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vAct is now taking submissions for the Emerging Dramaturg position for their MSG new play development program, in association with Playwrights Theatre Centre, PTC. This paid position will be a hands-on learning…

MSG Emerging Dramaturg Submissions

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vAct is now taking submissions for the Emerging Dramaturg position for their MSG new play development program, in association with Playwrights Theatre Centre, PTC. This paid position will be a hands-on learning experience propelling the individual from emerging to professional dramaturgy. The Emerging Dramaturg will be learning from and working with PTC Dramaturgs during the Block V Summer workshop of 2020 and MSG Play Development workshops Winter 2020-2021. The Emerging Dramaturg will receive a $1500 stipend for their work.

Representation matters in all roles of art making. vAct is dedicated to inclusive practices by increasing the number of under-represented individuals in every role involved in play making, which includes: producers, directors and dramaturgs. Diversity and various perspectives in our community enriches the artistic process and expands our understanding of the ever changing world. By increasing the number of diverse voices in our community, we can better support our playwrights. Artists living with disabilities, LGBTQ+, and/or POC identifying artists that can support an Asian Canadian perspectives are encouraged to apply.  

Time commitment and responsibilities: 

  • Must be available in April 2020 to be part of MSG play selection committee.
  • Must be available for Block V workshops, in-person meetings and phone calls during the Summer of 2020.
  • Must be available for in-person dramaturgical meetings and workshops with playwrights and Dramaturgs during Dec 2020 and Jan 2021. 

How to Submit: 

Please submit to playsubmission@vact.ca with the subject title EMERGING DRAMATURG. In one PDF file, please have the following: 

  • An Artist Bio (750 words max), describing your work as an artist so far, and your intentions in being part of the MSG new play development program as the Emerging Dramaturg.
  • Curriculum Vitae, CV (1 page max).

Deadline for submissions will be on March 1 2020.

Please send any questions to playsubmission@vact.ca 

Free admission Location: Progress Lab Studio, 1422 William St RSVP at: tickets@vact.ca My Little Tomato by Rick Tae When: January 15th, 8pm-10pm A Chinese-Canadian kindergarten teacher inherits an organic farm from his deceased…

Save the date for our MSG Lab readings

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Free admission
Location: Progress Lab Studio, 1422 William St

My Little Tomato by Rick Tae
When: January 15th, 8pm-10pm
A Chinese-Canadian kindergarten teacher inherits an organic farm from his deceased parents and vows to continue the business to honor his family name. As Keaton Chu learns to grow, nurture and pour his heart out into every single fruit and vegetable, he obsesses over finding a home for each, believing that every life has a purpose whether deformed, rotten or misjudged. Meanwhile, a young Japanese-Irish wholesaler, Joe McKinley, has fallen in crush over this avant garde supplier — helping to guide Keaton towards true love of the ‘conventional’ kind, supporting his unique eccentricities and yet showing that relationships are ultimately possible even when tomatoes have to come in between them.

Oh Sandra! by June Pang
When: January 16th, 8pm-10pm
Turbulent, imaginative Frankie is irrepressibly drawn to curious but complicated Audrey. Art and politics infuse the language of love and lust in this play about making the best of bad timing, avoiding the obvious, and living life in the warm, comforting glow of cultural heroes.

Himmat by Gavan Cheema
When: January 19th, 8pm-10pm
Himmat by Gavan Cheema is a gripping and hilarious narrative that uses both Punjabi and English to delve into the world of a father and daughter born generations and miles apart. It is a story about redemption and love. A story that humanizes a working-class immigrant father in an attempt to shed light on many topics Punjabi families keep in the dark. Told through flashbacks and set in Surrey Memorial Hospital, Himmat takes it’s audience on a journey to explore the complexity of family history and the impending doom of human mortality.

July 19, 2019, 4pm (Doors Open at 3:30pm)

Congratulations Alannah Ong! Jessie Richardson Awards

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July 15th 2019.

We are proud to announce during the 37th Annual Jessie Richardson Awards, Alannah Ong won a Jessie for Best Supporting Actress in a Small Theatre for her role in The Ones We Leave Behind by Loretta Seto. It is a well-deserved win! She brought humor and pathos to her character that was beloved by audiences and critics alike. This is her second nomination and first win with VACT; her first nomination was for her role in Ga Ting by Minh Ly.

We also wanted to give a shoutout to Heather Redfern and the Cultch for receiving the Vancouver Now Representation and Inclusion Award. We couldn’t think of a more deserving recipient!

Finally, we want to congratulate everyone who was nominated in our vAct family. You are all still winners in our hearts!

It’s time for another round of MSG! We are looking for plays to be developed for our staged reading series in January 2020. Through the MSG Lab, VACT showcases Asian Canadian playwrights…

We Are Now Taking MSG Lab Submissions for 2020

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It’s time for another round of MSG! We are looking for plays to be developed for our staged reading series in January 2020.

