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  • Saturday, September 24, 2016 10:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Theatre Replacement’s annual Art Auction Fundraiser is back! This year’s event will once again feature both Live and Silent Auctions, 50/50 draw AND we’ll be launching our Panto-themed beer, brought to you by Bomber Brewing!

    The Live Auction features fantastic works by local artists, two Getaway Packages to Seattle and Whistler, a Panto Prize Package including 4 tickets to East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood, dinner at Famoso Pizza and a Bomber Brewing gift basket! Called by our real-life Prairie auctioneer Wally Roth, the Live Auction kicks off at 8:30pm.

    Our Silent Auction includes awesome prizes and packages, including tickets for Bard on the Beach and the PuSh Festival, beautiful bags from Herschel Supply Co., a pampering gift basket from AG Hair and an amazing Craft Beer Wall featuring prizes from all of your favourite local breweries, including Strange Fellows to Parallel 49.

    Our friends at Bomber Brewing will get the party going with the launch of the official East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood-themed beer! See what amazing small batch brew the Bomber team has come up with this year to celebrate the fourth annual East Van Panto at The York Theatre.

    Famed Panto backdrop artist Laura Zerebeski will be doing live event caricaturing and button making by donation — fun for adults and children alike!

    WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 2016

    WHERE: West 7 Studios, 14 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver

    Doors at 7pm

    Tickets are just $10, available at the door and through Brown Paper Tickets. Arrive before 8:00pm for a free drink with admission! Come celebrate another great year with us and support our 2016/2017 season.

    To find out more about all the things we’re up to, visit www.theatrereplacement.org.

    For further information, contact: chelsea@theatrereplacement.org.

  • Friday, September 23, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    In its fifth year of recognizing theatres that produced female playwrights at least fifty percent of their previous season, the 2016 International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) 50/50 Applause Award honoured 107 theatres in ten countries and five continents for the 2015/2016 season.

    The GVPTA is thrilled that four of our member companies were among those named as recipients of this year's award: Firehall Arts Centre, Pacific Theatre, Mitch and Murray Productions, and Shameless Hussy Productions. Congratulations, all of you!

    For more information on the 50/50 Applause Award orthe  ICWP, check out: womenplaywrights.org


  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    The Vancouver Fringe Festival held their Fringe Awards Night on September 18, 2016. On that night, Pick of the Fringe Award winners were announced, as well several other Fringe Awards:

    The 2016 Public Market Pick of the Fringe Awards:

    The hottest selling shows return September 21-25 for hold-overs at Performance Works!

    Charlatan! being held over on Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00pm

    And Bella Sang With Us being held over on Wednesday, September 21 at 8:45pm

    The After After Party being held over on Thursday, September 22 at 8:45pm

    Curious Contagious being held over on Friday, September 23 at 5:00pm

    Sink or Swim being held over on Saturday, September 24 at 6:50pm

    Carry On: A Musical being held over on Saturday, September 24 at 9:00pm

    Cultchivating the Fringe Award

    From the Fringe to The Cultch, the “Cultchivating the Fringe Award” pays tribute to the show that demonstrates unique potential and rewards it with a run at The Cultch.

    Winner: The After After Party


    Joanna Maratta Award

    Honouring those who best exhibit the original founding spirit of the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

    Winner: RAGMOP Theatre (Falling Awake)


    The Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award

    Colin Thomas and Kathleen Oliver, the Georgia Straight’s theatre critics, will surrender to the mighty onslaught of Fringe talent, nominate five of the most outstanding shows, and select a winner!

    Winners: The After After Party and The Orbweaver: A Dark and Twisted Folktale About a Mildly Farfetched, Highley Illegal Immigration Across Metaphysical Borders 


    The Fringe New Play Award

    Playwrights Theatre Centre joins the Fringe in offering dramaturgy for the winning script and a guaranteed Mainstage spot in the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival!

    Winner: Deneh’Cho Thompson (The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine)


    BC Touring Council Award

    For the artist with the best potential for touring in BC. The winner gets mentorship, marketing support, and the chance to showcase their work at Pacific Contact, BC Touring Council’s annual tradeshow and booking conference for the performing arts.

    Winner: Hip.Bang! (Hip.Bang! Improv and Hip.Bang! Presents the History of Romance)


    NEW! Mollie Bradley Award

    Selected by jury, this new award honours the memory of Fringe Board member, Jim Sibley’s mother-in-law. This cash award supports either the winner of the Joanna Maratta Award or the BC Touring Council Award by providing financial help for travel, marketing, and other professional development of one or both award winners.

    Winner: RAGMOP Theatre (Falling Awake)


    Artistic Risk Award

    The Vancouver Fringe’s Board of Directors awards this prize for risk-taking in Fringe theatre to the artist or group of artists who best pushes the boundaries of theatre. The 2015 Award is in memory of Mollie Bradley.

    Winner: Cameryn Moore (Nerdfucker)


    Volunteer Choice Award

    Some of our most dedicated fans have their say!

