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Thirteen shows are joining Theatre Wire to offer theatre lovers flexibility, savings, and options on subscription packages to the city’s favourite independent theatre groups!
The announcement will happen in just a few short days—and you can be the first to know what those shows will be by signing up for the Theatre Wire newsletter!
Don’t delay! Early bird pricing will be in effect and you certainly don’t want to miss your chance to save up to 40% on tickets!
Did you know that there are 29 Fringe Festivals across Canada and the USA that are part of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals? Many artists do the “Fringe Circuit” and perform at multiple Fringes all summer long—many of whom start at the Orlando Fringe, which just wrapped up its 25th anniversary Festival on May 30. This year, our Communications Director, Debby Reis and our Managing Director, Shantini Klaassen were lucky enough to travel to Orlando to spy… er, explore what it’s like to be a Festival on the other end of the summer.
The Orlando Fringe is the oldest Fringe in the USA. But just because the city filled with theme parks doesn’t mean that Orlandoans don’t love theatre! While surveying patrons, Debby spoke to dozens of Festival-goers, many of whom recalled the days when the Orlando Fringe was just getting started—with venues in abandoned storefronts and no air conditioning—and they’re still coming now that the Fringe has swanky digs.
Most of the Orlando Fringe takes place in Loch Haven Park, home to the Lowdnes Shakespeare Theatre (which has seven theatres!), the Orlando Repertory Theatre, and the Orlando Museum of Art. In the centre of it all is a large lawn with an outdoor stage, Fringe Bar, and food vendors. There are also venues outside the park, including BYOVs and site-specific venues. Having all the action centralized created a great Festival atmosphere where people talked to each other in lineups and ran from venue to venue to catch different shows. To top it all off, there was a Visual Fringe with uncensored artwork and a Kids Fringe on the weekends.
While Debby was finding out why patrons visit the Fringe, Shantini focused on seeing local and touring shows that may be part of a future Theatre Wire season or be a special presentation for the Vancouver Fringe (she saw 16 shows in just four days!). Debby saw shows too, with the goal of checking out what’s coming to Vancouver in anticipation of her job as our publicist. Just like our own Fringe, there was a lot of variety—from stand-up and clowning, to personal stories and musicals—and just like Vancouver, the artists were flyering lineups, trying to get people to go see their shows. All in all, it was a fantastic business trip with a large dollop of fun mixed in!
If you’re travelling this summer, be sure to check if there’s a Fringe where you are. We’d love to hear about it and the shows you see. Happy Anniversary to the Orlando Fringe! And we can’t wait for all the Fringe goodness to make its way to Vancouver this September!
Award winning actor, Deborah Williams—one of the creators of Mom’s the Word, and co-founder of The Flame, the storytelling event that’s now in its seventh season, is hosting a storytelling workshop at the Arts Club’s Granville Island Rehearsal Hall June 10-12, 2016.
In this weekend intensive, Deb will share her 30 years of storytelling expertise to give you the tools to create and share a truly compelling story. This inclusive and supportive workshop is focused on learning and growth and will be followed with the opportunity to tell your story on stage at the BMO Theatre Centre!
Dates & Locations:
Friday, June 10: Granville Island Rehearsal Hall (1585 Johnson Street) from 6-9:00pm
Saturday, June 11: Granville Island rehearsal Hall from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, June 12: BMO Theatre Center, Studio A (182 West 1st Avenue) from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, June 12: PERFORMANCE at the BMO Theatre Centre , Studio A at 7:00pm
The workshop fee is $200, which can be paid for here and tickets to the Flame performance will be free and available at the door!
Want to see your name in the 2016 Fringe Festival Program Guide? Donate $25 or more before June 24 and you’ll be included in our Donor Thank You page! The Program Guide is distributed all around Vancouver, including at Blenz Coffee locations and at Big Rock Urban Brewery, and is shared on our website—so you can easily gloat to all your friends about how you help make the Fringe Festival possible—because that’s what your donations do!
And! If you donate a minimum of $3 to the Vancouver Fringe in June through Canada Helps, you will be entering the Fringe to WIN $10,000!!!! If you help us win $10,000 we will seriously love you forever and ever and ever!
The Jessie Awards are named for Jessie Richardson, who began her theatre career in Vancouver in the 1930s with the Vancouver Little Theatre Association. She worked in a variety of roles and also helped form Holiday Theatre, which was a children’s touring company. In 1982, the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance began presenting the Awards which was handed over to the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Society in 1997, which has been managing the Awards ever since. This non-profit charitable organization “exists to celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements of the Vancouver Professional Theatre community” and is run by volunteers, the majority of which are theatre professionals.
