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  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017 8:59 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    For production of A FEW GOOD MEN

    The electrifying play that became the legendary Oscar-nominated film! A young unwilling Lawyer and his team uncover a conspiracy at the highest level while defending their clients accused of murder in this tense, riveting courtroom drama by Aaron Sorkin, Academy Award-Winner (The Social Network) and creator of The West Wing and The Newsroom.

     A Marine at the Guantanamo Naval Air Station, in Cuba, dies after a hazing incident. Two young Marines are charged with the death, but a nosy Navy lawyer with ambition suspects there's more to the story, and wants to investigate. She's prodded by her own superior to assign a dynamic but unorthodox Navy lawyer to the case who will dispense with the case quickly…As tensions mount and pressures increase to settle out of court, it becomes clear to the defence team that powers within the highest offices of the Pentagon have conspired to railroad the legal process. What ensues is a courtroom and intellectual battle that will leave everyone with blood on their hands.


    Open to all genders and ethnicities 

    Please come with a one to two-minute dramatic monologue; there will be reading from the script as well


    Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10:00 am and 

    Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 1:00pm

    For information email Claude A. Giroux at claudeg99@gmail.com


    Performances presented by First Impressions Theatre in the

    Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, March 1 to 17, 2018

  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017 11:18 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Living Room is a mixer-slash-mingler-slash-meeting for emerging artists to hear from established artists on topics that are important to our theatre community. Each event is centred around a specific theme. Rumble invites all artists who self-identify as “emerging” to join us for these fun and stimulating evenings of conversation and community-building.  It’s a great opportunity to connect, network, and share news in a casual and fun environment.

    All Living Room events start at 7pm and are held in the PL1422 studio (1422 William Street, Vancouver). The Living Room is free-of-charge and no advance sign-up is required.

    Next Event:
    November 27, 2017 – Script-based rehearsal vs. the devising process
    How are these two creative processes different? What do they have in common? And what skill sets do they require to pull off?
    Camyar Chai and Mindy Parfitt will join us to debate all the pros and cons. Veronique West will be this session’s moderator.

    For more details visit: http://rumble.org/upcoming-shows/the-living-room/

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 7:26 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Register Now: Actsafe Event Safety Conference 2018, February 21 - 23, Burnaby

    The second edition of Actsafe Safety Association's conference hopes to build on the important connections made during their inaugural conference in 2017. This is the only conference on the west coast that brings together important stakeholders from festivals,  roadhouses, theatres, event production suppliers, as well as municipalities, education providers, and labour unions to share their knowledge in making workplaces in live events and performing arts safer for employers and audiences alike. The event includes 32 lively and engaging sessions, 3 industry training days and 3 evenings of social events! Early bird rates end December 31. For more information or to register, visit this link.

  • Tuesday, November 07, 2017 10:03 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)


    Theatre Conspiracy is recasting Foreign Radical for a run in Calgary. Contract period is Jan. 7-21, 2018.

    Foreign Radical is a participatory show for 30 audience members, which investigates privacy, security and racial/ethnic profiling. The show won the 2015 Critics Choice Innovation Prize at the Jessies in 2015 and an Edinburgh Fringe First award in 2017. See the Conspiracy website (conspiracy.ca) for more info.

    Open to both Equity and non-Equity actors. Compensation at Equity rates plus travel, accommodation, and per diem.

    Rehearsal will take place in Calgary Jan. 7-16 with shows ­­­at High Performance Rodeo Jan. 17-20.  Travel dates are departure Jan. 7, returning Jan. 21.

    The Host

    Male/female/non-gender specific 25-55. Highly physical. Exceptional improv skills. Preference given to actors fluent in Cantonese, Farsi, Arabic or other languages.

    The Host guides the audience through the show through direction, questions, games and debate.


    Male/non-gender specific 25-55. Preference given to actors fluent in Farsi, Arabic, African or South Asian languages. Nudity in one scene.

    Mainly a dramatic role with some participatory work.

    Auditions to be held in Vancouver at Carousel Theatre on Granville Island on Nov. 17 and 24, 2017.

    Please reply with resume / CV to info@conspiracy.ca

    Deadline for Submissions: Nov. 16, 2017

  • Monday, October 23, 2017 6:04 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Vancouver Civic Theatres

    City of Vancouver

    Press Release

    October 23, 2017




    Vancouver Civic Theatres Announces ANNEX Theatre Residency Call for Proposals

    Program will provide much-needed space for local contemporary theatre companies.


