Human Theatre Physical Actor Training and Viewpoints

October 14th, 2014
Additional information:
These on-going classes are designed to create electric, well-rounded performers. Through an in-depth study influenced by both The Suzuki Method of Actor Training (Suzuki Company of Toga, Japan) and The Viewpoints (SITI Company, USA), participants will cultivate dynamic stage presence and expand their physical, mental, vocal, and emotional faculties. These classes are a safe environment where both working artists and students may hone their craft and the art of openness.Regular: $120
Equity: $96
Human Theatre Members: $80
Human Theatre + Equity: $56
Date production rehearsal/job starts: 10/19/2014
Deadline to submit: 10/19/2014
Email applications to:
Contact name: Stephen Atkins
Contact email:
Contact phone: 604-369-7870
Engager Website:

Gallery 7 Theatre Open Auditions for Shadowlands Set for October 14

October 14th, 2014

Gallery 7 Theatre will be holding open auditions for William Nicholson’s  Shadowlands, the theatre’s second production of the 2014/2015 Refined by Fire Theatre Season, on Tuesday, October 14 at 6:30PM. The auditions are open to all male performers ages 25 – 60, and to all young male performers ages 10 – 14. They will be held at Gallery 7 Theatre’s new rehearsal hall at Huntington Station, #100 – 34595 3rd Ave, Abbotsford.

The serene world of C.S. Lewis, Oxford professor, famous author and determined bachelor, is turned inside out when he is visited by the spirited poet, Joy Gresham. What starts as a cordial friendship transforms into an ardent romance. When Joy develops terminal cancer, C.S. Lewis is forced to re-think his stoic philosophy on pain and suffering and experiences love and compassion on an entirely new level. This heart-warming West-End and Broadway hit explores the power of love, and how suffering and loss can both challenge and transform a person’s character and resolve.

Shadowlands is a powerful and inspirational story of love and commitment,” explains Ken Hildebrandt, Executive/Artistic Director of Gallery 7 Theatre. “But it also explores the important distinction and tension between philosophical intellectualism, and the real-world experience of relationships and hardship. The play is both challenging and uplifting as a result.”


Shadowlands will run January 23 & 24, 29 – 31, 2015 @ 7:30 PM with discount matinees on January 24 & 31 at 2:00 PM at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Avenue,  Abbotsford. Call-back auditions will be held on October 18th and rehearsals will commence the week of November 5th. The production will be directed by Lloyd Arnett, faculty member and professor of theatre at Trinity Western University’s School for the Arts, Media & Culture.


To register for the audition, or for more information, please contact Gallery 7 Theatre at 604-504-5940 or visit their website at Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend the auditions.


Season passes for the entire 2014/2015 “Refined by Fire” Theatre season are now available through the theatre’s website, or by contacting House of James at 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford or 604-852-3701. Please visit for details.

Japan Foundation Performing Arts of Japan Grant Program

October 14th, 2014

The Japan Foundation, the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver  is delighted to inform you of the renewal of the “Performing Arts of Japan” program for theatre, dance and music.  The most recent revision makes this grant program more beneficial to Canadian applicants in the coming fiscal year 2015.


The “Performing Arts Japan” program was originally designed for the cultural exchange of performing arts between the U.S.A. and Japan.  Therefore the funds were not fully available for Canadian participants.


Starting with fiscal 2011, with the expansion of the program, Canadian applicants are encouraged to send in applications for both across-the-border projects and events happening only within Canada.


DEADLINE:  October 27


The application form is available for download from


MFA in Stage Direction at York University in Collaboration with Canadian Stage

October 14th, 2014


MFA in Stage Direction at York University in

Collaboration with Canadian Stage


York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Canadian Stage announce the next intake into their collaborative program in theatre directing Specialized MFA to interview candidates in Fall 2014.

