Announcing the 2014-15 Jessie Award Nominees

May 25th, 2015
The nominees for the 33rd Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards were announced at the Jessie Nominations Party held on Tuesday, May 19th at the Vancouver TheatreSports League Improv Centre on Granville Island.

To say it was a busy theatre season is putting it mildly. There were an abundant number of dynamic productions that displayed the dedication, creativity and excellence of artists. All of these works enhance the vibrancy of our city, enriching its residents and visitors alike.

The awards are divided into three categories: Large Theatre, Small Theatre, and Theatre for Young Audiences along with other special awards that comprise the Jessies. In the Large Theatre category there was a total of seven theatre companies whose productions were nominated. The Arts Club Theatre Company  led the way receiving a total of 19 nominations from six nominated productions with St. Joan receiving seven of them that included Meg Roe for her Outstanding Performance in the Lead Role and Dean Paul Gibson for his performance in  a Supporting Role.

Pacific Theatre had another dynamic year earning an impressive total of 11 nominations with The Whipping Man receiving a total of eight, which includes Tom Pickett for Outstanding Performance by Lead Actor. Actor Robert Salvador received nominations in the category of Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role in Pacific Theatre’s The Rainmaker and in EspressoAnton Lipovetsky’s performance in Cymbeline by Bard on the Beach was recognized along with five nominations for the play, and Luisa Jojic was nominated for her performance in a Supporting Role for The Tempest.

Notable this year is Théâtre la Seizième who garnered an impressive number of 16 nominations equally divided between the Large Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) categories.  The production of À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou received eight nomiations in the Large Theatre category that include both lead actors Joey Lespérance and France Perras as well as Outstanding Production. A new work, Selfie, received eight nominations in the TYA category.

The Small Theatre Category was extremely prolific with a total of 21 theatre companies and 23 productions nominated! Pi Theatre’s production of Blasted received eight nominations followed by ITSAZOO Productions presentation of The Competition is Fierce with a total of seven nominations that include Outstanding Direction, Lighting Design, Set Design, and Outstanding Original Script. Ruby Slippers also had an impressive year with eight nominations for their productions After Me (Après Moi) and The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson with Diane Brown receiving a nod for her lead role in The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson and for her direction of After Me.

Also under the Theatre for Young Audiences category, five nominations were each received by Carousel Theatre for Young People for James and the Giant Peach, The Little Prince by Monster Theatre, and Green Thumb Theatre receiving four nods for Celestial Being and one for Showdown. Axis Theatre Company received two for their new work of Hamelin – A New Fable.

Additional awards that will be presented at the Jessie ceremony include: the Patron of the Arts Award, the Mary Phillips Prize, the Ray Michal Prize for Emerging Director, the Sam Payne Award for the Most Promising Newcomer, the John Moffat & Larry Lillo Award, the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Innovation Award, and the GVPTA Career Achievement Award.

The 33rd Annual Ceremony will again be held at the beautiful Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville Street, on Monday, June 22, 2015, doors open at 5:30pm, ceremony at 6:30pm. Tickets are $29.50 plus service charges, through Ticketmaster 1-855-985-5000 or online at The ceremony is being produced and directed by Vancouver TheatreSports who make the evening celebration one not to be missed.

Click here to see the complete list of nominees.






May 25th, 2015

Raresh DiMofte’s hard work and perseverance have paid off after his role in Sarah Kane’s controversial play Blasted has earned him a Jessie Award nomination

Raresh DiMofte as The Soldier – Photo courtesy of Tim Matheson

Raresh DiMofte as The Soldier – Photo courtesy of Tim Matheson


Raresh DiMofte (iZombie, The Tomorrow People, Frailness) found a passion for acting early in life and began formally training and performing in 2000. Since his move to Canada from Romania in 2010, he has been regularly auditioning and booking parts in various locally-shot television shows. This past April, he returned to his stage roots as the Soldier in Pi Theatre’s production of Sarah Kane’s controversial play Blasted — a role that has earned him a Jessie Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

When the play first debuted in England in 1995, its violent and graphic depictions were met with shock and repulsion. DiMofte, who found the script powerful, was instantly drawn to the underlying message and submitted himself for the role of the Soldier. “After reading the script, I kept asking myself how humans can be such monsters but I also realized that we are capable of being exceptional and beautiful too, so I took it from there,” muses DiMofte.

As this was only the second Canadian production of the play, Director Richard Wolfe wanted to ensure his cast had great chemistry. DiMofte spent four months auditioning for the role and had almost lost hope until he received word that he had booked the job. “Acting is a challenging profession, an ongoing job interview” states DiMofte. “There is no recipe for it. Hard work is the only answer. And passion,” he adds. Rehearsals spanned a total of five weeks, followed by 18 performances in two weeks. This was DiMofte’s first formal theatre performance in Canada and his first acting award nomination.

