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  • Monday, September 18, 2017 9:35 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    ABB Collective is holding auditions for:

    Fool For Love By Sam Shepard

    Directed by Jamie King

    An Equity Co-op Production

    Run Dates: Feb 14-Feb 24th at The Shop Theatre, East Vancouver


    Date: October 21st

    Location: PTC Studio 202-739 Gore Avenue

    To book an audition, please send a headshot and resume to abbartistcollective@gmail.com. If you are interested but cannot come on October 21th please feel free to send your info and we can discuss an alternate date. 


    Eddie: 30’s, rodeo cowboy, self-aware. 

    Martin: 30’s, charmingly naïve. 

    Old Man: Surly and eloquent.  

    Please note the role of May has already been cast. 


    Audition sides will be provided. Actors reading for the role of Eddie will be asked to prepare an additional 1 minute contemporary monologue.

    Accents will not be required.


    When Eddie and May face off in a run-down motel at the edge of the desert the two former lovers discover that fantasy and reality; the past and the present; truth and lies; are all irrevocably entwined.

  • Friday, September 15, 2017 10:30 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    November 18th to 25th 2017,10am to 6pm

    One-on-One times will be scheduled with John

    @ The Russian Hall ~ 600 Campbell St. Vancouver, BC. ~

    With John Turner (of Mump & Smoot and the Manitoulin Conservatory)

    This workshop is designed for those who wish to work on developing and performing short clown pieces. The majority of the time will be devoted to the creation of turns and on performance; with additional time for exercises, games, discussion and the exploration of themes that arise during the workshop.

    Students should bring a short turn that is less than 5 minutes to work on. This can include work not traditionally considered clown (i.e. text, song or dance) especially if students wish to explore the broader application of clown and mask to a variety of performance genres.

    This workshop is primarily designed for students who have completed the Pochinko Style Mask and Clown Intensive (Baby Clown) or (Clown Through Mask). While this specific training it is not a mandatory prerequisite it is advantageous for the applicants and some clown creation and performance experience is definitely a benefit.

    This 8-day workshop will culminate in a public performance on Nov. 25th.  

    $800.00 to register for this workshop


    Contact Chris McGregor chris@axistheatre.com or call 604-669-0631 for more information.


  • Wednesday, September 06, 2017 2:30 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Upintheair Theatre fosters possible futures: supporting the next generation of theatre makers, and exploring new ideas through a unique focus on speculative fiction and formal innovation. Upintheair is the producer of the annual rEvolver Theatre Festival, which takes place each May in and around The Cultch. Now entering its sixth year, rEvolver presents innovative new works by emerging and early mid-career theatre artists in a supported, collaborative environment. Upintheair also produces stand-alone work, most recently the Jessie Award winning The North Plan and Inside the Seed, and our co-production with The Only Animal, The City and The City, a mainstage production at the PuSh Festival in 2017.

    For more information on Upintheair Theatre and our programming, go to www.upintheairtheatre.com.

    The Associate Producer works with the Artistic Producers to realise all areas of the companies’ activities including event production, marketing and social media implementation, fundraising and sponsor development, audience outreach, administration, front of house & volunteer coordination, artist relations, grant writing, and organizational development.

    This position will average 20hrs/week, however it demands a high degree of flexibility over the course of the year to respond to the production cycle of the company, including some evenings and weekends. Work will be based out of Upintheair’s new office space in the Greenhouse next door to The Cultch, with flexibility to work from home.


    • Collaborates with the Artistic Producers in realising the annual rEvolver Theatre Festival and our stand-alone productions
    • rEvolver Festival:
    • Co-ordinates Presenting Partner and Sponsor relations
    • Produces rEvolver Festival Launch Party
    • Produces professional development workshops for rEvolver Festival participants
      • Co-ordinate box office and comp booking in partnership with Cultch box office staff
      • Collaborates and shares duties as Producer in Charge at rEvolver festival
      • Co-ordinate and assist in all artist events and functions
    • Creation and production of one-off and stand-alone events such as artist salons, fundraisers, and our Annual General meeting
    • Development of and implementation of marketing, social media, fundraising, and sales campaigns including ticket sales, print and electronic media, web site, and e-communications
    • Collaborates on grant writing and final reports
    • Maintenance and development of UITA contact list
    • Implementation of fundraising initiatives such as annual campaigns and fundraising events in collaboration with the board of directors
    • The Associate Producer will have the opportunity to travel to festivals/conferences to establish themselves as part of a national network of theatre professionals
    • Attend all necessary Upintheair meetings and events
    • Other duties as they arise during the course of the production cycle


