From the companies that brought you ‘Speech & Debate’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’ Twenty Something Theatre and Hardline Productions Present WIDE AWAKE HEARTS

November 25th, 2014

 Lights. Camera. Heartbreak.

Claire Hesselgrave as "D". Photography by David Cooper, makeup by Abraxas Artistry.

Claire Hesselgrave as “D”. Photography by David Cooper, makeup by Abraxas Artistry.



Vancouver, BC – Hardline Productions and Twenty Something Theatre proudly present the West Coast premiere of WIDE AWAKE HEARTS by Brendan Gall: December 5th – 20th at Little Mountain Gallery, 195 East 26th Ave. Tickets to this production are available from $15 at

Directed by Ray Michal Prize recipient Brian Cochrane (Speech & Debate, Home Free!), Wide Awake Hearts is a play in which reality and fiction blur in hilarious and heartbreaking ways. Featuring Sean Harris Oliver (Of Mice and Men, Unstuck), Genevieve Fleming (Bug, Us & Everything We Own), Robert Salvador (The Rainmaker, Nothing But Sky), and Claire Hesselgrave (Speech & Debate, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as four friends – a writer, an actress, an actor, and an editor – who stumble through the nightmarish landscape of love and fidelity while making a movie in which art imitates life.

Wide Awake Hearts is the first co-production between independent theatre veterans Twenty Something Theatre and Hardline Productions. At a time of year when theatre-goers usually must choose between familiar flavours of holiday cheer, these two vibrant companies are joining forces to present a brilliantly written, take-no-prisoners love quadrangle with moments as raw and exhilarating as the steamy love scenes in the characters’ film.

Upcoming projects for the companies include the world premiere of Bright Blue Future by Sean Harris Oliver, a co-production between Hardline Productions and Zee Zee Theatre slated for May 2015, and Twenty Something Theatre’s continued development of the heartwarming original play The Out Vigil by Julie McIsaac.

WIDE AWAKE HEARTS by Brendan Gall performs December 5th – 20th at Little Mountain Gallery, 195 East 26th Ave. Tickets are priced from $15 and are available at For more information about the production and the companies visit and


November 25th, 2014




Led by Ghost River Theatre co-Artistic Directors Eric Rose and David van Belle, the Devised Production Intensive is a longer, comprehensive, advanced program of study designed for established and emerging artists and educators. Open to adventurous artists in all media (including theatre designers, dramaturges, writers, performers, dancers, visual artists, musicians, video artists), the intensive will explore the complexities and potentials of a guided, complete devised production process, from initial idea to public presentations, in three weeks of intensive, hands-on creation.

The intensive covers topics included in our four-day introduction, plus: • dramaturgy of devised work through a practical creation process
• audience engagement theory and techniques

• long-term strategies for collaboration and decision-making

• workshops in marketing and grant writing, specifically tailored to the challenges of new work creation

• the building of a national network of artists who are versed in a common process and interested in future collaborations

Fee: $1,250
Before January 1: $1,100

Billets and financial support may be available. Early application is encouraged to enable Ghost River to support participants’ funding applications.

Application deadline is April 1, 2015.

To apply please submit:
• A current CV (including contact information)
• Letter of interest (maximum one page, outlining your program of work/career goals, and your interest in the intensive) A telephone interview may be required.

Please contact for more information or to register.

Eric Rose is an award winning director, creator, playwright, dramaturg, and educator. His passion for the creative process has inspired the diversity of his theatrical experience spanning: large scale contemporary and classical theatre, devising theatre, site-specific performance, performance creation, new play development, physical theatre and dance. Recent GRT credits: The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, Tomorrow’s Child, Reverie, The Highest Step in the World, and ONE. Eric is honoured to be the Playwright in Residence at Alberta Theatre Projects, to be named to Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 class of 2012 and to have received the 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award for his body of work as a theatrical innovator.