DiMofte is represented by Kathy Carpenter at KC Talent, and is co-founder of BAD ICON Production$. The company is currently in pre-production for their film BuYeRS and earned a distribution deal for their short film Frailness at Cannes Film Festival in 2014.



Gateway Theatre Casting Call: THE WIZARD OF OZ

May 25th, 2015


Casting call

THE WIZARD OF OZ (Equity and Non Equity)

by L. Frank Baum ° Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg



Gateway Theatre
Barbara Tomasic – Director ° Christopher King – Musical Director ° Dawn Ewen – Choreographer.



Click your heels together and follow Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Person and the Cowardly Lion down the yellow brick road through the magical land of Oz. With a little help from the Munchkins and Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, Dorothy and friends will find brains, heart, courage and home on their way to see the Wizard. Just watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys!



Will be held at Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond BC on June 28th, 29th & 30th, 2015. Potential callbacks are set for July11th & 12th, 2015.


Please mail or drop off your resume and headshot. No e-mails please. Children without a headshot or resume, please supply a photo, a list of past experience/skills and the child’s age and height.


The Wizard of Oz

c/o Dawn Ewen, Artistic Associate

6500 Gilbert Road

Richmond, BC

V7C 3V4


DEADLINE for applicants is June 5th, 2015.

If you are selected for an audition, you will be contacted the week of June 8th, 2015.


- One song is required (be prepared with other material). Bring sheet music in the correct key and in a binder. Accompanist will be provided for you.

- Actors will be asked to prepare a comedic monologue (2mins maximum)

- Dance audition will include both Lyrical Jazz and Musical Theatre, please bring appropriate dance shoes.

* If you have a possible TOTO at home, please bring us a picture.


Gateway Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and encourages submissions from actors of all cultural backgrounds.



Rehearsals start November 8th, 2015. The run is from December 10th, 2015 – January 3rd, 2016 at the Gateway Theatre on the MainStage.


Perusal scripts are available for in-house reading by appointment only. Please call Robin White, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm at 604-247-4986 to book an appointment.





Dorothy Gale
Aunt Em / Glinda, the Good Witch of the North
Uncle Henry / Emerald City Guard
Zeke / Cowardly Lion
Hickory / Tin Person
Hunk / Scarecrow
Miss Almira Gulch / The Wicked Witch of the West
Professor Chester Marvel / The Wizard of Oz

-          Citizens of Munchkinland

-          Mayor

-          Coroner

-          Barrister

-          City Fathers

-          Tough Guys

-          Fiddler

-          Braggart

-          School Teachers

-          Tots

Apple Trees
Poppies / Snowflakes
Lead Jitterbug

Nikko – Commander of the Monkeys

-          Citizens of Oz

-          Beauticians

-          Polishers

-          Manicurists

Winkie General




Dawn Ewen________________

Artistic Associate

Gateway Theatre



One time funding from EventHostBC for community events

May 25th, 2015

Up to $5,000 in funding to help community events

The Government of British Columbia is providing one-time funding to eligible non-profit organizations for small community events that strengthen volunteer capacity for event hosting throughout the province.
EventHostBC will provide a total of $250,000, divided among the six provincial tourism regions, to encourage events that are currently ineligible for other provincial government funding.
Eligible non-profit organizations may apply for up to $5,000 per event. As long as the broader community can participate, the type of event is fairly open – it could be sports, arts or culture related, or some other creative idea supported by the community.
Applications will ONLY be accepted between May 19 and June 30, 2015.
Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so please help get the word out to organizations within your community that might benefit from this funding.

Voice Workshops with World Renowned Master Teacher Richard Armstrong in Vancouver

May 25th, 2015

Actors, singers, dancers, instrumentalists,
composers and storytellers:

Here’s your opportunity to study with one of the world’s great voice guides!

Axis Theatre Company, True North Performance and Voxy Music, in collaboration, are proud to be presenting 3 workshops with the world renowned voice master Richard Armstrong. Richard is a teacher, coach, director and performer and has been on the faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts for 30 years.

Richard aims to, “not only assist in the development of the versatile performer but also help anyone, whatever the level of their experience, to develop personal vocal potential through the pleasure of the training.”

*All students (of all levels) must participate in an Introductory Workshop before being admitted to a Continuing Workshop. Successful completion of an Introductory Workshop in Vancouver makes you eligible to apply for the Advanced Workshop in Banff as well as anywhere in the world that Richard teaches.

*Dates and Pricing:

June 2-7
2 Day Introductory: June 2-3 $315
2 Day Continuing: June 4-5 $450
2 Day Continuing: June 6-7 $450

For Continuing Workshop:
$200 deposit due at time of registration.

Location of workshops TBA.

