Programs + Initiatives
Check back for further updates about upcoming programs. Expand the accordion options below to learn more about our most recent programs, and access links to available session recordings and/or summary notes.
Since March 2020, GVPTA has been working to explore ways that we can help the community to navigate through and beyond COVID-19, and has been presenting a number of free webinars.
Expand the sections below to read about and access available recordings of past programming.
Pivoting to Digital: Theatre Edition
Co-hosted by PLEO and GVPTA
Disrupting Unconscious Biaswith Will Shelling (Bakau Consulting)
Fee: GVPTA and Arts BC members: $10
About the Presenter
Fundamentals of Anti-Oppressionwith Will Shelling (Bakau Consulting)
Understanding & Leveraging GST/HST for Arts Non-Profits & Charities
With Michael Monk, GST/HST Presenter for Canada Revenue Agency
Slideshow available to download
- Is your arts organization maximizing all possible tax credits and rebates?
- Is your arts organization thinking about registering for GST/HST?
- Have you claimed back all eligible GST/HST amounts, or are you wondering what you may have missed?
Join this webinar to:
- Recognize key GST/HST differences between charities and non-profit organizations
- Know when to charge GST or HST, and understand mandatory registration thresholds
- Understand basic Public Service Bodies rebate rules
- Apply the correct rules for claiming input tax credits
- Identify and reduce common GST/HST mistakes
About the Presenter
Michael Monk, GST/HST Presenter, Canada Revenue Agency
Michael Monk has been an employee of Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for more than 30 years. During that time he has worked extensively with GST/HST. Michael spent 10 years with GST/HST Rulings in the Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs Branch and several more years in the Compliance Programs Branch. He has had several roles in CRA’s Headquarters (HQ), Regional and Tax Services Offices. Michael has also spent several years as a CRA Facilitator, teaching various GST/HST legislation courses to CRA staff.
Michael currently works in Headquarters, GST/HST Directorate, where he has managed CRA’s national GST/HST Outreach Program for the last four years. He has many years of experience working with GST/HST issues in the public sectors, and has participated in several conferences, preparing and delivering GST/HST presentations to accounting and industry associations.
Michael has volunteered with several community groups over the years, including serving on the Board of Directors for a large national charity and serving on CRA’s Employee Assistance Program.
Hosted by GVPTA and Arts BC
City of Vancouver Artist Studio Award Program 2022–2025 Info Sessions
Info Session #2: Thursday, July 15, 5:00–6:00pm PDT
Presented by the City of Vancouver's Cultural Services with GVPTA
Demystifying Digital LicensingA Conversation with SOCAN
10:30–11:30am PDT / 1:30–2:30pm EDT
Free. Recording available; click the button below.
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BC Performing Arts Venues & Cinemas Town Hall
- Donna Spencer, Artistic Producer, Firehall Arts Centre
- Don Parman, Manager, Performing Arts & Live Events, Actsafe Safety Association
Presented by GVPTA and Arts BC
In the Booth: Digital Flip with Taylor Janzen and Chase Padgett
Davey Samuel Calderon
Preparing for the City of Vancouver COVID-19 Cultural Impact Critical Assistance Grants
Contracting for Digital: A Conversation with UBCP
September 24, 2020 | 2:00–3:00 pm PDT
GVPTA Season Launch Town Hall
ASL interpretation was provided.
Questions I'm Asking Myself
Mariam Barry, Gavan Cheema, and Kenji Maeda
Chelsea Haberlin, Jivesh Parasram, and Kenji Maeda
Chelsea is the artistic director of Neworld Theatre and an artistic associate with ITSAZOO Productions. As a director she has worked with ITSAZOO Productions, Neworld Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, Firehall Arts Centre, Theatre SKAM, Pacific Theatre, Delinquent Theatre, and many more. Chelsea is forever searching for new ways to surprise and engage an audience and is particularly passionate about meaningful collaboration, immersive environments, community engagement and reconciliation. Chelsea has an MFA in directing from UBC and a BFA from UVic. She is the recipient of the Sydney J Risk Award in directing, the Ray Michal Award for outstanding body of work by an emerging director and a two-time winner and five-time Jessie Richardson Award nominee for Outstanding Direction
Jiv is a multidisciplinary artist, researcher, and facilitator of Indo-Caribbean descent. His work has played across Canada, and Internationally. He is a co-founder of the Socio-Political Collective Pandemic Theatre and the current artistic director of Rumble Theatre. Jiv grew up in K’jipuktuk (Halifax) and currently endeavours to split his time between T'karón:to (Toronto) and the Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver) which he now calls home. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his work including the Ken McDougall Award for Direction, the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, and with the team at this past year’s CanadaHub the prestigious Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. He was also a past member of the TAC Cultural Leaders Lab with the Banff Centre.
Carmen Alatorre, Fay Nass, and Kenji Maeda
Originally from Mexico, Carmen is a Latinx artist who earned her MFA degree in Theatre Design at UBC and lives in the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver) since 2006. Some of her recent design credits were seen in companies such as: Arts Club Theatre Company, Bard on the Beach, Globe Theatre Regina, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre and Electric Company. Carmen is the recipient of three Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. For more information visit: carmenalatorre.com
Fay's work has been showcased nationally and internationally. Her most recent credits include: co-directing Trans Script Part I: The Women (The Frank Theatre and Zee Theatre at Firehall Arts Centre) directing She Mami Wata & the Pussy WitcHunt (the Frank Theatre at PuSh Festival 2020), co-directing Straight White Men (ITSAZOO productions at Gateway Theatre) dramaturgy of Camera Obscura (Hungry Ghosts) (The Frank Theatre &QAF), directing and devising Diaspora: Queer immigrant and refugee stories (The Frank Theatre at QAF), cultural consultation and curation of residency programs with North Van Art and Culture office, curation and producing of Another Window Cabaret (Aphotic theatre and Neworld Theatre). Fay holds an MFA from Simon Fraser University. She is currently the recipient of Artistic leadership residency at National Theatre School of Canada. Fay is the artistic director of The Frank Theatre.
