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A Goodbye to David Jordan

July 6, 2017

Dear Fringe Fans,

After 12 inspiring years as the Vancouver Fringe Festival's Executive Director, David Jordan is leaving to pursue new career opportunities. We will miss him! Photo by My City Photos.

After 12 inspiring years as the Vancouver Fringe Festival’s Executive Director, David Jordan is leaving to pursue new career opportunities. We will miss him! Photo by My City Photos.

I am at once full of excitement and sadness to announce that this year will be my 12th and final Festival as Executive Director. Following the Festival, I am leaving to pursue a new career opportunity, as the Arts Services Manager for the City of Burnaby. The position entails overseeing the operations of the impressive Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, the wide array of festivals that take place in the beautiful Deer Lake Park and much more. I’m looking forward to working with the excellent team there to continue nurturing Burnaby’s flourishing artistic activities. Despite this exciting portfolio, it was a very difficult decision to make—my personal and professional life and indeed my identity have become intentionally and lovingly entwined with Fringe.

As perhaps was painfully obvious in my first couple of years at the helm, I was on a steep learning curve! My success was only possible during that time because of the support I received from the entire Fringe community. Over the past decade we have built a resilient and forward looking organization that cultivates theatre and theatre artists and invites a curious audience to share in the excitement of theatre incubation.

In making my decision, at first I had a hard time imagining myself outside of the Fringe. Others in my close circle have told me that they can hardly imagine the Fringe without me. But of course, the Fringe is so much bigger than me. I have been a steward, a shepherd, and a nurturer, but this beautiful mission of cultivating participation in theatre existed before and will carry on after me. Indeed the mission existed in our community before the Fringe organization was born to fulfill it.

So come September we will embrace each other once more and the Fringe will wrap us in its embrace. And together we will embrace a new future, one full of possibilities. The Fringe has momentum. Over the past year we have focused on laying the ground work for an exciting new diversity strategy, which I expect will shape the future of the Fringe. Other year-round initiatives like Theatre Wire continue to evolve and grow to build our community beyond the Festival.

I am extremely confident in our board of directors and the process they have outlined for my succession. They have established an excellent search committee, which includes representation from the wider community by SFU’s Howard Jang as well as Fringe veteran, Tara Travis.  The job posting is live, so please share with anyone you think could be the next leader of this special place!

Being the Fringe’s Executive Director has been infinitely rewarding. I began my job in 2006, thinking I was an event producer. I leave it in 2017, knowing that I am a community leader. I learned everything I know about arts leadership because you gave me this opportunity and accepted me wholeheartedly. I know that my Fringe life will continue to inspire and guide me for the rest of my life. Thank you a thousand times.


Fringefully Yours,

David Jordan

Join Team Fringe!

June 26, 2017

Share Your Fringe Love for World Fringe Day!

Did you know the Vancouver Fringe Festival is one of more than 200 Fringe Festivals worldwide? And that the Fringe concept has been around for 70 years? We are celebrating World Fringe Day on July 11! And the world wants to know what you love about your own Vancouver Fringe Festival or about Fringe in general. See what your Fringe Festival Executive Director David Jordan and your Fringe friend Jimmy have to say here! (And watch the outtakes. Outtakes are the best.)

Submit a short video just like this one by July 4 to design[at]vancouverfringe[dot]com and we’ll share it on July 11 and then again leading up to and during the Festival. You can even shoot it on your smartphone! Or visit our website to learn more.

Work for Free, Get Free Stuff!

It’s time! The Vancouver Fringe Festival is putting out a call for volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels to join Team Fringe.

As a volunteer you will experience the VIP treatment. Volunteers will not only get access to all Fringe Festival shows that aren’t sold out—but volunteers also receive discounts on year round Fringe programming AND an invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Party. Not convinced? We also have free snacks, refreshments, and of course, the famous Fringe t-shirt!

There are many great positions available including ticket seller, photographer, site crew, bartender, and more! With the variety of positions available, there is sure to be a position that fits you. All you have to do is sign up, or if you are a returning volunteer, update your profile. We’ll send you an email when shifts are available in mid-July.

