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  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:04 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Audition day 1: 08/22/2017
    City: Vancouver

    Audition day 2: 08/23/2017
    City: Vancouver

    Audition day 3: 08/24/2017
    City: Vancouver

    Artistic Director or casting person in attendance: Bill Millerd, Stephanie Hargreaves
    Deadline to submit: 08/04/2017
    Email applications to: prodintern@artsclub.com
    Contact name: Alina Wong
    Contact email: prodintern@artsclub.com
    Contact phone: 604-687-5315, ext. 283
    Engager website: artsclub.com
    Link to detailed casting information: artsclub.com
    Agreement: CTA

    Ethno-cultural mandate or ethno-cultural casting statement: The Arts Club Theatre is committed to diversity in its casting and encourages submissions from all ethnic/cultural backgrounds for all auditions.

    Additional information:

    The Arts Club Theatre Company will be holding General Auditions on August 22, 23, and 24th, 2017.

    Those who have auditioned for the Arts Club Theatre in the last year need not re-submit. Non-Equity performers are welcome and will be scheduled to audition after all Canadian Actors’ Equity Association members have been seen. Auditioners will be asked to prepare one contemporary monologue not more than 3 minutes in length.

    Please send a photo and resume to:

           General Auditions
           Arts Club Theatre Company
           BMO Theatre Centre
           203-162 West 1st Ave
           Vancouver, B.C.
           V5Y 0H6

    **RESUMES SUBMITTED BY FAX OR EMAIL WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED**

    The deadline for applications will be the end of business on Friday, August 4, 2017. Selected applicants will then be contacted to arrange an appointment.

    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.

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 10:59 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Reporting directly to the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the Fringe Festival, Theatre Wire, and other strategic projects. Other key duties include artist engagement, fundraising, marketing, and community outreach.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    Leadership

    •  Working closely with the Board of Directors, shape and maintain a vision and strategic plan that guides the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society. You will act as a professional advisor and guide to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the organization’s activities.
    •  Identify, assess, and communicate to the Board of Directors any internal and external issues that affect the organization
    •  Foster effective team work between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff
    •  Act as a champion and spokesperson for the organization
    •  Take a leadership role in positively shaping the Vancouver theatre community through involvement in associations, mentorship, sector advocacy and collaboration.
    •  Build relationships with diverse communities by listening to other leaders and to artists and communities who are traditionally underrepresented.
    •  Leading and inspiring others using a deeply informed, well-articulated vision of the future.

    Operational planning and management

    •  Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization
    •  Oversee the day-to-day operation of the organization ensuring that they align with the mandate and mission of the Fringe and provide support to the Board for monthly meetings.
    •  Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs and services as well as special events

    Human resources planning and management

    Financial planning and management

    •  Identify and engage appropriate staffing for organizational management and program delivery success
    •  Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures, and practices
    •  Establish a positive, healthy, and safe work environment which encourages diversity and people engagement
    •  Maintain a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring, coaching, and mentoring staff
    • on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review
    •  Work with staff and the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budgets(annual and multi-year)
    •  Support and mentor appropriate staff to research funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans
    • and write funding proposals to ensure that the organization reaches financial targets and goals
    •  Participate in fundraising activities as appropriate
    •  Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board
    • Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed
    •  Manage the funds of the organization according to the approved budget
    •  Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization

     Community relations/advocacy

    Risk management

    QUALIFICATIONS

     Three – five years senior non-profit management experience

    •  Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
    •  Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, human resource management, program development
    • and task facilitation
    •  Authentic leadership with demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
    •  Exceptional relationship building and team-building skills
    •  Ability to interface with and engage diverse artist, volunteer, and supporter groups
    •  Strong written and oral communication skills, including excellent public speaking ability
    •  Ability to convey a vision of the Fringe Festival’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers, donors, and government
    • representatives
    •  Ability to work flexible hours
    •  Capacity to work calmly under pressure
    •  Experience in theatre production, marketing, sponsorship, fundraising, event planning, box office systems, diversity
    • are all desirable
    •  Understanding of government relations
    •  Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to non-profit and arts sectors
    •  Degree in theatre or equivalent experience

    Interested people are encouraged to submit a cover letter plus your resume in confidence by August 9, 2017 to: edrecruitment@vancouverfringe.com Attention: Recruitment Committee

    The Vancouver Fringe Festival Society does not and shall not discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.

