Arts Club-Assistant Sound Technician

April 13th, 2015

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The Arts Club Theatre Company is Western Canada’s largest professional theatre company. In our 51st season, this not-for-profit charitable organization has produces and presents year-round in our three venues: the 250-seat West First Theatre Centre; 450-seat Granville Island Stage; 630-seat Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage; and we tour throughout the province.


The Arts Club Theatre Company is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Sound Technician. Reporting to and under the supervision of the Head of Sound, Technical Directors and when applicable Sound Designers.   This position is responsible for all aspects of sound and the sound systems at our three venues and on tour.  This is a Part-Time Regular position and employment will be as required, depending on the specific demands of respective productions.  This is a unionized positionunder the I.A.T.S.E. Collective agreement.


Responsibilities shall include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Monitor and assist with all aspects of pre-production as it relates to sound or video
  • Supervision of sound/video installation at our three venues when required
  • Operating and mixing sound and video during productions, when required (live and pre-recorded)
  • Assist Sound and Video Designers with respective designs and requirements
  • Advise and assist with maintenance of sound/video equipment
  • Documenting and tracking of all show-related configuration in cooperation with designers
  • Source , build and edit show sound playback when required including tape, mini disc, CD, SFX and Q-lab
  • Assisting with inventory, organizing equipment and ordering of supplies as necessary
  • Assisting with set up and tear downs of sound equipment on productions
  • Preparing inventory reports
  • Assist on theatre rentals when required



  • Proficient in mixing sound for large scale musicals.
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of digital and analog sound boards including but not limited to; Yamaha CL3, DM2000, Yamaha LS9, Allen & Heath, and Midas.
  • Broad understanding of Mac operating systems; Qlab Show control software; and Windows XP computer operating system and computer networking
  • Preference will be given to persons holding an LPEC certificate, OFA Level 1,  and a valid class 5 drivers license
  • Proficiency in mixing live music and vocals for live theatre
  • A good general knowledge of all technical aspects of live theatre
  • Use and maintenance of wireless microphone systems
  • Touring experience is an asset

Mandatory requirement

  • Five (5) years’ experience in sound for professional theatre.
  • Proficient skills in Q-Lab (software) programming and operation
  • Able to work at heights / climb ladders
  • Able to repeatedly lift, push or maneuver heavy loads, either alone or with assistance from others


The Assistant Sound Technician will be self motivated, possess good organizational and time management skills.  This position requires excellent communication skills and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations. Must be flexible in outlook and approach to the position and be diplomatic in dealing with crews, cast, stage managers and all other staff.


Start date: On or around June 1, 2015. Salary: as per the collective agreement.


TO APPLY: Human Resources, Arts Club Theatre Company

FAX: (604) 688-3273


Deadline for applications: May 1, 2015.


We thank all who express interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Volunteer for the Canadian Arts Coalition / Devenez bénévole pour la Coalition canadienne des arts

April 13th, 2015

With the election fast approaching, if we are going to make sure the arts are on the mind of candidates across the country, we’re going to need your help.

We’re looking to “staff up” and fill a number of volunteer positions. If this interests you, please take a look below and let us know where you are able to pitch in. If you see a position and know someone who would be perfect for it, let us know that too!

Any one volunteer may take on more than one position if they like. Many tasks are interrelated and will require coordination with other volunteers.

For some tasks, we are in particular need of francophone or bilingual volunteers.

Please fill in a volunteer form to indicate what your areas of interest. You can also contact us for more information.

Canadian Arts Coalition Volunteer Tasks

Writing communiques
Desired skills: Ability to write persuasively, familiarity with coalition, experience working in communications, bilingualism is an asset
Steering committee membership is helpful
Periodically all year. Must be available into the evening the day of the budget.

Social media
Desired skills: Familiarity with social media and the Canadian Arts Coalition, bilingualism is an asset
Steering committee membership is helpful
All year. Busier around Arts Day and leading up to the election

Website updates
Desired skills: Familiarity with WordPress or affinity for technology and willingness to learn, bilingualism is an asset
Periodically all year

Sending emailers
Desired skills: Familiarity with Sumac and Dreamweaver (or open source equivalent) or affinity for technology/databases and willingness to learn.
Periodically all year

Coordinating virtual member meetings
Desired skills: Familiarity with Eventbrite or willingness to learn, familiarity with webinar systems, bilingualism is an asset
Helpful if this person can also write and send emailers
Periodically all year. Busier leading up to pre-budget submission and the election.

