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  • Friday, April 28, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    This special award recognizes a person, organization or initiative that has demonstrated outstanding leadership to creating work that is representational and inclusive of Vancouver, recognizing the intersections of race, gender, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age.

    Nomination process:

    Nominations accepted via online form: jessies.ca/special-awards/representation-and-inclusion-award/

    Candidates may self-nominate, and those with accessibility issues to filling in an online form are invited to contact the committee (info@jessies.ca) to arrange for an alternate method of submission.

    Deadline for nominations for 2017: May 7

    Current committee members: Andrea Loewen, Omari Newton, Valerie Sing Turner, Chris Gatchallian, Lisa Cook Ravensbergen, and Tom Pickett

    To avoid conflict of interest (perceived or real), the sitting members of the Jessies Diversity and Inclusion Committee cannot be nominated for the award. This includes nominations for companies, productions, or initiatives where a committee member(s) held a position(s) of leadership and/or had direct influence over material decisions.



    Diversity and inclusion means nourishing the values of empathy, reciprocity, compassion and responsibility, all while empowering the voices of those who have been historically silenced.

    The Jessies acknowledge the existence of barriers and take active steps to address the changing needs of the community. Diversity sparks possibilities through willingness and the spirit of openness. The Jessies lead by taking risks to create opportunities for its members and the community at large. We invite members to be open, seek clarity and take on responsibility of leadership.

    When we empower each other, we connect courage with gratitude; this connection nourishes a truthful voice.

    We are committed to fostering a safe and respectful community in which everyone benefits from a sense of belonging wherein our diverse experiences are validated, and from that, grow a resilient community.

    In the pursuit of equality and accessibility, our job is to actively listen to, see and acknowledge the marginalized, tear down all barriers, and embody inclusion in everything we do.



  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Nominations are being accepted for two annual awards for local individuals/organizations that have made considerable contributions to the local theatre industry:


    ·    the Patron of the Arts Award which recognizes outstanding contribution to theatre, not as a practitioner but as an integral supporter that advances the ecology through their dedicated support and contribution of expertise or resources. Nominee could be an individual, organization or business, and


    ·    the GVPTA Career Achievement Award which recognizes an individual's exemplary commitment to the theatre and an elevating impact on the industry.


    The awards are presented at the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards ceremony in June.


    If you know of a worthy nominee for either of these awards for 2017, please use this online nomination form.


    Nomination deadline for both awards is May 11, 2017.

  • Monday, April 17, 2017 9:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The City of Surrey is looking to hire a part-time Performing Arts Program Assistant who will be responsible for carrying out a variety of organizational, promotional and administrative responsibilities related to performing arts programs for the Surrey Civic Theatres (SCT). These include theatre presentations, courses and workshops, summer camps, and special events.

    Responsibilities include: 

    ·         Carrying out theatre presentations, courses and workshops, summer camps, and special events;

    ·         Assisting with the day to day development and marketing of programs and services, database mining as well as program creation, planning, implementation and evaluation



    The successful candidate must have:

    ·         A performing arts background;

    ·         A good understanding of publicity, marketing and patron development concepts, and strong written and verbal communication skills;

    ·         Basic experience working with digital images

    ·         A degree/diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution in an area relevant to the position

    ·         Plus 2 years progressively responsible experience in the area of specialty, including supervision, or an equivalent acceptable combination of training and experience.

    ·         Experience in developing, presenting and marketing performing arts programs is preferred. 

    The Performing Arts Program Assistant will work in a dynamic arts environment and must excel at multitasking and meeting deadlines. Other required attributes include being creative, detail-oriented, with experience working with performing artists and a considerable understanding and knowledge of the performing arts community, cultural programs, their purpose and objectives. 

    This position requires the applicant to accommodate the flexible needs of the SCT. Days of work and hours will vary according to the demands of the SCT schedule.

    This position requires completion of a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector.


    Successful applicants must provide proof of qualifications.