    Winner: The Orbweaver: A Dark and Twisted Folktale About a Mildly Farfetched, Highley Illegal Immigration Across Metaphysical Borders 


    The SOFA (Spirit of the Fringe Award)

    This award goes to the artist or artists that Fringe staff and volunteers feel most exemplifies the Fringe attitude.

    Winner: Bon Dos Remedios from Walk the Talk


    The 2016 Festival wraps up with a hold-over of the Pick of the Fringe shows, September 21-25.

    For more information on the Awards or the Festival: vancouverfringe.com

  • Sunday, September 18, 2016 4:30 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Touchstone Theatre is thrilled to announce the appointment of Roy Surette as incoming Artistic Director

    The Company’s President Pamela Hawthorn spoke on behalf of the Board of Directors, saying: “Roy is one of Canada’s most respected Artistic Directors and it will be marvelous to welcome him back to the West Coast as a vital part of the Touchstone team.” Former Artistic Director Katrina Dunn added: “What Roy manifested in his early career was a huge boon to Touchstone and Vancouver theatre. In this unique story of leaving and return I believe we will see the company evolve to new levels of artistry and success.”

    In the early 1980's Roy was Associate Artistic Director for Carousel Theatre in Vancouver and Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, B.C. He became the Artistic Director of Touchstone Theatre in 1984, directing many award-winning productions including Whale Riding Weather, Lion in the Streets, When We Were Singing, The Three Penny Opera, and The Number 14. Roy became Artistic Director for Victoria's premier company, The Belfry Theatre, in 1997. There, Roy directed over twenty-five plays including productions of Mary’s Wedding, Homechild, A Perfect Ganesh, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. In November 2007, Roy began his tenure as Artistic & Executive Director of Montreal's flagship English language company, Centaur Theatre. For Centaur, Roy directed many innovative, challenging, and acclaimed productions, several of which were huge box office successes of world premiere productions including The Saint Leonard Chronicles, Schwartz's: The Musical, Last Night at the Gayety and Triplex Nervosa. Roy has directed at the National Arts Centre, The Shaw Festival, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Alberta Theatre Projects, Axis Theatre, The Arts Club Theatre Company, Carousel Theatre, The Kay Meek Centre, The Globe Theatre, Melbourne, The Kings Theatre, Glasgow, The National Theatre School, UBC, U Vic, and Studio 58.

    Roy issued a statement about this exciting appointment: “Although I have not lived in Vancouver in almost twenty years I have always considered it my home and am thrilled with this opportunity to return to the city and to the artistic community where I began my life in the theatre. To return to Touchstone is a huge gift and I am awed. I have immense respect for this dynamic and audacious company and the vital role it plays in Vancouver and the nation’s theatre ecology, and I love the myriad of ways Touchstone has evolved, matured and focused during Katrina Dunn’s impressive tenure. I adore the resilient and hugely talented West Coast artistic community, its collaborative spirit and incredible creative resourcefulness. I am very excited to begin interacting with Touchstone’s excellent staff, board and audience and to immerse myself into an innovative theatre scene that is dear to my heart. In case you can't tell–I am looking forward to this new adventure, to returning to BC…and to enjoying ocean waves and mild winters!”

    Currently finishing the 2016/17 season as the Artistic and Executive Director of the Centaur Theatre, Roy will return to family and friends in his home town of Vancouver, BC to assume the position at Touchstone full-time as of July 2017.



  • Sunday, September 18, 2016 10:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Are you an actor between the ages of 18 and 25? Do you know any? 

    Mitch and Murray Productions and The Working Actors Gym are proud to present the Trevor Craven Memorial Scholarship for Young Actors


    A message from Mitch and Murray’s Artistic Director Aaron Craven:

    It's with great pleasure that I announce our third presentation of an acting scholarship for young actors. This scholarship, consisting of acting training and mentorship at our Working Actors Gym, will be presented to a deserving actor under the age of 25.

    I created this award in the interest of giving back to my industry and I decided to name it in honor of my brother Trevor Craven, who passed away in a car accident in 1986 at the age of 15. Trevor was an outstanding athlete, an honour roll student and a well-known young man in my hometown of North Vancouver.

    The first two scholarships were given out over the past year to very deserving young actors: Jerome Yoo and Aaron Paul Stewart.

    The award will consist of an eight-week block of classes, once weekly. I also provide career mentorship as part of the scholarship. More details on my teaching background and career, as well as our theatre company are at mitchandmurrayproductions.com

    The scholarship is open to actors between the ages of 18-25 who have had previous acting training and/or professional acting experience.

    To apply, please the send the following materials to us at info@mitchandmurrayproductions.com

    - A photo and resume
    - A one page letter in DOC or PDF format. Tell us a bit about your background, what you know of our company, and why you think you're a good candidate for the scholarship.

    The current application deadline is Monday, September 26, 2016.

    Thank you in advance to all the applicants.