    Contemporary Theatre companies in the Lower Mainland have a new opportunity to create, workshop, and produce at the Vancouver Civic Theatres (VCT) owned ANNEX theatre. The new ANNEX Theatre Residency Program will make the ANNEX an incubation ground for creative growth, while also offering much-needed space to local theatre groups.


    The residency program offers successfully awarded organizations a 2 year residency at the ANNEX, including funding for 18 performances per year. In addition, organizations will gain access to the Playhouse Theatre Rehearsal Hall to utilize as a development space for up to 5 weeks per year, based on availability.


    “This is a an opportunity for growth that can lead to larger scale work at other civic spaces, such as the Playhouse,” said Daniel Arnold, Co-Producer of local theatre company, Alley Theatre. “One of the questions people always ask is, ‘Where's your theatre?’ Well, it would be wonderful if we had an answer for them.”


    Alley Theatre was a 2017 recipient of VCT’s Underutilized Spaces Grant which will help fund their upcoming production, The Ridiculous Darkness, opening November 11th at the ANNEX.


    Is there a catch? Sort of – resident companies will need to provide a community outreach or educational component in collaboration with VCT, a request stemming from VCT’s mission to provide accessible arts and culture opportunities in Vancouver


    Applications are open until December 4, 2017 and successful candidates will be notified in early January. For eligibility criteria, please see the Vancouver Civic Theatres website.





    Media Contact:

    Kate Swaney

    Marketing Manager, Vancouver Civic Theatres



  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 7:22 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)


    Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson 

    COMPANY: Renegade Arts Company

    Director/Choreographer: Dawn Ewen

    Musical Director: Clare Wyatt 

    Producer: Jim Buckshon 


    Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.


    Will be held at Renegade Studios, 3030 East Broadway

     Dates: Saturday Dec 2rd 10 am-6 pm and Callbacks Saturday Dec 9th,10am-6pm.

    Please email, your resume and headshot. 

    Email: renegadearts@outlook.com

    *Please prepare two pop/rock songs (one uptempo and one ballad). Bring sheet music in the correct key and in a binder. Accompanist will be provided for you.

    The callbacks will require you to dress appropriately for a movement/dance call.

    Rehearsals will start last week of February (Three days a week; Monday (evenings), Wednesday (evenings), and Sunday (daytime); *Tech days March 26th27th and 28th

    Renegade is an equal opportunity company and encourages submissions from actors of all cultural backgrounds

    Contact: For more information please direct emails to renegadearts@outlook.com


    The Shop Theatre, 3030 East Broadway March 29th - April 14th 2018

    This is a non-equity production.

    Honorariums will apply. 


    Mark Cohen
    Tenor: G4 to A2
    Mark is an aspiring filmmaker, and also acts as the show’s narrator. 

    Mimi Márquez
    Mezzo-Soprano: E5 to D#3/Eb3
    Mimi is an exotic dancer who lives just downstairs from Mark and Roger.


    Roger Davis


    Tenor: A4 to F2

    Roger is an aspiring rock musician who has been suffering from major writer’s block


    Tom Collins


    Baritone: A4 to F#2/Gb2

    A college philosophy professor and outspoken gay activist, Collins is book-smart and soulful.


    Angel Dumott Schunard


    Tenor: A4 to C3

    A drag queen and a talented drummer, Angel is a warm-hearted busker on the street.  


     Maureen Johnson


    Mezzo-Soprano: F5 to C4 (middle C)

    Maureen is a brazen, flirtatious, and provocative performance artist.


    Joanne Jefferson


    Mezzo-Soprano: E5 to G3

    A Harvard Law graduate, Joanne is a highly successful lawyer.


    Benjamin “Benny” Coffin III


    Baritone: F#4/Gb4 to A#2/Bb2

    Former roommate of Mark and Roger’s. Married into a wealthy family. 



    Renegade Arts Company

  • Saturday, October 07, 2017 5:23 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Boca del Lupo invites artists and companies to apply for their Space Residency Program, which provides up to two weeks of free space, equipment and mentorship support for the creation and development of new artistic work. Emerging and established artists are welcome to apply, and can come from a variety of artistic disciplines (theatre, dance, music, performance art, visual art) provided there is a performative component to the proposed work. With over 20 years of experience in creating our own new work, we prioritize applications that share our long held values of innovation, diversity and immersive practice.