David van Belle Born in Amsterdam and raised all over Canada, David van Belle is a Calgary-based director, actor, playwright and performance creator. He is currently Co-Artistic Director of Ghost River. David came to Calgary in 1999 to do his MFA in Directing, and spent seven years as part of the ensemble of One Yellow Rabbit. He is currently in the midst of co-writing Ghost River’s new creation, The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, with Ghost River Co-AD Eric Rose. David is also an independent theatre artist, having created such works as BUZZ JOB! The True Story of Cal Cavendish with Calgary’s Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor and The Invisible Projectduring a month-long residency at Calgary’s largest homeless shelter. David’s new play, Liberation Days, is part of Theatre Calgary’s 2014- 2015 season this year.

You’re Invited to the Fringe Lottery Party!

November 25th, 2014
Mind of a Snail

What are these spoons up to? Mind of a Snail’s performance at the Lottery Party will let you in on the secret!

Be among the first to know which artists will be part of the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival! We will be drawing names out of a hat to select next year’s Mainstage Artists on Wednesday, December 3 at the ANZA Club. You thought we were just making up the randomness of Fringe shows year after year? No, we really do draw shows out of a hat. Really!

Where: The ANZA Club, 3 West 8th Ave, (upstairs)
When: Wednesday, December 3 starting at 8:00pm
Cost: The Lottery Party is free, but donations to Mind of a Snail will be accepted via pass the hat
Dress: Whatever you like—with a hat!

Find out what prizes you might win if you attend, who’s performing, how the Fringe likes to turn every event into a dance party, and how to get the news in case you can’t attend.

Gateway Theatre is looking for a Front of House Manager

November 25th, 2014

Gateway Theatre is seeking an outgoing, detail-oriented individual to fill the position of FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER.  Our FOH Managers work with the Audience Services team to provide outstanding patron and client service, as well as volunteer supervision. The position is part-time with hours of work mostly evenings and week-ends. Pay rate is $14./hr plus 4% vacation pay.


The FOH Manager is scheduled to work approximately 6 shifts per month, though there will be a greater number of shifts in December 2014.


As a FOH Manager at Gateway you will:

- Efficiently coordinate the front of house during events, liaising with box office attendants and backstage crew to ensure the prompt and smooth operation of show start times and intermissions.

- Supervise volunteers and concession staff.

- Trouble-shoot any challenges that may arise during an event or performance and document these on the daily Front of House Report.

- Uphold Gateway policies and procedures; including health & safety procedures and food & beverage policies.

- Represent Gateway in a professional, inclusive, and welcoming manner at all times.



- You have prior FOH Management or other service experience in the arts and cultural sector.

- You have experience leading volunteers.

- You have outstanding customer service and communication skills.

- You are friendly, flexible, and enthusiastic about sharing live performance.

- You are bondable and have first aid training.

- You are able to lift heavy supplies on occasion.

- You are over 19 years of age and possess a valid “Serving It Right” certificate.

- Asian language skills are an asset (Cantonese and Mandarin preferred).


To apply for this position, respond to Justine Fafard, Volunteer & Audience Services Supervisor, with a resume and a letter of intent detailing specific reasons why you would be the ideal candidate for the position.


Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond, BC, V7C 3V4 or


We do not accept applications by fax.  No phone calls please.  We thank all applicants, but advise that only those considered for an interview will be contacted.  Gateway Theatre is committed to employment equity.


Closing Date:   December 1st 2014

Gateway Theatre is looking for a Communications Coordinator

November 25th, 2014

Gateway Theatre is seeking a dynamic and creative individual to fill the position of Communications Coordinator. The position is fulltime (35 hrs/week) with benefits. Hours of work are daytime (9:00 am to 5:00pm) with some evenings and weekends. Start date is January 2015.


Gateway Theatre is a welcoming and inclusive regional theatre for Richmond and its surrounding communities. Encouraging participation and cultural diversity, we strive for excellence and leadership in the development and production of live professional theatre and programs that connect the community.


Gateway Theatre has been programming English language theatre performances in Richmond for the past 30 years. In August 2014, Gateway Theatre launched the inaugural Gateway Pacific Theatre Festival, a brand new Chinese language theatre festival to reflect the diverse community in Richmond and the Lower Mainland. Along with the new festival, Gateway Theatre will continue to program English language works during its 2014-15 Season (October – April) and beyond.


Position Summary:

Working closely with the Communications Manager the successful candidate’s main responsibilities are the planning and execution all press and publicity, managing all social media outlets, grant writing and the organization of Opening Nights.