    My sincere best,
    Aaron Craven - Artistic Director, Mitch and Murray Productions

    More information: mitchandmurrayproductions.com

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016 10:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Fugue Theatre is auditioning young female singers ages 12-25*  

    for an in-concert presentation of the new Canadian musical

    Les Filles du Roi

    created by

    Julie McIsaac (The Out Vigil) &

    Corey Payette (Children of God)



    Monday, September 19, 6-9 PM

    6 PM: Group warm-up

    6:15 PM – 9 PM: Small group auditions

    Italian Cultural Centre 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver 

    To register for an audition please email: managingfugue@gmail.com


    No prior stage experience required –but we are looking for strong singers comfortable with harmonies / part-singing. Non-union.

    Headshots and resumes welcome, but not necessary.

    *We welcome artists of various races, ethnicity, religious affiliation, and ability. We are a trans inclusive space. The Italian Cultural Centre and The Annex Theatre are wheelchair accessible.

    Rehearsals & Public presentations October 31 – November 5, 2016

    (outside of school hours; afternoon/evening only).


    More information: www.fugue.biz


  • Monday, September 12, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Canada Council for the Arts is getting set to launch the first deadlines of their new programs in the spring of 2017. There's a lot to discover in the new funding model, and you're invited to explore the calendar of 2017-2018 deadlines, updated program information and more. 

    UPDATE DECEMBER 2016: Canada Council's new portal is live, and you're invited to create a profile so you can start applying for grants under the new funding model.


    Here are a couple suggestions to navigate the information, and find out how to make the most of funding opportunities ahead:

    1. Refresher: Watch these videos to get familiar with each of the 6 new programs;

    2. Explore detailed program information pages, including program objectives and evaluation criteria, to find the options that will bet suit you. In particular, we invite you to read up on a few new flexible options, including: 

    • Micro-grants: to support small-scale activities for Indigenous groups and organizations, as well as Indigenous aspiring artists, professional artists, cultural professionals and cultural carriers who are looking for ways to get projects off the ground. 
    • More frequent deadlines: to better support your creative process, and project timelines. Apply when you're ready!
    • Composite grants: for individuals, organizations and groups looking to access funding for more than one project simultaneously. 

    What about current programs?
    Are you looking for funding in the short term? Check out the current programs that will be in place until February 2017. Don't forget there's a second and final deadline on October 31, 2016 for New Chapter, the unique new creation fund. Up to $150,000 for individual artists, and $500,000 for organizations.

    Here's a timeline that breaks down the transition from the current to the new funding model. If you have further questions, feel free to also contact information officers at 1-800-263-5588 ext. 5060 or info@canadacouncil.ca.

    More information: newfundingmodel.canadacouncil.ca

  • Saturday, September 10, 2016 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    The Arts Club Theatre Company is accepting applications for LEAP (Learning Early About Playwriting), a dynamic, interactive program for young playwrights aged 16 to 25. Now in its 10th anniversary season, over 150 students have been mentored through the creation of original dramatic works since the program’s inception. 

    Participants learn the basic principles of playwriting, share their work with classmates, and provide feedback for one another in a safe and supportive environment. Students also receive feedback from theatre professionals and have their plays workshopped and presented to the public in staged readings.

    LEAP is a full-scholarship program, and is 100% funded by donors and sponsors. There is no cost to the student whatsoever.

    Instruction is offered in three levels: Level 1 students are mentored through the creation of a short play (10 minutes), Level 2 students write one-act plays, and the Level 3 student is supported through the creation of a full-length play.

    The program culminates in the LEAP Festival in which professional actors perform the plays in a staged reading format.


    Dates: Mid-November 2016 to April 2017

    Application deadline: October 31, 2016

    More information: artsclub.com/education/leap

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

    The Theatre Engagement Project is local theatre practitioners working together to make Metro Vancouver a vibrant, collaborative, diverse theatre hub – for audiences and for the theatre community. Our work is ongoing, and we want everyone who is passionate about theatre to have the opportunity to be involved.

    Our values: Collaboration, Diversity, Relevance, Risk

    At the 2016 MAKING A SCENE conference this spring, we narrowed down our focus to three priorities:

    1. More diverse art to more people

    2. More direct involvement / direct ownership of the art form

    3. Engaging in critical discourse

    Let us know if you're interested in learning about or being involved in the conversations around any of these.

    Email Shayna Goldberg, Theatre Engagement Project manager, at engagement@gvpta.ca

    More information: gvtpa.ca/theatre-engagement-project

  • Friday, September 09, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Hello Hardline fans! We're back for our 7th season and we can't wait for you to see what's in store.

    Want to know what's happening? Visit our freshly re-vamped website to see the full season announcement.

    Following last year's whirlwind season, which included the Workshop Presentation of REDPATCH and the world premiere of Bright Blue Future by Sean Harris Oliver (nominated for three Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards), Hardline is back for our 7th season of professional independent theatre.

    Be sure to hang around on the website - it's full of great show photos, ticket information, and a newly created video archive that features the best of Hardline Productions. 

    See you at the theatre!

    Raes and Sean, Co-Artistic Directors

    More information: hardlineproductions.com

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