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  • 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:

    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.


    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


    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:

    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:

    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

  • Saturday, October 08, 2016 1:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Join us for Arts Day on the Hill

    Arts advocates from across the country are invited to join the momentum on Parliament Hill for renewed support for our sector. Arts Day on the Hill, coordinated by Canadian Arts Coalition, is an important opportunity for artists, arts managers, and arts board members to meet with Members of Parliament to discuss the value that the arts bring to Canadian communities. 

    This event on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 is a great opportunity for artists, arts managers and board members of arts organizations across the country to meet with Members of Parliament. It’s our opportunity to bring arts advocates from across the country together to collectively to speak to federal stakeholders and to talk with them about the value that the arts bring to Canadian communities.

    With the election of a majority Liberal government and the announcement of significantly increased funding to the Canada Council for the Arts last fall, it might seem like the need isn’t as great for Arts Day this year. But it’s especially in times of plenty that it becomes important to meet with our government representatives, to build a positive relationship with them and to share with them the value our organizations bring to life in Canada. Artists and Parliamentarians have much to accomplish together in the next four years. We invite you to join the momentum on Parliament Hill for renewed support for artists across the country! 

    How can you get involved?

    Make the Trip to Ottawa

    Artists, arts managers and board members of arts organizations who are members of the Canadian Arts Coalition are invited to make the trip to Ottawa to present the Coalition’s messages to MPs, senators and senior officials. We’re looking for people who can speak convincingly about the value that the arts bring to Canadian communities and the role that federal investment plays – this is an opportunity to let your passion show! It’s also very important to us to demonstrate strong national support by having representatives from all regions of our country participate, as well as a diversity of language, culture and artistic practice.

    Register to Attend: If you plan to attend in person to meet with MPs, you must register to participate by October 11. Click here to complete the online registration form.Travel assistance may be available for equity-seeking artists or arts managers interested in taking part in Arts Day on the Hill in Ottawa. Direct queries to Kate Cornell, CAC Co-Chair.

    Take Part on Social Media!

    Can’t make it to Ottawa? We’re looking for Social Media Ambassadors! Equally as important as the participants on the Hill are our collective voices on social media. We’re seeking artists and arts organizations across the country to help amplify our messages online, leading up to and on October 25. Arts Day participants will be posting updates and sharing how their meetings went throughout the day. Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to join the fun.

    Here are some ways you can be a social media ambassador for Arts Day on the Hill

    • Use the hashtag #ArtsDay to join the conversation and to amplify it with your retweets.
    • Join our #ArtsDay tweet chat, where we’ll be sharing our key messages and talking about how you can engage your MP throughout the year
    • Take #ArtsDay into your riding by tweeting to your own community and retweeting our tweets.
    • If you’re unfamiliar with social media, but you think Arts Day is a good enough reason to jump in, keep an eye on our blog where we’ll be sharing our social media primer and more tips on how to engage and advocate on social media.

    With your support, we can make this Arts Day on Parliament Hill a success – both in Ottawa and in the ridings across Canada!

    For more information: canadianartscoalition.com

  • Saturday, October 08, 2016 10:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Are you a young person looking for fun opportunities in the arts? Consider the PuSh Festival’s Youth Academy! It brings together driven and like-minded youth to see shows, make connections and talk art. Like a book club for theatre, the Academy will help you gain a deeper understanding of the performing arts, and will be led by PuSh Youth Program alumnus Hong Kong Exile, a local collective of young artists. Deadline is October 21, 2016.

    The Youth Academy is a unique opportunity for a small group of professionally minded young people who hope to pursue a life and career immersed in and around the performing arts. The Academy provides a platform to experience, examine and engage in the professional contemporary performing arts community through workshops, discussions and shows, leading up to the PuSh Festival in January. Essentially a “book club” for the contemporary performing arts, the Academy meets on a bi-weekly basis.

    Youth Academy Meet Up Dates

    Youth Academy meet-ups will take place from November 2016 to February 2017. Precise dates and times will be confirmed shortly and subject to change based on group consensus.
    Meetings will be at The Post at 750 (110–750 Hamilton Street), unless otherwise noted.  

