Fringe the Halls with Applications, Signs, and Theatre

Mainstage Artist Applications Now Open!

If you’re a theatre artist who wants to produce a show at the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival, we have good news for you: applications for the Mainstage Category are now open!

Vancouver Puppet Theatre was one of the 2018 Mainstage Lottery winners for British Columbia, bringing Baba Yaga and the Black Flower to the Festival! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Vancouver Puppet Theatre was one of the 2018 Mainstage Lottery winners for British Columbia, bringing Baba Yaga and the Black Flower to the Festival! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Keeping in the spirit of the Fringe as an unjuried and uncensored Festival, Mainstage Artists are chosen through a lottery—we literally draw names out of a hat! This means that everyone gets an equal chance of getting into the Festival. You don’t need to have a complete show, script, or outline when you apply. You only need to enter your contact information on Eventotron and a $55 application fee. We’ll ask you for more information about your show if your name is drawn. It’s that easy!

Mainstage Artists are placed in a venue supplied by the Fringe, and includes a technician, basic lighting and sound, Box Office services, and a listing in the Fringe Festival Program Guide. Shows run for approximately six performances during the Festival from September 5-15, 2019. For more details about becoming a part of the Fringe, visit the Artists’ page on our website.

Applications are close on January 8, 2019 at 5:00pm PST. Stay tuned for more details about our lottery party in mid-January, which starts at 8:00pm!

Other ways you can be involved in the Fringe include applying for Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV), Dramatic Works Series, and Site-Specific Categories. Applications for these categories open once the Mainstage Lottery is done.

If you’re a playwright who identifies as a woman/gender queer on the femme spectrum/nonbinary, applications for Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women are open until February 15. Presented with Ruby Slippers Theatre and Playwrights Guild of Canada, selected plays will be staged as dramatic readings during the 2019 Festival. Find more information about Advance Theatre on Ruby Slippers Theatre’s website.

Partner Profiles: Thunderbolt Sign

Did you notice the beautiful signs we had during the Festival? We have Thunderbolt Sign to thank for that! Based in British Columbia and Alberta, they specialize in customized signages, banners, and graphics that reinforce a business or event’s brand identity and message.

Carl Rivera from Thunderbolt Sign personally delivered these Fringe Bar signs to our office before the Festival! Photo by Debby Reis.

Carl Rivera from Thunderbolt Sign personally delivered these Fringe Bar signs to our office before the Festival! Photo by Debby Reis.

Tell us a bit about your business.
Offering the latest in premier sign-making and efficient printing technology, extensive graphic design expertise and top-notch customer service, Thunderbolt Sign can help bolster your brand identity and business message through a variety of products and services.

How long has Thunderbolt Signs been around? How did it come to be?
Thunderbolt Sign has been around for nine years. It started as a small print shop and has expanded into a full-service sign centre.

What is something that people may not know about Thunderbolt Signs that they should?
We are like an extension of our client’s marketing team. As part of the service we provide, our staff also act as advisers to our clients on the best ways to achieve their marketing goals.

Four words that would best describe your business are:
Service-Oriented, Creative, Passion, Quality.

If Thunderbolt Signs were a show at the Fringe, what kind of show would it be?
Action Comedy.

If Thunderbolt Signs and the Fringe were people, what would they do on an afternoon together?
Have a productive conversation over a delicious lunch and some drinks.

We want Fringers to know a bit about why your business is involved in the Fringe. So, why Fringe?
Thunderbolt Sign supports local businesses and events. We take pride in helping them succeed.

The Theatre Scene

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

O Christmas Tea
December 10-11
Kay Meek Theatre
Calling all Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss fans—grab your teacups! Vancouver Fringe veterans James & Jamesy have just come off Off-Broadway to tour their Holiday physical comedy across British Columbia. Catch them at West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Theatre for two nights of funny and brilliantly inventive Christmas comedy!

Bah Humbug!
December 6-22
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
The Charles Dickens holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, is being retold using Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside as the backdrop! Echoing the harsh social and economic conditions of Dickensian London, Bah Humbug! celebrates the transformative power of human redemption.

Fringe Partners