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  • Friday, August 11, 2017 9:10 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Now entering its 54th season, the Arts Club offers professional live theatre at three venues, as well as on tour.

    Throughout the year, the Arts Club reaches out to our patrons for their philanthropic support. Our fundraising efforts, including special events, support stage productions of the highest quality and programs that strive to develop the next generation of theatre artists and audiences.

    The Fund Development team is seeking a freelance graphic designer for approximately 8 hours per week. In collaboration with members from both the Development and Marketing departments, the graphic designer will be responsible for the layout and design of a variety of engaging ephemera, such as direct mail, print ads, signage, and digital assets. The successful candidate will be a confident, motivated, and detail-oriented self-starter.

     ACCOUNTABILITIES (including, but not limited to, the following)

    ·       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 existing show illustrations as required
    ·       Produce consistent file results from comp to layout to final deliverable
    ·       Provide support for design work in the Marketing department as necessary


    • Proficiency in Adobe CS (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
    • Degree in graphic design and/or minimum two years’ work experience at advertising or creative agencies
    • Ability to design for newsprint, print, web, large indoor and outdoor applications, etc.
    • Exceptional organizational and communication skills
    • Ability to multitask and meet multiple deadlines
    • An affinity for the performing arts


    The incumbent will be paid $20 per hour for approximately 8 hours a week.


    Email a cover letter and résumé to humanresources@artsclub.com by Monday, September 4, 2017.

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

  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:56 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Do you know a talented new or developing Canadian theatre director who deserves to be recognized? Consider nominating them for the John Hirsch Prize!

    The John Hirsch Prize
    The prize was created to recognize new and developing theatre directors who have demonstrated great potential for future excellence and exciting artistic vision.

    • Value: 2 prizes of $6,000 each 
      (1 Anglophone recipient and 1 Francophone recipient)
    • How to qualify: Nominations must be submitted by mail to the Canada Council for the Arts by a member of the Canadian professional theatre community. (Note: the Council’s online portal is not yet open to prize competitions)
    • Deadline: 2 October 2017
    • For further information: please refer to the guidelines
    Lori Knoll
    Program Officer
    Prizes, Canada Council for the Arts
    1-800-263-5588 | 613-566-4414, ext. 5573
  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:51 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Upintheair Theatre is now accepting applications for the 2018 rEvolver Festival. rEvolver will be presented in and around the Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch) May 23 – June 3, 2018.

    We invite submissions from artistically and culturally diverse companies and artists from across Canada to have their work considered. 


    SEE THE FULL CALL AND DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORMS: https://www.upintheairtheatre.com/revolver-festival-submissions/

    rEvolver is an incubator of new work with a focus on formal innovation, supporting emerging and early-mid career theatre makers at transformative junctions in their careers. 

    The festival presents adventurous, high energy, and sophisticated performance, bringing audiences the full range of contemporary theatrical practice, from script-based theatre to devised and site-specific works, and staged readings of work-in-progress. 

    rEvolver features primarily new Canadian work, although we will also consider submissions from companies wishing to premiere re- interpretations of existing works. In particular, we encourage work that takes risks, that is reflective of diverse voices and experiences, that is creative and has a clear artistic vision. 

    We program performances that appeal to a variety of demographics and reflect artistic and cultural diversity. We invite artists of all ages, abilities, cultural practices, ethnicities, socio-economic status, genders, religions, and sexual orientations to apply to participate in the festival.

  • Monday, July 31, 2017 10:09 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Full Circle has an opening for an Event and Sponsorship Coordinator Term position (September 2017- March 2018 possibility of extension)

    Title: Event and Sponsorship Coordinator

    Location: 1425 Charles Street, Vancouver B.C. V5L 2S7

    Status: Contract position, part-time

    Closing Date: August 22, 2017

    Full Circle: First Nations Performance is a non-profit society and registered charity that creates opportunities for Indigenous artists.


    The Event and Sponsorship Coordinator assists in developing the fundraising strategy for Signature Events, as well as managing logistics, budgeting and follow-up processes for these events. They will also play a key role in developing innovative stewardship events and experiences. The Event and Sponsorship Coordinator will have fundraising experience as well as a demonstrated track record of project management, internal communications and delegation, and an excellent ability to manage external relationships.