    The deadline for applications is May 5, 2017

    For more information and to apply: surreycareers.ca


  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    This is an annual award intended to assist mature West Coast theatre artists to further their artistic development. It takes the form of a $2,000 cash award. Applications will be considered for projects, courses, or to fulfill your heart’s desire. Submissions must include a written description of your project, why it is important to you, your resume, and the contact information for two references. Retroactive funding is not available. The award will not consider projects which have been completed. 

    Submissions accepted by email only.

    Submissions and questions:  johnandlarry@live.ca

    Application Deadline: May 16, 2017

  • Monday, April 10, 2017 2:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Largest tour of California wines comes to Vancouver, benefiting Arts Club Theatre Company. 

    The Arts Club Theatre Company, in partnership with the Wine Institute of California, brings back the award-winning vintners of the Golden State and their wares to Vancouver with the return of the 37th annual California Wine Fair, the Arts Club’s annual fundraiser!

    Each year, guests of the California Wine Fair enjoy all-access to wide array of wines and the opportunity to bid on exclusive silent auction packages, all in support of the Arts Club. It’s a fun way to explore a variety of wines and seek out new favourites while socializing with friends in a casual setting. This year’s event brings more than 400 premium wines from 115 of California’s top producers.

    In addition to savouring California’s most beloved varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel – guests can play with their palates and sample the stylistic differences from Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, and many more. With California producing nearly 90% of US wines, this is a great way to sample the best from our neighbours in the south!   

    Over the last 50 years, the Arts Club has played a strong role in sustaining live theatre in the community, thanks in part to fundraising events like the California Wine Fair. All proceeds from event ticket sales and auction packages go toward the development of new Canadian plays and staging world-class theatre created by Vancouver artists.  

    WHEN: Monday, April 24, 2017.  7:00PM–9:30PM.

    WHERE: Vancouver Convention Centre East Building Ballrooms A & B (999 Canada Place)

    TICKETS: $90. Available at artsclub.com.



    The Arts Club Theatre Company, founded in 1964, is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Led by Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd and Executive Director Peter Cathie White, it offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre—as well as on tour throughout the province.


    More information at artsclub.com


  • Monday, April 10, 2017 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Théâtre la Seizième is seeking a new team member to take on the role of Administrative Director.

    The candidate will work closely with the Artistic and General Director to ensure the healthy management of the company and its development on a short, medium, and long-term basis. The candidate will also help with the development of important partnerships and the exploration of diverse sources of revenue. Bilingual, the ideal candidate must have strong analytic and administrative skills, and pertinent experience in the management of non-profit organizations.


    - Work directly with the Artistic and General Direction to develop a strategic and multi-annual plan for the operation of the company and supervise its realization.

    - Develop, supervise and administrate the annual operational budget, provide the budget previsions, and manage the financial operations of the company.

    - Prepare the financial documents necessary for the solid functioning of the company.

    - Supervise and be responsible for the financial growth, fundraising campaigns, and for the solicitation of funds from individuals, corporations, foundations and funding bodies.

    - Prepare funding requests and manage their proper administration.

    - Negotiate and prepare contracts.

    - In collaboration with the Artistic Director, interact and supervise the employees.

    - Other administrative tasks according to need.

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


    The candidate must be ingenious, forward thinking, passionate about theatre and have the following profile:

    - Bilingual (French and English) spoken and written.

    - Able to work on an unsupervised basis.

    - Has worked in a similar position for 3 years.

    - Has experience in an artistic profession, preferably in the theatre world.

    - Has experience in budgetary administration, and also in finance and administration.

    - Has excellent communication skills, oral and written.

    - Can demonstrate a capacity to work with co-workers, to be responsible for a number of important tasks, but also to work alone.

    - Experience in financing requests is an asset.

    - Knowledge of the following software is a plus: QuickBooks, Microsoft Office Suite.

    We provide a stimulating working environment at the Maison de la francophonie with competitive benefits.

