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Wet Ink Collective First Annual Spring Reading Series



Please join us for our first annual Wet Ink Collective Spring Reading Series, featuring two of our member playwrights. 2 plays! 2 nights! Details are below – hope to see you there!


Date: May 3 & 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre

162 West 1st Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 0H6

Admission: FREE – donations welcome.

Tuesday May 3 @ 7:30p.m.

A Kitchen Pas de Deux

Written by Maureen Robinson

Directed by *Jane Heyman

Featuring *Jillian Fargey and *Chirag Naik

** “The participation of this Artist is (these Artists are) arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the DanceOperaTheatre Policy (DOT).”


A young man breaks into a lakeside cabin late at night and gets more than he bargained for when the cabin’s lone inhabitant, a mature woman, takes extreme steps to defend her property. Over the next 24 hours, their story unfolds like an intricate and dangerous pas de deux. Who has the upper hand? Who is leading whom? A fiercely funny two-hander, A Kitchen Pas de Deux is about grief, trespassing, and those fleeting connections that remind us we’re alive.

A Kitchen Pas de Deux was a finalist at the Theatre BC National Playwriting Competition in 2001 under the simpler title of Kitchen Party; it was produced at the Vancouver Fringe in 2003, where it received very positive reviews. Since then, the script has been workshopped through the Wet Ink Collective, a Colleen Murphy masterclass, and a reading; the story has evolved through the process into its current form.

Wednesday May 4 @ 7:30 p.m.

The Good Bride

Written by Rosemary Rowe

Directed by *Lynna Goldhar Smith

Featuring *Marisa Emma Smith

* “The participation of this Artist is (these Artists are) arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the DanceOperaTheatre Policy (DOT).”


Every night from 3pm to midnight, 15 year old Quiverfull Christian Maranatha puts on her wedding dress and hopes that today will be the day her 28 year old groom Pete comes to claim her. Daddy, the pastor, sent her to the Pullmans’ house to wait until God tells him it’s time for her marriage. Maranatha is so excited to submit to Pete’s godly leadership and fill his quiver with arrows for Christ. But as her pre-wedding wait wears on, Maranatha finds herself confronted with questions her faith may not be able to answer. Is condemnation more righteous than compassion? If she has “hot shivers” for someone other than her fiancé, is that adultery? Is she making an idol of her nightly Chick-Fil-A shake? Inspired by a true story, The Good Bride is a nuanced exploration of faith in the context of modern religious fundamentalism.

Developed through the Wet Ink Collective’s playwriting intensives in 2014/15, The Good Bride opened Northern Light Theatre’s 40th season in Edmonton in October of 2015.

“Rosemary Rowe’s The Good Bride is among the most sharp, funny scripts about faith you’re likely to find.” – Vue Weekly

“A complex funny/sad affair, horrifying and touching.” – Edmonton Journal





Maureen Robinson is a lapsed playwright inspired back into the writer’s fold by the Wet Ink Collective. Working at the long table of the Wet Ink Collective, with so many talented writers and with Jane Heyman’s supportive leadership, was motivation enough to grease the grinding gears of creativity and kick her in the proverbial ass. Back in the 90’s, her plays Nitebooth and My Mirror Myself were produced by the New Play Centre (now Playwrights Theatre Centre) as part of their Springrites Series. She also won an award from the Theatre B.C. National Playwriting Competition for her play Rye and Shine, and numerous other honourable mentions.



Rosemary Rowe is playwright, essayist, blogger and performer whose plays, cabaret pieces and occasional donut performance art have been produced on stages across Canada. Most recently, her play The Good Bride had its world premiere, opening the 40th Season of Edmonton’s Northern Light Theatre; her Camp Victoria received its world premiere at Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary, where it was nominated for a Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play; one of her oldest plays, No One Showed Up for the Anarchist Rally, was staged as part of Theatre Network’s Nextfest 20th Anniversary Showcase. Her short play “Anne and Diana were TOTALLY DOING IT” was published in Queering the Way: The Loud and Queer Anthology and her essay “Aspiring Lesbian Aunt” was published in the LAMBDA Literary Award nominated anthology A Family By Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships. Rose is currently collaborating with composer and lyricist Cameron Northey on a musical version of her Edmonton Fringe hit Alice Didn’t Have Those Mondo Ears. She’s…pretty sure they’ll change that title.