    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
    • Detail-oriented with superior written and oral communication skills including excellent grammar, spelling, and proofreading skills
    • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work, while handling multiple tasks and interruptions with poise and patience
    • Ability and willingness to learn and incorporate new skills
    • Strong interpersonal and public relations skills
    • The ability to work independently and as part of the team
    • Proficiency in graphic design, video editing, and/or web design, Quickbooks, MailChimp, and major social media sites an asset
    • Experience in fundraising an asset
    • College or University level courses an asset
    • The ability to handle matters of a sensitive and confidential nature

    START DATE October 2nd, 2017 (flexible depending on availability)

    REMUNERATION $16,000 - 18,000 annually, dependent on experience

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday September 20th, 2017

    TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume to info@upintheairtheatre.com

    Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will take place in late September.

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 1:56 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Auditions for Peter Pan Prequel, Peter and the Starcatcher, Are Set for September 6th 

    Gallery 7 Theatre is thrilled to be holding open auditions for its November production of Peter and the Starcatcher on Wednesday, September 6th at 6:30 PM at the theatre’s administration and rehearsal hall, #100 – 34595 3rd Ave, Abbotsford. The audition is open to all community performers ages 14 – 75.

    A young orphan and his mates are shipped from England to a far off-island. On the voyage, they meet the precocious Molly, a Starcatcher-in-Training, who tells them that a certain trunk on board carries a magical cargo that must not fall in to the wrong hands. 

    When their ship is attacked by the fearsome pirate, Black Stache, a thrilling adventure ensues where unwilling comrades unite and unlikely heroes emerge. This Tony Award-winning play explores the depths of greed and despair as well as the bonds of friendship, duty and love. It’s a perfect adventure for the entire family! 

    Peter and the Starcatcher promises to be a wildly entertaining adventure for audiences,” says Executive/Artistic Director, Ken Hildebrandt. “The show also provides performers of all backgrounds and experience levels to really sink their teeth in to some really fun roles.”

    Those interested in auditioning should be prepared to sing acapella, 16 bars of music from their favourite musical at the audition. Gallery 7 Theatre invites all those interested in working behind the scenes as assistant stage managers, running crew, technicians or as other production team volunteers to also attend the audition. 

    Peter and the Starcatcher will be directed by John Trottier and will run November 10 & 11, 15 – 18, 2017 @ 7:30 PM with discount matinees on Nov. 11 & 18 at 2:00 PM at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford. Rehearsals will commence the week of September 11.

    To register for the audition, or for more information, please contact Gallery 7 Theatre at 604-504-5940 or visit their website at www.gallery7theatre.com.

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 9:45 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Vancouver Fringe Festival and Playwrights Theatre Centre are calling for applications for the sixth year of the Fringe New Play Prize. Through the Fringe New Play Prize, PTC and the Vancouver Fringe offer BC artists a leg up in the process of creating and producing a new play. BC writers and producing teams with a project underway for the 2018 Fringe season are encouraged to submit.

    The program offers:

    • Eight months of dramaturgy with PTC Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel
    • Some free creation and rehearsal space
    • A free spot in PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series, Block P
    • A free and guaranteed space on the Fringe Mainstage, September 2018.

    All told, the Fringe New Play Prize is a juicy package with a $5000 value: ($800 Fringe application fee + $1000 in studio space + $3000 of dramaturgy + script copying + promotion). The production costs are the responsibility of the applicant.

    The application asks for:

    • A script idea, outline, fragment or draft
    • The resumes of artists involved in the creation
    • A production plan

    The decision is made by a jury of readers based primarily on the artistic potential of the idea/script supported by evidence that it has a realistic chance of succeeding.

