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Dispatches From Deneh’Cho Thompson On Creating His

Fringe Play

After Deneh won The Fringe New Play Prize "Sh*t got real"

After Deneh won The Fringe New Play Prize “Sh*t got real”

Deneh’Cho Thompson won the 2016 Fringe New Play Prize from Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC). His win means that his Fringe artist fees are waived. Moreover, he will be working with PTC’s dramaturg, Kathleen Flaherty on the development of his show, The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine. Deneh will be drawing upon traditional Wolverine tales of the Dene people, which is the focus of his first blog post detailing the development of his show.

Deneh writes:

I am a mixed race Dené man, raised in a white middle class neighbourhood. I grew up on a mix of powwows and ‘90s gamer culture. I maintain a degree of traditional practice, yet have never visited my traditional territories. It is this internal conflict that is the central exploration of this work.

Read his full blog post here.


Our fabulous Audience Services Manager Angie (second from left) and some of her team in 2015.

Our fabulous Audience Services Manager Angie (second from left) and some of her team in 2015.

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Canada has 12.7 million volunteers—900,000 of which volunteer for arts and culture organizations—and this is the week to thank them! National Volunteer Week began in 1943 as a way to thank women for their efforts during WWII. Since then, the Week has expanded to become the largest celebration of civic participation in Canada.

The Fringe community is lucky enough to have over 500 volunteers who dedicate their time to make the Festival both fun and functional. In 2015, we estimated that those volunteers donated nearly 12,000 hours! Fringe volunteers tell us that they choose to volunteer for the Festival because they want to support arts and culture in Vancouver, they love theatre, and because volunteering is a great way to meet like minded individuals.

We’ll be recruiting volunteers for the 2016 Festival in June, so stay tuned for the call out!

In the meantime, we want to thank everyone who dedicated time to the Fringe. There’s no way the Festival could happen without you!!

Shear Comfort also wants to thank you! In 2014, Shear Comfort joined the Fringe to support the Volunteer Program. Their contribution has helped fund volunteer perks like t-shirts and training day BBQs, as well as the purchase of volunteer coordination software—all of this helping the Festival run smoothly. We’re happy to announce that Shear Comfort is back for 2016!

While Shear Comfort’s focus is obviously their custom-made seat covers for cars and trucks, they also have a soft side for contributing to their community. In addition to helping the Fringe, Shear Comfort offers a scholarship for students studying Automotive Technology and similar fields. They support Canadian and US active-duty military personnel and veterans with an extra discount. They also donate $1 to the BC SPCA from each online order of their seat covers to provide animals in need with care and protection.

Thanks Shear Comfort! And thanks to everyone who volunteers, be they Fringe volunteers, or volunteers for other organizations. The world needs you!



James and Jamesy are ready to break through the fourth wall April 12-17 at Studio 1398. Photo by Thaddeus Hink.

High Tea Opens Tomorrow!

It’s lovely to have a cup of tea with a friend. But when you have a cup with James & Jamesy, sometimes the fourth wall breaks, tea starts to flood the world, and you have to take part!

James & Jamesy’s High Tea opens tomorrow at Studio 1398 on Granville Island. This show sold out its run at the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival and is now back for a limited run.

Hailed as “a child’s imagination on steroids” by The London Free Press and “complete and utter fun” by the CBC, critics rave over the charismatic James & Jamesy. The unstoppable duo has been named Best of Fest (Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto), Most Outstanding Show (London), Best Comedy (Victoria), Patrons’ Pick (London), and Best Script (Montreal), among many other accolades.

Don’t miss High Tea, running April 12-17, make sure to get your tickets now! 


Feeling Extra Fringey?

Our awesome staff in 2014 - all in!

Our awesome staff in 2014 – all in!

We’re hiring seasonal staff AND looking for people to join our Board of Directors!


If you are great with people, consider applying to become our Assistant Volunteer Coordinator!

Reporting to the Audience Services Manager, the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator supports the recruitment, assignment, management, and training of 500+ volunteers who make the Fringe happen. The person in this position also takes the lead in coordinating the Volunteer Centre, including planning volunteer appreciation initiatives. This is a full-time seasonal position, beginning on May 9, 2016 and ending on October 6, 2016. Read more here!

Love the Fringe? Show your love by helping us find new board members for the Vancouver Fringe Board of Directors!

You’ll get to see behind the curtain and help the Fringe operate, grow, and thrive. If you’ve got marketing, fundraising, HR skills, governance and board experience, or small business experience we want to hear from you! We are looking for two new people to strengthen the current board.

If you or someone you know is interested in this awesome opportunity to embrace the arts please email jim.sibley[at]

As the Festival fast approaches we’ll be looking to fill more roles, please check our Work With Us page often, as well as follow us (@VancouverFringe) on social media to be the first to know!

The Theatre Scene

Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of Theatre

A Good Mother
April 20-24
Pacific Theatre
A script-in-hand staging featuring Fringe artists Kaitlin Williams and Eleanor Felton.
A child is left alone in a parked car outside a grocery store. One good mother’s sacrifice sets everyone’s lives on a new course, bringing into question what is right, what is good, and what is allowed.

Small Stage: Salon Series 
April  21 & May 12
The Emerald Room
Dances for a Small Stage is starting a new project that explores trans-cultural contemporary art through collaboration with the aim of celebrating unique Canadian culture by using a diverse range of traditional practices. For April 21, the theme will be “juxtapose” and on May 12, the theme will be “reconstruct.” Join them at the Emerald Room for a food, tempting drinks, and new ideas!

The New Conformity

The comfort of conformity versus the freedom of individuality.

rEvolver Festival
May 11-22
The Cultch
We know you love emerging artists and that’s what rEvolver is all about! In addition to some Fringe alumni (rice & beans theatre, Christine Quintana, and probably a few more), you can see The New Conformity! If you missed The New Conformity at the 2015 Fringe, where it won the Joanna Maratta  Award, this is your chance to see this “clever and compelling” (Times Colonist) juggling show that breaks any notions you have of what juggling is.


The cast of 5@50

A raw and darkly comedic portrayal of women in mid life.


May 12-28
PAL Studio Theatre
When Olivia loses control at her 50th birthday, her best friends decide to intervene. But is she the only one battling a demon or does each of these women face an addiction of one kind or another? 5 @ 50 is a raw and darkly comedic portrayal of women in mid life. It is also a bold examination of addiction and intervention, and of the friendships we can’t live without.


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