We’re looking for someone with exceptional written and oral communication skills with a great work ethic. You should be reliable, very detail-oriented, outgoing, and comfortable working on multiple projects simultaneously, either on your own or as part of a team. Please care deeply about spelling, grammar, and punctuation. A high degree of proficiency in Outlook, Excel, and Word are minimum requirements. We’d also appreciate a good sense of humour and a willingness to pitch in to get the job done.


Roles and Responsibilities:

- Writing, editing, proofing and sending out all press releases

- Writing, editing, proofing and sending out grant applications

- Building positive working relationships with members of all types of media and press

– Maintaining an up-to-date media list

- Responding to all media inquiries

- Keeping track of all Gateway related stories in the media and prepare publicity packages

- Monitoring and maintaining all social media channels

  – Creating social media strategy and plans to build online audiences

- Managing Opening Night guest lists

- Sending out Opening Night invitations and overseeing all RSVPs ensuring company guests and media reviewers are invited and welcomed

– Attending Opening Night performances to monitor media coverage

- Networking and hosting post-performance receptions

- Creating content and sending out monthly e-newsletters

- Writing, editing and proofing all outgoing communications material for all departments as required or requested (including but not limited to advertorials, newsletters, website, letters, programs, etc.)

- Working with Box Office on all sales campaigns and act as resource for patron inquiries

- Assisting with the planning and execution of all photo shoots

- Keeping up to date with CAEA union regulations in terms of promotion and publicity to ensure compliance

- Liaising with Jessie Jury chairs, organize tickets for jury members and track their attendance

- Responding to all donation requests and facilitating tickets donations

- Representing Gateway at community events as required



- Strong writing and editing skills

- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

- Prior experience in marketing and communications and/or business

- Familiarity with MS Office software

- Knowledge of local theatre community is an asset

- Work experience in an arts and/or cultural environment is an asset

- Fluency in Mandarin and/or Cantonese is an asset


Closing date for applications: December 19, 2014


To apply for this position, email your resume, a cover letter specifically detailing why you would be the ideal candidate for the position, and two additional writing samples to Jovanni Sy, Artistic Director (


No phone calls please. We do not accept applications by Fax. We thank all applicants, but advise that only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

“Speed-The-Plow” Closes This Saturday!

November 25th, 2014
Speed the Plow Actors

Aaron Craven and Craig Erickson
Credit: Shimon Karmel

Mitch and Murray Productions’ presentation of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow closes this Saturday – five more chances to see the show!  2 for 1 Tuesday is sold out this week.  Get your tickets now!

Mitch and Murray Productions fans,

For the third straight year, our shows have received tremendous critical and audience acclaim.  We’re very proud of our latest production, “Speed-the-Plow” by David Mamet.  Performances run Tuesday – Saturday this week, 8pm at Studio 16.

Jo Ledingham, a veteran critic for The Vancouver Courier, has written a review (read it here) which speaks to our body of work and this show.  We’ll leave you with this, and for those of you who have yet to make it out, we hope to see you at the theater this week!

The gang at Mitch and Murray Productions

The Cultch Presents Theatre Replacement’s CINDERELLA: AN EAST VAN PANTO

November 25th, 2014

Cultch Logo



Written by Charles Demers

Music by Veda Hille

Directed by Amiel Gladstone


WHEN: December 3 – 28, 2014

Dec 5, 8 PM: Opening Night

Dec 3-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23, 26, 27: 7PM

Dec 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28: 2PM



639 Commercial Drive


TICKETS: All tickets from just $19! Child tickets just $19 in any section of the theatre! Family Packs available: 4 tickets for $100!

Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or


Recommended for a general audience. As an advisory to adults who might bring young people, The Cultch recommends Cinderella: An East Van Panto for ages 5 and up. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.