Database administration
Desired skills: Familiarity with Sumac or familiarity with databases and willingness to learn
All year

Note Taking
Desired skills: Good listening skills. Bilingualism
Periodically all year

Communications Committee Members
Desired skills: Experience working in communications
All year. Availability around the federal budget and big events.

Membership Committee
Desired skills: Connections in the arts sector, preferably in two or more art forms
We are especially in need of francophone members for this committee.

Policy Committee
Desired skills: Appreciation of academic policy research, willingness to edit
Busier in the fall

Election committee
Desired skills: Knowledge of federal politics, ability to craft campaign
Busier as the election gets closer

Please fill in a volunteer form to indicate what your areas of interest. You can also contact us for more information.


Colin Campbell Award for Excellence in Technical Theatre

April 13th, 2015



The Colin Campbell Award for Excellence in Technical Theatre will be awarded annually to an individual at any stage of their career who has displayed excellence and commitment to the field of professional technical theatre in Greater Vancouver through their body of work. Award Recipients will be honored annually at the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards with a $500 Cash Prize and a certificate.

Click here for more info.



Theatre West Van Presents: SINNERS

April 13th, 2015

A comedy by Norm Foster

directed by Mark Carter

produced by Doreen Carlson


A fast-paced comedy by Canada’s own Norm Foster, about a hot-blooded minister’s wife, her complicated extramarital love life and the murder of her unsuspecting husband.


Opening Saturday, April 18 and running April 22-25 and April 29-May 2, 2015 at 8 pm, (with two Saturday matinées on Saturday, April 25 and Saturday, May 2 at 2 pm);  (preview Friday, April 17)  in the Kay Meek Studio Theatre, 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver.


Ticket prices are $22 adults and $20 seniors/18 and under ($18 for groups of 10 or more), Friday, April 17, Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23 – $15. Order on-line from, or telephone (604) 981-6335 (MEEK).


Playwrights Guild of Canada Emerging Playwright Award

April 13th, 2015
Playwrights Guild of Canada is inviting you, or anyone who may be interested, to submit a play for its new Emerging Playwright Award, generously sponsored by RBC Emerging Artists Fund.


The new award, giving an up-and-coming playwright the opportunity to win a 6-month mentorship with a professional playwright of their choice, from our 600+ playwrights roster, as well as a $2000 cash prize, will be presented at the 2015 Tom Hendry Awards. The winner will be provided with a special event featuring a live reading of their work in their province of residence.


Submissions are open for any supporting or student member who has never had a professional production. Must submit a full length play.
The application form, as well as all of the submission guidelines, can be found here: .


DEADLINE: Complete application forms must be submitted by June 30, 2015 at 11:59pm
Questions? Contact Jennie Egerdie, Programs Coordinator for Playwrights Guild of Canada at 416-703-0201, or by email at


Playwright Award

UBCP/ACTRA Announces the Sam Payne Awards Winners for 2014

April 13th, 2015

Thirty three years after his death, the legacy left by Sam Payne continues to be applauded by the British Columbia acting community. One of Canada’s well loved and respected professional actors, Sam Payne is remembered not only for his contribution to Canadian theatre, film, radio and television, but also for his personal attributes, which included humanity, artistic integrity and encouragement of new talent.

Each year UBCP/ACTRA presents two Sam Payne Awards to local members. The Sam Payne Award recognizes a performer whose personal attributes mirror those of Sam Payne. The Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a person with an accumulative outstanding body of work in the performing arts industry.


Gabrielle RoseGabrielle Rose

Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014

Gabrielle is one of Canada`s critically acclaimed, Film, Stage and Television actresses.  She has worked repeatedly with some of Canada’s most  notable directors including Atom Egoyan (The Adjuster, Where the Truth Lies, Family Viewing, Speaking Parts and the two-time Oscar Nominated film The Sweet Hereafter), Bruce Sweeney (Excited, Dick Knost and The Crimes of Mike Recket) and Carl Bessai (Sisters & Brothers, Repeaters, Mothers and Daughter and Normal).

