Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA)

Programs + Initiatives


GVPTA presents and partners on a number of industry gatherings each year to provide a way for theatre community members to network and share knowledge. 

Gateway Salon Series: Building Bridges logo

Gateway Salon Series: Building Bridges

Saturday, September 12 (2:00 pm & 7:00 pm) and Sunday, September 13 (2:00 pm)
Free to attend; registration required

GVPTA is pleased to partner with Gateway Theatre and Rumble Theatre to provide an opportunity via Zoom for emerging artists to connect with like-minded creatives and explore resources for navigating the fast-changing world of performing arts. 
Each digital salon will feature artistic leaders from local companies who will share their personal experiences and industry knowledge. Topics we will explore include finding your place in the theatre community, festival application and selection processes, opportunities for emerging Black, Indigenous, and woman-identifying theatre artists of colour, and opportunities for queer theatre artists.

Jasmine Chen (Gateway Theatre) and Jivesh Parasram (Rumble Theatre) will co-host and facilitate each conversation with technical support from GVPTA. Each conversation will expand into break out groups where you will have an opportunity to meet fellow emerging artists and pose questions to our featured guests.

Free admission, but RSVP is required. We recommending registering early as we have limited capacity to accommodate an intimate discussion setting. A link to your digital salon will be emailed to you closer to the date. If you can no longer attend, please email as space is limited. 

Accessibility: If you require any support to make the salon more accessible (e.g. ASL, closed captioning, technical support, etc) please email and register by September 7 so we can best prepare.

See the individual salon details below and visit the links to register. Note that registration for each salon is separate. 

Salon #1: Finding Your Voice

Register for Salon #1

Saturday, September 12, 2:00PM

Artistic Directors Diane Brown and Kevin Loring share opportunities and resources for emerging Indigenous theatre artists as well as Black and woman-identifying artists of colour. 

Through this vital conversation, discover ways to find your artistic voice and how to follow through on your vision.

Salon #2: Connecting with Meaningful Mentors

Register for Salon #2

Featuring Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC) and rice & beans theatre

Saturday, September 12, 7:00PM

rice & beans theatre co-founders Derek Chan and Pedro Chamale are joined by Joanna Garfinkel and Davey Samuel Calderon from Playwrights Theatre Centre to discuss finding your place in the theatre community. The panel will also share mentorship and professional development opportunities for emerging playwrights, actors, and producers.

Salon #3: Deepening Your Work & Knowing Your Worth

Register for Salon #3

Sunday, September 13, 2:00PM

Artistic Producer Daniel Martin (Upintheair Theatre) and Artistic Director Fay Nass (the frank theatre company) discuss their partnership for the rEvolver Festival, including how artists can submit, what the application and selection process is, and what artistic opportunities are available for emerging queer artists. Learn about navigating the world of producing, presenting, and advocating for your work.

Building Bridges: Participating Companies

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