Spring Workshops spaces available for new members

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 To apply for a spot in our up and coming spring workshops–

Click here to download an application

If you have trouble downloading the application–

please email us at wetinkcollective@gmail.com

and we will send it to you.

Once you’ve filled it out– attach it to an email and send it to us

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If you do not wish to apply at this time but would like to stay in touch please join our Facebook community and you will get all our posts

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Great news to share.




We at WET INK COLLECTIVE, are honoured to be amongst the nominees for this years Bra D’Or Award from the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Thanks so much to the Women’s caucus for all that you do to support female playwrights.

This award is presented annually to individuals who have supported the advancement of Canadian Women Playwrights.

From our humble beginnings of three playwrights coming together to learn to self-produce at a Block P Workshop at Playwrights Theatre Centre, we have gone on to found an organization that now includes 30 other female playwrights.

Wet Ink receives no funding and relies solely on its artistic directors Susinn McFarlen, Lynna Goldhar Smith and Loretta Seto, its talented facilitators, Jane Heyman and Liesl Lafferty, its playwright members, and its wonderful board of directors.

In the beginning we wanted to form an organization that would help writers show up for their work. To this end, we designed writing intensives and hired Jane Heyman to act as our mentor. However, in the five years since WET INK COLLECTIVE has come together, we have built a writing community, initiated a salon series where we celebrate women writers who are being produced in our city– (some past salon guests have included  Yvette Nolan, Meghan Gardiner and Lucia Frangione), we have run two masterclass workshops facilitated by Colleen Murphy, and we are in the process of building a partnership with the  Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT).

With so much growth and activity, we had to hire an additional mentor – Liesl Lafferty, and are now in preparations for our Spring Workshops.

As a result of our Playwright Intensive Workshops, we are proud to celebrate our members who have had productions and/or are in development with professional theatres and theatre organizations such as: Presentation House Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, Firehall Arts Centre, Ruby Slippers  Advance Theatre: New Works by Women Festival,  The Cultch, Vancouver Fringe Festival, Edmonton Fringe Festival, Centennial Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Winnipeg’s FemFest, Vancouver’s  Art’s Club ReAct Festival, Vancouver’s Alley Theatre, and Edmonton’s Northern Light Theatre .

We also encourage and support all our members in their endeavours to self-produce.

We are expanding our vision for the coming season and look forward to what’s next for our thriving and growing company.

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Exciting news.

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Talented Actor-Writer and much loved

Wet Ink Collective member–

Jill Daum, of Mom’s the Word Fame–

has had her script “Forget About Tomorrow

selected by Ruby Slippers, for their

Advance Theatre Series,  New Works by Women.

As a response to the under-representation of women in theatre,

the Advance Theatre  Series will showcase dramatic readings

of five new plays by Canadian women playwrights

over five days during the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Jill’s reading, directed by Pam Johnson, will be Sept 18th at 1:30 pm.

We will let you know about the venue as soon as we have that info.

Forget About Tomorrow is a dramatic/comedy that weaves together the experiences of Jane, Tom, and their two ‘adult children’, in the months following Tom’s diagnosis with Early Onset Alzheimer Disease. Each family member struggles with their own personal fears, questions about love, memory, and life’s purpose. But when Jane questions the meaning of being loyal to a man who will ultimately forget her name, the family’s unity is put into peril.

Congratulations Jill We are so glad to have participated in the development of your play.


Call for applications.

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We hope you are keeping nice and cool in this hot summer weather.

We just wanted to give you the heads up  that we have some spaces available in the up and coming Fall Intensive Workshops with Jane Heyman and Liesl Lafferty.

Here’s what we do.