The York University MFA in Theatre – Stage Direction in Collaboration with Canadian Stage brings together one of Canada’s pre-eminent theatre schools, with vibrant MA/PHD studies and an MFA in Design, and one of the country’s leading not-

for-profit contemporary theatre companies, to offer highly specialized, advanced training in large-scale theatre directing in a two-year program.

Students are deeply immersed in the professional world of theatre as they integrate their studio work at York with involvement in artistic projects at Canadian Stage. The program is customized for each student based on their experience, artistic orientation and goals. Key elements of this enriched academic experience include the opportunity to direct a Canadian Stage production and an internship with a major national or international theatre.

Artistic and General Director Matthew Jocelyn, and current Mentors Chris Abraham and Peter Hinton, serve to guide students in the MFA program, working closely with graduate faculty in York’s Department of Theatre.

Directors with extremely strong individual and interpretive voices and substantial professional experience are invited to apply. Candidates should be committed to developing their artistic and technical skills and have a clear interest in working on a large scale.


For information, visit

For information on how to apply to this program, see



Arts Club Theatre Company presents: Saint Joan

October 14th, 2014

By George Bernard Shaw


October 23–November 23, 2014

Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Media opening: Wednesday, October 29


IN BRIEF An Arts Club Theatre Company production: Saint Joan at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville St., at 12thAve) from October 23 to November 23, 2014 (MEDIA OPENING: October 29). Tuesday at 7:30 pm, Wednesday–Saturday at 8 pm, and Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets from $29, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit


VANCOUVER, B.C.— THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF A LEGEND. A witch? A madwoman? A genius? Or a simple peasant who is visited by angels? George Bernard Shaw’s classic play explores the legend of Joan of Arc and her remarkable rise and fall. How did an illiterate teenage girl inspire an army of men to rid France of its English occupiers, and place a dauphin on the throne? What role did she play in securing her destiny? More than 500 years after her controversial death, the heroine’s passion and conviction continue to capture the imagination. Director Kim Collier (Tear the Curtain!) has assembled an all-star cast, led by Meg Roe (The Penelopiad), to bring this story to life as never imagined before on stage.


“This is a rich text with a stunning company of actors to inhabit it. I have found myself thinking about the conflict between Joan the liberator and Joan the religious warrior, and it seems she is both,” said Collier. “The staging needs to have both at play, and to not land on either. My hope is that the audience will confront this for themselves as they leave the theatre.”

Shaw’s 94 years of life were so remarkably eventful that it took his greatest biographer, Michael Holroyd, four hefty volumes to do them some measure of justice. In 1912, Shaw created his most broadly enduring work, Pygmalion, later adapted into the stage musical My Fair Lady. Shaw received the Nobel Prize in 1925 and it seems probable that the selection committee had Shaw’s recent Saint Joan in mind in deciding to honour the playwright. The play was regarded by many at the time as Shaw’s finest work, although as a tragedy, it was discernibly uncharacteristic of his oeuvre.


Starring Meg Roe, Scott Bellis, Shannon Chan-Kent, Bob Frazer, Dean Paul Gibson, Daren Herbert, Tom McBeath, Kevin MacDonald, Gerard Plunkett, Christine Quintana, Haig Sutherland, John Emmet Tracy, Nigel Shawn Williams Director Kim Collier Set Designer Pam Johnson Costume Designer Christine Reimer Lighting Designer John Webber Sound Designer Alessandro Juliani Stage Manager Allison Spearin Assistant Stage Manager Lucy Pratt-Johnson Production Dramaturg Deborah Vogt Assistant to the Director Katie Stevenson



Nick Seliwoniuk, Publicist: 604.687.5315 or

High-resolution images are available for download at The username is journalist and the password is photos4media. Video footage is available upon request.



The Arts Club Theatre Company, founded in 1964, is the largest not-for-profit organization of its kind in Western Canada. Led by Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd, it offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Revue Stage—as well as on tour throughout the province.








