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  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 3:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The GVPTA is proud to announce the 18th annual theatre conference Making a Scene: Falling Forward. With support from Front Row Insurance and the Anvil Centre, the 2017 conference will be held at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

    The theme Falling Forward looks at the history of our theatre community, the steps we are taking now, and envisioning the possibilities of our future.

    The day-long conference will kick off with a panel discussing “lessons learned” from organizations that faced exceptional challenges and decisions. Vicki Stroich, Executive Director of Alberta Theatre Projects will speak about their recent $400k fundraising campaign, due in part by the 77% reduction in corporate sponsorships, while also exploring their steps toward a more sustainable business model. John Wright, former Artistic Director of Blackbird Theatre, will share his experience about their recent closure after 12 years of producing classical theatre to Vancouver audiences.

    Attendees will then have the opportunity to participate in a selection of breakout sessions, ranging in topics including: artist and audience accessibility; the incorporation of technology into performance; individual health and wellness; and audience development.

    Join the conversation. The Anvil Centre is located just steps from the New Westminster Skytrain Station.

    Early Bird Rate (until June 5)
    Registration includes lunch

    • Members: $79 per person or $69 per person for groups of at least 3 from the same company.
    • Non-Members: $99 per person

    Subsidy Program

    The GVPTA is offering partial to full subsidy of the registration fee for individuals who require support to attend this year's conference. 

    Click here for more information about the Subsidy Program.

    Click here to Register at the Early Bird Rate.

    Additional detail on panelists and breakout sessions to be announced in the coming days.

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 3:45 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    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—as well as on tour throughout the province.

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is currently accepting applications for the position of Volunteer Coordinator. The Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for recruiting, training and organizing of volunteers and interns. Working under the guidance of the Manager of Administration this position will oversee a set of best practice guidelines and a vision for the volunteer program. This is a part-time 20 hour a week position with flexible hours anticipated.


    ·       Maintains a robust, structured volunteer program, serving artistic, production, event and administrative needs.

    ·       Working with the various departments develops a comprehensive volunteer and intern needs assessment for company activities.

    ·       Interviews and conducts orientations for new volunteers and interns.

    ·       Schedules volunteers into shift work for company activities. Contacts volunteers and confirms their shifts' start and end times.

    ·       Tracks hours and coordinates the ticket program offered to volunteers.

    ·       Manages the motivation, retention, and recognition strategies for the volunteer program.

    ·       Works to keep volunteers properly informed about the company and their duties.

    ·       Organizes and hosts volunteer appreciation events.

    ·       Trains volunteers on a how to conduct and lead tours of our spaces.

    • ·       Builds relationships with community partners and external organizations that provide volunteer development and recruitment.

    ·       When requested provides a report on the volunteer program, detailing activities and recommendations.

    ·       Opportunity for additional hours doing Front of House Management on occasion.


    ·       Supervisory experience, preference would be given to those who have managed and recruited volunteers.

    ·       Exceptional interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

    ·       Ability to meet deadlines.

    ·       Detailed oriented.

    ·       Able to work well individually and as part of a team.

    ·       Self-starter, we are seeking a creative thinker.

    ·       Familiarity with software systems “Better Impact” or “Volunteer Square” is preferred.

    Hours of Work:  20 hours per week. Because of the nature of this position the Volunteer Coordinator might need to flex their hours occasionally for evening or weekend events.

    Salary: $19.00 per hour.

    Deadline for submissions: May 26, 2017, or until the position is filled.

    Please provide a resume and cover letter:

    Attention: Ms. Teddy Forsyth, Manager of Administration

    E: humanresources@artsclub.com

    203-162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver BC V5Y 0H6


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

  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:42 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The White Rock Players’ Club

    Founded in 1944, the volunteer-based White Rock Players’ Club (WRPC) has an established and storied history that spans 73 years and more than 350 productions. Today, the White Rock Players own and operate out of the Coast Capital Playhouse in the heart of White Rock, and they ve shows a year, which encompass comedies, thrillers, dramas and the ever-popular Christmas Pantomime. WRPC is growing and this position is a result of our successful expansion. 


    WRPC is searching for a professional who is fully versed in all areas of administration. This individual will be responsible for all aspects of managing our theatre reported to the elected Board of Directors. 

