Nominate the Fringe
As you may know, we’re currently running the 35 for 35 fundraising campaign to celebrate the Fringe’s 35th anniversary by raising $35,000 by the end of the Festival. But did you know that you can boost your donations through The Great Canadian Giving Challenge? And the best part is, with your help, we can win $10,000!
The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is a month-long national contest benefiting registered Canadian charities. And yes, the Fringe IS a charity! The Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society supports emerging artists by creating a Festival where they can experiment with new works and produce their own shows; fosters community among 500 or so volunteers; and works to further the vision of “Theatre for Everyone” by working towards making the Festival more accessible and inclusive to audiences from marginalized communities.
For as little as $3, you can donate through our page on GivingChallenge or CanadaHelps between now and 11:59:59pm on June 30, 2019. Each dollar you donate automatically enters the Fringe into a draw to win $10,000 courtesy of GIV3 Foundation. Every dollar counts, so donate now!
The Fringe may be a few months away, but that doesn’t mean we’re not already busy in the office. In fact, we’re looking for more people to help run the Festival! Kick off your Fringe experience by applying to be our Box Office Manager, Raffle Coordinator, Distribution Coordinator, or as one of our Volunteer Team Leaders, or share these job postings with people you think would be a great fit!
The Box Office Manager is a full-time, seasonal opportunity that runs July 2 to September 23! Reporting to the Managing Director, they’re responsible for planning and implementing all aspects of the Fringe Box Office. Check out the job posting here, and make sure to get your application in by Wednesday, June 12!
We’re also looking for a Raffle Coordinator and a Distribution Coordinator, which are contract positions that are mostly self-led. The Raffle Coordinator coordinates the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival Raffle, while the Distribution Coordinator coordinates, delivers, and maintains all Program Guide distribution points, including inventory, volunteer coordination, and post-Festival strike. Click on the links to see the full job description for Raffle Coordinator and Distribution Coordinator, and apply by June 16!
And finally, we’re looking for Volunteer Team Leaders! These high-level volunteers assist with recruiting, scheduling, training, and supervising over 500 Festival volunteers—all of whom come from all ages, cultures, and backgrounds! Take a look at the full description here, and apply with your resume and cover letter by June 21!
Now in its 37th year, the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards “celebrates and honours the outstanding achievements of the Vancouver Professional Theatre community.” The awards are named after Jessie Richardson, who bolstered Vancouver’s theatre landscape through her work as an actor, director, and patron of the arts. This year’s nominations were announced on June 3 at the BMO Theatre Centre, and a total of 50 theatrical productions are in the running for the Awards!
As usual, there are some familiar Fringe names among the nominees, including 2018 Dramatic Works mentor Genevieve Fleming, who was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role for Wet, which was part of Theatre Wire’s 2017-18 season! Thérèse Champagne was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in Precious Little, which was part of the Dramatic Works series in the 2018 Fringe!
Sara Vickruck and Anais West from the 2018 Fringe show Poly Queer Love Ballad were nominated for Outstanding Musical Production and Outstanding Original Script! Poly Queer Love Ballad took home multiple Fringe awards last year including the Volunteer Choice Award, the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award, and the Public Market Pick of the Fringe.
Affair of Honor’s Soul Samurai, which was part of the 2017 Fringe, was nominated in the Significant Artistic Achievement Award category for outstanding fusion of kinetic dance and martial arts fight choreography. And The Ones We Leave Behind, which was part of our Advance Theatre series in 2018, was also nominated for a couple of Jessies, including Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, and Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition for their run at The Cultch.
Congratulations to everyone who was nominated! To see the full list of shows and artists nominated, visit the Jessie Awards’ website. And don’t forget to buy your tickets to their Awards Ceremony, which takes place on July 15 at the BMO Mainstage in Vanier Park!
Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of Theatre!
The Crystalline Cabaret’s Summer Soirée
If you enjoyed The Crystalline Cabaret Presents: House Nocturnae at the 2018 Fringe, then you’ll love their latest offering, Summer Soirée! Featuring some of Vancouver’s favourite variety performers, this celebration of the summer solstice is a shimmery extravaganza that mixes old variety special with live theatrical oomph and originality.
Jesse: an ASL Opera
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
Exploring one man’s journey of self-discovery as he navigates Deaf culture, queerness, and the rhythms of being human, Jesse: an ASL Opera is a workshop reading by Landon Krentz, Heather Molloy, and Paula Weber. This work resulted from a two-week experimental process that gathered Deaf and Hearing artists to explore how poetry, music, English, and ASL intersect.
SHIFT Festival 12
SHIFT Festival’s 12th year features fierce truth-telling with three short, sharp, and original works! Featuring shows created and performed by Tai Amy Grauman, Kelsey Kanatan Wavey, and Claire Love Wilson with Sara Vickruck, these vigorous voices explore the past, present, and future.