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Gateway Salon Series: BUILDING BRIDGES  

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What are your options now that most theatres are closed? Gateway Salon Series: BUILDING BRIDGES is an opportunity for emerging artists to connect with like-minded creatives and explore resources for navigating the fast-changing world of performing arts. Hosted by Gateway Theatre in partnership with GVPTA and with support from Rumble Theatre, each digital salon will feature artistic leaders from local companies who will share their personal experiences and industry knowledge. Topics we will explore include finding your place in the theatre community, festival application and selection processes, opportunities for emerging Black, Indigenous, and woman-identifying theatre artists of colour, and opportunities for queer theatre artists.
Jasmine Chen (Gateway Theatre) and Jivesh Parasram (Rumble Theatre) will co-host and facilitate each conversation with technical support from Kenji Maeda (GVPTA). Each conversation will expand into break out groups where you will have an opportunity to meet fellow emerging artists and pose questions to our featured guests.
Free admission, but RSVP is required. We recommending registering early as we have limited capacity to accommodate an intimate discussion setting. A link to your digital salon will be emailed to you closer to the date. If you can no longer attend, please email as space is limited. 
Accessibility: If you require any support to make the salon more accessible (e.g. ASL, closed captioning, technical support, etc) please email and register by September 7 so we can best prepare.


Featuring Savage Society and Ruby Slippers Theatre
Saturday, September 12th 2:00PM

Artistic Directors Diane Brown and Kevin Loring share opportunities and resources for emerging Indigenous theatre artists as well as Black and woman-identifying artists of colour. Through this vital conversation, discover ways to find your artistic voice and how to follow through on your vision.

Featuring Playwrights Theatre Centre [PTC] and rice & beans theatre
Saturday, September 12th 7:00PM

rice & beans theatre co-founders Derek Chan and Pedro Chamale are joined by Joanna Garfinkel and Davey Samuel Calderon from Playwrights Theatre Centre to discuss finding your place in the theatre community and share mentorship and professional development opportunities for emerging playwrights, actors, and producers.

Featuring the frank theatre company and Upintheair Theatre
Sunday, September 13th 2:00PM

Artistic Producer Daniel Martin from Upintheair Theatre and Artistic Director of the frank theatre company Fay Nass discuss their partnership for the rEvolver Festival, including how artists can submit and what the application and selection process is, and share artistic opportunities for emerging queer artists. Come learn about navigating the world of producing, presenting, and advocating for your work.



Playwrights Theatre Centre [PTC]
is a dramaturgically-focused theatre company that finds, nurtures, and advances the Canadian playwright, supporting new plays from creation to performance. 

rice & beans theatre
was founded in 2010 by Pedro Chamale and Derek Chan, and tells stories of where we come from and where we are going, by ways of experimentation with languages and the theatrical form. 

Ruby Slippers Theatre
imagines a world where diversity is celebrated through a deeper understanding of each other. The company illuminates under-represented perspectives, inspires independent critical thought by giving voice to diverse, female-identifying artists, and by premiering significant Québec works in English translation on the West Coast.

Savage Society
tells stories based on myth, tradition, and the contemporary Indigenous experience. Savage Society was created in 2004 as a vehicle for its members to produce their own stories as practicing Indigenous Theatre and Film Artists. 

the frank theatre company
mission is to explore what it means to be queer, and the place of queer individuals in society, by creating, developing, producing and presenting theatrical work that places queer issues on a global canvas.

Upintheair Theatre
was founded in 1999 by Daniel Martin and David Mott. rEvolver Festival has become an essential part of its work and the performing arts ecology, providing a supportive environment for boundary-pushing work.  



Daniel Martin (Upintheair Theatre)
A graduate of the William Davis Centre for Actors Study in Vancouver, Daniel studied Clown with David McMurray Smith at Fantastic Space Enterprises, and was for five years a member of the CORE ensemble under Theatre Replacement and The Only Animal. He co-founded Upintheair Theatre with Dave Mott in 1999 and has been instrumental in the creation of Wedgie, Men of the World, 120bpm, Wagabondi Ho!, Inside the Seed, and the rEvolver Theatre Festival. Daniel’s professional work has focused on creating systems of support and platforms for emerging artists and developing new audiences for theatre in Vancouver.