    REMUNERATION: $42,000 to $48,000 based on experience (35 hrs/week)
    HIRING DATE: May 1, 2017

    Please submit your resume, accompanied by a cover letter detailing your interest in this position, by email to: info@seizieme.ca

    No follow-up phone calls, please. We will contact the candidates to be interviewed.

    For more information see seizieme.ca

  • Sunday, April 09, 2017 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Cultch has announced its 2017/2018 season of 22 unique, diverse, and intimate shows. The Cultch continues to make its Democratizing our Stages Project a priority with its 2017/2018 season. Executive Director Heather Redfern is on a mission to bring a lineup of shows to The Cultch that reflects the diversity of its audiences.

    Highlights include Brief History’s patriarchy smashing, Hot Brown Honey (Australia), Carmen Aguirre’s Broken Tail Bone,  produced by Nightswimming (Toronto), the great clowning and acrobatics of Pss Pss (Baccalà Compagnia -Switzerland), and  Quelemia Sparrow’s autobiographical O’wet/Lost Lagoon by Vancouver’s Alley Theatre. In addition, The Cultch joins Zee Zee Theatre in presenting Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Saga Collectif’s raw and subversive Black Boys; and as part of this year’s Diwali celebrations, Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan - a poignant glace into the brothels of Mumbai, as well as one of the best physical theatre productions out of India, Encounter (Navarasa Dance Theater).

    Long-time patrons of The Cultch will be thrilled to know that many of their favourite performers and companies will return. Old Trout Puppet Workshop are back with their fabulous puppets to present Underland, an exclusive dive into Alice’s wonderland that will take viewers behind the scenes of a puppet show. And Christmas lovers will delight, as this holiday season will be even jollier than usual -East Van Panto, now in its 5th year, presents its outrageous take on the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves; and for the adult crowd, Cultch favourite Ronnie Burkett’s Daisy Theatre characters present their rendition of A Christmas Carol in the hilarious and irreverent Little Dickens

    The Cultch continues to partner with companies and organizations around Vancouver in 2017/2018. In January, The Cultch will once again be partnering with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. This year they will co-present two unique Irish shows. Dublin Oldschool is an electrifying combination of storytelling, poetry, and rap music, and I’m Not Here is a show that takes on the very conventions of theatre and turns them on their heads. In addition, The Cultch is proud to be presenting three world premieres of exciting new works by hard-hitting local companies: 1 Hour Photo (VACT), No Foreigners (Hong Kong Exile), and The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius (Rumble Theatre).

    With 22 poignant and enthralling productions, The Cultch’s three venues – the Historic Theatre, the Vancity Culture Lab, and the York Theatre – are sure to be bursting with lively entertainment all year long!

    Subscriptions for the 17/18 season go on sale now.  Single tickets go on sale August 8. Call The Cultch’s Box Office at 604-251-1363 or go online at tickets.thecultch.com.

    Full descriptions of each show can be found at thecultch.com

  • Saturday, April 08, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

     The Arts Club Theatre Company is currently accepting applications for the Apprentice Stage Manager positions for their 2017-2018 Season.  Successful applicants will be assigned to a single production of the season in one of our three venues.

    Contract lengths will vary with some for the length of the rehearsal period until opening night and a few carry through to the end of the show run.


    The ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

    ·         College or University level education or equivalent experience.

    ·         Stage Management experience as an SM, ASM or Apprentice.

    ·         A minimum of two credits as an Equity apprentice.

    ·         Experience supervising child performers is an asset.

    ·         Criminal record check may be required.



    Please submit a cover letter and resume along with your availability to:

    Ms. Teddy Forsyth, Human Resources

    Arts Club Theatre Company

    BMO Theatre Centre

    203 – 162 West 1st Avenue

    Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 0H6

    Email: humanresources@artsclub.com

    Deadline for applications is April 27, 2017  

    Interviews will be conducted the second week of May 2017.

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


    More information: artsclub.com



    The Arts Club Theatre Company is one of Canada’s most successful professional theatre companies and the largest in Western Canada. Moving into our 54th season, this non-profit, charitable organization produces  year-round on three stages: the Granville Island Stage on Granville Island, the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, and the restored Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage on Granville at West 12th. The Arts Club also has an extensive provincial touring program.