    For more information, check out the Vancouver Fringe Festival posting here.

  • Wednesday, July 05, 2017 4:38 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Reports To/Works Alongside:
    •General Manager
    •Artistic Director
    •Director of Marketing 

    Purpose of the Job:
    To raise the profile of Pacific Theatre as a company, and increase awareness and sales for individual productions through media relations and promotional activities.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    •Work with Marketing Director to create promotional plan for Pacific Theatre and individual productions

    •Create relationships with journalists and editors at a variety of media outlets

    •Generate press interest in shows for preview articles, interviews, and reviews

    •Help spread word about shows through direct outreach to community groups

    Secondary Responsibilities:

    •Manage and maintain an up-to-date media list

    •Write and distribute press releases and PSA’s to pitch stories about Pacific Theatre events

    •Research and write press kits

    •Work with Director of Marketing to coordinate photo and video shoots

    •Communicate with media about Pacific Theatre’s events and activities

    •Invite media, artistic directors, and others to opening nights

    •Track and archive all media and social media coverage

    •Execute and maintain all event listings for Pacific Theatre events on various listings shows

    •Reach out to and communicate with various community groups who may be interested in productions (in collaboration with Group Sales Manager)

    •Write and send e-blasts

    •Handle all distribution of posters and postcards

    •Potential for additional responsibilities of writing blog posts and basic photography and/or graphic design, depending on skills and time

    Physical Demands:

    •Can accommodate most physical restrictions – let us know what you need

    Working Conditions and Environment:

    Pacific Theatre has a small, friendly, open office environment, with a significant focus on team dynamics and mutual support. 

    Knowledge and Skills Required:

    •Experience and/or education in media relations and publicity

    •Excellent writing skills

    •Creative thinking and ability to find interesting story angles

    •Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to build relationships and comfort making “cold” communications over email or phone

    •Able to meet deadlines

    •Intrinsically motivated and able to self-manage

    •Interested in contributing to and being an intrinsic part of a team

    •Basic photography and Photoshop/Indesign skills an asset

    Additional Notes

    Salary: $22,000/year 
    Hours: 30/week
    Holiday: Bank Holidays plus 2 weeks in the first year
    Health and Dental benefits package option
    Subject to 3-month probationary period

    To Apply:

    Please contact Andrea Loewen at andrea@pacifictheatre.org with your resume and cover letter. Please attach or include links to up to three examples of press releases or writing samples, if you have them.

    In your cover letter, please be sure to address Pacific Theatre specifically and why you want to work with us. It will be helpful to address the information in our About Us page on our website.

  • Sunday, June 25, 2017 12:02 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Gateway Theatre enriches the quality of life in Richmond and surrounding communities by creating outstanding professional theatre and serving as a dynamic hub for the performing arts. Incorporated in 1982, Gateway has grown into one of the largest professional theatre companies in the Lower Mainland and is under the artistic leadership of Jovanni Sy. We serve the community through professional live theatre productions, theatre education for youth, and community venue rentals.

    Position Summary

    Reporting to the Executive Director the Operations Manager is a key member of the management team at Gateway Theatre. In addition to responsibilities managing facility operations, they will work with the Executive Director in advancing the theatre’s strategic priorities and on the administrative aspects of Gateway’s productions and presentations. The position is expected to evolve based on the skills and development of the successful candidate.