The Sam Payne Committee is thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of this Vancouver based award winning performer.  Gabrielle’s awards include a UBCP/ACTRA Award for Best Actress, five Leo’s, two Atlantic Film Festival Awards, a National Board of Review (NY) Award and she has been nominated five times for a Gemini and four times for a Genie.


Veena SoodVeena Sood

Sam Payne Award for 2014

Born in Nairobi Kenya, schooled in England and Calgary, by age 20 Veena had graduated from University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and had co-founded & developed Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre Company

An award-winning actress of Punjabi descent, Veena’s wide and varied career includes theatre, film, television, cartoon voices, improv comedy, and emceeing gala events.  She developed The Vancouver Theatresports League, co-hosted her own CBC TV talk show In the Company of Women, has acted in over 100 plays, been a series regular on numerous TV series, appeared in TV movies and feature films.  Veena has been a three-time Jessie Richardson nominee and has won both a Jessie and a Leo Award for her acting work.

Currently Veena is in development with a new TV series, as well as the co-artistic director of Truth Be Told Theatre’s The Life Game.  She is also known for teaching her popular improv classes throughout Vancouver.

“If the average actor amasses 40 credits to their lifetime, Veena has already lived four lifetimes.” Jamie Levitt, Lauren Levitt & Associates Inc.



The Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP/ACTRA) is an autonomous branch of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.


For more information or to arrange a media interview contact:

Cynnamon Schreinert, 604-802-2733


April 13th, 2015




April 7, 2015, VANCOUVER, B.C. – Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival begins its 26th season in Vanier Park on June 4 with an exciting lineup of plays, concerts and special events. All tickets for Bard on the Beach go on sale April 8 for the 2015 season, which runs from June 4 to September 26.


THE COMEDY OF ERRORS begins the Festival’s summer long celebration of Shakespeare on the BMO Mainstage with hilarious confusion and Victorian steampunk style. THE COMEDY OF ERRORS is directed by Bard Artistic Associate Scott Bellis. Also on the BMO Mainstage will be the timeless tragedy, KING LEAR, presented in collaboration with Theatre Calgary. The production features Benedict Campbell as King Lear and is directed by Theatre Calgary Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum.


On the Howard Family Stage, an adaptation of LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST will bring a 1920s Chicago feel to the intimate Douglas Campbell Theatre tent, complete with live jazz music. The production is directed by Daryl Cloran, Artistic Director of Western Canada Theatre. Joining LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST is the world stage premiere of SHAKESPEARE’S REBEL. It has been adapted by C.C. Humphreys from his best-selling novel of the same name and is directed by Bard on the Beach Artistic Director Christopher Gaze.


Play run dates and Special Events for 2015 are:

·         The Comedy of Errors: June 4 – September 26 (BMO Mainstage) – Opening Night Saturday, June 13

·         King Lear: June 18 – September 20 (BMO Mainstage) - Opening Night Thursday, June 25

·         Love’s Labour’s Lost: June 19 – September 20 (Howard Family Stage) – Opening Night Friday, June 26

·         Shakespeare’s Rebel: July 2 – September 19 (Howard Family Stage) - Opening Night Sunday, July 12

·         Bard-B-Q & Fireworks: Saturday, July 25, Wednesday July 29 & Saturday, August 1 – includes a play, dinner, on-site entertainment & exclusive fireworks viewing. New start time: 5pm. Tickets from $95

·         Chor Leoni: Manely Canadian: Mondays, June 22 & 29 @ 3pm & 8pm. Tickets $15 – $37

·         Wine Wednesdays: July 15, August 12 & September 9 @ 6pm. $20 (must purchase play ticket for same evening).