     Event Management (50% of Time):

    • Develops and executes an annual strategic event plan
    • Creates and manages events’ annual budgetary plan
    • Negotiates and manages vendor relationships
    • Develops relationships internally and externally and leverages partnerships to assist with the creation, delivery and selling of events
    • Leads in the planning, development and execution of Signature Events
    • Volunteer management and engagement at Signature Events

    Sponsorship Management (40% of Time):

    • Creates event and campaign sponsorship model and strategy
    • Works with Corporate Partnership Team to solicit new sponsors for events and campaigns and transitions event sponsors into long term partners
    • Engages new sponsors in multi-year agreements for ongoing events Job

    Systems and Support (10% of Time):

    • Creates templates (critical path, budget) to be used across the office for events
    • Reviews all event critical paths, budgets
    • As the in-house event expert, provides guidance to other staff members leading events
    • Develops, manages and reports on a pipeline of event and sponsorship opportunities

    Qualifications: University degree in any of the following areas; fundraising, business management, marketing or related field


    • 5 years or more progressive experience in corporate or non-profit fundraising event management
    • Demonstrated success in securing sponsorship for events and programs
    • Ability to own the strategic event planning process, while leading and managing a team through project planning and execution
    • Track record of developing, growing and executing successful events
    • Experience developing and customizing high end stewardship events

    Knowledge/Skills Required:

    ·    Excellent working knowledge of the media landscape, understanding of social media activation and community engagement

    ·       Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

    ·       Attention to detail in planning large events

    ·       Strong verbal and written communication skills

    ·       Good team work ethic, and also capable of working independently

    ·       Able to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines within budget

    ·       Decision making skills


    If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward your resume to info@fullcircle.ca attention Duane Grant.

    Full Circle: First Nations Performance would like to thank all applicants, however only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted.

  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:08 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    We are hiring an organized, efficient, part time Office Manager!

    Urban Ink Productions creates, produces and disseminates original live performance works by Indigenous and Intercultural artists. We are based in Vancouver, B.C. and our work can be seen on stages across the country.

    This position will provide clerical and administrative support to the Managing Director. As we are a small office, the successful candidate will be flexible, adaptable, and extremely organized.

    This is a part time position, based on two days a week, with an hourly wage of $17.00.


    Manage bookkeeping preparation, including invoicing;
    Database management;
    Occasional support with Social Media;
    Updating of the website as needed;
    Ongoing administrative assistance;
    Provide support to Fund Development initiatives and grant writing;
    Manage occasional special projects;

    And a myriad of other tasks as they arise.

    This role requires you to work onsite at the Urban ink offices, 2 days per week. This position requires the ability to be self motivated, make independent decisions, and to work well with others. Great communications skills – both verbal and written – will be an asset, as will an understanding of and appreciation for the performing arts. A passion for the work we do is critical!

    Please submit your resume (subject line: Office Manager) with a cover letter explaining why you would be a great fit to: programs@urbanink.ca

    We will hire the right person as soon as we meet them, so apply soon!

    Urban Ink is invested making artistic work that reflects Indigenous and Intercultural diversity;

    We are committed to attracting and retaining diverse teams who reflect the communities in which we live and work.

  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:10 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 Publicist to manage strategic media promotions in accordance with the immediate and long-range goals of the company. This position implements effective and creative communication campaigns for the purpose of marketing, development, and company media coverage. The Publicist is ultimately accountable for all public and media relations.

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

    Accountabilities (including, but not limited to, the following):

    • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with local and national reviewers, writers, editors, and broadcast journalists
    • Serves as key media spokesperson
    • Writes and distributes media releases
    • Creates and facilitates engaging content for social media on all Arts Club channels
    • Co-ordinates production photography and videography in-studio or on-location for media and marketing use
    • Co-ordinates all media calls, public relation events, b-roll production, and press junkets
    • Hosts media at opening night performances
    • Liaise with theatre artists
    • Maintains company archives


    • Post-secondary education in communications, public relations, or marketing with a combination of 3–5 years of education and professional experience
    • Established local and national media contacts
    • Strong writing and editing skills
    • A valid driver’s license and clean driving record is an asset
    • Knowledge of union regulations (ACTRA, CAEA, VMA) is an asset
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel; working knowledge of Photoshop is an asset
    • Experience with an integrated ticketing database, specifically Tessitura, is an asset
    • Highly organized and professional self-starter
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills


    The Publicist is a permanent, full-time position with the following hours: Monday–Friday, 9 AM– 5:30 PM. Some evening and weekend work is required. 


    Email a cover letter and résumé to humanresources@artsclub.com by July 23, 2017

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

  • 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


    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.



    •  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


     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


    $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.

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.