Autumn Happenings at Carousel Theatre for Young People

October 14th, 2014

*Annual Halloween
Costume Sale Oct 26

CTYP’s very popular Annual Halloween Costume Sale is back!
Join us Sunday, Oct 26  from 10am-2pm at 1411 Cartwright St on Granville Island.
Gear up for Hallowe’en with costumes and props from productions including Busytown, Seussical and Wondrous Tales of Old Japan. All proceeds from the sale support CTYP’s community initiatives.

*We’ve Moved Back Home and You’re Invited to Visit Our Open House! 

 We’re so excited to have moved back home to 1411 Cartwright St after a summer across the street while we renovated our space. The CTYP facility now has another rehearsal hall/drama school classroom, a wonderful costume workshop, and a comfortable waiting area for parents and students. You and your family are cordially invited to our Open House Weekend on October 18 & 19 from 10 am – 3 pm where you can take a tour of the new spaces. Drop on by, we’d love to see you!

*100 Days to Make Your Mark!

We Invite You to Make Your Mark on our new and improved facility! Donations make a great difference as we stock our new drama school classroom, purchase a piano for the new rehearsal hall and buy sewing machines for the Costume Shop. And now, thanks to the generosity of a family of donors, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar in the next 10 days! Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. Donate $100 or more and you and your family will have the opportunity to decorate which will be permanently displayed on the donor wall in our lobby . You can decorate your tile during the Open House weekend too!

*Step Up for CTYP with John Fluevog Shoes

Join us on Wednesday, November 5 at John Fluevog Shoes in Gastown for an exclusive evening of light entertainment, wine, appetizers, and GUILT-FREE Shopping!

 John Fluevog Shoes is very generously donating 50% of the proceeds of all shoe sales at this event to Carousel Theatre for Young People. So you can pick up an amazing pair of shoes and feel great knowing that you’ve stepped up to support CTYP.

 John Fluevog Shoes will also preview a few items from the Spring 2015 collection.

 Hosted by Todd Talbot of Love It or List it Vancouver  with performances by some of CTYP’s rising young stars!

Tix $5 in advance/$10 at the door*
(includes a complimentary beverage)
For tickets to this exclusive event

 please call (604) 669-3410
or purchase online

*tickets are limited, so advance bookings are recommended.

Catering Generously Sponsored by

*The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Our friends Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia are back with their magical black-light puppetry on November 23 and November 29th- 4 performances only!

Co-Presented with Axis Theatre Company

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favouries


This whimsical triple-bill includes the wonderful story of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of LITTLE CLOUD’s travels through the sky, and the MIXED-UP CHAMELEON’s discovery of his own unique nature. These charming tales illuminate the stage through magical puppetry.

Themes: Imagination, Puppetry, Storytelling

Running Time: 60 minutes

For Ages 3 yrs plus (no babes in arms)

Note: this production plays at  

TheNorman & Annette Rothstein Theatre,  

950 W 41 Avenue, Vancouver 

To purchase tickets please visit our website here.

New report examines the number and situation of artists in Canada…Finds that there are more artists than auto workers

October 14th, 2014


Statistical Insights on the Arts

Vol. 12 No. 2

October 7, 2014

Report funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council 

A Statistical Profile of Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada

There are 136,600 artists in Canada who spent more time at their art than at any other occupation in May of 2011 (which is when the National Household Survey data were collected). The number of artists represents 0.78% of the overall Canadian labour force. One in every 129 Canadian workers is an artist.

The number of artists (136,600) is slightly higher than the labour force in automotive manufacturing (133,000) and slightly lower than the labour force in the utilities sector (149,900) and telecommunications (158,300).

Because of major methodological changes, data in this report are not comparable to data in previous reports in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series.

Musicians and singers are the largest of nine occupations included as artists (33,800 musicians and singers, or 25% of all 136,600 artists), followed by authors and writers (25,600, or 19%), producers, directors, choreographers, and related occupations (23,000, or 17%), visual artists (15,900, or 12%), artisans and craftspersons (13,100, or 10%), actors and comedians (9,400, or 7%), dancers (8,100, or 6%), other performers (4,400, or 3% – category includes circus performers, magicians, models, puppeteers, and other performers not elsewhere classified), and conductors, composers, and arrangers (3,400, or 2%).