Davey Samuel Calderon (Playwrights Theatre Centre)
A theatre artist and settler on the unceded territories of the coast salish peoples: the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səlil̓wətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim-speaking Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), Davey holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and Communication from Simon Fraser University. He is a co-founder of New(to)Town Collective, an emerging theatre collective aspiring to provide accessible, experimental training workshops and creating new interdisciplinary works together. Recently he was the Co-Curator for Upintheair Theatre’s 2020 e-Volver Festival. He is currently the 2020/2021 Emerging Dramaturge for VACT’s MSG Lab series and Playwrights Theatre Centre's Dramaturg, Public Engagement.


Derek Chan (rice & beans theatre)
Derek grew up in colonial Hong Kong, studied in Norway, and currently lives in Vancouver. He received his BFA in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University. A playwright, director, performer, translator, and producer, Derek has been co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre since 2010. He has also worked with Playwrights Theatre Centre (artistic director apprentice), Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (associate artistic producer), and the rEvolver Festival (guest curator). Derek is a National Arts Centre English Theatre Artist in Residence (19/20) with yellow objects, a piece about the ongoing 2019-20 anti-extradition bill protests in Hong Kong. His Chicken Girl (2019/20) was nominated for Outstanding Original Script at the Jessies, and won the Sydney Risk Award for Outstanding Original Play by an Emerging Playwright.

Diane Brown (Ruby Slippers Theatre)
A multi award-winning director, actor, and the Artistic Director of Ruby Slippers Theatre, Diane is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Bra D’Or Award from Playwrights Guild of Canada and a 2018 Nominee for the Women of Distinction Awards in recognition of her years of championing works by women and furthering the voices of female-identifying artists in theatre. Diane heads Theatre Cares Vancouver, raising funds and awareness for people living with HIV/Aids, sits on the theatre advisory committee for Langara College, is Chair of the board for UCV, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Vancouver Civic Theatres. 

Fay Nass (the frank theatre company)
A Vancouver-based director, writer, dramaturg, producer, educator, cultural consultant and multi-disciplinary artist, Fay is the Artistic Director of the frank theatre company and the founder/AD of Aphotic Theatre. As one of the only queer people of colour in leadership positions in Canada, Fay is a passionate and tireless advocate for equity and Inclusion in the arts.
Her work often examines questions of race, sex, and culture, through an intersectional lens in order to shift meanings and de-construct paradigms rooted in our society. Fay works spans over text -based plays, as well as Devised creation working with youth, community participants, professionals and emerging artists. 

Joanna Garfinkel (Playwrights Theatre Centre)
Joanna Garfinkel is the co-creator, with Yoshié Bancroft, of JAPANESE PROBLEM, a site-responsive piece about the Japanese Canadian Incarceration, presented in Vancouver, at Soulpepper in Toronto, and many other cities. Co-created the pedicab adventure Tour for HIVE 3, (Electric Company/Universal Limited/Cultural Olympiad) as well as (Theatre SKAM/SummerWorks). Recent credits include Berlin: The Last Cabaret (PuSh) Poly Queer Love Ballad, (Theatre Passe Murailles). Nominated for 3 Jessie awards, winning one; Pure Research grant (Nightswimming); Sydney Risk award for directing. MFA directing (UBC), trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in New York, currently: project dramaturg for PTC.

Kevin Loring (Savage Society)
A member of the Nlaka'pamux Nation from the Lytton First Nation in BC, Kevin is an award winning Playwright, Theatre Director, Documentarian, Producer and a professional Actor of the stage and screen. Kevin is a graduate of Studio 58, Langara College's professional Theatre training program, and is a senior member of Margo Kane's Full Circle: First Nations Performance Ensemble. He was a Playwright in Residence at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 2010, as well as a company member of the National Arts Centre English Theatre Acting Company. In 2017 he was appointed as the first Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre of Canada. He is also the founding Artistic Director of Savage Society, a not-for-profit production company mandated to tell Indigenous stories using contemporary mediums.

Pedro Chamale (rice & beans theatre)
A Latinx-Canadian theatre artist, born and raised in Chetwynd, BC, he received his BFA in Theatre Performance from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts and went on to form rice & beans theatre with Derek Chan. Pedro was the Artistic Resident at Neworld Theatre in 2014, the guest curator of the 2018 rEvolver Festival and one of the playwrights in the 2019 Playwright’s Lab at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Pedro was also part of the second cohort of Banff's Arts and Culture Leadership program in partnership with NTS in 2019. He is also a founding member of the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition, a service organization dedicated to furthering the Canadian Latinx theatre movement and unifying Latinx identified theatre artists.