years’ experience as a Production Manager or as a member of a Production Management team.
    • Broad understanding of all aspects of technical theatre.
    • Negotiating and acting as mediator in artistic and technical discussions.
    • Experience creating, monitoring and adhering to budgets.
    • Experience overseeing production calendars and schedules.
    • Ability to read a script and assess requirements in regards to staffing, budgeting and design.
    • Good computer skills and detailed knowledge of spreadsheets; knowledge of common industry-specific software.
    • Experience reading ground plans, light plots, and other theatrical specifications a plus.
    • Excellent 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 manage others and delegate work.
    • A collaborative, innovative and flexible approach to work.


    $46,000-$49,000 per annum plus a comprehensive benefits package including extended health and dental coverage and a pension plan. 

    To apply

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

    Deadline for applications: November 18, 2016

    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.

    More information: gatewaytheatre.com

  • Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    The Arts Club Theatre Company is accepting applications for Ticket Sales Agents available to work day and evening shifts during the week and on the weekend.

    Application deadline: November 1, 2016

    Details about the position and how to apply are at artsclub.com

We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.


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 traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.