The latest news on BC's arts, culture and heritage sector.

Curtis Pendleton Named ACT Arts Centre Executive Director

Curtis Pendleton will take on the role of executive director for The ACT Arts Centre starting in February

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Fay Nass Steps In as New Artistic Director of the frank theatre company

Nass, a director, devisor, producer and theatre maker, assumes the role of artistic director for the Vancouver-based theatre company.

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WolfBrown Releases Performing Arts Ticket Buyer Media Usage Study

WolfBrown Releases Performing Arts Ticket Buyer Media Usage Study

The study, available for free download, provides a current snapshot of the digital and print media consumption patterns of performing arts patrons, showing a massive trend toward digital consumption.

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Lori Marchand Appointed as Managing Director of NAC's Indigenous Theatre

Marchand leaves her position as executive director of Western Canada Theatre, which she's held for 18 years.

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CAPACOA Issues New Article on Live Arts Attendance Trends

CAPACOA Issues New Article on Live Arts Attendance Trends

CAPACOA has issued a new article on barriers to attendance for live arts audiences entitled "Attendance Trends: Why Won’t They Come?," which sources a number of recent reports on Canadian and American live arts event audiences. 

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Chris Gatchalian Steps Down As frank theatre company Artistic Producer

Chris Gatchalian Steps Down As frank theatre company Artistic Producer

the frank theatre company announced November 27 that Chris Gatchalian will step down as artistic producer, effective December 15. the frank will continue under new leadership, set to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Marcus Youssef Wins the 2017 Siminovitch Prize

Youssef, the artistic director of Neworld Theatre, wins a $100,000 prize. Christine Quintana, whom he has chosen as his protégée, will receive $25,000.

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BC Touring Council Presents On the Road Touring Workshop

BC Touring Council Presents On the Road Touring Workshop

The BC Touring Council presents On the Road: A Touring Workshop for Aspiring, Emerging Performing Artists. The workshop takes place in Burnaby November 18-19.

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Vancouver Civic Theatres Announces ANNEX Theatre Residency Call for Proposals

Vancouver Civic Theatres Announces ANNEX Theatre Residency Call for Proposals

The new ANNEX Theatre Residency Program will make Vancouver's ANNEX an incubation ground for creative growth, while also offering much-needed space to local theatre groups. Applications are open until December 4.

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Nominations Open for Kamloops Mayor's Awards for the Arts

Nominations have opened for the categories of Emerging Artist, Artist of the Year: Visual Arts, and Business in Support of the Arts. The deadline for nominations is October 11.

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Vancouver Fringe Festival Calls for Diversity Focus Group Participants

The Vancouver Fringe Festival seeks to connect with performing artists who have never participated in the festival to conduct a focus group, in order to create a new model around diversity and equity. Register by August 21.

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David Jordan Steps Down as Vancouver Fringe Festival Executive Director

Jordan, who has headed the theatre festival for twelve years, leaves his position at the end of this year's festival in September.

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BC Artists and Cultural Advocates Among Recipients of Order of Canada

Those appointed on June 30 include Indigenous cultural advocate Gloria Cranmer Webster, theatre practitioner Margo Kane and musicologist Sylvia L'Ecuyer.

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Arts Club Theatre Company Names Ashlie Corcoran As New Artistic Director

Ashlie Corcoran, who is originally from White Rock, and is currently artistic director at Thousand Islands Playhouse in Ontario, assumes the artistic leadership role at the Arts Club in October.

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The Winners Are In: Rounding Up the 2017 Jessie Awards

The 35th Annual Jessie Awards, recognizing excellence in Vancouver theatre, were held June 26. Check out our write-up for a list of winners.

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National Arts Centre Names Kevin Loring as Indigenous Theatre Artistic Director

Nlaka’pamux actor and playwright Kevin Loring, who is originally from Lytton, will be the first artistic director of the NAC's newly formed Indigenous Theatre when it launches in 2019.

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Pacific Contact 2018 Opens Showcase Applications

The BC Touring Council has opened online showcase applications for its annual touring conference, Pacific Contact 2018. The deadline for applications is June 30.

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"New Arts Club Hire Must Prioritize Diversity," Alliance ED Brenda Leadlay Tells The Georgia Straight

Leadlay told the Straight that Arts Club hiring committee members must ensure that "they are aware of the national concern that is surrounding [...] cultural diversity in leadership positions."

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Jessie Awards Announce 2017 Nominees

Arts Club's Angels in America dominates the Large Theatre category, while diverse productions battle it out for the Small Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences awards. The ceremony will take place in Vancouver June 26.

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Act Now: Nominations for the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards Close May 18

Celebrate those who have made exceptional contributions to the arts in Vancouver by submitting a nomination for the 2017 Mayor's Arts Awards. The deadline for nominations is noon on May 18, 2017.

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