    Duties and Responsibilities 

    Box office

    • Liaising with patrons, volunteers, Board of Directors, community members, donors and various stakeholders • Box Office ticket and membership sales
    • Performance production reports
    • Volunteer scheduling for Front of House duties 

    • Assistance with and involvement in theatre activities and special events • Implementation of theatre rental contracts 

    Communication and publicity 

    • Sending out enewsletter (Mailchimp)
    • Posting on social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) • Updating website (Wordpress)
    • Database maintenance 

    Business admin 

    • Office administration
    • Simply Accounting bookkeeping
    • Monthly financial reports to the Board of Directors
    • All other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors 

    Qualifcations and Skills:
    • Excellent communication, interpersonal and customer service skills
    • Outgoing and dynamic personality
    • An awareness of the not-for-pro t environment
    • A knack for social media and an ease guring out digital tools
    • Knowledge of Wordpress an asset
    • Experience in using Simply Accounting
    • Excellent time management skills
    • Ability to work both independently and with a diverse variety of individuals
    • Great attention to detail and ability to prioritize tasks
    • Con ict resolution skills
    • Ability to take direction and respond positively to necessary changes or situations which may arise • Willingness to learn and grow along with WRPC 

    The ideal candidate will have a Business Administration certi cation or equivalent employment experience. Experience in Simply Accounting is mandatory. Familiarity with a ticketing system is a major asset. This is a full-time salaried position with a competitive compensation, dependent on quali cations. Required hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with a willingness to ll in for the part-time Box Of ce person, in the event of an emergency. This position is available immediately. 

    Please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter to frontofhouse@whiterockplayers.ca
    We thank all candidates for your interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:31 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is Western Canada’s largest professional theatre company. Now in its 53rd season, this non-profit charitable organization produces and presents year-round at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Goldcorp Stage—as well as on tour throughout the province.

    The Arts Club Theatre Company is currently accepting applications for the position of Full-time Head Electrician for the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. The Head Electrician will work under the supervision of the Technical Director and will be responsible for implementing the lighting design. The Head Electrician will also be required to act in the same capacity for the Sound department for smaller shows.  This is a union position, IATSE 118. 

    Specific skills will include, but not be limited to:

    • Proficient in programming and operation of computer lighting boards (ETC ION, Grand MA) and all components of the lighting system
    • Experienced in programming and running sound control for both live mix and pre-recorded sound (Q-Lab)
    • Able to read and understand Lighting Designer plots and associated paperwork
    • Able to work at heights

    Duties will include, but not limited to:

    • Supervise, monitor and assist with all aspects of pre-production as it relates to electrics/sound/video
    • Assist Lighting and Sound Designers with respective designs and requirements
    • Assist with build of practicals and special effects
    • Operate lighting and/or sound control (live and pre-recorded)
    • Document and track all show-related configuration in cooperation with the designers
    • Oversee the Stanley Theatre Electrical department inventory, repair and maintenance
    • ·       Advise and assist with ongoing maintenance, organization and purchasing of consumables
    • Advise and assist on theatre rentals when required
    • Assist with occupational safety and health of workers

    Preference will be given for the following:

    • F.E. certificate
    • OFA Level 1 certificate
    • Pyrotechnic certificate
    • Operation and maintenance of motorized stage equipment control systems

    Mandatory requirement:

    • At least three years’ experience as a Head Electrician for a professional company
    • Experience in a fly house, able to work at heights & climb ladders
    • Able to repeatedly lift, push or maneuver heavy loads, either alone or with assistance from others

    The Head Electrician will be self-motivated, possess good organizational and time management skills, plus have excellent communication skills and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations. The ideal candidate will have a calm and flexible outlook and be diplomatic in dealing with crews, cast, stage managers and all other staff.

    Salary: as per the collective agreement

    TO APPLY: Human Resources, Arts Club Theatre Company

    MAIL: #203 – 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0H6

    FAX: (604) 688-3273

    EMAIL: humanresources@artsclub.com

    Deadline for applications: May 31, 2017. 