    Work should explore, but is not limited to, Micro Performance, which is an emerging global trend proliferating in many forms, from theatre and dance to new media, live art and interactive technology. Micro Performance prizes depth of experience above all, asking the audience, which is rarely more than 20 or 30 at a time, to immerse themselves in a world of the artist’s creation. Past residencies include The Chop’s Through the Gaze of a Navelwhich went on to tour to Crow’s Theatre in Toronto, the Yukon Arts Centre and Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo, and in currently in development is Neworld’s Marcus Youssef and Niall McNeil working title: Niall Talks About S*hit He Likes, With A Little Help From His Friends.

    Successful applicants from our inaugural competition include:  

    • Ralph Escamillan immersive dance piece Squin premiering at PuSh 2018
    • Holly Schmidt’s Midnight Picnic exploring the affinities and tensions between social practice and experimental performance
    • Universal Limited’s Japanese Problem is an intimate site specific experience about the incarceration of Canadian citizens set at Hastings Park race track horse stalls.  Full production premiered September 2017.
    • Mind of a Snail shadow puppetry duo Chloé Ziner and Jessica Gabriel’s Rate of Loss
    • Christine Quintana with Molly McKinnon and Mishelle Cuttler’s performance installation Good Things to Do.
    • Babelle Theatre’s investigation on Prometheus Bound
    • Scheherazaad Cooper and Chengxin Wei’s Breathe Water micro dance work based in Odissi and Chinese Dance
    • Flip the Switch’s Le Voyage who since the residency has toured to the World Stage Design festival in Taipei (pictured above)

    Interested artists and companies should provide the following:

    • Title of Project, contact name, email address and phone number
    • Bios of all artists involved in the residency
    • Company bio (if applicable)
    • Clear articulation of your practice and what you will be creating/investigating/developing. (eg but not limited to: social and/or community engaged practice, installation, micro performance etc)
    • 1-page proposal describing the work to be explored during residency and the eventual goal of the residency, and any other additional information that you feel would strengthen your application which can include but not limited to: Micro performance and intimate presentations for immersive work, articulate relevance/urgency of work, a reflection and advancement of diversity in our city as it relates to the art being created etc.

    If successful we can provide letters of support for government grants for development, travel and accommodation costs.

    Applications should be sent to sjyoon@bocadellupo.com, no later than 4:00pm PST on November 4, 2017.

    Successful applicants will be contacted directly by the Boca del Lupo team, with further questions about the project so that the residency can be customized to the company or artist’s needs.

  • Thursday, October 05, 2017 7:30 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Applications are now open for the Arts Club's new Dramaturgy Lab and Internship Program for the 2017–2018 season!

    Led by Arts Club Literary Manager Rachel Ditor, this lab is geared to emerging artists of any age interested in learning more about the practice of dramaturgy. The program has two parts: 

    Part 1: The Lab - a mix of readings, discussions, projects, seeing shows, and hands-on engagement with new plays in development at the Arts Club. Part 1 runs from mid-October to March.

    Part 2: The Internship – participants from The Lab are invited to apply for a paid dramaturgy internship at the Arts Club. The successful applicant will work directly with guest directors on production dramaturgy, attend readings and workshops, and assist literary staff with plays in development. The internship spans May to August 2018. The schedule is flexible. Only participants from The Lab are eligible for The Internship.

    There is a $90 fee to participate in The Lab. Fee includes readings, screenings, and tickets to select Arts Club shows. Some scholarships are available. Please note in your cover letter if you want to be considered for a scholarship. Equity discount will apply for Equity members. No previous experience in dramaturgy is required. 

    To apply, please email your application with the following documents:

    1. A cover letter explaining what you hope to learn through The Lab
    2. Your CV
    3. A filled-out application form

    Application deadline: October 13, 2017
    Notification: October 16, 2017

  • Friday, September 29, 2017 1:03 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Theatre Rental Grant (TRG) program offers financial assistance to arts and cultural organizations to use and produce a cultural event in well-equipped venues. Vancouver-based, professional, non-profit arts and cultural organizations may apply to rent the centrally-located  Vancouver Civic Theatres.

    Eligible organizations may apply for this grant to rent:

    Open: Friday, September 29, 2017
    Close: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

    For more information on eligiblity, guidelines and how to apply, read the Theatre Rental Grant Information Guide. Please contact staff well in advance of the deadlines for any questions.


    Your organization must be: 

    • A Vancouver-based professional, non-profit, arts or cultural organization
    • Have been in operation with non-profit status for 1 year
    • Be mandated to present, produce, create, or develop arts and cultural work in Vancouver
    • Be actively promoting events to a city-wide audience

    The grant will cover:

    • Venue Rental
    • Most venue fees, including some theatre technicians
    • Front-of-house staffing for performances
    • Technical and rehearsal days
  • 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.

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.