    Applications must be received no later than October 2, 2017 and the winner will be notified in early December. Candidates who are not selected will be notified in time to apply by the regular deadline.

    To apply, go to playwrightstheatre.com/programs/fringe-new-play-prize

    The 2017 winners of the Prize, lee williams boudakian, Anoushka Ratnarajahand Kamee Abrahamian have been working with PTC’s Associate Dramaturg mia amir on their Fringe play Setting Bones using studio sessions combined with research sessions and script meetings. This first Fringe version of Setting Bonesopens on the Revue Stage at the 2017 Vancouver Fringe on September 9.

    For more information: kathleen@playwrightstheatre.com

  • Saturday, August 26, 2017 6:25 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    United Players is looking for someone who is proficient in desktop publishing to produce our theatre programmes. We put on five productions a year and our programmes generally are of 16 pages. Specifically we are looking for someone who is very familiar with Photoshop and InDesign and capable of working well to deadlines. 

    As the position would also entail liaising with stage managers, directors, and other theatre companies for content, people skills are also a necessity. 

    Familiarity with the theatrical world would be a benefit but not a necessity. An honorarium would be paid. A great opportunity to be part of a dynamic group putting on amazing theatre! 

    Applicants should send a resume to Joan Bryans by e-mail at j.bryans@telus.net  You can also contact her with any questions you may have.

  • Saturday, August 26, 2017 6:18 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Massey Theatre is looking for new members to join our customer service team as an Audience Services Attendant.  Positions available are casual part time with a flexible schedule.

    Show times may vary from evenings and weekends to daytime mid-week

    Massey Theatre is a non profit 1260 seat facility that hosts dynamic and diverse entertainment performances.


    This position is responsible for the comfort and safety of the audience through ushering, ticket taking or concession.  Duties include but are not limited to: assisting patrons to their seats, lobby set up, monitoring patrons during performances (no food or drink, no photography etc.) and assisting guests with special seating requirements.


    ·      Exemplary customer service skills

    ·      Enjoys working with a diverse public

    ·      Positive and outgoing demeanor

    ·      Proactive work ethic

    ·      Knowledge of theatre or event operation procedures an asset but not required

    ·      Ability to lift a minimum of 25 pounds and be able to stand for long periods of time.

    ·      Food safe and Serving it Right certificates an asset

    Wage: $15.00/hr ($12.00/hr training wage).

    Deadline for Application: Friday September 22nd, 2017

    Please submit resume Attn: Angela Steidel to angela@masseytheatre.com  Please indicate in the subject that you are applying for the Audience Services Attendant position. While we thank everyone who applies, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

  • Saturday, August 26, 2017 6:16 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)


    FIRST IMPRESSIONS THEATRE is seeking three female actor/singer/dancers to cast in its production of Ted Swindley’s country musical entitled HONKY TONK ANGELS. Looking for versatile actresses who sing and dance for a cast of three women. All roles open.

    Production details:
    Performance Dates: November 9 to 25, 2017

    Director: Claude A. Giroux
    Choreographer: Alishia Suitor
    Music Director: Gordon Roberts

    Sue Ellen (Lead)

    Twice divorced L.A. receptionist originally from Texas dealing with a misogynistic boss, think “9 To 5,” a “citified” country girl, beautiful, sexy, smart, and knows what men want; belt up to a D.
    Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

    Darlene (Lead): 

    Sweet Daddy’s girl from a coal mining town in West Virginia and the Mississippi Delta; survived the teenage death of her boyfriend and now takes care of her infirm father; innocent and naive, but knows that music connects her to who she wants to be; beautiful, all-natural girl; belt up to a D.
    Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

    Angela (Lead): 

    Overworked and underappreciated Texas housewife; a feisty independent woman with a great sense of humor; worships at the altar of Roseanne Barr; probably a bit curvy and buxom; having kids has not killed her sex drive or her dreams of being a country singer; belt up to a D.
    Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

    Audition details:

    Auditions will take place in the DEEP COVE SHAW THEATRE in the Deep Cove Cultural Centre, 4360 Gallant Avenue (at Panorama Drive), North Vancouver, BC, V7G 1L2

    Monday and Tuesday, September 11 and 12, at 7:00pm. Callbacks Saturday, September 16, at 1:00pm.