These are just some of the key findings of A Statistical Profile of Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada, the 42nd report in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series from Hill Strategies Research. The study provides an in-depth examination of artists in Canada, based on the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) and historical data from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The report examines the number of artists, selected demographic characteristics of artists, artists’ incomes, and trends in the number of artists. The report also provides comparable information for cultural workers and the overall labour force.

Because of major methodological changes between the 2006 census and the 2011 National Household Survey, data in this report are not comparable to data in previous reports in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series. Subsequent reports in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series will examine artists in the provinces and local areas.

Nearly 700,000 cultural workers

There are 671,100 people in cultural occupations, comprising 3.82% of the overall labour force. In other words, one in every 26 Canadian workers has a cultural occupation. Cultural workers include Canadians who were classified into 50 occupation codes, including heritage occupations (such as librarians, curators, and archivists), cultural occupations (such as graphic designers, print operators, editors, translators, and architects), and the nine arts occupations.

The number of cultural workers (671,100) is over two-and-a-half times larger than the labour force in real estate (254,200), about double the labour force on farms (339,400), and slightly lower than the labour force in the wholesale trade industry (733,500).

Readers should be aware that the estimate of cultural workers in this report differs conceptually from recent estimates provided by the Culture Satellite Account (CSA). The estimate in this report is based on occupations, while the estimates in the CSA report are based on culture industries and culture products. In addition to using a different methodology, the CSA estimates have a different base year and use a different data source.

Other key facts: Multiple jobs and high self-employment rates among artists

Other key facts about artists and cultural workers include:

  • Artists are much more likely than other workers to hold multiple jobs. In 2011, 11% of artists reported having at least two jobs, compared with 7% of cultural workers and only 5% of the overall labour force.
  • The rate of self-employment among artists is many times higher than the self-employment rate among the overall labour force. The NHS and LFS provide quite different estimates of self-employment rates among artists: 51% in the NHS and 70% in the LFS. Both of these statistics are many times higher than the estimates for the overall labour force: 11% in the NHS and 15% in the LFS.
  • Artists, on average, work fewer weeks per year than other workers. In 2010, 70% of artists worked most of the year (40 to 52 weeks), compared with 77% of cultural workers and 78% of the overall labour force. In addition, twice as many artists as workers in the overall labour force indicated that they worked part-time in 2010 (40% vs. 19%).
  • Women represent 51% of artists and 50% of cultural workers but only 48% of the overall labour force.
  • Artists tend to be older than the overall labour force: there are fewer artists than the overall labour force under 25 years of age (12% vs. 14%) but many more artists 55 and over (25% vs. 19%).
  • Cultural workers have a fairly similar age distribution to the overall labour force, although there are more cultural workers between 25 and 34 years of age and fewer under 25 years of age.
  • Canada’s artists and cultural workers have much higher levels of formal education than the overall labour force. The percentage of artists with a bachelor’s degree or higher (44%) is nearly double the rate among the overall labour force (25%), while 38% of cultural workers have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • The 104,700 artists who speak English most often at home comprise about three-quarters of all artists in Canada (77%), somewhat higher than the equivalent percentage among cultural workers (71%) and the overall labour force (69%). Those who speak French or non-official languages most often at home are somewhat under-represented among artists compared with other workers.
  • The 3,700 Aboriginal artists represent 2.7% of all artists, which is similar to the percentage of Aboriginal people in cultural occupations (2.4%) but slightly lower than the percentage in the overall labour force (3.3%).
  • The 17,400 visible minority artists represent 13% of all artists, which is lower than the percentage of visible minority Canadians in cultural occupations (15%) and the overall labour force (18%).
  • The 28,000 immigrant artists account for about one-fifth of all artists (21%), exactly the same percentage as in cultural occupations and essentially the same as in the overall labour force (22%). Five percent of artists (6,900 people) immigrated between 2001 and 2011, compared with 6% of cultural workers and 7% of the overall labour force.
  • 4.6% of the overall labour force indicated that they are often limited in the activities that they can do by a physical condition, mental condition, or health problem. Essentially the same percentage of artists (4.9%, or 6,800 artists) and cultural workers (4.0%, or 27,100 people) indicated that they are often limited in the activities that they can do.