ADDED VALUE: Enjoy a lively post-show Q&A session with the artists: Dec 6, 9, 14, 16, 23




Vancouver, B.C. Theatre Replacement’s An East Van Panto is back! Following last year’s hit Jack & the Beanstalk: An East Van Panto, the top team of Amiel Gladstone, Veda Hille, and Charles Demers return to the York with a way beyond Disney retelling of sweet little Cinderella. Have you ever read the original version? It’s messed up! Bring the family back to the York for some upside-down holiday cheer and watch as Theatre Replacement dresses up some of Vancouver’s favourite performers in fairy tale finery and sets them loose on this fantastic East Vancouver tradition.

What is a Panto? Panto (another name for Pantomime) is a tradition of holiday musical comedy theatre. Pantomime takes familiar fairy tales and injects music, contemporary references, and audience participation to create raucous, noisy entertainment that’s fun for everyone in the family.

“The vision we had when we first started talking about this Panto thing was that it would be a silly little thing for our friends and our kids and anybody who heard about it through the grapevine. Then we brought the idea to Heather at the Cultch/York and started jamming and recognized this thing could be more than a one-off. If handled right it had the potential to become a tradition for a lot of people,” says Theatre Replacement Artistic Director James Long. “But… using the word “tradition’ in the theatre world is a scary proposition because it really sets you up to fall flat on your face if nobody comes, or if it stinks or if it ends up being a drag to make. All things we like to avoid. But lots of people came last year – audiences had a really great time; and we, as creators and families and friends, had a blast. Now that we are here in year two it’s starting to feel like it just could be one of those tradition things, and one that’s our own. We are fattening up some of the classic Panto devices and throwing some out the window because if this thing is going to be a tradition it better be one that belongs to the amazing folks, artists, and audience we bring to the York each year. We want An East Van Panto to be something the kids in our community grow up on and we stay young with. Something we use every year to poke fun at our city, our neighborhood, and ourselves.”

Starring Josh Drebit, James Long, Dawn Petten, Donna Soares, and Allan Zinyk with Bailey Soleil Creed, Olivia Ann Hutt and Alexandra Wever. Playwright: Charlie Demers. Director & Dramaturge: Amiel Gladstone. Musical Director, Composer & Orchestra: Veda Hille. Set & Props Designer: Pam Johnson. Assistant to the Set & Props Designer: Athena Ivison. Costume Designer: Marina Szijarto. Lighting Designer: Adrian Muir. Choreographer: Tracey Power. Production Assistant: Sarah Faye Bernstein. Stage Manager: Jan Hodgson. Assistant Stage Manager: Ruth Bruhn.


About The Cultch: Celebrating its 40th anniversary this 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 Theatre Replacement: Theatre Replacement is an ongoing collaboration between James Long and Maiko Bae Yamamoto. Whether working together or apart, the pair use extended processes to create performances from intentionally simple beginnings. The work is about a genuine attempt to coexist. Conversations, interviews and arguments collide with Yamamoto and Long’s aesthetics, resulting in theatrical experiences that are authentic, immediate and   hopeful.


The company continues to build and tour work, and has been presented at internationally recognized festivals and venues, including Festival TransAmériques (Montreal), Magnetic North Theatre Festival (Ottawa & Vancouver), Free Fall Festival (Toronto), High Performance Rodeo & Enbridge PlayRites Festival (Calgary), On the Boards (Seattle WA), Fusebox Festival (Austin TX), Noorderzon Festival (Groningen NL) PAZZ Performing Arts Festival (Oldenburg, Germany), Lokal (Reykjavik, Iceland), Dublin Theatre Festival (Ireland), Aarhus Festival (Denmark), and INTERsection (Terni,  Italy).

Directors Notes: Advancing the development of Deaf Arts, Disability Arts and Mad Arts practices

November 25th, 2014

Last week I attended a Canada Council session held here in Vancouver which launched an exciting new suite of funding programs titled “Cultivate”. A project of the Canada Council’s Equity Office, these funding programs are intended to break down barriers to funding for Aboriginal, culturally diverse, Deaf, disability, and official language minority arts professionals and organizations. Two programs have been launched with ALMOST IMMEDIATE deadlines of DECMBER 15TH!

Sector Development Project Grants

This program aims to recognize organizations and individuals that play a leadership role in advancing the development of the designated arts communities and supports developmental activities that nurture, benefit and raise the profile of Aboriginal, culturally diverse, Deaf, disability and official language minority arts communities.

