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Jimmy (centre) welcomes Chelsey (left) and Samantha (right) to the Fringe team.

Jimmy (centre) welcomes Chelsey (left) and Samantha (right) to the Fringe team.

New Fringers!

The Fringe’s team is changing! We’ve been hiring and we’re happy to welcome our new Managing Director, Samantha Kannegieter, and our new Sponsorship Manager, Chelsey Stuyt!

Samantha comes to us via the Vancouver Folk Festival where she was their Operations Manager. She still holds the Folk Fest in her heart and you’ll be able to find her down on Jericho Beach July 13-15 rocking a volunteer t-shirt. She’s excited to be part of the Fringe and can’t wait to meet all our volunteers, artists, audience members, donors, and supporters (aka, all of you) and celebrate all things Fringe this September!

Chelsey is a familiar Fringe face. You may have seen her as the Assistant Bar Manager last year, or on stage with her show The Secret, or a few years ago when she was our Raffle Coordinator and Distribution Coordinator. In her most recent role outside the Fringe, Chelsey led science shows for kids at Science World. She fed chameleons, troubleshot tesla coils, and lit gummy bears on fire—all in the name of science! Chelsey is also looking forward to the Fringe people. She says, “the people who work here are only one-half of the family. The best part is waiting for the rest to arrive during the Festival.”

We’d also like to say farewell to Chelsee Damen, our Acting Managing Director this past year as well as our Box Office Manager the year before. Chelsee has now moved on (although not too far), joining the Vancouver Writer’s Festival, who are in the office right next to the Fringe!

And finally, you’re invited to apply to be part of our team! We’re currently hiring a Communications & Outreach Coordinator (application deadline is Wednesday, April 18) and we’ve kicked off hiring our seasonal staff, including our Lead Designer. Most positions will be posted over the next few weeks, so be sure to check out our job postings here. And don’t forget, everyone can be part of the Fringe family! We start recruiting volunteers in June!

Happy Belated World Theatre Day!

World Theatre Day was on March 27, 2018 and while we’re a little late to the party, we still want to celebrate theatre! The best way to celebrate theatre is to go to the theatre, and with coupon code THEATRE, you’ll save 20% on tickets to Stephanie Morin-Robert’s Blindside, on April 26-28!

Save 20% on tickets to Blindside with coupon code THEATRE to celebrate World Theatre Day! Photo by Thaddeus Hink.

Save 20% on tickets to Blindside with coupon code THEATRE to celebrate World Theatre Day! Photo by Thaddeus Hink.

As part of World Theatre Day, the International Theatre Institute (ITI) selects a playwright to compose a message about the benefits of theatre. This year, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the International Theatre Institute, and to highlight the cross-cultural and international aspect of theatre, the ITI have selected five authors to write a message—one from each of the five UNESCO Regions. Read all of this year’s messages here.

A couple highlights from the messages include Lebanon’s Maya Zbib, who says theatre is “a moment of communion, an unrepeatable encounter, not found in any other secular activity. It’s the simple act of a group of people choosing to come together in the same place at the same time to take part in a shared experience”

Meanwhile Mexico’s Sabina Berman, says “More than literature, more than cinema, the theatre—which demands the presence of human beings before other human beings—is marvelously suited to the task of saving us from becoming algorithms, pure abstractions.”

Save yourself from becoming an abstraction! Go see some theatre! And don’t forget to use coupon code THEATRE when booking your tickets to Blindside!

National Volunteer Appreciation Week!

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This year’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week theme is: “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering—building confidence, competence, connections, and community.” Volunteers hold a special place in the Fringe’s heart. It’s absolutely true that without 500 people donating thousands of hours, the Festival simply would not happen. So thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who volunteers to make the Festival run smoothly! And a special shout out to volunteers who have been helping Theatre Wire! These volunteers sell tickets and work as ushers in support of independent theatre year round. Thank you!

We ask our volunteers why they donate time to the Fringe. Many point to gaining work experience, improving English language skills, and to the perks. But the overwhelming reason people volunteer for the Fringe is to support arts and culture and to have the opportunity to meet people and grow their social circles! We’re so happy that the Fringe and Theatre Wire help you find friends and we hope you continue volunteering with us. (We start recruiting in June!)


The Fringe also wants to send out a special thank you to the businesses that support the Fringe’s volunteer program. A big thanks to Boston Pizza and Earnest Ice Cream, as well as to the many organizations who donate prizes and snacks. And an extra special thank you to Shear Comfort! Shear Comfort specializes in custom truck and car seat covers, but they love the Fringe and support our volunteer program with their partnership!

Thanks for supporting the Fringe and happy National Volunteer Appreciation Week!

The Theatre Scene

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

April 26-28
Studio 1398
This award-winning physical comedy is Stéphanie Morin-Robert’s personal account of navigating childhood with a glass eye, the bullies and friends that shaped her experiences, and how the feat of overcoming and embracing disadvantage has made her the woman she is today. Use coupon code THEATRE to save 20% on your tickets!

James & Jamesy In The Dark
April 27
Revue Stage
Fringe alumni James & Jamesy bring their “painting come to life” back to Vancouver for one night only!

May 1-5
Havana Theatre
What happens when we become a cashless society? Is it a potential path to absolute dictatorship? Richard Sandborn grapples with this possibility in the debut show from Publius Productions and playwright Nathan Narusis.

Vancouver International Children’s Festival
May 28 – June 3
Various Venues
Introduce the kids in your life to theatre! Get them while they’re young, right?! Check out New Owner, an innovative blend of animation, live performance, and puppetry to create an exceptional look into life through a dog’s eyes. Check out the video here. Buy tickets. And check out all the shows that are part of the Festival here.