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April 14, 2018

Jimmy (centre) welcomes Chelsey (left) and Samantha (right) to the Fringe team.

Jimmy (centre) welcomes Chelsey (left) and Samantha (right) to the Fringe team.

New Fringers!

The Fringe’s team is changing! We’ve been hiring and we’re happy to welcome our new Managing Director, Samantha Kannegieter, and our new Sponsorship Manager, Chelsey Stuyt!

Samantha comes to us via the Vancouver Folk Festival where she was their Operations Manager. She still holds the Folk Fest in her heart and you’ll be able to find her down on Jericho Beach July 13-15 rocking a volunteer t-shirt. She’s excited to be part of the Fringe and can’t wait to meet all our volunteers, artists, audience members, donors, and supporters (aka, all of you) and celebrate all things Fringe this September!

Chelsey is a familiar Fringe face. You may have seen her as the Assistant Bar Manager last year, or on stage with her show The Secret, or a few years ago when she was our Raffle Coordinator and Distribution Coordinator. In her most recent role outside the Fringe, Chelsey led science shows for kids at Science World. She fed chameleons, troubleshot tesla coils, and lit gummy bears on fire—all in the name of science! Chelsey is also looking forward to the Fringe people. She says, “the people who work here are only one-half of the family. The best part is waiting for the rest to arrive during the Festival.”

We’d also like to say farewell to Chelsee Damen, our Acting Managing Director this past year as well as our Box Office Manager the year before. Chelsee has now moved on (although not too far), joining the Vancouver Writer’s Festival, who are in the office right next to the Fringe!

And finally, you’re invited to apply to be part of our team! We’re currently hiring a Communications & Outreach Coordinator (application deadline is Wednesday, April 18) and we’ve kicked off hiring our seasonal staff, including our Lead Designer. Most positions will be posted over the next few weeks, so be sure to check out our job postings here. And don’t forget, everyone can be part of the Fringe family! We start recruiting volunteers in June!

Happy Belated World Theatre Day!

World Theatre Day was on March 27, 2018 and while we’re a little late to the party, we still want to celebrate theatre! The best way to celebrate theatre is to go to the theatre, and with coupon code THEATRE, you’ll save 20% on tickets to Stephanie Morin-Robert’s Blindside, on April 26-28!

Save 20% on tickets to Blindside with coupon code THEATRE to celebrate World Theatre Day! Photo by Thaddeus Hink.

Save 20% on tickets to Blindside with coupon code THEATRE to celebrate World Theatre Day! Photo by Thaddeus Hink.

As part of World Theatre Day, the International Theatre Institute (ITI) selects a playwright to compose a message about the benefits of theatre. This year, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the International Theatre Institute, and to highlight the cross-cultural and international aspect of theatre, the ITI have selected five authors to write a message—one from each of the five UNESCO Regions. Read all of this year’s messages here.

A couple highlights from the messages include Lebanon’s Maya Zbib, who says theatre is “a moment of communion, an unrepeatable encounter, not found in any other secular activity. It’s the simple act of a group of people choosing to come together in the same place at the same time to take part in a shared experience”

Meanwhile Mexico’s Sabina Berman, says “More than literature, more than cinema, the theatre—which demands the presence of human beings before other human beings—is marvelously suited to the task of saving us from becoming algorithms, pure abstractions.”

Save yourself from becoming an abstraction! Go see some theatre! And don’t forget to use coupon code THEATRE when booking your tickets to Blindside!

National Volunteer Appreciation Week!

This year’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week theme is: “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering—building confidence, competence, connections, and community.” Volunteers hold a special place in the Fringe’s heart. It’s absolutely true that without 500 people donating thousands of hours, the Festival simply would not happen. So thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who volunteers to make the Festival run smoothly! And a special shout out to volunteers who have been helping Theatre Wire! These volunteers sell tickets and work as ushers in support of independent theatre year round. Thank you!

We ask our volunteers why they donate time to the Fringe. Many point to gaining work experience, improving English language skills, and to the perks. But the overwhelming reason people volunteer for the Fringe is to support arts and culture and to have the opportunity to meet people and grow their social circles! We’re so happy that the Fringe and Theatre Wire help you find friends and we hope you continue volunteering with us. (We start recruiting in June!)

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The Fringe also wants to send out a special thank you to the businesses that support the Fringe’s volunteer program. A big thanks to Boston Pizza and Earnest Ice Cream, as well as to the many organizations who donate prizes and snacks. And an extra special thank you to Shear Comfort! Shear Comfort specializes in custom truck and car seat covers, but they love the Fringe and support our volunteer program with their partnership!

Thanks for supporting the Fringe and happy National Volunteer Appreciation Week!

The Theatre Scene

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

Blindside
April 26-28
Studio 1398
This award-winning physical comedy is Stéphanie Morin-Robert’s personal account of navigating childhood with a glass eye, the bullies and friends that shaped her experiences, and how the feat of overcoming and embracing disadvantage has made her the woman she is today. Use coupon code THEATRE to save 20% on your tickets!