  • Saturday, April 08, 2017 1:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Gateway Theatre is thrilled to announce their 2017/2018 season programming.


    Last year, Gateway’s offerings showcased topical plays that translated the day’s headlines into theatre and brought them directly to the stage. This season, Gateway’s four MainStage shows will reflect upon stories from the past.  As Jovanni Sy, Gateway’s artistic director reflects, “In looking back in time, these plays hold up a mirror to our lives today and provide a glimpse of what our future might be.”  Although rooted in history, the themes and ideas explored in this season’s plays touch on love, personal responsibility, race and identity in ways that are both timely and relevant.


    This year, theatregoers will travel back through the centuries to the late 1800s and early 1900s. They’ll have the opportunity to visit turn-of-the-century Sweden with A Little Night Music before immersing themselves in Victorian London with Dickens’ immortal A Christmas Carol.  From there, audiences will travel to Salt-Water Moon’s 1926 Newfoundland before passing through the Kowloon Gate of colonial Hong Kong with Jovanni Sy’s new detective thriller, Nine Dragons.  Whether you decide to take on the whole journey to travel the breadth of Gateway’s new season or opt for just a few stops on the way, Gateway’s plays will dazzle you with imaginative sets, designs, sumptuous costumes and storytelling at its best.


    Gateway Theatre’s 2017/2018 Season:


    A Little Night Music 

    Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler
    Directed by Peter Jorgensen
    October 12 – 21, 2017 / MainStage

    Love, regret and desire burn brightly in this new Patrick Street Productions’ presentation of Sondheim’s musical tour de force


    Long considered Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece, A Little Night Music has been enchanting audiences worldwide since its Broadway debut in 1973. Set at the turn of the last century in Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the intersections of desire as it tries to untangle the pathways through love, both sacred and profane.  Witty and moving, Sondheim’s play traces the arcs of infatuation, jealousy and true love as his cast of colourful characters meet, couple and uncouple during a weekend at a lavish country estate.  The winner of four Tony Awards, A Little Night Musicfeatures Sondheim's most popular song, the haunting "Send in the Clowns."


    Sink or Swim 

    By Beverley Elliott 
    Produced by Happygoodthings Productions

    November 16 – 25, 2017 / Studio B 

    Cabaret chanteuse Beverley Elliott returns to Gateway with a hilarious new evening of story and song


    Beverley Elliott last graced the Gateway Studio in 2015 with her smash hit cabaret show ‘…didn’t see that coming.’ Known for her recurring role as “Granny” on ABC Television’s hit series, Once Upon a Time, Beverley is excited to bring her latest show Sink or Swim to Gateway this year. Sink or Swim features an evening of songs and in which Beverley vividly shares all the fears and foibles of five-year-old ‘Smelly Elliott.’  In this poignant, playful, and relatable prequel to ‘…didn’t see that coming’, Elliott navigates the uncharted waters, big adventures, betrayals and epiphanies that shape us all into the adults we become, and answers life’s big questions like “Why did I eat the fish food?”

    Renowned musician Bill Costin returns to accompany Beverley on piano for what promises to be an evening of hilarious storytelling.


    A Christmas Carol

    By Charles Dickens, adapted by Michael Shamata
    Directed by Rachel Peake

    December 7 – 24, 2017/ MainStage

    Gateway revives memories of Christmases past with a new production of Dickens’ immortal holiday classic 


    Ebenezer Scrooge is a greedy miser who despises Christmas. He carries on like this, seemingly immune to joy and the ways of the heart until one Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of a deceased business partner and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. These visitations give Scrooge the opportunity to reflect upon his life, examine his heart, and be transformed by the spirit of the season. Like all of our holiday shows in the past, A Christmas Carol will be a fun-filled spectacle with live music, for the whole family to enjoy together.  Get your tickets early.