Over a period of ten weeks a group of female writers commit to achieve their  individual writing goals, with the support encouragement and accountability provided by the group. Every participant is responsible for directing their own progress and determining what they need from their fellow writers. Some writers are working on a first draft, while others might be further along in their process. Our facilitators, Jane Heyman and Liesl Lafferty, are both experienced professional theatre artists, master teachers and directors, who are skilled at bringing out the very best in every writer.  The group is structured to ensure that everyone gets equal time and attention on their plays. If you would like to read about the progress, our writers have made in our workshop– click here

Who can apply?

•Emerging and mid career playwrights, who have had at least one play produced or self-produced.

•Professional theatre artists from another discipline such as actor, director or designer, transitioning to a dedicated writing practice.

•Writers from another discipline, such as screen-writing or fiction, who wish to try their hand at a stage play.

Cost: $310 (for 10 weeks, includes $10 annual membership fee)

If you are accepted you will be asked to submit a $100.00 non-refundable deposit  by August 1st 2015 with the remainder due September 1st. 2015

*Sorry we do not take beginners at this time as we do not teach playwriting but rather facilitate play development for writers  already trained in the basics.

If you would like to apply you can download our application and then email it back to us at wetinkcollective.ca  Click here


Gearing up for Fall 2015

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It might seem a bit early to be announcing our Fall 2015 Playwrights Intensives but as spots fill up quickly we are getting the ball rolling now. We will be opening for application the week of July 1st so you have a few days to think about it. To help you make up your mind here’s some of Wet Ink’s accomplishments in 20214/15 /

Susinn McFarlen’s dark comedy, Since You Left Us was produced to sell out houses and  excellent reviews at Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver, directed by Amiel Gladstone and starring Jillian Fargey, Erla Forsythe, Colleen Wheeler, Mike Wasko, Derek Metz and Mike Gill. It made two Best of 2014 Theatre Lists and received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an actress for Colleen Wheeler.

Loretta Seto’s very funny play Dirty Old Woman, directed by Lynna Goldhar Smith,starring Susinn McFarlan, Emmelia Gordon, Robert Salvador and Alison Kelly was a Pick of Vancouver’s Fringe Festival and made the Georgia Straight’s Top Ten Fringe shows. It also won the fantastic Cultchivating Award, which means the play is slated for production at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre in 2016.

Beverley Elliot’s heartwarming one-woman show …didn’t see that coming was a Pick of the Vancouver Fringe Festival and has legs in 2015. It will be presented at the Brackendale Theatre in Squamish and Unity Church in Bellingham in February, the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver in May and the Gateway in Richmond next November.

Crystal Verge’s MOW, Fatal Memories was shot in Vancouver in October for Odyssey Media Inc. with Farhad Mann directing; starring Italia Ricci, Magda Apanowicz and Kevin McNulty. Another MOW, Woman On The Ledge, is currently in development with Odyssey. Her full-length play Caged (formerly titled Saving Gracie) was shortlisted for Nightwood Theatre’s National Playreading Festival, Toronto, has a workshop scheduled with Kim Selody at Presentation House and has been shortlisted for Touchstone/PTC/Firehall Theatre’s Flying Start Program and we just got the exciting news that Crystal will be seeing her play produced by Presentation House Theatre with the new title For the Love of Gracie.

Liesl Lafferty was hired by Realwheels Theatre to dramaturg their production, Re-calculating. After a couple of workshops, the company decided to commission Liesl as a playwright. She has completely re-worked the project with the original playwright, Lucas Foss. Recalculating will be produced January 22 to 24, 2015, at CBC Studio 700 in Vancouver.

Sally Stubbs had three plays receiving attention. Centurions was a finalist for Nightwood Theatre’s National Playreading Series in Toronto where it was workshopped and given a public reading at their New Groundswell Festival; Director/Dramaturg: Kelly Thornton. It will also be presented at the Women Playwrights International Conference 2015, Cape Town, S. Africa with Sally attending as a playwright delegate. And it had a reading at Emerging Voices, Staged Readings of Canadian Plays at Theatre One in Nanaimo with Director/Dramaturg: Nicolle Nattrass. And Bella Sang With Us was published by Scirocco Drama in October. Workshops and readings took place at Firehall Theatre’s BC Buds Festival, directed by Sarah Rodgers, and at Girls Gone Wilde Late Night Performance Cabaret at Urban Curvz Theatre in Calgary. Spinning You Home was presented at Suncor Stage One Festival, Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary, Director/Dramaturg: Jacqueline Russell and Interim Artistic Director, Lunchbox: Pamela Halstead.

