Announcing Opening Night: Get Your Fringe On!

July 20th, 2015
Francis, from of Wonderheads' show Loon. Photo by Giancini Photography.

Francis, from of Wonderheads’ show Loon. Photo by Giancini Photography.

We’re celebrating the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival and we’d love to see you at the party! If you attend, you’ll meet Fringe artists and other Fringe VIPs during the pre-show reception, see Wonderheads perform their award winning physical theatre with surprise guest Fringe artists, and knock your Fringe socks off with double-header musical guests Tanga and Tonye Aganaba.

The Fringe’s Opening Night is on Tuesday, September 8 at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street on Granville Island), starting at 6:00pm.

Tickets for the Opening Night VIP Reception are on sale now for $100! What’s that get you?

▪ See Kate Braidwood and Andrew Phoenix, a.k.a., Wonderheads, perform never-before-seen short pieces and create physical theatre with other Fringe artists.

▪ Pre-show reception with appetizers, beverages, and botanical creations courtesy of Fringe Partners: Dockside Restaurant, Emelle’s Catering (our newest partner—a very warm welcome!), The Keg Granville Island, Big Rock Brewery, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, The Liberty Distillery, My City Photos, and Olla Urban Flower Project.

▪ Plus, free entry to the Fringe’s Opening Night Dance Party with Tanga and Tonye Aganaba after the reception.

▪ And, since this is a fundraiser for the Fringe, you’ll get a tax receipt for $50!

Or come to the Concert portion of the evening for just $20! Doors open at 9:00pm on Tuesday, September 8 at Performance Works on Granville Island. Sorry, no minors—the Fringe Opening Night Dance Party with Tanga and Tonye Aganaba is a licensed event.

Come out and kick things off with us!

For more Fringe news click here to visit their website.

The Fringe Launches Theatre Wire

July 20th, 2015

Your one-stop shop for Vancouver’s Independent Theatre Scene

Individual tickets start at $21
Three show passes starting at $45 and six show passes starting at $90
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Vancouver is a creative powerhouse with brilliant, independent theatre openings practically every week. The problem is finding all these theatre happenings. The solution? Theatre Wire: a one-stop shop for all your independent theatre needs.

In addition to offering discounted passes to a series of independent theatre shows, Theatre Wire’s website will be filled with news, local performing arts history, and comedian Sara Bynoe (Say Wha?: Reading of Deliciously Rotten Writing) interviewing Vancouver’s theatre personalities, including the Georgia Straight’s theatre critic, Colin Thomas and 2015 Jessie Award winner Cameron Mackenzie (Ray Michal Prize for Most Promising New Director).

Theatre Wire will connect audiences to local, independent theatre artists and the theatre community. Theatre Wire will even sell tickets!

As part of the First Vancouver Theatrespace Society’s mission to celebrate theatre by supporting emerging and established artists, the producers of the Fringe started presenting shows year-round in 2014. Theatre Wire is another way to meet that goal—by promoting the work of Vancouver’s independent theatre makers—many of whom got their start at the Fringe.

“The thing that makes independent theatre so exciting is that the artists have their moment of inspiration and then it’s on stage only a few months later. You’re so close to that spark,” Fringe Festival Executive Director, David Jordan says. “Theatre Wire is a place where audiences who are interested in theatre like that can find it—a place that supports audiences and artists alike.”

Theatre Wire’s first season runs till May 28, 2016.

Visit for more information, to buy tickets and/or passes, and to sign up for the bi-weekly Theatre Wire newsletter.

PACT Theatre Listing Update

July 8th, 2015






PACT’s Theatre Listing is a comprehensive, searchable database of Canadian theatres and venues.

Is your company’s listing up to date? Here is your opportunity to update it. Please, go to theatre listing and search for your company’s listing in the keyword field.

Then fill it out this survey with any changes. The process should take 10 – 15 minutes. 

Please note that it will take 2 – 3 weeks to update your listing. Thank you for your patience.

If you have any questions or would like to update your organization’s logo, please contact Sedina Fiati, Communications Assistant at





2015-2016 Gateway Conservatory Program: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

July 8th, 2015

The Gateway Conservatory Program is a new initiative presented by Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC, and is open to emerging theatre artists in the Lower Mainland ages 16-22. Upon receiving feedback from young artists, we sought to develop the Conservatory as a gathering place for emerging artists transitioning from secondary school into professional work and training. The twelve (12) accepted Conservatory members will participate in seven (7) workshops throughout Gateway’s 2015-2016 Signature Series, and will have the opportunity to learn from some of the finest professional theatre artists in the country, such as Beverley Elliott, Pick of the Fringe Winner at the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival, Barbara Tomasic, 2015 Ovation Award Winner and Jessie Nominee for direction of Crazy for You, and Jovanni Sy, Gateway’s own Artistic Director. Conservatory members will also receive two (2) complimentary tickets to each production in Gateway’s 2015/2016 Signature Series.