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

  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 3:34 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Job Title:              Technical Director
    Organization:     Gateway Theatre
    Deadline:             June 11, 2017
    Region:                 Lower Mainland, BC, Canada
    Job Status:          Contract 

    Job Description:

    The Technical Director reports to the Production Manager and collaborates with all production personnel to ensure efficient and effective technical operations of the assigned productions.  This individual should be a leader who directs work while building engagement and communication with colleagues in their own language.  Familiarity with the processes of collaborators and empathy for their needs while adhering to schedules and budgets is paramount.  This individual’s interpersonal skills are critical in ensuring the entire production team is successful and supported throughout the process on a pro-active basis.

    The Majority of the productions listed below do not require involvement with construction and only involve production meetings during rehearsals.  The 2nd Main Stage production (“MS2”) will require complete coordination of and additional competency in rehearsal and construction processes.  Candidate(s) who are not available for every production listed below will still be considered;

    MS1: A little Night Music

    Producer:        Patrick Street Productions

    Presenter:       Gateway Theatre


    Rehearsals:                             Thu Sep 28th – Sun Oct 08th, 2017

    Technical Rehearsals:             Sun Oct 8th – Fri Oct 12th, 2017

    Public Performances:              Thu Oct 12th – Sat Oct 21st, 2017

    Strike and Restore:                 Sun Oct 22nd – Wed Oct 25th, 2017


    ST1: Sink or Swim

    Producer:        Happygoodthings Productions

    Presenter:       Gateway Theatre


    Technical Rehearsals:             Mon Nov 13th – Fri Nov 17th, 2017

    Public Performances:              Thu Nov 16th – Sat Nov 25th, 2017

    Strike and Restore:                 Sun Nov 26th – Wed Nov 29th, 2017


    MS2: A Christmas Carol

    Producer:        Gateway Theatre


    Rehearsals:                             Fri Nov 3rd  – Sat Nov 25th , 2017

    Technical Rehearsals:             Sun Nov 26th – Fri Dec 8th, 2017

    Public Performances:              Tue Dec 5th – Sun Dec 24th , 2017

    Strike and Restore:                 Tue Dec 26th – Fri Dec 29th, 2017


    MS3: Salt Water Moon

    Producer:        Why Not Theatre

    Presenter:       Gateway Theatre


    Technical Rehearsals:             Tue Feb 13th – Fri Feb 16th , 2018

    Public Performances:              Thu Feb 15th  – Sat Feb 24th, 2018

    Strike and Restore:                 Sun Feb 24th – Wed Feb 28th, 2018


    ST2: I Lost My Husband

    Visiting Company:   Ruby Slippers Theatre

    Host Company:       Gateway Theatre


    Rehearsals:                             Thu Feb 15th – Fri Mar 9th, 2018

    Setup:                                      Sat Mar 3rd – Fri Mar 9th, 2018

    Technical Rehearsals:             Sat Mar 10th  – Fri Mar 16th, 2018

    Public Performances:              Thu Mar 15th – Sat Mar 24th, 2018

    Strike and Restore:                 Sun Mar 25th – Wed Mar 28th, 2018


    MS4: 9 Dragons

    Joint Producers:        Vertigo Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Gateway Theatre

    Setup & Rehearsals:               Mon Apr 2nd – Fri Apr 5th, 2018           

    • Regular and reliable attendance at production meetings.
    • Regular and prompt communication with collaborators.
    • Analysis of preliminary and completed designs to create work schedules, equipment lists and supply lists.
    • Coordinate and facilitate the work of artists such as stage crew, construction crew, designers, directors, chorographers and stage managers as it relates to technical operations during rehearsals, setup, technical rehearsals, strike and restore.
    • Supervision, leadership and professional development of artists such as stage crew and construction crew.
    • Available on an as-needed basis between technical rehearsals and closing night to troubleshoot issues with stage crew and stage management.
    • Consultation and advice regarding maintenance of stage equipment, supplies, operations and capital expenditures.
    • Coordinate transportation for deliveries and returns of equipment and supplies.
    • Other Duties as mutually agreed.

    Candidates need not possess all the qualifications listed below; however candidates will be short listed on the basis of the number and quality of the listed qualifications:

    Post – Secondary education in Stagecraft
    Experience as a Technical Director
    Experience as a Stagehand - e.g.; craftsperson, technician, crew chief or department head.
    Competency in creative problem solving technical and artistic challenges.
    Driver’s Licence – min CL5 to drive company over height cargo van.
    Experience with spreadsheets and Google drive


    Assets are not required to be eligible for the position; however any of the assets below will be considered in prioritizing short listed candidates over a similarly qualified candidate.

