Application Deadline November 22

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Brave New Play Rites 2017 is Hiring

2017 Festival Job Listings

Applications are now open for  Directors, Designers, Stage Managers, and Assistant Stage Manager Positions for our 2017 Festival.

Celebrating its 31st anniversary, Brave New Play Rites (BNPR) is an annual festival of new plays written by UBC Creative Writing MFA and BFA students.

The festival runs March 19-26, with both stage readings and full productions at Studio 1398 on Granville Island. The festival is a celebration of new work and emerging Vancouver theatre artists.

Available Positions

(Please select the link for further information and application forms and details)

Directors

Stage Managers

Assistant Stage Manager

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

Deadline for Applications will be Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016.  Interviews will be scheduled for after that date.

We look forward to your Applications. Feel free to email us at bravenewplayrites@gmail.com if you have any questions.

All the best,
Megan Andres
BNPR 2017 Producer

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Brave New Play Rites 2017 – Meet the Adjudicators

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Brave New Play Rites is pleased to announce that along with our Faculty Advisor, Sara Graefe, we will be bringing on both Ramón Esquivel and Sasha Singer-Wilson to assist in the adjudication of the plays for our 2017 Festival.

Both Ramón and Sasha have extensive experience in theatre as well as with the Brave New Play Rites Festival. With the festival submission deadline fast approaching, we’ve asked our adjudicators a few questions about their previous involvement with the festival, as well as what they are looking for in terms of play selection.

Tell us a little about your involvement with Brave New Play Rites in the past. 

Ramón: I was a producer for the 2015 and 2016 BNPR festivals, and also a playwright that first year. My play Aurora was beautifully directed by Sara McIntyre and performed by Allie Pev and Rachelle Tomm. Beyond the usual producer duties like casting, coordinating rehearsals, promotion, and working with the venue, I also directed the Staged Reading Series for the 2015 Festival.
 
Sasha: I was an associate producer and playwright in 2015 and a producer in 2016. In the 2015 festival My Ocean premiered as a short play. I went on to develop it into a one act with director and dramaturge Ulla Laidlaw and actor Nadeem Phillip. This version premiered at the Vancouver Fringe in September. My producer duties ranged from liasing with directors and organizing the first directo/writer workshop at PTC, to managing our budget and rehearsal scheduling.
 

What’s your favourite thing about the Festival? 

Ramón: As a playwright, I welcome any opportunity to see my work presented on stage, and celebrate any theatre or festival that prioritizes new work for the stage. Brave New’s mission is to produce these new plays, and to give playwrights the opportunity to go through the entire production process. Since 2015, the festival has moved off the UBC campus and become prominent in the greater Vancouver theatre world. I love that we work with Vancouver actors, directors, and designers. It gives Brave New a vibrancy more akin to the Vancouver Fringe festival.
 
Sasha: I love that BNPR involves a wide range of artists. For some writers, who primarily work in other genres, the festival might be the first and only time they see their work onstage. Others bring a wealth of theatrical experience. This is a really exciting part of the festival and asks for patience and collaborative generosity from every person involved. 
 

Other than the specific festival requirements, what are the key things you are looking for in terms of selecting plays for the live productions or staged readings? 

Ramón: Plays that are risky, vulnerable, and inherently theatrical. I hope the UBC playwriting students make the most of the opportunity to write a play that is challenging, scary, and possibly even doomed to failure. I’ve loved many Brave New plays and hated — yes, hated — others, but the plays at either end of the spectrum are the ones I remember. I hope every Brave New festival has a mix of wonderful triumphs and glorious disasters. It’s the great environment for theatre artists to play.
 

Sasha: I am interested in work that takes risks, both in form and content. I will be looking for plays that are uniquely theatrical and must be told on stage, right here, right now. 

Any advice for playwrights about to submit for the festival? 

Ramón: Two things. First, start writing early. That way, you can sketch out a few ideas before committing to one. Choose the idea that really gnaws at you, especially if you don’t really know what to think about it, or how you’re going to do it, or if it’s going to work at all. Second, make time to revise in December and January. When you get feedback, first from your peers in workshop and later from your director and actors, accept it graciously and use it to really examine your script, wrestle with it, rewrite generously, and then cut viciously. Plays aren’t written; plays are wrought.
 
Sasha: One of my (s)heroes, Young Jean Lee, sets out to create “the last show she would ever want to make”, which I take to mean, she doesn’t let fear stop her from telling the stories she knows she needs to tell. Take risks! Be brave! And then take the time to edit, revise, and polish. 

So there you have it folks!  We look forward to another great Festival in the upcoming year.

