Monday, February 08, 2016

apply for our 2016-2017 apprenticeship

We are accepting applications for our 2016-2017 Apprenticeship! The application deadline is March 1, so check it out quickly!

Pacific Theatre offers a full-time professional apprenticeship program for emerging artists who are looking to build a bridge between academia and the professional marketplace. The Company Apprenticeship is composed of three primary, intersecting categories of activity:


A significant portion of the apprentice’s time will be spent working on assigned administrative tasks, mostly in the capacity of Box Office and Front-of-House staff, as well as potential mentorships with specific administrative roles (community engagement, marketing, development). These hours will ebb and flow as the production cycle progresses, often culminating in weeks of long administrative hours followed by open weeks to work on artistic endeavours.


Apprentices will be periodically required by the Production Manager to participate in crew calls for lighting, construction and strike. Such calls will take place outside of scheduled administrative time.


Depending on the specific needs of the season, apprentices are invited to participate artistically in mainstage productions both in areas they are interested in pursuing, and areas which will round out the apprentice’s experience in professional theatre. This work may include: acting or understudying in a mainstage production, training and mentorship sessions with company artists, providing hands-on assistance to costume, lighting and/or set designers, designing lights or sound, assistant stage managing, shadowing a director, props construction, etc.

Apprentices will also be charged with collectively producing several ‘second-stage’ projects of their choosing throughout the year. Past examples include one-act plays, 24 Hour theatre festivals, actor showcases, etc. Such projects provide excellent opportunities for aspiring directors, producers and playwrights, as well as actors.

How to Apply:

Apprenticeships generally span eleven months from August to June. A modest living stipend is available.

Successful applicants will have read our “About Us” section, as well as looked at our past productions, to comment on what draws them to Pacific Theatre as a company.

Please note that due to Canadian Immigration Laws, we are only able to accept Canadian applicants.

Submissions should be made to Cara Cunningham at, or by mail to:

Cara Cunningham – Operations Coordinator
Pacific Theatre
1440 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V6H 1M8


-A headshot
-All relevant resumes (acting, production, general work experience, etc.)
-A letter of intent detailing reason for applying, why you want to work with Pacific Theatre, and what you hope to get out of an apprenticeship

Applications due by March 1, 2016.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

common grace | responses

"We just arrived home from Common Grace and we were blown away by how fantastic it is!! Having been a doctor for 38 years and a palliative care physician for 27 of those years, this play is realistic to the core! It is true, in the deep sense of true. I have been in the middle of countless scenes like those in this play, all of them funny and scary and tragic (all at the same time) just like the interchanges in Common Grace. So good that it did not tidy up the loose ends - that seldom happens in real life - but the grace that was there so beautifully and subtly is one of the things that gives me the passion to continue to care for patients and families at the end of life. The resilience of the human spirit and the power of love in the midst of life's messes never cease to amaze and renew me. Thank you for supporting the young artists and believing in them. Thank you to all who worked to make Common Grace uncommonly wonderful." Margaret Cottle, MD, CCFP (Palliative Care)

"This play was a wonderful reflection on the nature of grief, thwarted desire, and what happens when you’re forced to confront just what you turned your back on." | Roxanne Kalenborn, Fun! Fun! Vancouver

"Directed by Ron Reed on Carolyn Rapanos’s realistic set, the performances are strong and committed... Mortensen takes Miriam through a huge transformation... Kerri Norris’s Carol is a salt-of-the-earth mother and Cunningham’s Alanna endears herself to us with her sweetness tinged with sardonic wit. Rebecca De Boer makes a furiously explosive Abby." | Jo Ledingham

"There’s wit in Common Grace. And heart." | Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

"There is an authentic connection between the trio [Shauna Johannesen, Julie Lynn Mortensen, and Cara Cunningham] when they are on stage together. In her professional stage debut, Cunningham is particularly good here as the youngest of the siblings. Carl Kennedy brings a wonderfully understated performance as Pastor Dan" | Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents

"Common Grace is filled with surprises, so be prepared for an emotional ride. Be ready to laugh more than you expected too." | Daniel Chai, VancityBuzz

"Loved Common Grace at @PacificTheatre! Great play with honest, real characters, and excellent performances all around." | @CaptiveThunder, Twitter

"Amid the dark realism, punctuations of humour break the tension. The production nicely marries Johannesen’s clever writing and the cast’s outstanding timing." | Robin Lawrence, The MB Herald