Higher growth in artists than the overall labour force

The Labour Force Survey provides historical estimates of the number of artists and cultural workers. Because of the relatively small sample size of the LFS when dealing with smaller population groups (such as artists and cultural workers), there is substantial unexplained year-to-year volatility in estimates based on the LFS. In order to smooth out these irregular fluctuations, this report provides historical estimates using three-year moving averages. LFS historical data are available from 1987 to 2013, and three-year moving averages are provided for 1989 to 2013.

In order to compare growth in the number of artists, cultural workers, and the overall labour force, an index was derived. The index was set at 100 in 1989 for each group of workers.

As shown in Figure ES1, there was a 56% increase in the number of artists in Canada between 1989 and 2013. This is higher than the 38% increase in the overall labour force. The number of cultural workers in Canada increased by 47% between 1989 and 2013.

Average income of artists is 32% lower than other workers

Regarding the incomes of artists and cultural workers, the report finds that the total individual income of Canada’s 136,600 artists averages $32,800, a figure that is 32% less than the overall labour force in Canada ($48,100). Cultural workers have average individual incomes of $42,100 (12% less than the overall labour force).

Figure ES2 shows that, in two arts occupations, artists have average individual incomes that are below the low-income cutoff for a single person living in a community of 500,000 people or more ($22,600). This is the case for dancers ($17,900) and other performers ($20,900). Two other arts occupations have average incomes that are slightly above the low-income cutoff: musicians and singers ($22,800) and artisans ($23,100).

Only the “producers, directors, choreographers, and related occupations” group has a higher average income ($55,100) than the overall labour force ($48,100).

Artists have low average earnings

The average employment income (or “earnings” from wages, salaries, and self-employment income) of artists is $27,600, compared with an average of $45,400 for the overall labour force, a difference of 39%. Cultural workers’ average earnings ($39,100) are 14% lower than the average earnings of the overall labour force ($45,400).

Female artists earn much less than their male counterparts, but the difference in earnings is equal to the difference among the overall labour force:

  • On average, female artists earn $22,600, 31% less than the average earnings of male artists ($32,900).
  • For cultural workers, women earn an average of $34,100, 23% less than men ($44,000).
  • In the overall labour force, women earn, on average, 31% less than men ($36,800 vs. $53,300).

Compared with the overall labour force, the difference in earnings is highest for the most highly educated artists. Artists with university credentials at or above the bachelor’s level earn an average of $30,300, which is 55% less than the average earnings of workers in the overall labour force with the same education ($66,500).

Methodological notes

  • Individuals are classified in the occupation in which they worked the most hours during a specific reference week. If they did not work during the reference week, they are classified based on the job at which they worked the longest since January 1, 2010. Artists who spent more time at another occupation than at their artwork during the reference week would be categorized in the other occupation.
  • Unless otherwise noted, the labour force statistics in this report refer to the experienced labour force, which includes all those who worked (for pay or in self-employment) during the NHS reference week as well as unemployed people who had worked since January 1, 2010.
  • Individuals who are employed or self-employed are captured in each occupation.
  • Artists who teach in post-secondary, secondary, or elementary schools are classified as teachers or professors and are therefore excluded from the count of artists. Instructors and teachers in some settings (such as private arts schools, academies, and conservatories) are included in the arts occupations.
  • The 2011 National Household Survey collected earnings information for 2010, the most recent full calendar year.
  • Income sources include wages and salaries, net self-employment income, investment income, retirement pensions, other income sources, as well as government transfer payments.
  • The employment income statistics (also called “earnings”) include wages and salaries as well as net self-employment income.
  • The earnings statistics include amounts received from all employment and self-employment positions in 2010, not just the position at which the respondent worked the most hours during the reference week. In some cases, individuals may have worked in a different occupation in 2010 (the basis for earnings statistics) than the one in which they worked the most hours during the NHS reference week (May 1 to 7, 2011 – the basis for occupational classifications).
  • Artists’ project grants would not be included in employment earnings but would be captured in other income sources.
  • Canadians 15 or older are captured in the occupational data.

