Something Old, Something New
The Fringe is here! Well, not yet in Vancouver, but with the Orlando Fringe well underway, this means that Fringe season is upon us. From Charlottetown to Nanaimo, there is no shortage of Fringe Festivals across the continent. Many of these festivals belong to the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals, which also includes American festivals. Every year, many Fringe artists tour the circuit, performing in multiple cities in the U.S. and Canada. From Orlando, five shows will be making their way through various festivals before coming to Vancouver this September: Al Lafrance: I Think I’m Dead, Magical Mystery Detour, Banned in the USA, Red Bastard: Lie With Me, and Forget Me Not: The Alzheimer’s Whodunnit.
Travelling this summer? Maybe you’re close to a Fringe! Check out the list of all the Fringes here.
And whether you get to check out a Fringe while on holiday or not, you can read reviews of Fringe shows making their way through North America. Vancouver is one of the last Fringes on the circuit, so we’ll be sharing reviews of shows coming to Vancouver through our Facebook page and on our Twitter feed! Happy Fringing!
Our team is blooming with new Fringers! We’re happy to welcome new and familiar faces: Karla Comanda, Nina Dosdall, Rosemarie Gresham, and Jess Amy Shead! Plus, we’re still hiring.
If you love volunteers and want to kick-off your Vancouver Fringe experience this summer, apply to be a Volunteer Team Leader! These high-level volunteers assist in recruiting, scheduling, training, and supervising over 500 Festival volunteers. To apply, email your resume and cover letter by Friday, June 29.
Karla is the newest addition to our team as our Communications and Outreach Coordinator. She comes to us from Ricepaper Magazine, where she’s their Fiction Editor. She is also a poet, translator, and playwright—her play Medium was part of the 2017 Brave New Play Rites Festival. She looks forward to seeing the groundbreaking works coming to this year’s Festival and meeting the artists behind the fantastic shows!
Nina returns as our Assistant Volunteer Coordinator after holding the position in 2016 and volunteering last year. When she’s not in the office, she channels her energies into creative projects such as collaborating for a show dealing with issues about anxiety. She also performed in an immersive show called A Game of You, with approximately 200 performances for one individual at a time! She is excited to see new and old faces, adding, “I’m always excited to see the many volunteers who come out—it makes for a wicked party.”
Rosemarie was our Lead Designer in 2015 and since her last stint with the Fringe, she’s worked as a User Experience Designer at SAP and was the Designer and Communications Assistant at the Mackin House Museum in Coquitlam. She’s enthusiastic about discovering new shows at this year’s Fringe!
You may recognize Jess Amy Shead, returning for the fifth time as our Artist Services Coordinator. Jess is thrilled about the new staff: “I’m excited to switch things up and for a new start. Who knows what this new group of people can make happen?” You can catch her at this year’s rEvolver Festival, where she’ll be performing The Somewhere Cedar in a closet!
Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of Theatre!
May 23-June 3
Upintheair Theatre’s annual theatre festival is just around the corner! Check out the groundbreaking show Geologic Formations, which responds to the contemporary rise of fascism by pushing the boundaries of Disability/Crip-theatre. If you want to see familiar faces, check out Fringe alumni shows 12 Minute Madness and Distractingly Sexy, which were part of the 2017 Fringe. Or see our long-time Artist Services Coordinator Jess Amy Shead’s free show The Somewhere Cedar, where she’ll be performing in a closet! And if you missed Kitt & Jane: An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future at the 2013 Fringe, now’s your chance. Use the promo code SALMON to get 20% off your tickets to their opening night, May 30! There are lots of shows at rEvolver! See the whole lineup here.
SHIFT Festival 11
May 31-June 2
CBC Studio 700
SHIFT Festival 11 puts the spotlight on 2016 Fringe alumna Yvette Dudley-Neuman’s Titillations, a provocative and profound exposé on the female breast. Performed from a powerful female perspective, this body-positive show about boobs is accompanied by a festival workshop, panel discussion, festival marketplace, and more. Featuring the musical stylings of the all-female live band The Land of Deborah and musical arrangements by Peter Abando, Titillations also features 2018 Fringe artist Sara Vickruck and former Fringe Box Office Manager Emily Henney.