"This show was right up there on our list of best ever PT productions. So well cast, brilliant acting and one of THE BEST SETS. Well done, all. I've already started word of mouth advertising and might just have to come again." | longtime subscriber

Friday, February 05, 2016

Thursday, February 04, 2016

throwback thursday | shauna johannesen in wittenberg

We've known Shauna Johannesen for a long time, and our long-term audiences may remember her from WITTENBERG.  Here's a little Throwback Thursday fun looking at the various characters she played in that show.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

to feb 14 | francis boyle in company | united player

When PT set up shop here on West 12th, Francis Boyle was a regular - Navy Wife, Dreams of Kings & Carpenters, lots more. After time away from the boards, Frank returned to the stage a couple years ago with a lovely Henry Higgins (Theatre In The Country), and his show in the 2015 Fringe (Blackbird) was maybe my outstanding theatre experience of the year! (not counting PT shows - I'm biased.)  He now takes an "elegant" (Review Vancouver) turn in the United Players' production of Company.

sep 28-30 | arts + the inklings conference | twu

Argh! I'll be in Boston. How I would have loved to do a reading of the Tolkien play, presented this "paper" I have in mind, "The Inklings Go To The Movies," and generally soaked up the next-best-thing-to-Oxford air. Well, you'll just have to step into the breach...

common grace | show photos

Here's a batch of photos from COMMON GRACE.  

Monday, February 01, 2016

common grace | opening night photos

We had a great opening of COMMON GRACE on Friday!  Thanks to all who came out, below are some shots from the post-show reception.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

jan 30 | eagle rock gospel singers | media club

Eagle Rock Gospel Singers
Media Club
Sat Jan 30 | doors 8pm

"Will Wadsworth formed The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers in the winter of 2010 following a failed relationship, a band dissolution and a scary airplane ride. In order to respark his interest in music, he and his roommate, Jeremy Horton, gathered friends together to sing old Gospel songs. They sang songs inspired by their love of Washington Phillips, The Staples Singers, Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe – you know, the real classics – and held house parties just so they could perform. Soon enough, a large, shifting group of people came each week to join in on the weekly jams. There could be anything from 8 to 18 participants, depending upon the night. Wadsworth and Horton, realizing this might work in a club setting, pared down the group to core members, and they began performing around Los Angeles. In 2014, they recorded their first album with Matt Wignall (Cold War Kids, J. Roddy Walston and the Business). Heavenly Fire is an explosive barn-burner, taught with electricity and highlighting Kim Garcia's remarkable singing. It provides an articulation of their sound, honed over those many group parties, into a band that has become a rousing celebration of traditional Gospel sounds with rock foundations." Media Club website

L.A. Weekly interview…

“We were covering stuff by artists who were doing it in the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s,” says drummer-singer Will Wadsworth. “The stuff that resonated with us was coming from people who were singing out of a place of desperation, sometimes heartache, sometimes complete joy. . . .

The band’s debut album, Heavenly Fire . . . is a rip-roaring, soaring batch of rootsy-flavored originals written by the band’s individual members, who took their songwriting cues from the greatest and most venerable of American trad musical genres. . . .

“Gospel music for a lot of people is defined by the content,” Wadsworth says, “and that’s usually traditional stories that are based in what we have known as the Bible of Judeo-Christian beliefs. These orations wove themselves into music that was very white bluegrass music, very white folk and country music and very African-American blues gospel.”

common grace | soundtrack

Rick Colhoun's selections for the soundtrack of Common Grace add up to a pretty great jazz playlist. Here's a rundown of the tunes, with links to online sources.

"I'd like to play something from Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis.
It's one of Dad's favourite albums. It's perfect."

Bewitched | Paul Desmond, "Cool Imagination" / "Easy Living"

Almost Blue | Chet Baker

Autumn Leaves | Cannonball Adderly & Miles Davis, "Somethin' Else"

Song For My Father | Horace Silver, "Song For My Father"

So What | Miles Davis, "Kind of Blue"

Blue Train | John Coltrane, "Blue Train"

I Want Jesus To Walk With Me | Nelson Boschman, "Keeping Time Vol. 2"

Blue In Green | Miles Davis "Kind of Blue"

Some Other Time | Bill Evans, "Everybody Digs Bill Evans" 

Marionette | Marvin Stamm, "Mystery Man"

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered | Brad Mehldau, "The Art Of The Trio, Vol. 3"

Blackbird | Brad Mehldau, "The Art of the Trio, Vol. 1"