    Experience & Qualifications

    ‐ At least 3‐5 years’ performing arts administration experience or equivalent
    ‐ An understanding of theatre operations, budgeting and producing is preferred
    ‐ 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 supervise, develop and evaluate staff and delegate work
    ‐ A collaborative, innovative and flexible approach to leadership

    Compensation

    $45,000 to $49,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package and pension plan.

    To Apply

    Please send a resume and cover letter outlining your suitability for the position to Camilla Tibbs: ctibbs@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.

    Applications accepted until position filled. Click here for more information.

  • Sunday, June 25, 2017 11:57 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    THÉÂTRE LA SEIZIÈME, BC'S PRIMARY FRENCH-LANGUAGE PROFESSIONAL THEATRE COMPANY, IS SEEKING A COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER.

    REMUNERATION: $20 to $23 an hour, depending on experience (30 hours per week). The person responsible for communications will be asked to work some hours on weekends and evenings. 

    HIRING DATE: August 21st, 2017 

    CONTRACT LENGTH: until August 31st, 2018, renewable 

    RESPONSABILITIES 

    - Create a communications plan for the season and a strategic campaign for each production 

    - Create the necessary communication tools, with the input of the suppliers 

    - Be responsible for public relations 

    - Be responsible for maintaining the company’s social media platforms, with the goal of developing and maintaining a virtual audience 

    - To augment and maintain the mailing list and the data base 

    - To write documents, articles and diverse messages 

    - Plan cultural mediation activities and promotion 

    - Develop relationships allowing the promotion of the company and/or audience development 

    - Measure the impact of the marketing strategies and prepare the proper reports 

    - Be available for welcoming audience members 

    The candidate will work under the supervision of the Artistic and General Director. 

    QUALIFICATIONS 
    - Excellent French language abilities 

    - University degree in communications or in a related field 

    - A minimum of two years in a communications position 

    - Excellent writing skills 

    - Demonstrable public relations skills and community management experience 

    - An ability to work with graphic software is an asset 

    - Knowledge of the artistic field is an asset 

    - An ability to work as part of a team and also in an individual manner 

    - Organized, enterprising, strategic, and creative 

    - Able to work with: Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Gmail, MailChimp 

    This information is also available on our website: seizieme.ca 

    Please submit your resume, accompanied by a cover letter detailing your interest in this position, by email, at: info@seizieme.ca  No follow-up phone calls, please. We will contact the candidates to be interviewed. 

    Deadline for applications is July 11th, 2017, at 4 p.m. (Pacific Time). 


  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 1:16 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Only Animal is developing SLIME, a new play from Bryony Lavery. Directed by Kendra Fanconi, SLIME takes place just slightly in the future set at a climate change conference where student interns act as translators for marine animals who are participating in the conference. 

    7 non-equity roles for actors 19 - 25, or can play those ages. Please do not apply if you are a member of a union, Equity or UBCP. 

    We are interested in hiring underrepresented communities and cast for cultural diversity. The Only Animal invites application from trans or gender non-binary actors for all roles. 

    Workshop Dates: August 8 – 12, 2017

    All roles are paid. Please do not apply if you have conflicts during May/June of next year, 2018. Those cast for the workshop will be top consideration for the co-production May/June of 2018, in Banff and Vancouver as well as for development work in the interim.

    These roles contain vocal challenges of learning and performing the languages of animals:

    COCO: female, had failed one night stand with EV which makes her angry, frog translator. Also plays an adult (Georgia Mulhouse, military general)

    BARB: top student, falls in love with OLA, otter and sea lion translator

    OLA: falls in love with BARB, Sea bird translator. Also plays an adult (the elderly and frail, Dr. Meredith Lander)

    EV: male, IT guy, a self-starter, a traitor, speaks enough polar bear to get by

    FREZZLE: male, dolphin translator, can’t find a mate. Also plays an adult (Corporate Suit, Brian Talbot) 

    These roles contain physical challenges of performing languages of fish and other animals:

    GODFREY: male, dance major, gay, fish translator. Also plays an adult (scientist Neville Liddy, geeky SLIME expert)

    DUMBO: female, dance major, has taken a vow of silence to listen to what animals have to say. This actress is physically innovative and will invent sign language to translate for animals who communicate visually.