James & Jamesy In The Dark
April 27
Revue Stage
Fringe alumni James & Jamesy bring their “painting come to life” back to Vancouver for one night only!

Cashless
May 1-5
Havana Theatre
What happens when we become a cashless society? Is it a potential path to absolute dictatorship? Richard Sandborn grapples with this possibility in the debut show from Publius Productions and playwright Nathan Narusis.

Vancouver International Children’s Festival
May 28 – June 3
Various Venues
Introduce the kids in your life to theatre! Get them while they’re young, right?! Check out New Owner, an innovative blend of animation, live performance, and puppetry to create an exceptional look into life through a dog’s eyes. Check out the video here. Buy tickets. And check out all the shows that are part of the Festival here.

Blinded By The Love

February 28, 2018

Cultchivating the Fringe with the After After Party

The Fringe is a place for emerging artists to experiment with their art and to learn to produce a show… and to be part of a big party! So it’s no surprise that The After After Party not only fit into the 2016 Fringe, but that they won the Public Market Pick of the Fringe, the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Awards, and the Cultchivating the Fringe Award!

The Cultchivating the Fringe Award means that a Fringe show becomes part of an upcoming season at The Cultch—an amazing learning experience for emerging artists.

Did you see The After After Party at the 2016 Fringe? Maybe you missed it? Did you know they’ve added more for this new production? Catch this preview, then get yourself some tickets for performances March 6 to 17 and see the After Party girls in action yourself. Plus! Use promotional code BANGER and get $10 off your tickets! Valid for all performances from March 6 through 11, this sweet offer expires March 2 at midnight.

What Are You Waiting For? Get a Theatre Wire Subscription!

You love theatre. You see a lot of theatre. You wish you saw more theatre. If any, or all of these statements applies to you, you should really look into booking a Theatre Wire subscription! It’s as easy as checking out the Theatre Wire subscription page and booking tickets to at least three shows. That’s it. When you go to pay, your subscription discount is applied automatically, you become a subscriber, and you are entitled to some great subscriber benefits! Theatre Wire subscription shows are award winning, presented by the most talented independent theatre makers in Vancouver, and start as low as $16.50, before your subscriber discount!

Consider starting off your Theatre Wire Subscription with Blindside. You may recognize Stephanie Morin-Robert as one half of The Merkin Sisters, or as one half of Bushel and Peck. In her solo show Blindside, Stephanie integrates live video projection, contemporary dance, and comedic storytelling as she recounts her life as a feisty 7-year-old who wields her disability as a weapon. The show is on April 26 through 28.

Thank You Fringe Lovers!

You helped the Fringe get one of these $10,000 bundles! Keep on donating as we could really use the whole stack...

You helped the Fringe get one of these $10,000 bundles! Keep on donating as we could really use the whole stack…

Fringe Lover Kevin Campbell put up $5,000 and asked you to step up and support the Fringe and Theatre Wire with a donation, and boy did you ever! With one day to go we met our target and with Kevin’s match have raised $10,000! Thank you to all our donors! For anyone who was planning to donate, don’t worry, now is still a great time! We’re planning the 34th annual Festival and the fourth season of Theatre Wire and you will make a difference to arts and culture in Vancouver and the world with your support! Once again, thank you Kevin and thank you all!

Be a part of the Vancouver Fringe!

Join the best Board around! Our Board hosts events like Board Night at the Bar, where we drew for prizes! Photo by Philip Dovey.

Join the best Board around! Our Board hosts events like Board Night at the Bar, where we drew for prizes! Photo by Philip Dovey.

Always the banker in Monopoly? Love the Fringe? Show your love by helping us find a new Treasurer for the Fringe/VFTS Board (Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society).

Our very capable current treasurer, Bob Wang, will be leaving us in July, so we need someone to become the next Fringe Treasurer. As the treasurer, you would oversee the preparation of the annual budget, quarterly reports, and generally keeping on top on financial issues and helping keep the board informed.

See more details on the duties and skills we require. If you’re interested in this opportunity, please contact Board member and Board Affairs Committee member, Jim Sibley at jim[dot]sibley[at]gmail[dot]com.

Artist Applications Update!

Still considering becoming a 2018 Fringe artist? There are just a few options left!

Bring Your Own Venue: Most pre-approved venues have now closed their application period, however Arts Umbrella is still accepting applications. Click here for more details.

One of 2017's site-specific shows was Slumber Here. Based on A Midsummer Night's Dream, the show needed to take place in a park... and not just because they had a real donkey. Photo by Al Ricard.

One of 2017’s site-specific shows was Slumber Here. Based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the show needed to take place in a park… and not just because they had a real donkey. Photo by Al Ricard.

Site-Specific Applications: Think you have a perfect show to be performed at a specific location (ie not a theatre setting)? Is it walking distance to Granville Island or Havana on Commerical Drive? We’re still accepting proposals! Click here for more information! Proposals will be accepted until March 15.

That’s all for now! Mainstage artists have been drawn and Dramatic Works Series artists are now being waitlisted. If other opportunities arise, we’ll let you know!