    Salt-Water Moon 

    By David French

    Directed by Ravi Jain

    A Factory Theatre Production touring with Why Not Theatre

    February 15 – 24, 2018 / MainStage  

    Gateway’s new production of this beloved Canadian classic asks audiences whether ‘you ever truly return home’


    This glorious production of David French’s Salt-Water Moon was a sold-out hit in Toronto last season. Now, Gateway audiences will have the opportunity to take in director Ravi Jain’s reimagined version of this beloved Canadian classic about love, loss, and reconciliation. With its boldly spare staging, this production confronts the audience with the implication of one’s choices.  Is it possible to retrace our steps? It’s 1926 and young people are leaving Newfoundland villages in droves to work in the big city. But eighteen year-old Jacob Mercer has come home to Coley’s Point, to win back his former sweetheart Mary Snow, after abruptly leaving over a year ago. By the light of a moon-filled night, the former lovers meet to confront their past choices and contemplate a possible future together. But, is it too late? Come and find out.


    I Lost My Husband  

    By Catherine Léger

    Translated by Leanna Brodie

    Directed by Diane Brown

    Produced by Ruby Slippers Theatre

    March 15 – 24, 2018 / Studio B 

    Ruby Slippers returns to Gateway with a feisty and subversive romantic comedy


    Evelyn has lost her husband in a bar bet and she's not entirely sure she wants him back. 

    I Lost My Husband is the world premiere of Leanna Brodie’s English translation of Catherine Léger’s hit comedy J’ai perdu mon mari. A hilarious journey through the important things in life such as love, freedom, karaoke and the hazards of frozen yogurt. I Lost My Husband is Gateway’s third partnership with the leading Vancouver 

    Vancouver company, Ruby Slippers Theatre, following The List in 2016 and You Will Remember Me in 2017. 


    Nine Dragons 

    By Jovanni Sy

    Directed by Craig Hall

    A co-production with Vertigo Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

    April 12 – 21, 2018 / MainStage

    Race and privilege clash in the world premiere of a riveting new crime drama 


    Gateway is proud to present the world premiere of this powerful new play by Gateway’s Artistic Director, Jovanni Sy. It’s Kowloon in 1924 and a killer is on the loose. Tommy Lam, Hong Kong’s most brilliant police detective, is brought on to investigate. Constantly overlooked by his English superiors, Tommy feels that this case will help him prove himself. The leading suspect, however, is Victor Fung, the son of one of the wealthiest families in Asia. As a cat-and-mouse game ensues between Tommy and his mysterious nemesis, the audience must draw conclusions of their own in this riveting crime drama that will enchant lovers of classic mystery and detective stories.  


    For more information: gatewaytheatre.com/17-18-season

    Season subscriptions available.

    Subscription rates: MainStage: $187, $156 / Theatre Lover: $228, $199

  • Sunday, April 02, 2017 11:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Realwheels proudly announced the completion of Phase 1 of their Cultural Infrastructure Project. And they present the report from the first phase of their Theatre Accessibility needs assessment.

    The project is a partnership with Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture and the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) to address the limited number of theatre venues that are truly and fully accessible for artists/performers, theatre technicians, and patrons with disabilities.

    Throughout the spring and fall of 2016, SPARC BC conducted a Needs Assessment of Accessible Performance Spaces in the City of Vancouver, which included a review of leading practices and feedback from the broader community. We asked:  What is currently working well? What are the gaps and challenges in regards to accessible theatre venues?  We created an accessibility audit checklist, after which our multi-disability audit team undertook a thorough audit of one theatre venue.

    Below is a link to the final report, which encapsulates the findings and includes the accessibility audit checklist, along with the details of our audit of the Firehall Arts Centre.

    The long-term goal of this project is to increase accessibility at theatre venues for artists, technical staff, and patrons with disabilities. 

    Realwheels invites you to read this report and most importantly to use it, share it and open up dialogue around issues of accessibility in our city.


    Needs Assessment of Accessible Performance Spaces

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