Through the MSG Lab, VACT showcases Asian Canadian playwrights and their stories and seeks to develop more Asian Canadian plays to a professional level for potential production by VACT or with other theatre companies in the Greater Vancouver area.

The selected emerging or established playwright(s) will be offered 3 months of dramaturgy through PTC, two workshop sessions and a staged reading. One play may be selected for further development with the potential to be produced in the future.

 

Play Submission Guidelines:

Applications to the 2019-2020 MSG Lab 1 will open on Feb. 1, 2019

Timeline:

MSG Lab 1 Application Deadline:
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:59PM

MSG Lab 1 Results Announced:
Friday, May 31, 2019

MSG Lab 1 Workshops & Presentations:
November 2019 to January 2020

MSG Lab 2 Pick Announced:
February 2020

MSG Lab 2 Workshop & Presentation:
May 2020

 

Submission Checklist:

  • A cover letter (2 pages maximum) discussing the rationale behind your proposed project, for example: What is your project about? What is your vision for this project? Why this particular project now? Why the MSG Lab? What are your needs and expectations of this process
  • Curriculum vitae of the applicant;
  • A brief writing plan of the entire project, including development history (if applicable);
  • A current draft, a collection of scenes, or a detailed sketch of the proposed project, with numbered pages;
  • A title page with your name and contact information;
  • Submit your files in PDF format;
  • Email your completed application package to playsubmission@vact.ca by May 1, 2019 (we only accept email applications)

Submissions are read by a panel of curatorial staff and guest artists. Shortlisted candidates may be contacted for a follow-up interview. Decisions will be made by end of May.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or your eligibility, please contact playsubmission@vact.ca. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Casting Call is Now Closed. Casting call for the world premiere of Suicide Forest by Tetsuro Shigematsu, (Empire of the Son), directed by Ami Gladstone (Onegin) running November 7-17th 2019, produced by Vancouver Asian…

Call For Auditions – Suicide Forest

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Casting Call is Now Closed.

Casting call for the world premiere of Suicide Forest by Tetsuro Shigematsu, (Empire of the Son), directed by Ami Gladstone (Onegin) running November 7-17th 2019, produced by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT).

Synopsis: Suicide Forest is a darkly comedic family drama about an agoraphobic daughter’s quest to prevent her father’s suicide

Character Descriptions:

Maya (25-30) – Young Japanese Woman 25-30. Agoraphobic. Plays with Kenzo on a Virtual Reality Game platform. A Recluse in reality a Badass in VR.

Kenzo (25-30) – Young Asian Man 25-30. Plays with Maya on a Virtual Reality Game platform. A new and only friend of Maya. Curious, eager to learn.

Hiroshi (50+) – Middle-Aged Japanese Man preparing for suicide. Father of Maya.

Asa (30-40) – Any gender. Asian young professional, CEO. Smooth and calculating

Audition dates: Feb 8th

Show Details

Rehearsal Dates: October 13th, 2019 – November 3rd, 2019

Show Dates: November 7th, 2019 – November 17th, 2019

Contract: ITA

Only those invited to audition will be contacted. Submissions from Asian Canadian actors are highly encouraged as we are committed to developing and producing professional Asian-Canadian theatre shows and talent. VACT acknowledges that we live and work on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

In association with PTC, we are extremely excited to announce the three finalists for the our MSG Lab, a development program for up-and-coming Asian-Canadian Playwrights. We received submissions from across the country…

MSG 1 Lab: 2018-2019 Winners Announcement

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In association with PTC, we are extremely excited to announce the three finalists for the our MSG Lab, a development program for up-and-coming Asian-Canadian Playwrights. We received submissions from across the country and it was extremely difficult to narrow it down to three. However, after great deliberation, we have selected the following three plays/playwrights to work with over the next five months:

 


Zahida Rahemtulla: The Wrong Bashir (Dramaturg: Heidi Taylor)

Zahida Rahemtulla is an emerging writer of fiction and theatre. She studied Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at New York University in New York and Abu Dhabi. She now works in the immigrant and refugee non-profit sector and is also a current student of fiction at the SFU Writer’s Studio. The Wrong Bashir is her first play.

 


Jeff Ho: Bloom/Rot (Dramaturg: Kathleen Flaherty)

Jeff is a Toronto based theatre artist, originally from Hong Kong. Most recently, he debuted and performed in his play, trace, as part of Factory Theatre’s 2017/2018 season, in association with b current, directed by Nina Lee Aquino. As a playwright, Jeff is working on reinterpretations of classics: a modern adaptation of antigone, produced by Young People’s Theatre’s as part of their 18/19 season, an adaptation of iphigenia among the taurians, produced by Saga Collectif, debuting in January 2019 in Toronto, and whispers, an exploration of interlingualism in Shakespeare’s canon with Repercussion Theatre and Playwrights Workshop Montreal for Fall, 2018, in Montreal. His debut play, trace, will be published by Playwrights Canada Press for their Fall 19/20 catalogue. He has held residencies with the Stratford Festival, Nightswimming, Cahoots, The Banff Playwrights Lab, and Factory Theatre.