Please click here for the PDF Call for Submissions and Application Form.

Please also note the submission deadline is July 31, 2015.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Natasha Zacher, Education Coordinator at or (604) 247-4984.

The Education team looks forward to reviewing your applications!
Visit for more info.

Join us for a Yee-kend at Gateway!

July 8th, 2015

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On the weekend of Saturday July 18 and Sunday July 19, Gateway Theatre will be hosting free public staged readings with two of North America’s most prominent playwrights.


David Yee

Saturday July 18, 7pm – 8pm

2nd Floor Lobby of Gateway Theatre

David Yee

Toronto playwright David Yee will be reading excerpts from his acclaimed body of work.

About David Yee: David Yee is a playwright and actor, born and raised in Toronto. He is currently the Artistic Director of fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company and was recently a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre. His published work includes: carried away on the crest of a wave, paper SERIES, lady in the red dress.

Lauren Yee

Sunday July 19, 7pm – 9pm

Lauren Yee

A public staged reading of American playwright Lauren Yee‘s new play The King of the Yees. The playwright will be present at the reading.

About Lauren Yee: Born and raised in San Francisco, her play The Hatmaker’s Wife was an Outer Critics Circle nominee for the John Gassner Award for best play by a new American playwright. Ching Chong Chinaman was picked as a top 10 play of the year by City Pages and the East Bay Express, and Crevice was a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nominee for Best Play.


Admission to both staged readings is FREE.

Neworld News-Entrances and Exits!

July 8th, 2015

Meet Our New Resident ProducerGenevieve Fleming

Say hi to Genevieve Fleming, our new Resident Producer for the 2015/16 season. We are thrilled to have her!Genevieve is a Vancouver-based actor, director, and the Artistic Producer of Hardline Productions. For Hardline she has directed Of Mice and Men (nominated for 5 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards including Outstanding Production), Never Swim Alone, Twelve Angry Men, 500 Days to Mars (Studio 58 Risky Nights), and Coercion (rEvolver Festival), and has appeared in Bug (for which she was nominated for a Jessie award for Outstanding Performance), Bash, Our Neighbourhood, and Wide Awake Hearts (co-produced with Twenty Something Theatre). As a performer she has worked for a variety of theatres including the Citadel, the Vancouver Playhouse, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Twenty Something Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, and Carousel Theatre for Young People. Genevieve recently directed the play Scratch for Theatre Plexus, directed at the 2015 Pull Festival (Sum Theatre), and performed in At Your Feet, a film project by Urban Survival Productions. She will next be directing the Hardline original play Redpatch and will be performing in A Doll’s House at the Jericho Arts Center this October. Genevieve is a graduate of Mount Allison University and Studio 58.

The position of Resident Producer was previously held by Chelsea Haberlin. But you haven’t seen the last of her yet…

Associate Artistic DirectorChelsea Haberlin
As Genevieve assumes the role of Resident Producer outgoing RP Chelsea Haberlin moves into the newly created role of Associate Artistic Director. We can’t get rid of her! Chelsea will be working alongside Marcus learning the tricks of the trade and taking a larger leadership role in artistic projects. In Chelsea’s words: “Honestly, I’m really excited! For a young artistic director like me this is an ideal opportunity to learn about how to lead an organization the size of Neworld. I have almost ten years of experience running a smaller non-profit theatre company, ITSAZOO Productions, but working with Marcus and Matt to gain experience with a larger company will be a great challenge for me. I have always created theater that pushes boundaries, asks big questions and challenges an audience. This fits right in with the work Neworld does and I look forward to bringing my aesthetic and way of working to this company.”

Pedro Chamale Moves Next DoorPedro Chamale
We are bidding a fond farewell to Pedro Chamale who is done his one year artistic residency here at Neworld. We were so lucky to have had his helping hands, bright smile (check it out!) and creative mind with us. And we’re sad to see him go. But…he’s not going far! Pedro has moved next door to become the new Administrative Coordinator at Rumble Theatre. He’ll be right next door if we need to borrow a cup of sugar. We want to say a huge thank you to Pedro for a great year and we wish him all the best in his new position.