·         Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Live At Bard: Mondays, July 13 & 20 @ 7:30pm

·         Opera & Arias: Gilbert & Sullivan!: Mondays, August 24 & 31 @ 2pm & 7:30pm

·         Discovering Shakespeare Talks: Saturdays, June 20 & 27, July 18* & August 8 @ 11:30am – a lively look at each play with Bard’s Education Director, Mary Hartman. (*guest lecturer: Shakespeare’s Rebel playwright C.C. Humphreys)

·         Exploring Shakespeare Talks: Mondays, July 13 & 20, August 10* & 31 @ 7:30pm – delve deeper into each play with SFU’s Paul Budra. (*guest lecturer: Shakespeare’s Rebel playwright C.C. Humphreys)

·         Family Nights at Bard: Tuesday, June 30 & Thursday, August 6 – family package pricing available

Tickets for this year’s Bard on the Beach are available April 8. Ticket prices for 2015 include all applicable fees and taxes and begin at $26. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection; note many performances sell out in advance. Full pricing information, the performance schedule and full site and event details are on the Bard website at To book tickets, call the Bard Box Office at 604-739-0559 or (toll free) 1-877-739-0559 or order online through the Bard website.


Bard on the Beach gratefully acknowledges its major corporate sponsors: 2015 Season Sponsor Goldcorp and annual sponsors RE/MAX, Polygon, BlueShore Financial, Lonetree Cider, BMO, Starbucks, RBC and Emelle’s Catering, plus other valued corporate supporters. Media sponsors are The Vancouver Sun and Global BC. Bard also thanks the City of Vancouver Cultural Services Department, the Vancouver Foundation, the BC Arts Council, the Province of BC and the Canada Council for the Arts for their continuing support.


About Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Established in 1990, Bard is an annual summer festival with a mission to perform, explore and celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare surrounded by the natural beauty of Vancouver, British Columbia. Play performances run Tuesday through Sunday with matinees on selected weekends and weekdays. All evening performances start at 7:30 pm.



Neworld Theatre-Next Bite of the Underground April 25th

April 13th, 2015

Bite of the Underground

The next Bite of the Underground is coming up fast.  Here are the details:

April 25, 2015 at the Progress Lab (1422 William Street )
Doors at 7pm show at 8pm.
Tickets are $15/$20 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or at High Life (1317 Commercial Drive) or cash only at the door.
We are incredibly excited about the line-up and we think you will be too:

•    Hosted by CBC Debaters star and Just for Laughs Alumni Charlie Demers
•    Tunes from Bite of the Underground regular and fly cat Zak Youssef and The Franche Trio
•    Comedian Paul Bae reading from his new book ‘You Suck Sir’
•    An animated short, comic book images and live caricature drawings by Julian Lawrence
•    Lié playing feminist postpunk
•    Improv by comedy group Sunday Service
•    Music by Sean Mrazek Lives! from their new album “Thought he was Dead” described as ‘a boisterous, breathless, and white-hot collection of songs teeming with manic life and loads of heart.’

$5 from every ticket goes to support Dapper Jumpsuit Productions, a Vancouver based charity that provides youth from all walks of life the chance to gain live theatre experience in a welcoming and accepting environment.

Supported by Bomber Brewing (Beer!) and Uprising Breads (Food!)



The GVPTA is please to announce our 2015 Actors Symposium Keynote Speakers; Tom McBeath, Karin Konoval and Katrina Dunn.

April 1st, 2015


Tom McBeath Headshot

Tom has been a Vancouver based actor since 1975. He’s had the good fortune to participate in many productions of new and previously produced Canadian plays as well as the classics from Shakespeare to Chekov to Albee. The hundreds of collaborators along this 40 year journey must definitely be included in this good fortune. He subsidizes his commitment to stage work with the opportunities offered in the Vancouver film and TV industry.


Karen Konival Headshot

Karin Konoval has appeared in guest starring roles in numerous TV series and supporting lead roles in many feature films. Her extensive screen credits include “Maurice the Orangutan” in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, “Mrs. Peacock” in the infamous X-Files episode Home, and the lead role of “Mary Leonard” in the feature Cable Beach, for which she received a Philip Borsos award. She has received numerous awards for her work in theatre, performing lead roles in contemporary classics and a wide range of musicals.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Karin moved to Canada with her family as a child and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta where she originally trained as a dancer. After graduating from the University of Alberta with a B.A. in theatre history, she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to pursue a career in acting. Her writing has been published in various anthologies and literary magazines and broadcast on CBC Radio. As an artist she has had many solo gallery exhibits of her paintings for a growing audience.