As usual, there are some familiar Fringe names among the nominees, including Marisa Smith of Alley Theatre, whose production of Little One debuted as part of the inaugural Dramatic Works Series at the Fringe in 2014. Marisa is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role in the Small Theatre category for the remount of Little One at the Firehall Arts Centre this past February.
Upintheair Theatre received numerous nominations for The North Plan, including Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role (Genevieve Fleming), Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Paul Herbert), Outstanding Direction (Chelsea Haberlin), Outstanding Production of a Play, and Significant Artistic Achievement in site-specific staging. Upintheair has been in many Fringes since the early 2000s, not to mention that Chelsea Haberlin, who is also the Co-Artistic Producer for ITSAZOO Productions, was part of the site-specific mentorship program, Onsite, with the Fringe in 2011’s Stay Away From My Boat @$$hole.
Another Fringe notable is I am the Bastard Daughter of Engelbert Humperdinck, which was at the Fringe in 2013, and was nominated for Outstanding Original Script.
We’re also happy to see that Twenty Something Theatre’s Tender Napalm, which was part of the first Theatre Wire subscription series, receive three nominations: Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role (Claire Hesselgrave), Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition (Julie Casselman), and Significant Artistic Achievement for outstanding movement direction and choreography (Joel Sturrock).
The Jessie’s have implemented a new award this year, the Vancouver Now Representation and Inclusion Award, which recognizes excellence in the field of accessibility and inclusion. Playwrights Theatre Centre, who also selects the Fringe New Play Prize, is nominated for ongoing and responsive transformation of practice to meet the needs of underserved artists, while Theatre Terrific, who produces a show in the Fringe almost every year, was nominated for diligent, ongoing commitment to inclusive casting and creative processes.
Congratulation to everyone who was nominated! To see all the nominated shows and artists, visit the Jessie’s website, where you can also find out about attending the Awards Ceremony on June 27!
How to Survive an Apocalypse
now – June 11
Firehall Arts Centre
A romantic comedy by Flying Start playwright Jordan Hall about a young couple convinced that their lifestyle is coming to an end. They begin hoarding supplies and learning to hunt. But their obsession takes its toll, and they’re forced to imagine the apocalypse without the love of their life.
Firehall Arts Centre
Written and performed by Quelemia Sparrow, O’wet / Lost Lagoon grapples with the identity of a mixed-race aboriginal woman in a present-day, colonized world through snapshots of her life including her modeling career, partying with the rich and famous, fishing trips with her dad, and her journey of healing through intergenerational trauma.
The inaugural season of Theatre Wire’s Subscription Series is coming to a close at the end of the month with 5@50. In the first year, we partnered with eight amazing companies to offer a diverse and exciting season of independent theatre. Since launching, we’ve been sending newsletters with info about those shows, as well as original articles, including comedian Sara Bynoe’s video series interviewing local theatre personalities, a historical look at shows that have been banned in Vancouver, debates about eating in the theatre, and more.
If that’s not enough of a reason to sign up for the Theatre Wire newsletter, we’ll soon be announcing Theatre Wire’s next season! Thirteen shows are joining Theatre Wire to offer theatre lovers flexibility, savings, and options on subscription packages to the city’s favourite independent theatre groups and their upcoming shows—including a special Christmas show from Peter n’ Chris!
Get the Theatre Wire newsletter in your mailbox now and be one of the first to know what shows are on offer and take advantage of Theatre Wire’s subscription benefits! We’ll be announcing the 2016-2017 season soon!
**Sneak Peek!** Hardline Productions‘ Redpatch will be one of 13 subscriptions shows! It tells the story of an Aboriginal man who joins the Canadian Armed Forces during WWI. Click the video to watch a preview.
Over the last seven years, you may have had the chance to meet Gareth Duncan, our Director of Development and Sponsorship. Gareth has diligently overseen our sponsors’ involvement at the Festival as well as leading our fundraising efforts. If you’re a long time Fringer, you may even be wondering, “isn’t it time for Spring for the Fringe?” Well this year, the annual fundraising campaign is on hold because we’re undergoing a major change. All good things come to an end and it’s time to say so long to Gareth as he moves on to the next step in his fundraising career.
We’re sure Gareth will still be around in some capacity (make sure to say hello to him at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar during the Festival)—it’d be impossible to get rid of him and his tenacious personality, even if we wanted to. We’ll miss his antics, like making the whole office smell like cookies, how he hovers at our desks when he wants something, his quiet grooving to The Grateful Dead, and how you often can’t quite tell if he’s serious or joking.