Time: 10am -5pm daily

*To register, email:




May 25th, 2015

A dark comedy by Theresa Rebeck

directed by Kathleen Denkewalter

produced by Shirley Helgason

 Roxanne, the stage manager, is running the understudy rehearsal for an “undiscovered” play by Franz Kafka. Her ex-fiancé, Harry, shows up to understudy Jake, a Hollywood action star yearning for legitimacy. All three try to navigate the existential vagaries of the rehearsal and of their personal lives.


Production dates are May 29-30, June 3-6 and June 10-13, 2015 (preview Thursday, May 28 – $10)  in The Theatre at Hendry Hall, 815 East 11th Street (two blocks east of Grand Boulevard), North Vancouver.  Curtain: 8 pm.  Ticket prices are $18 ($16 seniors/youth 18 and under).


RESERVATIONS: or 604-983-2633



Call for Proposals: Performing Arts Residencies at The Banff Centre

May 25th, 2015

Performing Arts Residency Program
Accepting applications for the period between January and March 2016
Application deadline: June 3, 2015


The Theatre Arts Department at The Banff Centre is committed to the commissioning, development, and production of new works in all major performance disciplines. This flexible self-directed residency provides the perfect opportunity for artists generating new work in the performing arts to spend focused time on their project in a professional theatre environment.

Typically projects fall into one of the two following categories:

Creation Residency: A program to develop a new work in its initial creation phase in The Banff Centre’s studios.

Production Residency: A program to develop a new work in its production phase in The Banff Centre’s theatres.

What does the program offer?

The Banff Centre offers a range of work spaces and facilities depending on participants’ needs and availability. Artists can create in our dance studios, performance venues (including two theatres and a cabaret-style club), and theatre production and design shops (set, costumes, lighting, and sound). More about The Banff Centre’s theatre facilities.


Who should apply?

We invite project proposals from artists, artistic collectives, and companies. Artists at various stages of artistic practice are encouraged to apply, whether they are at the conceptual stage, ready for development and production, or preparing for presentation. Adjudication is based on artistic merit and the ability of The Banff Centre to help realize the project.



Kay Meek June Events

May 25th, 2015

Kay Meek Centre Annual Fundraising Gala: Burlesque to Broadway

June 5 | 6:30pm

Join us for this direct-from New York high-energy performance with Quinn Lemley and her divas!  Come early for the pre-show reception featuring appetizers and drinks on us, great raffle prizes and post-show goodies.
Burlesque to Broadway

June 20 & 21 | 8pm
Born in France, raised in Brazil and now living and working in Portugal, the eclectic and mesmerizing Pierre Aderne brings together all his worlds in his music. He evokes the beaches of Rio with his sensuous voice and delivers classic bossa nova grooves through his sensitive guitar playing with a modern, French influence that leaves you wanting more.  Part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Welcome to Studio 58′s 50th Anniversary Season!

May 25th, 2015

Studio 58 50th Logo

A message from Kathryn Shaw, Artistic Director:

Fifty years! Yes Studio 58 has been producing a plethora of incredible talent for five decades, enriching the cultural fabric of Canada and beyond. The 50th Anniversary Season celebrates our students past and present. To launch the next fifty years we will feature a reinvented classic: Until the Stars Grow Old – a refreshing take on Romeo and Juliet, as well as FLEE – a new play by graduates David Hudgins and Jonathon Young. Four new scripts by current students and recent grads will premiere in FourPlay. Electric Company Theatre, The Chop Theatre and Animal Parts Theatre, all companies founded by Studio 58 graduates, will be part of our season. To top it off, renowned Canadian playwright George F. Walker has written a play especially for our 50th Anniversary and the 40th Anniversary of Green Thumb Theatre with whom we will present The Crowd. Graduates will also be returning as directors, designers and actors.

What a season it is going to be! Welcome to the next 50 years at Studio 58!

P.S. If you look carefully, you might even find me on stage….

Click here to see full season announcement!

for all Main Stage shows or 604.684.2787

For tickets to Risky Nights call the Studio 58 Box Office Information Line: 604.323.5227

For further information on our productions and the programs we offer please visit


Neworld Theatre-Marcus gives keynote speech at Carol Shields Festival of New Works in Winnipeg

May 25th, 2015

Marcus says: “Next week I’m off to give the keynote speech at Prairie Theatre Exchange’s 11th annual Carol Shields Festival of New Works in Winnipeg. Lots of folks know about the late Carol Shields’ global success as a novelist. Fewer know that she was also a playwright and deeply passionate about live performance. This annual festival honours Carol, and showcases a wide range of new work, from indigenous spoken word to contemporary dance to lots of more traditional theatre. They’ve asked me to speak about why live performance might actually matter, and – go figure – the theme of winners and losers.”

The festival runs May 14 – 16. Winnipeggers – more info HERE.