July 6th, 2015

Audition day 1: 07/16/2015
City: Vancouver, BC

Audition day 2: 07/27/2015
City: Kamloops, BC

Artistic Director or casting person in attendance: Corey Payette, Artistic Director
Deadline to submit: 07/16/2015
Email applications to:
Contact name: Corey Payette
Contact email:
Contact phone: 604-692-0885
Engager website:
Link to detailed casting information:
Agreement: ITA

Ethno-cultural mandate or ethno-cultural casting statement: Urban Ink Productions creates, produces and disseminates original live performance works by Indigenous and Intercultural artists. We are looking for submissions from actors of Indigenous background for this role.

Additional information:

Urban Ink Productions has announced a call for actor submissions for Children of God in our upcoming 2015-2016 season.

Children of God by Corey Payette is a musical about an Oji-cree family whose children were sent to residential school. It takes place in two time periods twenty years apart, and examines how the effects of our past are directly related to our future.

We will be holding musical auditions in Vancouver and Kamloops, BC. We encourage actors of Indigenous backgrounds to apply.

RITA – Lead role – age 40-55 – strong singer/actor – the character’s background is Oji-Cree First Nations but we welcome submissions from any Indigenous background. Must be able to play hand drum and sing.

Please include:
-       Short Statement of Introduction
-       Headshot
-       Resume (with clear indication of union status)


-       Those selected for an audition will be asked to prepare a scene from the show and asked to prepare one song of your choice.

Miigwetch to all who submit however, only those selected for an audition will be contacted.

Equity members will be seen first at all open audition calls. Equity members cast in this production will be engaged under an Equity form of contract. CAEA members: please bring your membership card to the audition.





July 6th, 2015

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Celebrate summer by attending one of Bard on the Beach’s special events under the tents. In addition to the four productions currently playing on the BMO Mainstage and the Howard Family Stage, Bard is presenting a series of special events, from Bard-B-Q & Fireworks (on Celebration of Light evenings) to Vancouver Symphony Orchestra concerts and more, all in beautiful waterside Vanier Park.


Bard-B-Q & Fireworks

Enjoy a performance of The Comedy of Errors or Shakespeare’s Rebel, followed by dinner and an up-close view of the Celebration of Light fireworks. Each evening includes a delicious wild Pacific salmon barbecue, dessert, a cash bar and entertainment. Tea and coffee will also be served before the fireworks display. Performance dates/times for Bard-B-Q and Fireworks are Saturday July 25, Wednesday July 29 and Saturday August 1 at 5pm (NOTE: new 2015 start time). Tickets from $95 (includes play, dinner and site entertainment).

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Live at Bard
Back by popular demand for a second season! The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor Gordon Gerrard entertain against the spectacular backdrop of the BMO Mainstage with two evenings, each featuring unique repertoire. On Monday, July 13 at 7:30 pm, the VSO presents a concert of Classical-era masterpieces, including Mozart’s brilliant Symphony No. 40, one of the greatest symphonies ever written. On Monday, July 20 at 7:30 pm, enjoy the beautiful music of the Baroque era, including Bach’s famous Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, a suite from Handel’s Water Music and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4. Tickets from $26.

Opera and Arias: Gilbert & Sullivan!
Delight in the well-loved classics of Gilbert & Sullivan, from The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado and more. Christopher Gaze hosts this in-concert performance showcasing the gifted young stars of the UBC Opera Ensemble, under the direction of Nancy Hermiston. The performances are enhanced with instrumental accompaniment by members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, conducted by Leslie Dala. Opera & Arias is presented on Monday August 24 and Monday August 31, with performances at 2pm and 7:30 pm on each date. Tickets from $26.

Family Night
Your family will love seeing the whimsical world of The Comedy of Errors come to life! Arrive at the Village early on Thursday, August 6 and enjoy food trucks, an exclusive pre-show talk designed just for kids and plenty of special activities for the family. Please call the Bard Box Office to book your tickets; ask about money-saving Family Package pricing.

Wine Wednesdays
Wine Wednesdays are an intimate pre-show wine tasting in the Bard Marquee, presented by special guests. Chat with wine makers and experts as you learn tasting etiquette and sample select wines. On August 12 join Sandhill Winery for a tasting hosted by Howard Soon, Master Winemaker at Sandhill and winner of the 2015 Spirited Industry Professional Award. Tickets are $20 (play ticket sold separately).

Bard Explored

Enhance your Bard experience by taking in one or more of our public talks.