Rosemary Rowe’s play Camp Victoria received its world premiere at Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary in March and was nominated for a Betty Mitchell award for Outstanding New Play. She has an up and coming production of The Good Bride her newest work in Edmonton this coming fall.

Leslie Stark’s, play, Eidola a collaborative exploration of Shakespeare’s female characters was produced by the Elegant Ladies Collective for the Vancouver Fringe and Leslie and company are gearing up for a new edition in the up and coming Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Barbara Ellison also produced her evocative play, Slumming at The Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Lynna Goldhar Smith’s new musical, The World According to GG Silverman was workshopped under the direction of Jane Heyman with a cast of ridiculously talented young professional actors. Now Lynna is busy composing the musical score with Dylan McNulty and Bill Costin and also working on the book of her next musical.

Jill Daum completed a strong first draft of her new full-length play, Forget About Tomorrow and promptly had the first public read through. She recently won the John Moffat Larry Lillo award at the Jessie Richardson Awards in Vancouver.

Barbara Pollard completed a draft of her play  Mother Loving Son and had a reading with Peninsula Productions.

Dolores Drake completed a first draft of her hilarious yet harrowing play, The Distance Between Toronto and Newfoundland and we are looking forward to seeing it at the up and coming Vancouver Fringe in September of 2015 directed by Lynna Goldhar Smith.

And  last but not least we can’t forget the BC Buds Festival of New Work where our newest associates– Veronique West, Virginia Gillespie, Kim Seary, Pippa Johnstone,  Rosemary Rowe, Kim Larson,  Dawn Milman, Yumi Ogawa, Yvette Dudley-Neuman- Elissa Vann Struth, Gabriella Klein, CJ McGillivray and  Liesl Lafferty, were invited to present  excerpts from their new work. And Yvette Dudley Neuman by the way was a finalist in the Theatre BC Playwrights Competition winning an honourable mention and a reading of her play The F Words.

Thank you to all who have supported and encouraged Wet Ink and all of this work!  We are devoted to empowering each other to commit wholeheartedly to our writing practices.

Stay tuned for more info the week of July 1st about the Fall Intensives.



An interview with Yvette Dudley Neuman

We have just learned that Wet Ink member, actor and writer– Yvette Dudley Neuman is a Theatre BC Play Writing Competition Finalist for her play The F Words.

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Q: Hi Yvette. Congratulations! What can you tell us about your play to share with our readers?

A: It’s is a fierce, funny and fearless multi-character solo show. The audience is invited to follow Fran and friends on this fun-filled frolic, to explore the ‘F’ words from FAT, FORTY, FORGOTTEN and F**CKED to FEARLESS.

Q. Well that’s fabulous. What inspired you to write it?

A: I wrote it for myself to perform as a fringe show.

Q:  When did you become a Wet Ink Member?

A: I joined the Wet Ink Intensive last September 2014, when I was accepted by Intrepid Theatre’s YOU show program. I knew I needed some structure to help me meet the deadline. I had been thinking about this piece for about a year and had written a few pages. The support and enthusiasm I received each week in the Wet Ink sessions was amazing and really helped me to keep writing and pushing the edges of the piece outwards. Being a member of Wet Ink has also given me the opportunity to support other women and their dreams and goals and I am so grateful and thankful to be a part of it.

Q: We are grateful you have joined us. Let’s talk a little about your creative process. What is most helpful to you as you sit down to write a first draft?

A: I like to have a coffee, some instrumental music, and a fresh notebook with roller ball ink pen.  I usually write with pen and paper, because  when I try to write on the computer I just get stuck in the endless editing loop. My rule for writing in my notebook is just write… write without stopping, no editing, no processing, just free flow…. let your imagination go!