Full report also available…

… on the websites of Hill Strategies Research, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.

Fringe New Play Award Application Deadline Extended and Be a Fringe Artist in 2015!

October 14th, 2014

*Do you have the beginnings of a great script? Do you want to showcase it at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe? Well good news playwrights! The deadline for submissions for the Fringe New Play Prize has been extended to October 17!

Playwrights Theatre Centre is a dramaturgically-focused theatre company that finds, nurtures, and advances Canadian playwrights and supports new plays from creation to performance. For a third year, PTC has teamed up with the Fringe for the Fringe New Play Prize. The winner receives dramaturgical support from PTC and a free guaranteed Mainstage Category spot in the 2015 Festival.

To submit, you must have draft script and a basic production plan to be eligible for the Award. For full details on how to submit, visit PTC’s website. Don’t forget, the deadline is October 17!


*Attention performing artists! Do you want to be part of the 2015 Fringe Festival? Ever thought about performing your show on the Fringe circuit across Canada (and some States)? The Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals has made touring the circuit just a little easier with the Touring Lottery Application! All applications must be received on or before 5:00pm EST on Friday, October 10!

If your application is drawn in the lottery, you’ll get to choose a minimum of five Fringe Festivals to be a part of in 2015! Take your show on the road and apply today.



New Job Opening At Neworld for Managing Producer

October 14th, 2014

 Neworld is looking for a full-time Managing Producer to replace the almost irreplaceable Kirsty Munro. The Managing Producer oversees Neworld’s operations, financial management and touring activity. S/he will manage and promote our growing repertoire of productions, events and partnerships in a wide range of local, national and international venues and contexts.

Applications are due November 3, 2014.

Start date, Feb 2, 2015.

Click the link for more info on the Managing Producer Posting

News from Neworld Theatre inlcuding new Artistic Resident

October 14th, 2014

Meet Our New Artistic Resident Pedro Chamale!

Thanks to generous support from the BC Arts Council’s Early Career Development Grant, Pedro will be joining us for the next year in the office and on various Neworld projects. Make sure to say “Hello!” and stop for a chat at the next Neworld event.Pedro is the Co-Artistic Director of rice & beans theatre,which is dedicated to defining the nature and function of a contemporary theatre that challenges the role of story and narrative. Pedro likes the theatre he creates to push audience’s perspectives, values and ideas of theatre while telling interesting, evocative and funny stories.
Pedro is most interested in directing, writing, creating and has been a performer/collaborator on such projects as: The Walking Projects: Vancouver, Crawling, Weeping, Betting(Battery Opera), Matador vs Minotaur(Ensemble Fou), From Whence He Came(rice & beans theatre), Are We There Yet?(Neworld Theatre), The Show Must Go On and Poetics: a ballet brute(Push Festival). Pedro received his BFA in theatre performance from the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU.

Landline is headed to the Maritimes and Wales!

In November Landline will be in Halifax and Cardiff. To help make this happen we are asking for donations of any old, used smart phones you may have lying around. If you have a phone that you can part with and you live in either Vancouver, Ottawa or Halifax, please email to arrange a drop off. If you donate a smartphone by the end of October you will receive a free Neworld mug or T-shirt as a thank you for your contribution to Landline.

More info on Landline dates to come…