Gateway Salon Series: Building Bridges
Salon #1: Finding Your Voice
Salon #2: Connecting with Meaningful Mentors
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
GVPTA Performing Arts BC
Relaunch Town Hall
- Lisa Houle, Manager of OHS Consultation and Education Services for Municipalities, Arts, Tourism and Hospitality, WorkSafeBC
- Dr. Mark Lysyshyn, Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health
- Don Parman, Manager of Performing Arts Programs and Services, Actsafe Safety Association
- Moderated by Kenji Maeda, Executive Director, Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA)
Working Through This: Supporting the Arts and Culture Sector Through COVID-19 and Beyond
Working Through This with T’uy’t’tanat- Cease Wyss and Jolene Andrew
Navigating current realities through Indigenous ways of knowing
Artists and arts workers of all disciplines were invited to join us to witness a conversation between T’uy’t’tanat- Cease Wyss and Jolene Andrew, where they shared their stories and strategies for navigating current realities through Indigenous ways of knowing.
Jolene is Gitksan Witsuwiten and has worked with The Urban Indigenous Community in the Lower Mainland for 18 years. Her specialization is in strategizing to build resilient communities through Indigenous approaches. Community and systems engagement, community planning and designing initiatives, and organizational development are some of the ways she works in community. She is also an artist and has a passion for land based practices to promote health and culture.
About T'uy't'tanat-Cease Wyss
T'uy't'tanat-Cease Wyss (Skwxwu7mesh/Sto:Lo/Irish Metis/Hawaiian/Swiss) T'uy't'tanat-Cease is an interdisciplinary artist who works with new media, performance and interdisciplinary arts and is a community engaged and public artist. Her works range over 25 years and have always focussed on sustainability, Coast Salish Cultural elements and have included themes of ethnobotany and digital media technology. Cease has recently been focussed on connecting to her Polynesian roots through weaving and digital media projects and has been collaborating with more Oceania people.
Working Through This with Mercedes Baines
Navigating uncertainty and overwhelming circumstances
Attendees were invited to attend this online presentation about navigating uncertainty and overwhelming circumstances.This experiential webinar will help you better manage painful emotions while living through crisis.
Mercedes Baines is a facilitator, writer and psychotherapist in private practice. Some of her areas of focus are trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression and interweaving psychotherapy with elements of the creative process. She spent over two decades working in the Vancouver theatre scene as a director, writer, producer, teacher and performer. Visit Mercedes' website at www.mindinbody.ca.
Working Through This with Charmaine Hammond
Building personal and organizational resilience during change, crisis, and adversity
In this webinar Charmaine will provide tangible and doable steps to building personal and organizational resilience during change, crisis, and adversity. In addition to some rich content, time to ask questions and some useful and practical takeaways, you will also receive several resources to support your team including a PDF copy of Charmaine's Bounce Forward books, the Reset and Resilience Guide and a checklist for organizational resilience.
Charmaine Hammond is an expert in resilience, and is also an award winning author who is engaged in a number of arts communities. She has worked with hundreds of non profit organizations across many sectors to help organizations build resilience, sustainability and capacity. She has worked with many leaders and teams in building resilience through change, crisis and adversity.
Working Through This with Jacky A. Yenga
Building resilience and cultivating community connections
We invite artists and arts workers of all disciplines to attend this presentation about building resilience and cultivating community connections even during times of physical isolation.
Jacky A. Yenga - aka Jacky Essombe - is the founder of the Spirit of the Village. She is a performer, TEDx speaker and best-selling author, and teaches how to use the power of community to grow and develop a sacred bond with Rhythm while experiencing authentic joy, fulfillment and belonging. She brings the healing message of her African ancestors through wisdom teachings, songs, stories, music, and dances from her village in Cameroon and beyond.
Working Through This: Legal Clinic for the Arts with Martha Rans
Navigating legal uncertainties as a result of COVID-19
Martha Rans is a lawyer specializing in the legal needs of non-profit societies as well as many visual and multimedia digital artists. She has been practicing law in British Columbia since 1997 and spent 10 years as a labour employment and human rights lawyer/mediator with the BC and Ontario governments. She is a recognized expert on both Canada's Copyright Act as well as the BC Societies Act. She advises on copyright, charity law, incorporation, privacy, employment, labour, health & safety and human rights and is an advocate for public legal education and information. Martha is the founder/Director of Legal Programs of the Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO) and its associated programs Artists’ Legal Outreach and Law for Non Profits.
Identifying and Filling the Gaps in Sound Design
GVPTA, in partnership with the Vancouver Design Forum, The Centre for Digital Media, UBC Theatre & Film, and Associated Designers of Canada, presented an evening workshop, Identifying and Filling the Gaps in Sound Design, at the Centre for Digital Media, 685 Great Northern Way on October 24, 2019.This workshop was an opportunity for artists who work with sound in live performance to come together and engage in conversation about their work. The definition of “Sound Design” in Canada is broad and often fluid, which means that most sound designers possess expertise in certain areas and knowledge gaps in others.In this workshop we discussed the expectations that we face in this field and the skills and questions held by folks in the room. Through this investigation, we aim to strengthen our own understanding of our work, and to build a stronger network of knowledge-sharing opportunities throughout our community.