Q: What inspires you–what play, musical, screenplay, etc. do you wish you had written and why?

A: Crackwalker by JudithThompson. She exposes the underbelly and the characters are crafted so magnificently. The story is dark, disgusting and beautiful all at the same time. It breaks your heart and fills your soul. I like plays that challenge us to think, to re-examine our values and to think again.

Q: So I’m guessing she’s a favourite writer… any others?

A: Yes I love Judith Thompson, Theresa Rebeck, Michael Weller and Neil Labute’s writing. I also love Anne Marie MacDonald’s novels and Michael Ondaatje has been a long time favourite.

Q: Can you tell us what’s next?

A: I recently booked a lead role on an independent film project so my writing will have to take a backseat until mid June. Then I want to do a re-write on The ‘F’ Words. I received some wonderful critiques from both Wet Ink Collective members and the jurors of the Theatre BC Play Writing Competition. I hope to do a workshop of the script and a public reading – Rosemary Rowe and I are planning a double bill.I’d also like to add that my play was created with the undying support of my husband Trevor Neuman, Intrepid Theatre’s YOU show program and the Wet Ink Collective. I am so grateful for their encouragement.

Thanks Yvette . Good luck  with The F World and all your writing projects. Wet Ink Collective is all about empowering ourselves to commit to a dedicated writing practice and it sounds like you have done just that.


Celebrating Rosemary Rowe


Playwright Rosemary Rowe joined Wet Ink in the 2014 Fall Intensive and we are so happy that she did.

She’s a playwright, blogger, essayist and occasional cabaret performer who’s pretty sure that Anne of Green Gables made her gay.

Rose tells us she  grew up seeing and making awesome theatre in Edmonton, went to theatre school in Toronto, where she worked, wrote, fell in love and did a stint as the Playwright in Residence at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, before finally moving to Vancouver to pursue her dream of wearing yoga pants as if they were actual pants.

Hey Rose–all we can say is Welcome to Vancouver. Namaste.

When we asked her how she heard about Wet Ink? Rosemary says: “I took a course at PTC that was rife with great Wet Ink writers, like founding member Susinn McFarlen, and Crystal Verge and Sally Stubbs. So when Susinn suggested I look into joining Wet Ink, I figured I’d give it a go. I really just joined to give myself some accountability and deadlines. I had no idea Wet Ink would turn out to be the most creative, supportive and bullsh*t-free environment I’ve ever had the pleasure of working in. Each of the writers has such a unique voice and my work has benefitted so much, both from the feedback I’ve received and from being around such a diverse group of talented women.”

The play Rosemary’s been developing with Wet Ink, a one woman show about fundamentalist Christian Quiverfull culture called The Good Bride, will receive its world premiere at Edmonton’s Northern Light Theatre  in October–which we think is something to get excited about.  If you don’t know about the Quiverfull movement  check out this link here. Or here

Rosemary managed to finish most of the first draft in the Wet Ink Fall Intensive – “If it wasn’t for Wet Ink, this play I’ve been percolating on for four years wouldn’t have been written as well or as quickly. Thanks to Wet Ink, I’ve finally managed to write a topical play!”

It’s been a busy spring for Rosemary, who recently travelled to Edmonton where an older play of hers, No One Showed Up for the Anarchist Rally, was being presented as part of Theatre Network’s Nextfest 20th Anniversary Showcase. “Nextfest is an amazing festival for young artists that started in Edmonton 20 years ago this year – and Rosemary had plays produced at the festival for the first three years. 

“The play  is about the relationships between three roommates – a heartbroken lesbian, an angry activist lesbian and an eating disordered dancer – and it’s loosely based on my final year of university, so it was pretty surreal to see their re-creation of my nasty undergrad apartment. It was a great production, it was an honour to be there and it turns out that, twenty years later, I still laugh at all my own damn jokes.”

Up next for Rosemary? She’s hoping to have a reading of The Good Bride here in Vancouver sometime this summer… and then “I’ve got to write something gay. The last two plays I wrote were all about straight people. Seeing Anarchist Rally in Edmonton reminded me that it’s time to get back to my roots! My gay, gay roots.”

