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May 16, 2016

Theatre Wire’s Second Season Coming Soon!

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 ProductionsRedpatch 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.

What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been

So Long to Gareth Duncan. Who Can Fill His Shoes?

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.

Always a ham, we'll miss Gareth a lot!

Always a ham, we’ll miss Gareth a lot!

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.

Adam Francis Proulx’s Diary

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.

Photos from Adam's involvement at the BC Touring Council's Pacific Contact, including a selfie with his audience, a peek at his booth, and with his mentor, Dani Fecko. Photos by Adam Francis Proulx.

Photos from Adam’s involvement at the BC Touring Council’s Pacific Contact, including a selfie with his audience, a peek at his booth, and with his mentor, Dani Fecko. Photos by Adam Francis Proulx.

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!

Fringey Jobs and Volunteer Positions

The 2013 Fringe team was extra adorable, but that is not a job requirement.

The 2013 Fringe team was extra adorable, but that is not a job requirement.

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!

The Theatre Scene

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

rEvolver Festival 
now – May 22
The Cultch
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 
May 24
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 
May 26-28
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 
May 29
Vancouver Playhouse
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 
June 6
Studio 1398
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
Venue TBA
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!

Fringey Winners and Work with Us!

April 11, 2016

Dispatches From Deneh’Cho Thompson On Creating His

Fringe Play

After Deneh won The Fringe New Play Prize "Sh*t got real"

After Deneh won The Fringe New Play Prize “Sh*t got real”

Deneh’Cho Thompson won the 2016 Fringe New Play Prize from Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC). His win means that his Fringe artist fees are waived. Moreover, he will be working with PTC’s dramaturg, Kathleen Flaherty on the development of his show, The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine. Deneh will be drawing upon traditional Wolverine tales of the Dene people, which is the focus of his first blog post detailing the development of his show.

Deneh writes:

I am a mixed race Dené man, raised in a white middle class neighbourhood. I grew up on a mix of powwows and ‘90s gamer culture. I maintain a degree of traditional practice, yet have never visited my traditional territories. It is this internal conflict that is the central exploration of this work.

Read his full blog post here.


Our fabulous Audience Services Manager Angie (second from left) and some of her team in 2015.

Our fabulous Audience Services Manager Angie (second from left) and some of her team in 2015.

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Canada has 12.7 million volunteers—900,000 of which volunteer for arts and culture organizations—and this is the week to thank them! National Volunteer Week began in 1943 as a way to thank women for their efforts during WWII. Since then, the Week has expanded to become the largest celebration of civic participation in Canada.

The Fringe community is lucky enough to have over 500 volunteers who dedicate their time to make the Festival both fun and functional. In 2015, we estimated that those volunteers donated nearly 12,000 hours! Fringe volunteers tell us that they choose to volunteer for the Festival because they want to support arts and culture in Vancouver, they love theatre, and because volunteering is a great way to meet like minded individuals.

We’ll be recruiting volunteers for the 2016 Festival in June, so stay tuned for the call out!

In the meantime, we want to thank everyone who dedicated time to the Fringe. There’s no way the Festival could happen without you!!

Shear Comfort also wants to thank you! In 2014, Shear Comfort joined the Fringe to support the Volunteer Program. Their contribution has helped fund volunteer perks like t-shirts and training day BBQs, as well as the purchase of volunteer coordination software—all of this helping the Festival run smoothly. We’re happy to announce that Shear Comfort is back for 2016!

While Shear Comfort’s focus is obviously their custom-made seat covers for cars and trucks, they also have a soft side for contributing to their community. In addition to helping the Fringe, Shear Comfort offers a scholarship for students studying Automotive Technology and similar fields. They support Canadian and US active-duty military personnel and veterans with an extra discount. They also donate $1 to the BC SPCA from each online order of their seat covers to provide animals in need with care and protection.

Thanks Shear Comfort! And thanks to everyone who volunteers, be they Fringe volunteers, or volunteers for other organizations. The world needs you!



James and Jamesy are ready to break through the fourth wall April 12-17 at Studio 1398. Photo by Thaddeus Hink.

High Tea Opens Tomorrow!

It’s lovely to have a cup of tea with a friend. But when you have a cup with James & Jamesy, sometimes the fourth wall breaks, tea starts to flood the world, and you have to take part!

James & Jamesy’s High Tea opens tomorrow at Studio 1398 on Granville Island. This show sold out its run at the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival and is now back for a limited run.

Hailed as “a child’s imagination on steroids” by The London Free Press and “complete and utter fun” by the CBC, critics rave over the charismatic James & Jamesy. The unstoppable duo has been named Best of Fest (Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto), Most Outstanding Show (London), Best Comedy (Victoria), Patrons’ Pick (London), and Best Script (Montreal), among many other accolades.

Don’t miss High Tea, running April 12-17, make sure to get your tickets now! 


Feeling Extra Fringey?

Our awesome staff in 2014 - all in!

Our awesome staff in 2014 – all in!

We’re hiring seasonal staff AND looking for people to join our Board of Directors!


If you are great with people, consider applying to become our Assistant Volunteer Coordinator!

Reporting to the Audience Services Manager, the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator supports the recruitment, assignment, management, and training of 500+ volunteers who make the Fringe happen. The person in this position also takes the lead in coordinating the Volunteer Centre, including planning volunteer appreciation initiatives. This is a full-time seasonal position, beginning on May 9, 2016 and ending on October 6, 2016. Read more here!

Love the Fringe? Show your love by helping us find new board members for the Vancouver Fringe Board of Directors!

You’ll get to see behind the curtain and help the Fringe operate, grow, and thrive. If you’ve got marketing, fundraising, HR skills, governance and board experience, or small business experience we want to hear from you! We are looking for two new people to strengthen the current board.

If you or someone you know is interested in this awesome opportunity to embrace the arts please email jim.sibley[at]gmail.com.

As the Festival fast approaches we’ll be looking to fill more roles, please check our Work With Us page often, as well as follow us (@VancouverFringe) on social media to be the first to know!

The Theatre Scene

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

A Good Mother
April 20-24
Pacific Theatre
A script-in-hand staging featuring Fringe artists Kaitlin Williams and Eleanor Felton.
A child is left alone in a parked car outside a grocery store. One good mother’s sacrifice sets everyone’s lives on a new course, bringing into question what is right, what is good, and what is allowed.

Small Stage: Salon Series 
April  21 & May 12
The Emerald Room
Dances for a Small Stage is starting a new project that explores trans-cultural contemporary art through collaboration with the aim of celebrating unique Canadian culture by using a diverse range of traditional practices. For April 21, the theme will be “juxtapose” and on May 12, the theme will be “reconstruct.” Join them at the Emerald Room for a food, tempting drinks, and new ideas!

The New Conformity

The comfort of conformity versus the freedom of individuality.

rEvolver Festival
May 11-22
The Cultch
We know you love emerging artists and that’s what rEvolver is all about! In addition to some Fringe alumni (rice & beans theatre, Christine Quintana, and probably a few more), you can see The New Conformity! If you missed The New Conformity at the 2015 Fringe, where it won the Joanna Maratta  Award, this is your chance to see this “clever and compelling” (Times Colonist) juggling show that breaks any notions you have of what juggling is.


The cast of 5@50

A raw and darkly comedic portrayal of women in mid life.


May 12-28
PAL Studio Theatre
When Olivia loses control at her 50th birthday, her best friends decide to intervene. But is she the only one battling a demon or does each of these women face an addiction of one kind or another? 5 @ 50 is a raw and darkly comedic portrayal of women in mid life. It is also a bold examination of addiction and intervention, and of the friendships we can’t live without.