The Vancouver Fringe Festival Welcomes its New Executive Director
Andrew Westman and the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society are proud to announce that Laura Efron will be joining the Fringe as the new Executive Director. Laura has been a professional arts administrator for 20 years, working with some of Vancouver’s most established theatre organizations including Rumble Theatre, the Arts Club Theatre Company, the Firehall Arts Centre, and Capilano University’s BlueShore Centre.
The hiring committee, made up of Fringe Board Members Andrew Westman, Claudia Sjoberg, Sharon Sutherland, Leslie Carty, and Nancy More, alongside community representatives Howard Jang (SFU Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Woodward’s Cultural Unit) and Tara Travis (Fringe artist alumni) selected Laura from more than 60 applications that came from as far away as California and Ottawa.
“My love of the Vancouver Fringe Festival began when I volunteered for the Festival in 1997 shortly after moving to Vancouver,” Laura says. “Since then, I have enthusiastically attended the Festival as a member of the theatre community, been a donor, and helped facilitate Fringe shows at the Firehall Arts Centre during my time as the General Manager. I am excited to take on this role because of the opportunity to be surrounded by such enthusiastic volunteers and artists and to be part of a team that is working hard to provide theatre for everyone.”
The Fringe is thrilled to have Laura and her diverse experience as part of the team. The Festival will welcome Laura to her role as the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society’s Executive Director on December 11, 2017.
The Georgia Straight, the Fringe’s Presenting Partner and large supporter of the Festival for many years, is turning 50 big ones this year! That’s 50 years of Japanese fartsploitation, naked devils, and stories about Robert Redford, Stephen Harper, and Bill O’Reilly. Not to mention day-to-day coverage of the Vancouver Fringe Festival!
To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, the Georgia Straight‘s is selling a limited edition cover poster by Bob Masse signed by the artist, Bob Masse, and Georgia Straight‘s publisher, Dan McLeod! Bob Masse has been producing concert posters since the 1960s with designs reflecting the art nouveau movement and the work of Alphonse Mucha in particular. You’ll notice the techniques of that period in his brilliant colour palette, unique lettering style, and bold composition. So join the Fringe and the Georgia Straight in celebrating 50 years of local art and news in Vancouver!
Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of Theatre!
The Lonesome West
October 20-November 11
Described as “hilarious and viscerally exciting” by the Daily Telegraph, The Loneseome West is a violent, dark comedy about two brothers learning to coexist. And it features Vancouver Fringe Festival Box Office Manager, Paige Louter as Girleen!
Wives and Daughters
Frederic Wood Theatre
Wives and Daughters is the newest adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s 1860s serial novel of the same name by UBC Theatre and Film Professor Jacqueline Firkins. Drop by UBC to see a feminist ahead of her time tell the story of 17-year-old Molly, the daughter of a country doctor whose life gets turned upside down when an overbearing stepmother and an impetuous stepsister move in! Buy tickets here.
The Ridiculous Darkness
The ANNEX Theatre
If you like Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now, you’ll want to check out Fringe alumni, Alley Theatre’s The Ridiculous Darkness! When two soldiers enter a foreign (to them) land to retrieve a fellow comrade, the local communities and inhabitants encounter them and the journey becomes an exploration of how difficult yet vital it is to understand “the other.” Vancouver Fringe Festival Acting Managing Director Jess Amy Shead will make an appearance!
Mockingjay: The Musical
The conclusion of the Hunger Games: The Musical trilogy Mockingjay: The Musical is here with action-packed battles and Taylor Swift. Read about the pop fueled parody from its playwright Mark Vandenberg here!
Attention artists! Applications for the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival have been delayed as the Fringe undergoes its Diversity Audit. However, the Fringe will be accepting submissions for the 2018 Festival very soon. Information will be available on our website as soon as a date is set. Or, you can subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know when applications open!