Jeff has been twice nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for performance, a Harold Award, as well as the SummerWorks Emerging Artist Award. As an administrator and educator, Jeff was the Apprentice Artistic Director at Factory Theatre, with Nina Lee Aquino, for their 16/17 season. Jeff is a graduate of the National Theatre School.

 


Diana Bang: Possessed (Dramaturg: Dawn Milman)

Diana Bang was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. She is an actor and sketch comedian. Film credits include The Interview, Entanglement and The Cleanse. She is a founding member of Asian-Canadian sketch comedy group, Assaulted Fish. Currently, she performs with The Lady Show, a comedy show where they put the “joy” in “feminist killjoy”.  She is also a member of Wet Ink Collective. Diana is working on producing and performing a solo show, SELF-ish, written by Kuan Foo and directed by Dawn Milman, for the Vancouver Fringe Festival. She’ll also be performing with The Lady Show at this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival. On the film side of things, Diana is very excited to be writing and directing a digital short film, “Karaoke Mamas” for Storyhive, with her sister Andrea Bang.

Congratulations to all the finalists and be on the lookout for public readings happening in January 2019!

Playwright Loretta Seto is currently hard at work putting the final touches on The Ones We Leave Behind, our next MainStage show running at The Cultch in Oct-Nov this year. She is also…

Playwright Loretta Seto on how she first started writing

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Playwright Loretta Seto is currently hard at work putting the final touches on The Ones We Leave Behind, our next MainStage show running at The Cultch in Oct-Nov this year. She is also the writer behind the smash hit Dirty Old Woman, co-produced by VACT in 2016. We ask Loretta how she came to write her first play, and here’s what she had to tell us:

Growing up, I wasn’t naturally drawn to playwriting—instead fiction was my grand passion and theatre felt like a distant planet designated for the artsy acting students that starred in the musicals and plays at the local high school I attended. It wasn’t until just over 10 years ago that I took my first real step towards theatre when I signed up for a monologue workshop at PTC. I felt a real apprehension being there since I had very little playwriting experience, and my starting attempt at the first few pages of a monologue was nothing short of dismal (expository dialogue galore!). But as the weeks passed, I found a certain stride in the writing and managed to complete a 45-minute piece titled Deep Water, which tells the story of a troubled woman on the verge of a breakdown after she discovers she is pregnant by her lover and does not know how to tell the news to her husband. Deep Water went on to be selected by VACT for further development as part of their 2013 MSG Lab program and culminated in a staged reading. The experience was hugely rewarding for me, and gave me the extra boost of confidence that, yes, perhaps I could be part of this magical world of theatre after all.

Fast forward to 2018 and I’m in the midst of working on another draft of my full-length play The Ones We Leave Behind, which is VACT’s mainstage production this fall. The Ones We Leave Behind tells the story of Abby Chung who investigates the life of an elderly woman who died completely alone, and in the process discovers some answers to the mystery of her own life. Having already gone through two staged readings last year, I’m excited by the journey the piece has travelled thus far and can’t wait to see how things grow after the next round of play workshops.

I am beyond thrilled at having the support of VACT, which has fostered my development as a playwright early on, and I am grateful to this amazing theatre company that works so hard to get Asian Canadian stories out there and on stage for all to see.”

This year’s MSG Lab in partnership with PTC was the most successful yet; we had a terrific turnout. Even on the night when there was a snowstorm we had a full house!…

Recap of our 2017-18 MSG Lab Readings

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This year’s MSG Lab in partnership with PTC was the most successful yet; we had a terrific turnout. Even on the night when there was a snowstorm we had a full house! To recap, Gary Mok’s I broke the ocean, Yumi Ogawa’s Japanglish and Sangeeta Wylie’s The Boat People, were the three plays chosen to be workshopped with public readings. Congratulations to all those who participated– the actors, directors, dramaturgs and those who stayed behind to put away all the chairs. We are so grateful for the supportive community that is behind VACT and in particular those who faithfully attend our MSG Labs.

The Boat People team, Clockwise from top left: Donna Yamamoto, Manami Hara, Damon Bradley Jang, Elizabeth Thai, Heidi Taylor, Sangeeta Wylie, Mary Troung, Agnes Tong, Bahareh Shigematsu, Quynh Mi and Thai-Hoa Le

Japanglish team, L-R: Bahareh Shigematsu, Yumi Ogawa, Jane Heyman, Hiro Kanagawa, Manami Hara and Kathleen Flaherty
i broke the ocean team, L-R: Gary Mok, Jamie King, Joanna Garfinkel, Howie Lai, Bahareh Shigematsu, Melissa Oei, Diana Bang, BC Lee, Brent Hirose and Donna Yamamoto