In the Exploring Shakespeare series, Simon Fraser University’s Paul Budra delivers in-depth explorations of each play in his lively and engaging style. Go beyond the story and explore Shakespeare’s inspirations and influences on Mondays throughout the season at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and dates are: July 13 – The Comedy of Errors, July 20 – King Lear and August 31 – Love’s Labour’s Lost. The August 10 talk on Shakespeare’s Rebel will be presented by playwright C.C. Humphreys.


Returning for a second season, Discovering Shakespeare provides a comprehensive introduction to this season’s productions on Saturday mornings at 11:30am, prior to a matinee. Bard’s Director of Education Mary Hartman delivers a colourful backgrounder on the story, characters, language and historical context of Love’s Labour’s Lost on August 8. Playwright and Rebel author C.C. Humphreys will present the July 18 lecture on Shakespeare’s Rebel. Tickets are $10.


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From opera to orchestras, & talks to tastings, @bardonthebeach has plenty of special events to choose from! #Bard2015


Enjoy Shakespeare & a private view of @CelebOfLight with Bard’s annual Festival party: Bard-B-Q & Fireworks #Bard2015




Bard on the Beach is Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit professional Shakespeare company and its Artistic Director is Christopher Gaze. 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. It presents its annual festival in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park, adjacent to Vancouver’s downtown core. Bard productions are staged in open-ended tents on the waterfront against a stunning backdrop of mountains, sea and sky. The performance schedule and more information can be found on the Bard website at For more information and tickets, call 604-739-0559 or (toll free) 1-877-739-0559 or order online through the Bard website.

Bard on the Beach’s King Lear-GVPTA Reflection

July 6th, 2015

By: Carmel Amit

KingLear Listing

When I die, what will my child know of me? How will he describe me? Speak of me me? Feel me?  Will he be comforted that I have shared with him all that I had? It’s all for him when you get down to the biology of it.

And what do I know of my parents? Their needs, their hurts, their passions, struggles and triumphs? Their rage. Where does it come from? What is it about? And mine?

What volcanic pit does rage empty from?

Rage can make us do ugly things, especially to those we love the most.

By definition rage lacks self control. And when the storm passes, one is often left alone.

Bard on the Beach and Theatre Calgary’s co production of King Lear was directed by Theatre Calgary’s Artistic Director, Dennis Garnhum. The story had me thinking about my father, my mother, my brothers. I thought about my husband, his mother, and father, his sister and brother. I thought about my son. I thought about his future children, my grandchildren.

Lear struggled with his mortality. His legacy and memories in his chidrens’ eyes. With a forceful hand he tried to pry love from them in exchange for what was owed to them.

After the physical storm that Lear flails in subsides he says,

“The body’s delicate. The

Tempest in my mind

Doth from my senses take all feeling else

Save what beats there- filial ingratitude.”

What void was Lear trying to fill with his daughters’ love?

I see these struggles in my own parents. They are not monarchs nor have great fortunes to impart. But they are flailing as they near “old age” and all their love, passions and regrets and questions are hanging in the balance as rage sweeps over them (sometimes), perhaps in a vain attempt to be seen and heard.

These are the things that King Lear had me thinking.


And in conversation with my friend post show, this:

Do not go gentle into that good


Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of

the light.


Though wise men at their end

know dark is right,

Because their words had forked

no lightning they

Do not go gentle into that good



Good men, the last wave by,

crying how bright

Their frail deeds might have

danced in a green bay,

Rage, rage against the dying of .

the light.


Wild men who caught and sang

the sun in flight,

And learn, too late, they grieved

it on its way.

Do not go gentle into that good



Grave men, near death, who

see with blinding sight

Blind eyes could blaze like

meteors and be gay,

Rage, rage against the dying of

the light.


And you, my father, there on the

sad height,

Curse, bless, me now with your

fierce tears, I pray.

Do not go gentle into that good


Rage, rage against the dying of

the light.

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)

Deadline Extended for Mayor’s Arts Awards Nominations!

July 6th, 2015

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Celebrate those who have made exceptional contributions to the arts in Vancouver by submitting a nomination for the 2015 Mayor’s Arts Awards! The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, July 17, 2015.

The City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards recognize established and emerging artists in a wide array of disciplines that make up our creative sector – from literary to culinary and visual to performing arts, as well as five unique awards for contributions to our community.

The 2015 Mayor’s Arts Awards will be presented the evening of Thursday, November 12 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.




Two nominating parties are required to submit a nomination. Click here for the nomination form and further details on nomination criteria.