Axis Theatre Society AGM – Nov 30

November 22nd, 2015

Axis Theatre Society: NOTICE OF

Monday, November 30, 2015
Commencing at 6:30pm

at 1405 Anderson Street, Granville Island – upstairs
Vancouver, BC   V6H 3R5

RSVP to the Axis Theatre office:
604.669.0631 or by Friday, November 27th, 2015.

The Cultch presents ‘The Daisy Theatre’ (Dec 2-20)

November 22nd, 2015

The Cultch presents…

The Daisy Theatre

Ronnie Burkett (Toronto)


WHEN:  December 1 – 20, 2015

Preview:  December 1st, 8:00pm

Opening:  December 2, 8:00pm

Performance Times:  December 3-6, 8-13, & 15-20, 8:00pm


1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC

TICKETS:  Tickets from $20

On sale now at The Cultch’s Box Office, by phone at 604.251.1363, or online at

ADDED VALUE:  Enjoy a lively post-show Q&A on December 3, 8, & 15


Returning after two sold out runs, The Cultch is pleased to once again present Ronnie Burkett’s The Daisy Theatre from Tuesday, December 1st to Sunday, December 20 at the Historic Theatre.

Each performance will be different, daring, ridiculous, and on the edge of the hands of renowned puppeteer provacateur Ronnie Burkett and his resident company of over 40 marionettes. No two performances will be the same, making this a production to see more than once.

“One of the geniuses of the world…seeing his troupe every few years has just become a necessity of civilized theatergoing.” – The Village Voice, New York

“Ronnie Burkett’s creations are remarkable feats of both manipulation and imagination.” – The Guardian, UK

“The Daisy Theatre is uproariously funny, it’s smart, and it’s touching. Burkett is at the top of his craft and is a Canadian treasure.” – The Charlebois Post

“One of the best shows you’ll ever see.” – The Georgia Straight

“It’s some of the funniest, most brilliant theatre you’ll ever be lucky enough to see.” – The Vancouver Province

The Daisy Theatre is the thirteenth production from Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, following the international successes Penny Plain, Billy Twinkle, 10 Days on Earth, Provenance and the “Memory Dress Trilogy” of Tinka’s New Dress, Street of Blood, and Happy.


The Daisy Theatre is created and performed by Ronnie Burkett

Stage Managed by:  Crystal Salverda

Music, Lyrics, and Sound Design by:  John Alcorn

Marionette, Costume and Set Design by:  Ronnie Burkett

Production Manager and Artistic Associate:  Terri Gillis

Associate Producer:  John Lambert

Costumes:  Kim Crossley

Puppet Builders:  Angela Talbot, Gemma James-Smith, and Marcus Jamin with Gil Garratt and Martin Herbert

Shoes:  Camellia Koo

Accessories:  Robin Fisher

Marionette Controls:  Luman Coad

Majordomos:  Robbie Buttinski and Daisey Padunkles

Co-commissioned by The Luminato Festival (Toronto) and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (Los Angeles) in association with Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes (Toronto)


About The Cultch:

Now in its 42nd season, The Cultch has been one of Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural institutions, offering dynamic programming in contemporary theatre, dance, and music by local, national, and international artists.  Today, The Cultch continues to enrich the social and cultural life of Vancouver by bringing world-class cultural presentations to the public, supporting the growth of emerging artists and companies, and facilitating dialogue between groups in the Lower Mainland, especially within our local community of East Vancouver.

The Cultch is so much more than just a theatre in the physical sense – our organization is looked upon as one of the foremost performing arts presenters in the country.  Widely recognized as an innovator and leader, we have played an integral role in the development of British Columbia’s artistic landscape.


About Ronnie Burkett:

Ronnie Burkett has been captivated by puppetry since the age of seven, and began touring his shows around Alberta at the age of fourteen. Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes was formed in 1986, continuously playing on Canada’s major stages, and as a guest company on numerous tours abroad. Ronnie received the prestigious 2009 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, The Herbert Whittaker Drama Bench Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Theatre, a Village Voice OBIE Award, and four Citations of Excellence from the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionette.




Gallery 7 Theatre’s Workshop in Actor’s Bootcamp Series, Character & Scene Work starts Nov 24

November 22nd, 2015

Gallery 7 Theatre will be hosting the second workshop in its Actor’s Bootcamp Workshop Series, Character & Scene Work starting on November 24.  The workshop will run for three consecutive Tuesdays from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM at the theatre’s rehearsal hall in Abbotsford.