    Please submit headshot and resume by EMAIL ONLY to lisa@theonlyanimal.com by June 21, 2017. Please save files with your FULL NAME in the document title. 

    Script available upon request.

    The Only Animal thanks you in advance for all submissions, we will only contact parties we are interested in.

  • Saturday, June 10, 2017 9:08 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Now in its 53rd season, the Arts Club offers professional live theatre at three venues, as well as on tour throughout the province.

    We are seeking a full-time, in-house Graphic Designer. The Graphic Designer is an integral member of the Marketing Department, responsible for the creation of a variety of ephemera within a lively and deadline-driven environment. Reporting to the Publications and Communications Manager, the Graphic Designer collaborates with a core team to conceive and execute engaging print and web assets. The Graphic Designer also assists in developing strategies to maximize potential theatre audiences.

    The successful candidate is a confident, motivated, detail-oriented individual with considerable communication skills who thrives on the exchange of ideas.

     ACCOUNTABILITIES

    • ·      Ensure projects are delivered before or on deadline
    • ·      Ensure artwork for accuracy and completeness
    • ·      Ensure adherence to established brand guidelines and house style
    • ·      Modify and repurpose show illustrations (created by an external party) as required
    • ·      Produce consistent file results from comp to layout to final deliverable
    • ·      Monitor art preparation guidelines; convert source material as required for output
    • ·      Recommend technical and procedural updates as required

     QUALIFICATIONS

    • ·      Deep knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Excel (on a PC platform)
    • ·      Degree in graphic design plus minimum two years’ work experience at advertising or creative agencies
    • Ability to design for newsprint, print, web, large indoor and outdoor applications, etc.
    • Exceptional communication skills and attention to detail
    • Ability to multitask and meet multiple deadlines in an open-office setting
    • An affinity for the performing arts

     COMPENSATION

    $32,000–$36,000 per annum plus extended healthcare benefits (after three months). The Graphic Designer is a permanent, full-time position with the following hours: Monday–Friday, 9 AM– 5:30 PM

     DEADLINE

    Email a cover letter and résumé to humanresources@artsclub.com by June 18, 2017.

    We thank all who express interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

  • Saturday, June 10, 2017 9:06 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Now in its 53rd season, the Arts Club offers professional live theatre at three venues, as well as on tour throughout the province.

    Reporting to the Ticket Sales Manager the Ticket Sales Supervisor is a detailed-oriented, personable and highly engaged employee who will work to assist in the daily operations of the call centre and the box offices for the Arts Club Theatre Company. This is a full time position supervising a unionized call centre and box office team.

    The successful candidate is a confident, creative, detail-oriented individual with considerable communication skills who thrives on the exchange of ideas.

    ACCOUNTABILITIES

    Ticket Sales Supervisor responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • ·      Box office / finance report preparation
    • ·      Motivating, monitoring, coaching and training call centre/box office team
    • ·      Generating ticket reports
    • ·      Preparing invoices
    • ·      Communicating to ticket sales staff
    • ·      Event building/editing
    • ·      Promoting excellence in guest service: developing and maintaining a friendly and positive environment for both the customers and the employees

    QUALIFICATIONS

    We are seeking applicants with a demonstrated experience of supervising employees and experience supervising a union staff is an asset. The successful candidate must have excellent customer service skills, be able to take direction from multiple sources and maintain deadlines, and must be able to think on their feet and have great problem solving abilities. A passion for performing arts is essential. Knowledge of Tessitura ticketing systems is helpful. The successful applicant must be personable, detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to work under pressure.