    How to join

    • Academy members are accepted by application only
    • Send a one-page cover letter introducing yourself and detailing your interests in the performing arts; what youʼd bring to the Academy, and why youʼd like to take part in the program
    • The deadline to apply is 5PM Friday, October 21, 2016
    • Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, October 28, 2016

    For more information, contact Youth Program Coordinator Natalie Tin Yin Gan: youth@pushfestival.ca

  • Friday, October 07, 2016 7:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Start Date: As soon as possible

    Status: Part-time

    Gateway Theatre is seeking an outgoing, detail-oriented individual to fill the position of FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER and BARTENDER, working with the Audience Services team to provide patron service and volunteer supervision.

    Depending on your shift, you will fulfill one of the roles at any given time. 

    As FOH Manager you will:

    - Efficiently coordinate the front of house during events, liaising with box office attendants and backstage crew to ensure the prompt and smooth operation of show start times and intermissions.

    - Supervise volunteers and concession staff.

    - Trouble-shoot any challenges that may arise during an event or performance and document them. 

    As Bartender you will:

    - Serve snacks and beverages to theatre patrons in a fun, fast-paced environment under the direction of the Front of House Manager.

    - Ensure proper accounting and controls of concession products; reconciling cash sales at the beginning and end of shifts.   

    In both positions you will:

    - Uphold Gateway policies and procedures; including health & safety procedures and food & beverage policies.

    - Represent Gateway in a professional, inclusive, and welcoming manner at all times.

    Pay rate: $15/hr as FOH Manager, $12.50/hr as Bartender


    - Prior FOH Management or other service experience in the arts and cultural sector.

    - Experience leading volunteers.

    - Outstanding customer service and communication skills.

    - Friendly, flexible, and enthusiastic about sharing live performance.

    - Bondable

    - Comfortable working alone and are able to lift heavy supplies on occasion.

    - Over 19 years of age with a valid “Serving It Right” certificate plus first aid training

    - Fluent in English (Cantonese or Mandarin language skills are an asset but not required).


    To apply: email Lucy Pratt-Johnson, Audience Services Supervisor, lpratt-johnson@gatewaytheatre.com  with a resume and cover letter outlining your suitability for the position.

    Only those applicants considered for an interview will be contacted. 

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


    Applications being accepted until the role is filled.

    For more information: gatewaytheatre.com

  • Friday, October 07, 2016 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Company: Firehall Arts Centre
    Music & Lyrics: Joni Mitchell
    Conceived & Directed by: Andrew Cohen & Anna Kuman

    Rehearsals Start: April 11, 2017
    First Performance: April 29, 2017
    Closing: May 21, 2017

    Audition Dates: October 20 & 21, 2016
    Deadline to submit: October 14, 2016

    Audition Location: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
    Requires: Both UNION and NON-UNION submissions for:
    3 MEN & 3 WOMEN: 20s-30s, any ethnicity, strong contemporary singing voice of any range, ability to play a musical instrument at a high level is an asset, classical dance technique not required but must be able to move well.
    Ethno-cultural mandate or ethno-cultural casting statement: Firehall Arts Centre practices non-exclusive casting. We welcome and encourage submissions from artists of all ethno-cultural identities.

    CIRCLE GAME is a new production based on the songs of Joni Mitchell. Indie-Rock arrangements blast Mitchell's music into 2017 and explore how her themes of love, loss, ambition, and environmentalism are just as relevant today as when the songs were written.
    We are looking for actors who are strong contemporary singers (pop/rock/gospel/jazz, etc.) and musicians (guitar, bass, drums, piano, violin, cello, accordion, trumpet, et al).

    How to submit: Please submit headshot and resume to firehall@firehallartscentre.ca by October 14, 2016. Please include "Circle Game Auditions" in the subject line, and indicate in your cover letter if you are a member of Equity. Please specify what instrument/s you play (if applicable) and at what level (Novice: can play simple songs well; Advanced: can read sheet music/charts and play complicated material with practice; Pro: can read sheet music/charts, play advanced material quickly, and feel comfortable with short musical improvisations).
    If selected for an audition, you will be asked to sing a Joni Mitchell song of your choosing and self-accompany on your chosen instrument. A piano will be provided. You may also be invited to stay for a movement call.
    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.

    Contact: firehall@firehallartscentre.ca

    For more information: firehallartscentre.ca


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.