Congratulations Rosemary. Thanks for stopping by.

You can keep up with Rosemary on her blog, Creampuff Revolution 


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Wet Ink’s much admired facilitator, mentor, director and dear friend Jane Heyman has just told us about an exciting opportunity taking place this coming July at beautiful Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island.


Jane tells us, it’s an Intensive Acting Workshop for Playwrights-or- everything you’ve always wanted to know about acting, but were afraid to ask!

Sounds fantastic. So here’s the details.

WANTED: Curious playwrights, interested in exploring their own writing from the perspective of an actor.

WHAT: Working in a playful and supportive atmosphere you will have the opportunity to learn some of the fundamentals of good acting, deepen your understanding of the dynamics of theatrical interchange, stretch your imagination through improvisation and simple voice & movement exploration.


Workshop sessions will be structured to the fit the needs of the participants, allowing time for you to work on your own writing as well as exploring text written by your fellow participants.


1.Please bring hard copies of a monologue or short speech from a play you’ve written as well as a hard copies of a short two-person scene no more than 2 pages.

2. A notebook and writing implement as well as any electronic devices you prefer to write with.

3. Loose, comfortable clothes suitable for moving

COST: $300 Includes tuition, breakfasts, lunch, dinner and refreshments


July 3, 4, 5, 2015

•Friday: 7-9,

•Saturday: 9 am – 9 pm, with breaks,

•Sunday: 9-noon

Workshop is limited to 15 writers.

Register with Tina at:


Location: Nanoose Place Community Centre and Annie’s Acre, Nanoose Bay BC.

For those from out of town, there is one room and plenty of camping spots available to rent. There is also a studio on the property for campers without gear.

A list of local B&B’s can be provided as well. Please inquire

JANE HEYMAN has worked in professional theatre in Canada and England as a director, dramaturg, acting teacher, stage manager and actor for over 40 years. From 1985 to 2005 she taught acting and was Associate Director at Studio 58, the renowned professional theatre training program at Langara College. Since 2012 she has worked as workshop facilitator and dramaturg for Vancouver’s Wet Ink Collective for Women Playwrights. Throughout her career, Jane has made a point of working on new plays as well as creating opportunities for women in theatre. She was an Associate Director with Vancouver’s New Play Centre for many years and helped found WestCoast Actors, the Women in VIEW Festival and is co-founder (with Joy Coghill) of Vancouver’s Performing Arts Lodge (PAL).


Wet Ink at BC Buds.

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We were very excited to  announce  the reading by Sally Stubbs coming up on May 7th at BC Buds

And now we want to tell  you about the Wet Ink  group reading on May 9th when:

The fabulous and celebrated women playwrights of the Wet Ink Collective  will be performing for a third consecutive year at The Firehall Arts Centre’s – BC Buds 11th Annual Spring Arts Fair.

“Solos and Duets” is a cabaret-style extravaganza of monologues and two-person scenes, featuring excerpts from plays written by our newest associates, reflecting the theme of “Longing and Belonging”.

The pieces will be performed by the playwrights themselves; Yvette Dudley-Neuman, Virginia Gillespie, Pippa Johnstone, Gabriella Klein, Kim Larson, CJ McGillvray, Dawn Milman, Yumi Ogawa, Rosemary Rowe, Kim Seary, Elissa Vann Struth and Veronique West.

The readings will directed by Liesl Lafferty, who will also host the event.

Currently, Wet Ink Collective consists of twenty-five women, who are emerging, transitioning or mid-career theatre artists.

Our membership includes many of Vancouver’s most treasured writers and actors, and some promising newcomers. For more information, please check us out  our Facebook page here

If you want to check out the rest of the festival click here. 


In the meantime hope to see you

One Night Only – Saturday May 9th, 2015 –

Time 7:55pm Firehall Arts Centre,

280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver.

and don’t forget

OUR GHOSTS by Sally Stubbs
Thurs May 7, 7:00 – 9:00pm