     COMPENSATION

    $32,000–$36,000 per annum plus extended healthcare benefits (after three months). The Ticket Sales Supervisor is a permanent, full-time position with the following hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 AM– 6 PM

     DEADLINE

    Email a cover letter and résumé to humanresources@artsclub.com by June 25, 2017.

    We thank all who express interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

  • Saturday, June 10, 2017 9:04 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Now in its 53rd season, the Arts Club offers professional live theatre at three venues, as well as on tour throughout BC.

    Reporting to the Marketing Manager, the Sales Systems Coordinator is responsible for the building and maintaining all Arts Club and rental ticketed events in the company’s CRM database (Tessitura). This includes creating sales reports to be used by all facets of the company in the monitoring and planning of our season, promotion builds for sales initiatives, and technical support

    The successful candidate is a confident, creative, detail-oriented individual with considerable communication skills who thrives on the exchange of ideas.

    ACCOUNTABILITIES

    • Build Arts Club season, single ticket, rental, and development events
    • Build and maintain all promotional codes
    • Set up marketing campaigns and appeals in Tessitura
    • Promotion of source codes to Tessitura lists
    • Daily sales reports on single tickets, season tickets, groups sales, and promo code sales
    • Troubleshoot Tessitura issues to facilitate sales
    • Liaise with ticket sales and admin staff to identify and solve Tessitura issues
    • Communications to box office on relevant changes within Tessitura
    • Generating end of show reports and equity weekly sales reports
    • Generate sales report and reconciliations for rental clients

     QUALIFICATIONS

    • Strong proficiency in Excel is required
    • Knowledge of SQL and back-end experience in a CRM database are assets
    • Exceptional communication skills and attention to detail
    • Ability to multitask and meet multiple deadlines in an open-office setting
    • An affinity for the performing arts

    COMPENSATION

    $32,000–$36,000 per annum plus extended healthcare benefits (after three months). The Sales Systems Coordinator is a permanent, full-time position with the following hours: Monday–Friday, 9 AM– 5:30 PM

     DEADLINE

    Email a cover letter and résumé to humanresources@artsclub.com by June 25, 2017.

    We thank all who express interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

  • Saturday, June 10, 2017 9:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Now in its 53rd season, the Arts Club offers professional live theatre at three venues, as well as on tour throughout BC.

    Reporting to the Ticket Sales Manager, the Ticket Sales Supervisor, Groups is a high-achieving, personable, and goal-oriented individual expected to close and exceed group sales targets. The successful candidate will strategically create a base of loyal groups, while driving new groups (10+) through day-to-day outbound sales calls and prospecting. The Ticket Sales Supervisor, Groups will also assist in the daily operations and supervision of the unionized call centre/box office.

    The successful candidate is a confident, creative, detail-oriented individual with considerable communication skills who thrives on the exchange of ideas.

    ACCOUNTABILITIES

    Group Advisor responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Meeting and exceeding assigned group sales targets
    • Secures group orders through a professional relationship-building approach
    • Servicing and cross-selling existing group accounts
    • Coordinating on-site group services, including day-of customer service seat visits
    • Makes in-person visits and sales presentations to prospective groups

    Ticket Sales Supervisor responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Sales reconciliation and reporting
    • Motivating, monitoring, coaching call centre/box office agents
    • Training call centre/box office agents

    QUALIFICATIONS

    We are seeking applicants with a demonstrated record of exceeding sales targets. The successful candidate must be comfortable with outbound cold sales-calling and have excellent customer service skills. A passion for performing arts is essential. Knowledge of ticketing systems is helpful. The successful applicant must be personable, detail-oriented, data-driven, and able to work under pressure.

    COMPENSATION

    $32,000–$36,000 per annum plus extended healthcare benefits (after three months). The Ticket Sales Supervisor, Group is a permanent, full-time position with the following hours: Mon–Fri, 9 AM– 5:30 PM

     DEADLINE

    Email a cover letter and résumé to humanresources@artsclub.com by June 25, 2017

    We thank all who express interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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.