Join the coolest gang in town! Last year's coolest gang shown here. Photo by Mike Vlasman.

Join the coolest gang in town! The coolest gang from last year shown here. Photo by Mike Vlasman.

We are also looking for Team Leaders! Volunteer Team Leaders are responsible for recruiting, scheduling, training, and supervising all of our Festival volunteers! If you want to take on a more administrative role and gain skills in human resources and event planning, you may be a great fit for Team Leader. Positions go from July 10 through to September 24 with a minimum time commitment of 25 hours per week leading up to and during the Festival. If this sounds like a job for you, send your cover letter and resume to Angie Descalzi by Friday, June 30 with “Volunteer Team Leader” in the subject line of your email.

The Vancouver Fringe sends out a big thank you to our sponsor ShearComfort, who’s returning to support our Volunteer Program once again!

Please join us! We look forward to meeting all of you!

See Your Name in Print—Or All Over the Festival!

Make a donation and become a Fringe Hero! Support the Vancouver Fringe Festival in 2017 with a gift that ensures we can continue to provide Theatre for Everyone. AND if you donate $25 or more, you will receive special access to our NEW Donor Booth! It’s a place where donors can pick up Fringe benefits, buy tickets during peak Box Office hours, check out exclusive merchandise, and be showered with Fringe love and appreciation. Better yet, donate before July 1 and the Vancouver Fringe will publish your name in the upcoming 2017 Program Guide! Click here to become a donor or email Robyn Kurtz.

Fringe donors get access to the new Donor Box Office as well as exclusive events like this one, the On the Fringe Documentary! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Fringe donors get access to the new Donor Box Office as well as exclusive events like this one, the On the Fringe Documentary! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Looking for a super fun way to donate? A day at the Vancouver Fringe Festival can be YOUR day at the Vancouver Fringe Festival! When any individual or group gives $1,500 or more, we set aside a special day of the Fringe just for you—complete with a customized curtain speech at all Mainstage venues, 10 exchange vouchers good for one show each, and a custom Fringe hoodie! You can spread out your donation in monthly payments or make it a team effort and share the love with your friends! Either way, we’ll name the day after you and proclaim your Fringe Love all day long! Learn more at our website or email Robyn Kurtz.

Save the Date! AGM and Program Launch Party on July 27

Board Chair Andrew Westman, Treasurer Bob Wang, and Executive Director David Jordan at the 2016 AGM. Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Board Chair Andrew Westman, Treasurer Bob Wang, and Executive Director David Jordan at the 2016 AGM. Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Debuting its newly minted name, the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society (VFTS), formerly the First Vancouver TheatreSpace Society (FVTS) will be holding an Annual General Meeting at Big Rock Urban Brewery and Eatery. On Thursday, July 27 at 6:00pm, the producers of the Vancouver Fringe Festival will discuss issues that are important to you and your Fringe Society. If you purchased and activated a Membership at the 2016 Fringe Festival, then you are a Member and eligible to attend and vote during the AGM.

Stick around after the AGM and celebrate the launch of the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival Program Guide at the Program Launch Party! Join us as we celebrate the 33rd release of the Festival guide in true Fringe fashion—with drinks and good conversation at the Big Rock Urban Brewery and Eatery.

A formal invite to the meeting and launch party will be sent out soon, but for the time being, be sure to save the date! A big thanks to our sponsors, Big Rock and Blenz Coffee, where you’ll be able to find the guide after July 27.

Don’t Miss the Theatre Wire Seasons Announcement!

Subscribe to our Theatre Wire newsletter to see our 2017-2018 Season coming soon!

Subscribe to our Theatre Wire newsletter to gain first day access to our 2017-2018 Season coming soon!

Look out! The Theatre Wire Season Announcement is almost here. Two shows in last year’s season, REDPATCH by Hardline Productions and Green Lake by Solo Collective Theatre, received a combined 12 Jessie Award nominations! Clearly, Theatre Wire shows are critically acclaimed! Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to know which shows will be part of the 2017/2018 season at Theatre Wire! Or visit the Theatre Wire Theatre Wire website to learn more.