In Character & Scene Work, participants will focus on how to develop a strong character: making choices, asking the right questions and finding the answers, text analysis, exercises and techniques to discover and explore character, and projecting character in small and large performance venues. While this workshop will use and build on skills explored in the Voice & Movement workshop held earlier in the season, attendance to the previous workshop is not a prerequisite.

“This workshop is perfect for both emerging and veteran performers,” explains Gallery 7 Theatre’s Artistic Director, Ken Hildebrandt. “Whether you’re wanting to refine your skills or looking to learn new ones, this workshop will be of great assistance. The workshop is also a great chance to learn from an award-winning, professional actor.”

Leading the workshop will be Erla Faye Forsyth. A graduate of Studio 58 in Vancouver, Erla has performed in numerous productions over the years at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, including The Foreigner and How to Write a New Book for the Bible for which she received Jessie Richardson awards. Other credits include It’s a Wonderful Life for the Arts Club and Since You Left Us for Presentation House Theatre.

For more information or to register for Character & Scene Work, please call 604-504-5940 or visit the theatre’s website at Cost of the workshop is $95.00/person and will be held at the theatre’s rehearsal hall, #100 – 34595 3rd Avenue, Abbotsford.



MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert’s recommendations to Finance Minister regarding the arts in BC

November 21st, 2015

The GVPTA received a letter from Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA for Vancouver’s West End & Coal Harbour, in which he shares recommendations made in a report to the Finance Minister regarding arts and culture funding in BC.

Read the full letter here.



National Theatre School’s French Artistic Director to retire Dec 2015

November 21st, 2015

Dear colleagues,

The National Theatre School is officially announcing that Denise Guilbault has decided to retire from her position as Artistic Director of the French section and Director of the Interprétation (French Acting) program as of December 2016. After 15 years of devoting herself to the success of the School and of its students, she has decided to take on personal artistic projects and to simply rediscover what “free time” means!

The process to find her replacement will start in the next few weeks, with the hope of announcing a nomination in April 2016 and to have the chosen person on board as of September 2016 to ensure the best transition possible.

For over 30 years now, Denise Guilbault has devoted her time and energy to teaching theatre, at NTS and in other institutions. Such a level of engagement requires a lot of self-sacrifice and boundless generosity. Ms. Guilbault has trained an entire generation of artists, touching the lives of hundreds of students. Among her recent accomplishments, she helped increase connections between the English and the French sections of NTS, set up an exchange with the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique de Paris (CNSAD) and initiated pedagogical relationships with innovative companies, including Ubisoft.

We will have plenty of time to celebrate her numerous accomplishments, but for the time being, Denise, in the name of all the artists who have found their calling because of you, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Gideon Arthurs, CEO




Arts Club Theatre Company presents ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ (Nov 26 – Dec 27)

November 21st, 2015

An Arts Club Theatre Company production

Peter and the Starcatcher

By Rick Elice

Music by Wayne Barker

Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

November 26 – December 27, 2015

Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre

Arts Club Theatre Company’s Peter and the Starcatcher – the inaugural production on the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre (162 West 1st Avenue), November 26 – December 27, 2015

Monday–Thursday 7:30 PM, Friday & Saturday 8 PM, Wednesday 1:30 PM, and Saturday at 2 PM. Tickets start at $25, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit


This story of the celebrated character with the never-ending childhood traces his journey from lonely orphan to beloved boy hero. Audiences are transported to a, whimsical world filled with swashbuckling pirates, magic amulets, and singing mermaids. Join the intrepid Peter (Benjamin Wardle) and his cunning companion, Molly (Rachel Cairns), on an adventure that takes them the decks of the Neverland. Aboard the ship, they are challenged by the pirate Black Stache (Colleen Wheeler) and his first mate, Smee (Emmelia Gordon). Cheer for Peter and his ragtag crew as they risk their lives to protect the Queen’s secret treasure and save their friends.

“Peter and the Starcatcher is truly a remarkable play because it depends so much on you to participate with an active imagination,” says director David Mackay. “The actors play a multitude of characters, sometimes switching characters before your eyes, and other times actors are incorporated directly into the scenery as props. The creators of this play cleverly designed the show so that the actors provide the key elements, and then your imagination pretends the rest, often with staggering creative results.”

Peter and the Starcatcher will be the first production to appear on the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, followed by The (Post) Mistress (February 4-28) and the world premiere of Onegin (March 17-April 10).