    Please come prepared with 16 bars of any country song of your choosing and a 1-2 minute comedic monologue. 

  • Saturday, August 26, 2017 6:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Fugue Theatre is actively seeking Canadian writers and composers to commission within our diverse community for a future music theatre piece. Writers should have experience with play scripts/libretti/lyrics, and composers should have experience in composing for musical theatre or opera. Writers residing in the province of British Columbia will take precedence. We at Fugue Theatre strive to be inclusive, maintaining our platform as a space of allyship and support for the diverse artists and patrons in our community. We are open to submissions from all persons regardless of age, race, orientation. At this time, we are especially interested in starting conversations, and discussing potential projects with writers from the trans/LGBTQ2S/GNB communities.

    Fugue Theatre is a project-based organization with a mission to commission and produce original operetta and music theatre, with imaginative conceptions, that endorse diversity of thought and culture. We deal with bold, relevant subject matter, all in an accessible format.

    How to Submit:

    Along with your resume, please forward 2 samples of your writing, no more than 20 pages each in length, via PDF form

    Along with your resume, please forward 2 samples of your compositions in MP4 format, not longer than 2 minutes in length and also 2 samples of sheet music, not more than 5 pages each. Links to online albums, and samples of work are also welcome.

    Forward to:


    Attention:  Artistic Director and Managing Associate

    Please write Writers and Composers Call in the subject line

    Deadline to submit: Sept 8, 2017

    We thank all those who apply; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

    Website: www.fuguetheatre.org

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:56 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is one of Canada’s most successful professional theatre companies and the largest in Western Canada. This non-profit, charitable organization produces plays year-round in three theatres: the Granville Island Stage on Granville Island, the Goldcorp Stage, and the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. The Arts Club also has an extensive provincial touring program.

    The Arts Club Theatre Company recently received a grant from the City of Coquitlam to run free workshops to youth in Coquitlam around the production of Fun Home. The themes of the production include sexual orientation, gender roles, homosexuality, myths and stereotypes. Arts Club has partnered with Qmunity to address these relevant and sometimes challenging issues through collaborative workshopping for students in grades 8-12. Workshops will be interactive, and provide accurate non-judgmental information about sexual orientation and gender identity in a fun environment that includes a range of drama techniques. The goal is to boost confidence and help students find their inner voice, while at the same time raising awareness around LGBTQ issues.

    We are currently accepting applications for the position of Workshop Facilitator (2 positions) to help create workshop curriculum, train and workshop delivery in collaboration with Qmunity facilitators. Curriculum development will happen in September/October and workshop delivery will happen from January 15-February 9, 2018.

    Responsibilities and qualifications shall include, but are not limited to the following:

    •  Teaching experience in areas such as a drama and/or musical theatre
    •  Curriculum development & training
    •  Instructing a dynamic, adaptive and contextual workshop for a variety of age groups, grades and educational backgrounds
    •  Comfortable with teaching groups of up to 30 students in one session
    •  Provide feedback and debrief
    •  Ability to attend planning meetings
    •  Setting up and striking rehearsal halls/classrooms
    •  Ability to travel to and from Coquitlam
    •  Feel comfortable talking about sexuality and gender
    •  Must be LGBTQ friendly

    Date Range: 1-3 planning and training days in September/October. The workshop delivery is January 15 - February 9, 2018.

    The Arts Club is committed to employment equity and prioritizes applications from underrepresented groups including trans and gender variant persons, indigenous persons, persons of colour, and persons with disabilities.

    The applicant should have at least 3 years of group teaching experience and be able to provide a criminal record check for working with children. Remuneration to be discussed with applicant at interview.

    TO APPLY: Human Resources, Arts Club Theatre Company

    MAIL: BMO Theatre Centre, 203 - 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0H6

    EMAIL: humanresources@artsclub.com

    DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: September 5, 2017


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

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


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