The GVPTA will again provide joint marketing free of charge for World Theatre Day events produced by current GVPTA Member Companies (or Individual Artist Members) and occuring in the month of March, 2010. This marketing effort will include a special World Theatre Day brochure, a poster, a page on on the GVPTA website, via e-mail, a bridge banner on Granville Island, via our blog, media releases and other publicity.

We are open to all kinds of submissions - the more creative the better! Events can take place any time in March, not just on the actual World Theatre Day, which falls onSaturday, March 27, 2010.

How can you and/or your company get involved? Here are just a few ideas...

  • In rehearsal in March? How about inviting the public to attend an open rehearsal? It's an exciting opportunity for theatre lovers and we'll publicize it for you.

  • Consider a backstage tour, reading, panel or a discussion group related to a production you will be working on in the spring.

  • Producing/presenting a show at that time? Offer a special ticket discount for World Theatre Day and we'll promote it for you. And don't forget to read the official "2010 World Theatre Day Message" before the show!

  • Team up with a group to present a series of shorter World Theatre Day presentations.

  • Do you have space to offer other groups for special world theatre day performances? Let us know that too.

Please note that the emphasis is on free or pay-what-you-can events, or else special discounts for mainstage performances.

World Theatre Day Programs currently in development:

  • NEW: "Flash Drive!" We will shortly be calling for proposals for a series of 3-5 minute theatrical "flash" events or performances that can take place in public locations throughout the city during the week of March 20-27. All GVPTA members will be invited to submit proposals. These events/performances will then be performed together at the GVPTA-hosted World Theatre Day Event on March 27.(Note - this event will replace our annual " My First Time" event, but will have many of the same features, i.e. pay-what-you-can admission, reading of the International Theatre Day message, and a party/reception after the performance). Stay tuned for more details!

  • Theatre Biz Chats at the VPL - What is the theatre business really like? Our fifth year of panel discussions with local artists will be held Sunday, March 21, 1:00 - 5:00 at the Vancouver Public Library, Main Branch.

  • Art By Actors - once again our local actors will be busy producing art on canvas that will be made available for auction, the proceeds of which will go towards the GVPTA. Display locations for the art TBC.

For more ideas and inspiration, please check out last year’s WTD listings here.

Please send your submissions in via e-mail to by Friday, January 22.Even if you do not have complete information by this date, you are encouraged to make contact with tentative proposals. The Submission Form can be downloaded in word doc format from the World Theatre Day page of our NEW (!) website.

If you would like to participate but are not yet a GVPTA Member, Individual Artist Memberships are available for $25 per year. Go to the Individual Membership page for more details.

Please contact us if you have any questions or need more information at 604.608.6799 or (Note: the GVPTA office will be closedfor the holidays until Monday Jan. 4)

The GVPTA thanks the Province of British Columbia and Metro Vancouver for support of our World Theatre Day initiative.


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