    Letters of recommendation for a coordination or supervision position from a theatre company.
    Construction Drawing/drafting experience and/or portfolios of same
    Samples of spreadsheets using formulas
    • Arts Administration experience
    Familiarity with IATSE and CAEA terms and conditions.
    Availability for multiple productions.
    Additional training in leadership or administration.

    Flat fee per production.  Amount varies by the number and type of productions contacted. 

    How to Apply:
    Email a single PDF file containing your entire application to jchung@gatewaytheatre.com

    CV’s, cover letters or resumes should be inside the file, but the file may contain web links to any portfolios. 

    We appreciate every expression of interest but can only commit to contacting candidates as they are selected for interview.   Please advise us if you need accessibility accommodated (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting space) to participate in this process: info@gatewaytheatre.com or 604-270-6500.

  • Sunday, April 30, 2017 11:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)


    Submit Online Here: http://bit.ly/2qgNJw9

    The Colin Campbell Award for Excellence in Technical Theatre is awarded annually to an individual at any stage of their career who has displayed excellence and commitment to the field of professional technical theatre in Greater Vancouver through their body of work. Award Recipients will be honored annually at the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards ceremony with a $500 Cash Prize and a certificate.


    People currently eligible for this award create and interpret the setting and work in professional theatre in the following positions:

    ·         Production Manager

    ·         Stage Manager or Assistant Stage Manager

    ·         Props Builders, Props Buyers, Props

    ·         Set Builder

    ·         Scenic Carpenter

    ·         Scenic Painter

    ·         Stage Crew

    ·         Wig Maker

    ·         Cutter

    ·         Sewer

    ·         Technicians

    ·         Technical Director

    ·         Wardrobe Staff

    ·         Dressers

    ·         Milliners

    And other similar positions not listed above. 

    Submission Guidelines:

    Individuals may be nominated by someone else or may nominate themselves. Submissions will be collected by the Colin Campbell Award Committee.

    Applications Must Contain:

    ·         Name of Person Making Submission

    ·         Name of Nominee

    ·         Phone number, email address and website if applicable.

    ·         A short bio of Nominee (150 words).

    ·         An overview of the Nominee’s experience in technical theatre in Greater Vancouver (1 page).

    ·         Why this Nominee is an excellent candidate for this award (50 words).


    Submit nominations via email to colincampbellaward@gmail.com

     OR online here:  http://bit.ly/2qgNJw9

    Submission Deadline:  May 16, 2017

    For more information, please contact colincampbellaward@gmail.com.


    Donations in any amount may be made in Colin’s name through the Vancouver Foundation at https://vancouverfoundation.ca/ColinCampbellAwardFund/donateonline.asp or by contacting Kristin Helgason at kristinh@vancouverfoundation.ca or 604.629-5186.



    Colin lived and worked in technical theatre and live performance for over 30 years in a variety of capacities and increasing responsibility, until his retirement for health reasons shortly before his death.  He began his career with Western Canada Theatre while still in high school in Kamloops remained constant in his commitment to the live performance industry thereafter. 

    His career in Vancouver spanned Expo ’86 to the 2010 Olympics, and he stick-handled performance events within these major international events, saw the industry change and develop, and embraced new technologies, finding ways to “save time, save money” while always “putting the art first.” Despite his health challenges, he navigated three highly ambitious projects for the 2010 Cultural Olympiad for the Playhouse this year: two technically complex mainstage productions and a national tour to five venues. The Playhouse’s six Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for the 2009/10 season are a reflection of his dedication, professionalism and absolute commitment to the highest production and artistic standards possible.

    Colin served as first Technical Director, and then Production Manager at the Playhouse from 1999-2010. Before that, he worked as Production Manager and Technical Director at the Gateway Theatre, Technical Director for Theatre Under the Stars and Karen Jamieson Dance Company, and Production Manager for the Vancouver International Fringe Festival, and lent his time and talents to many productions around the city.



  • 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

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.