Organizational Development Project Grants

Open to arts organizations working in any artistic discipline that demonstrate artistic merit, leadership and a high level of engagement with culturally diverse, Deaf and disability arts communities (artists, arts professionals, staff, audiences, partners, volunteers and the public).

Wondering if you qualify or interested in submitting an application? Contact the Equity Office right away at 1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4102

Never applied for a grant before or worried about what to say in your application? Call the Equity Office! A basic rule of grant writing is that your funding officer is your friend – funding officers want to see applicants put their best foot forward; they want you to succeed. They are there to support you and never more so than in the Equity Office. But call soon – December 15th is right around the corner and while writing grants is not a complicated process it does take time!

Two additional Cultivate programs will launch in the spring of 2015 and the Canada Council wants your feedback on them.

Creative Development (Application deadline: September 15, 2015) For artists who are Deaf, have disabilities or who are living with mental illness.

Professional Development Micro Grants (Beginning September 15, 2015 but with no deadlines after that– applications will be able to be submitted as opportunities arise) For artists and arts professionals who are Deaf, have disabilities or who are living with mental illness.

Both programs are on the Cultivate website

If you are a member of one of the applicable communities – Deaf, have disabilities or who are living with mental illness – look at these programs and give the Canada Council your feedback – you can help build the support that will move your career or your organization forward!

Dawn Brennan Signature


Presentation House Annual Holiday Spectacular!

November 25th, 2014

Our Annual Holiday Spectacular!

A Few of My Favourite Things

December 11 – 14
December 18 – 21
Presentation House Theatre


A Few of My Favourite Things
hosted by North Shore’s own Jay Brazeau
Get into the holiday spirit at this years Annual Holiday Spectacular.
A festive treat for the whole family!
Your favourite music & your favourite songs led by Jay and his chorus of elves.
Featuring Elementary School Choirs
 from the North Shore.
Bring your singing voices and your song requests as audience sing-a-longs will be heartily encouraged!
Thursday – Saturday performances at 7:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm
Celebrate the season with us!

This is your theatre!

Box Office

The Firehall Arts Centre presents: things near and far

November 25th, 2014

a dance collaboration spanning 3 generations of creative experimentation

Dec 3 – 6, 8pm

Talkback December 4

Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova

Tickets $22 – 32 from | 604-689-0926


Worlds collide as two choreographers from opposite ends of Canada – veteran Ottawa dance icon Tedd Robinson and young contemporary Vancouver trailblazer Josh Martin  –  create two new works for the eclectic trio of Anne Cooper, Ziyian Kwan and Ron Stewart with things near & far, premiering at the Firehall Arts Centre, December 3 – 6. This bold and unusual meeting of generations, ideas and interdisciplinary innovation is completed with original music by electroaccoustic Quebec composer Charles Quevillon and Vancouver’s Stefan Smulovitz, with lighting by renowned designer James Proudfoot.
Over the course of three decades, all three Isadora Award winning interpreters have danced together in various pairings for a plethora of choreographers. For the very first time, things near & far brings Cooper, Kwan and Stewart together to share the same stage with new works that they have commissioned by two of Canada’s most celebrated dance authors, Josh Martin and Tedd Robinson, whose choreography is emblematic of their respective generations.


For Josh Martin, it is this eventual coming together, and the performers’ experiences before it, that has inspired his piece entitled Dwelling. The work is about both the accumulation and dissipation of what has come before, exploring the past works and bodies these artists have each inhabited in their expansive careers thus far – some together, some apart – triggering a shared state of recall in one another, and infusing the movement of this eclectic dance.  These memories are woven together to build a poignant intersection of people and histories, forming the here and now, before again moving outward.


Martin’s trio is paired with a piece choreographed by the internationally renowned Tedd Robinson who harks from a different generation, with a dance career spanning four decades. Robinson whose work is infused with Zen Buddhist philosophy, was recently awarded the 2014 Walter Carsen Prize for his contribution to dance in Canada. His trio, also named Dwelling, asserts community, co-operation and the individual as concerns. “Of course the investigation touches on these things, but most of what occurs during the work is interesting activity building a quiet communion between these three beautiful performers,” says Robinson.