Filling Gareth’s shoes is no easy task. On the fundraising side, Robyn Kurtz, now our Director of Patron Development, will continue her work in her former capacity as Marketing Manger, but will be taking on fundraising as well. We’re looking forward to the initiatives she’ll put in place, including Theatre Wire subscriber perks and benefits for “super subscribers” (who make a donation in addition to being a subscriber). These perks are sure to be of interest to Fringe fans! Want to make Robyn feel welcome? Consider making a donation today!
Meanwhile, we’re hiring for a new Sponsorship and Development Manager! If you love details, have experience negotiating contracts, and working with sponsors, this could be the position for you. Applications will be accepted until May 29.
Baker’s Dozen: 12 Angry Puppets was a hugely popular show during the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Not only did the show win a Public Market Pick of the Fringe spot, but it garnered the BC Touring Council Award as well.
Adam Francis Proulx, the hands and brain behind the puppets, has been taking advantage of his BC Touring Council Award win over the last year, including attending Pacific Contact this past April. Pacific Contact is a tradeshow and booking conference for the performing arts. Presenters from theatres all over BC attend the conference looking for shows to include in future seasons at their venues.
Check out Adam’s mini-journal of his Pacific Contact experience to learn a little more about the conference, what happens there, and how the Fringe supports its artists by teaming with the BC Touring Council to provide the opportunity. If you’re an artist considering Pacific Contact in the future Adam offers some helpful tips!
Every day we get a little bit closer to the 2016 Fringe Festival and to put on such a grand event, it takes a lot of staff and volunteers and we’re looking for people to help us all come together. We’re looking for people who can help with sponsors, graphic design, and to help manage our massive volunteer program, (which is supported by Shear Comfort). Want to be a part of it? See if your skills match up with one of these positions and apply today!
Sponsorship and Development Manager: Full-Time, Permanent
The Sponsorship and Development Manager will use sponsor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship techniques to develop sponsorships and donors. The Sponsorship and Development Manager will also assist in donor development and fundraising special projects, including our annual raffle and fundraising campaigns. Read more here!
Volunteer Supervisor: Canada Summer Jobs Position
The Volunteer Supervisor supports the recruitment, assignment, management, and training of the nearly 600 volunteers who make the Fringe happen. The person in this position also takes the lead in preparing the Volunteer Centre and managing the volunteer database. Read more here!
Jr Designer: Volunteer Position
The Junior Designer is responsible for the design and production of marketing collateral, editing photos and video, creating slideshows, and assisting with other marketing initiatives. This is a part-time, volunteer position. Read more here!
Volunteer Team Leaders: Volunteer Positions
Volunteer Team Leaders assist in recruitment, scheduling, training, and supervision of nearly 600 Festival volunteers—an amazing group of Fringe lovers with a wide variety of ages, cultural backgrounds, and occupations. This is a part-time, volunteer position. Read more here!
now – May 22
There are just a few more days to catch the emerging artists at Upintheair Theatre’s annual theatre festival! Make sure to see The New Conformity, the 2015 Fringe show that won the Joanna Maratta Award—and if you want to meet Robyn Kurtz, our new Director of Patron Development, be sure to attend the show on Saturday, May 21, where she’ll be leading a talkback after the performance.
Jessie Awards Nomination Party
The York Theatre
Announcing Vancouver’s theatre award nominees, everyone is invited to be the first to know which actors, directors, theatre companies, and other creatives have been honoured!
Shift Theatre’s 1 Act Festival
Firehall Arts Centre
Featuring four shows including, Swan Song by Stephanie Izsak, Almost A Stepmom by Keara Barnes, Fall-Out Picnic by Mily Mumford, and Dream Interlude by Bailey Soleil Creed. This year’s festival focuses on women playwrights, check out this video for more info.
Instruments Beyond Borders: Musical Bridges
A fundraiser to support the Saint James Music Academy and the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura in Paraguay, (a.k.a. the LandfillHarmonic), this evening of music stars an ensemble from the LandfillHarmonic plus the Borealis String Quartet, Infinitus, Jim Byrnes, Stephen Fearing, Steph Cameron, Michael Fraser, Luciterra Dance Company, and Saint James Music Academy Orchestra with hosts, Dan Payne and Tonye Aganaba!
Theatre Without Borders
A fundraiser for the people of Ecuador, who experienced a devastating earthquake on April 16, there will be play readings from four Playwrights Theatre Centre artists followed by a performance from world fusion band Tanga! Tickets are by donation, with a suggested donation of $10+.
The Flame Workshop
Final Weekend of June
Deb Williams, one of the stars of 5@50, co-created The Flame, Vancouver’s premiere storytelling event, and she wants to share her expertise with you. Save the date, details for the Flame Workshop are coming soon! Workshop participants will have a chance to tell their stories at a special Fringe Festival event this September!