Starring Rachel Cairns, Aadin Church, Chris Cochrane, Kevin Michael Cripps, Emmelia Gordon, Katey Hoffman, Caitriona Murphy, Chirag Naik, Vincent Tong, Benjamin Wardle, Colleen Wheeler, Joel Wirkkunen, Beatrice Zeilinger; Director David Mackay; Assistant Director Jennifer Copping; Musical Director Kevin Michael Cripps; Set Designer Lauchlin Johnston; Costume Designer Carmen Alatorre; Lighting Designer Conor Moore; Sound Designer Murray Price; Stage Manager Caryn Fehr; Apprentice Stage Manager Michelle Harrison


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 frank theatre company presents Theatre Outré’s campy, raunchy and hilarious UNSEX’d (Dec 2-5)

November 20th, 2015

 “If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then behold on for dearest life”

After sold out performances in Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, Saint John and Dublin, UNSEX’d finally comes to Vancouver! the frank theatre company is thrilled to present this award-winning hit by Lethbridge’s Theatre Outré to West Coast audiences.

Written by Jay Whitehead and Daniel Judes, UNSEX’d returns to a time when men played all the roles in theatre and tells the madcap story of two boy-players fighting it out for the role of Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s newest play. Both will do anything  to catch the eye, and affections, of the playwright. This cheeky comedy is one part All About Eve, one part Macbeth and all parts E! True Hollywood Story. Completely historically inaccurate, satirically biting and gratuitously crude, UNSEX’d also has a haunting dark side that questions fame, gender, and the truth about beauty.

UNSEX’d is touted as “a riot of colour, action and comedy” (Gordon Farell, EILE Magazine) while also having “an awful lot of brains, with particular insights into gender, queerness and performativity” (Mike Anderson, Mooney on Theatre). This is a show for everyone from Shakespeare buffs to celebrity stalkers to camp and drag enthusiasts, and even that person who likes their humor just a little bit over the line (or a lot over).

In keeping with their long-range plan to collaborate with other queer-mandated companies in Canada, the frank is excited to showcase original work from an up-and-coming, edgy, queer theatre company based in southern Alberta and Canada’s unofficial “Bible Belt.”


Dates: December 2nd – 5th

Time: 8pm nightly, with a 2 pm matinee December 5th

Venue: PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero St., Vancouver, BC

Tickets: $20 at

ABOUT the frank: The West Coast’s professional queer theatre company, the frank theatre company’s mission is to explore what it means to be queer, and the place of queer individuals in society, by creating, developing, producing and presenting theatrical work that places queer issues on a global canvas. These are works wherein issues of queer marginalization intersect with other types of marginalization: i.e economic, racial, gender and political. the frank is primarily a text-based theatre that trusts in the ability of the playwright to wrestle with these questions. For more information:

ABOUT THEATRE OUTRÉ: Theatre Outré is a professional theatre company based in Lethbridge, Alberta. Founded in 2012 by Jay Whitehead, Theatre Outré is a leading outlet for alternative theatre in southern Alberta and is dedicated to providing an uncensored and uncompromising voice to those who are often considered to exist beyond the fringes of social propriety, sexual norms and gendered expectations.

Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) presents Christmas Queen 2 (Nov 25 – Dec 20)

November 20th, 2015

The Christmas Queen Returns in an All-New Production
November 25 – December 20

According to the holiday season song, “You better watch out, You better not cry, Better not pout, I’m telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town.” However, in the case of Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s (VTSL) annual holiday show series, Christmas Queen, Santa may not be coming to town.

This year’s version in the continuing Christmas Queen saga, Christmas Queen 2 – You Better Watch Out, is set at the North Pole and Santa’s Workshop. VTSL’s popular improvised fairy tale sees the larger-than-life, blue-haired Christmas Queen drop in on ol’ Santa and create a little chaos in the week leading to the BIG DAY. Will Rudolph guide the sleigh that night? Will all the toys be finished on time? Why has the Queen got Santa locked in a store room? All the twists and turns of the plot and the answers to these questions and more are determined by the audience. Along the way, the audience can expect to meet the quirky inhabitants of the North Pole who must band together to rescue Santa and save their jobs.

Christmas Queen 2 – You Better Watch Out is inspired by British Pantomime (Panto) – a unique theatrical form that itself developed from the much older Italian Commedia dell’arte. British Pantos are traditionally performed during the Christmas and New Year season and always include the character of the ‘Dame’ – a male actor performing an older female role in drag.

VTSL’s ever-resourceful ensemble players take audience suggestions and turn them into 90 minutes of holiday hilarity sure to win over even the grinchiest of Grinches. No two shows are ever the same thanks to the unpredictable nature of the audience suggestions and the creative talents of the players.

“The original Christmas Queen was a fantastic way to get into the holiday spirit. I expect the sequel to be as clever and naughty as the last one. Ho-ha-ha!” comments VTSL Executive Director Jay Ono.