Katrina Dunn Headshot

Katrina Dunn is a Vancouver-based Director, Artistic Director and Producer. Now in her 18th Season at Touchstone, she has been the Artistic Director since 1997, overseeing that company’s all-Canadian mandate. Highlights of her years at Touchstone include the premiere of Kevin Kerr’s Governor Generals Award-winning Unity (1918), and productions of plays by Jason Sherman, Michael Lewis MacLennan, Shawn Macdonald, Janet Munsil and many others. In 2003 she co-founded, with Norman Armour, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival; an annual city-wide performance festival which has quickly become one of the city’s most important cultural events. In 2011 she co-created the In Tune Conference with the Arts Club’s Rachel Ditor.  Her many freelance directing credits include work for the Arts Club Theatre Company (A Christmas Story), Bard on the Beach (Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Cymbeline), and Studio 58 (Attempts On Her LifeThe Caucasian Chalk Circle, At the Black Pig’s Dyke). She has been nominated seven times for Jessie Awards in Outstanding Direction, and won twice: once for her work on Michael Healey’s Kicked, and once for her co-direction of Judith Thompson’s Palace of the End.  In 2010 she was awarded the Bra D’Or (Golden Bra) Award by the Women’s Caucus of the Playwrights Guild of Canada for her efforts to promote the work of Canadian women playwrights.



Gateway Theatre Casting Call

March 30th, 2015

Closer Than Ever (Equity and Non Equity)

Music by David Shire • Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr.



Gateway Theatre
Jovanni Sy – Director • Caitlin Hayes – Musical Director • Dawn Ewen – Choreographer.



A moving musical revue exploring the everyday struggles of adulthood in the modern world. Every song is a new story examining love, loss, ageing and relationships from the brilliant catalogue of musical theatre greats Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire. Hilarious, poignant, and touching, these reflective vignettes need no dialogue to connect the emotions and wisdom of being a grownup, even if you don’t feel fully grown up yet.



Will be held April 26 – 27th, 2015 at Gateway Theatre. Callbacks May7th, 2015.

Please mail or drop off your resume and headshot. No e-mails please.


Closer Than Ever

c/o Dawn Ewen, Artistic Associate

6500 Gilbert Road

Richmond, BC

V7C 3V4


DEADLINE for applicants is April 17th, 2015.


If you are selected for an audition, you will be contacted the week of April 20th, 2015.


- Two contrasting songs are required (please prepare an up-tempo and a ballad). Please bring sheet music in correct key and in a binder. Accompanist will be provided for you.


Looking for strong actors, singers and movers for both Equity and Non-Equity roles. If you play acoustic bass at a high level please bring your instrument and be prepare to show what you can do (2 min maximum).


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



Rehearsals start January 11th, 2016. The run is from February 4th – 20th, 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.




Man 1             male               Range: F3 – B5                       30-50 yrs                     lead

Youthful and handsome. Laments of a lover who doesn’t love him back, the struggle of getting fit and healthy, the commitment of marriage, living life without a love, the importance of friendship, second chances, and growing up.


Man 2             male               Range: A3 – G5         30-50 yrs                     lead

A man approaching middle age and leaving youth behind. Reflects on the dynamic of friends and lovers, the struggle of getting through the day-to-day life of being a family man, becoming fit and healthy, moving forward and not looking back, balancing career and family, and what it means to be a father.


Man 3             male               Range: A3 – F5                      30-50 yrs                     lead

The bass player and occasional contributor. Discusses a couple that are never on the same page and what it means to be a father.


Woman 1       female                       Range: F3 – A5                      30-50 yrs                     lead

Homely and intelligent, with a modern flair. Expresses views on friendships with ex-boyfriends, the duality of public and private selves, remaining friends forever, balancing career and family, the surprises of middle-aged life, and becoming content with isolation.


Woman 2       female                       Range: F3 – A5                      30-50 yrs                     lead

An energetic firecracker, with comedic ability and touching sincerity. She tells of a lover who doesn’t love her back, her belief on life-long relationships, giving love a second chance, the revitalization given to her by a new lover.


Please do not submit your resume and headshot for this audition unless you are available for the entire contract. Thank you in advance for your interest.


Dawn Ewen________________

Artistic Associate

Gateway Theatre