Christmas Queen 2 – You Better Watch Out runs at The Improv Centre on Granville Island Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. from November 25 through December 19 and closes with a special added performance on Sunday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. More information and tickets are available at

Vancouver TheatreSports™ greatly appreciates the support of its season sponsors: City of Vancouver, CMHC Granville Island, The Georgia Straight and The Granville Island Hotel.

About Vancouver TheatreSports™ League
Vancouver TheatreSports™ League is located on Granville Island, Vancouver’s arts and culture capital. Circa 1980, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League is now a local institution and a worldwide phenomenon, producing and staging some of the most daring and innovative improv in the world. Boasting six International Improv Comedy Awards and having starred in several television specials, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League performs to more than 60,000 enthusiasts yearly, five nights a week, 52 weeks a year.



How Green Is Your Grass? – Rapture, Blister, Burn

November 19th, 2015

Blog post by Andrew Wade

My mother has a twin sister. Inseparable growing up, upon adulthood my mum got married and moved from England to North America, stopping down in Michigan before moving on to Vancouver. For most of my childhood, she took on the role of homemaker, raising five kids. Her sister, my aunt, stayed in England and took on the path of the career woman, rising through the ranks of banks and other institutions, wearing business suits and leading subordinates. Married, but no children. And I wonder, do they ever wonder what their lives would be like if they had made the other choice? Or can they just look at each other and go, ‘oh, okay, maybe it would have been something like that.’

Rapture, Blister, Burn shares much the same set-up. Catherine (Moya O’Connell), a feminist theorist and lecturer famous for being the ‘hot scientist’ on televised debates, drops everything in her life when she hears that her mother (Anna Hagan) has had a heart attack. Moving back from New York to her hometown, she is immediately confronted with the life she didn’t have. Waiting for her back ‘home’ is her college sweetheart, Don (Robert Moloney), unhappily married to her former college roommate, Gwen (Lori Triolo). The lonely career woman meets with the frustrated housewife with Don pinballing between them as a web of people do everything they can to be as involved as possible in each others’ lives.

This is a show that doesn’t just touch on issues: it theorizes, analyses, and dissects them. What does it mean to be alone? Why do we hold onto dreams long past the point they could ever be realized? Can people find the sparks they once held in their eyes? What does it mean to settle down? Is it possible to make the other choice? To choose the other life? What is the purpose of love? Is there anything of interest in the first wave of the feminism movement for a young woman today? Were slasher films a reflection on society’s desire to subdue independent women or did they represent a triumph of the one woman surviving and conquering danger on her own, without the help of a man? Which feminist theory best applies to the situation of how to keep a marriage from falling apart?

In some ways, Rapture, Blister, Burn is the most engaging lecture on feminism I have seen, stretching to the point of including three generations of women in these discussions – Catherine’s mother, Catherine and Gwen, and 21-year-old Avery (Courtney Shields) – so as to offer us a sense of history as well.

I left Rapture, Blister, Burn feeling a bit smarter, a bit more observant, and a heck of a lot more worried about whether or not I am currently painting my life into a corner I might not enjoy. But we always have the opportunity to change who we are and find a new happiness, right? Right? Maybe?

It’s rare for a person to get a mirror into that other world of potentiality like Catherine and Gwen get to peer into, or like my mother and her twin sister. For the rest of us, all we can do is realize that while the grass is always greener somewhere, hopefully the ground beneath our feet is still green enough.

If all this theorizing is of interest to you, I heartily recommend Rapture, Blister, Burn.


Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo
Presented by Mitch and Murray Productions
Studio 16 – 1555 West 7th Avenue
Runs November 12-28, Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8pm


2016 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival announced

November 19th, 2015

Announcing the

2016 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

January 19–February 7, 2016

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is Vancouver’s mid-winter festival featuring acclaimed local, national and international artists. The PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts: theatre, dance, music, and various forms of multimedia and hybrid performance.

The 12th annual PuSh Festival takes place January 19 to February 7, 2016 at various venues across Vancouver—and there’s a lot on offer over the three weeks. This year’s Festival includes works by artists and companies from Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Japan, Lebanon, and the United States.

The 2016 Festival features over 150 performances and events over 20 days, including 18 Main Stage shows, three weeks of performances at Club PuSh in its new home at The Fox Cabaret, industry networking events at the PuSh Assembly, free movies in the PuSh Film Series, professional workshops, and many artist talks and other ancillary events.

All performances and events in the 2016 Festival are announced at and on their media release.

PuSh Passes and tickets for the 2016 PuSh Festival are on sale now at Early bird PuSh Passes start at $103; early bird single tickets start at $31 for select Main Stage shows and $22 for Club PuSh shows.