All the best,
Megan Andres
BNPR 2017 Producer

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Adjudicator —Ramón Esquivel  
Ramón Esquivel’s plays have been produced in theatres, universities, and schools in New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Austin, Seattle, Vancouver BC, and elsewhere in North America. His play Aurora premiered at Brave New Play Rites 2015, and he was a festival producer for two years. Three plays—Luna, Nasty, and Nocturnal—are published by Dramatic Publishing. Ramón works with the Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, a writing centre for kids and teens, and is a member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre Writers Group. He is completing his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

ss-1147bAdjudicator — Sasha Singer-Wilson
Sasha Singer-Wilson is a Toronto bred and Vancouver based theatre artist. A graduate of the BFA Acting Conservatory at York University and an MFA Candidate in Playwriting at UBC, Sasha has trained and worked with companies including Soulpepper, SummerWorks, One Yellow Rabbit, Jumblies, Convergence Theatre, Theatre Gargantua and Theatre Passe Muraille. She co-runs the project based theatre company the blood projects. They make immersive performances in intimate places and re-imagine traditional theatre spaces.www.sashasingerwilson.com

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Brave New Play Rites 2017 is Hiring

cropped-brave-new-poster_11.jpg2017 Festival Job Listings

Applications are now open for  Directors, Designers, Stage Managers, and Assistant Stage Manager Positions for our 2017 Festival.

Celebrating its 31st anniversary, Brave New Play Rites (BNPR) is an annual festival of new plays written by UBC Creative Writing MFA and BFA students.

The festival runs March 19-26, with both stage readings and full productions at Studio 1398 on Granville Island. The festival is a celebration of new work and emerging Vancouver theatre artists.

Available Positions

(Please select the link for further information and application forms and details)

Directors

Stage Managers

Assistant Stage Manager

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

Deadline for Applications will be Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016.  Interviews will be scheduled for after that date.

We look forward to your Applications. Feel free to email us at bravenewplayrites@gmail.com if you have any questions.

All the best,
Megan Andres
BNPR 2017 Producer

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Brave New Play Rites is Back in the Swing of Things

cropped-brave-new-poster_11.jpgWe’re happy to be back and getting ready for our 2017 Festival.  This year, both the Staged Reading and the Full Production series will be performed at Studio 1398 on Granville Island.

STAGED READINGS – MARCH 19, 2017
FULL PRODUCTIONS — MARCH 23-26, 2017

We’re pleased to have Sara Graefe as our Faculty Advisor and Liesl Lafferty as our incoming Associate Producer.  Check out our Staff and Support Page for more information about these lovely ladies.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the 2017 Festival we have plenty of opportunities. Our calls for Director, Stage Management, and Designer positions will be posted at the end of October 2016.

Auditions will occur in mid January 2017.  We will post more details about our Auditions later in the year. We also will have many volunteer opportunities for those who want to support this amazing Festival.

For now, stay on top of all things Brave New by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

And feel free to email us at bravenewplayrites@gmail.com for further information.

All the best,
Megan Andres
BNPR 2017 Producer

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UBC Celebrates 30 Years of Brave New

When Professor Bryan Wade first landed in the Creative Writing Department in 1986, he had a simple idea: get playwriting students to write short plays as part of their course. Then, find a theatre space. Recruit a few directors and audition some actors. Take those plays off the page and onto the stage, and invite the public to attend. There is no better learning experience for an emerging playwright than to witness their own work in production in front of a live audience.

Click here to read the rest of this feature article on UBC’s website.

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Tickets are now ON SALE

Tickets for our Productions are now on sale. BNPR has been known to sell out so book your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

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2016 BNPR Press Release

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Vancouver, B.C. — For its 30th anniversary, UBC’s Brave New Play Rites Festival is premiering twelve short plays at Studio 1398 on Granville Island. The festival’s Staged Reading Series at PTC includes a panel talk on new play development with alumni of Brave New Play Rites and the UBC Creative Writing Program. The produced plays, written by BFA and MFA UBC Creative Writing students, are an ambitious collaboration between emerging and established directors and actors from our vibrant artistic community. Twenty-three writers, twelve directors, nearly thirty actors, and a four-member producing team create stories of profundity, hilarity, darkness, and chaos.

A broad and diverse range of voices and genres explore issues that range from the past, through the present and into the near future. Two childhood friends reminisce like a film being edited – remember, cut, reset, repeat. In a near future where technology built for the sharing of sensory memories has run rampant, one person struggles to remain free. Stories of intimacy and solitude are told through a bus ride, one for which the audience is invited on board, and onstage. A daughter struggles with childhood memories as she decides where to house her terminally ill mother. A woman runs into her old flame, Donald Trump.

See www.bravenew.ca for complete information about all the featured theatre artists and shows.

ABOUT BRAVE NEW PLAY RITES

The festival is now in its 30th year! Second and third productions of BNPR scripts have been staged in New York, Toronto and Scotland. Many of the festival’s alumni have gone on to become prominent members of Vancouver’s artistic community, including Maureen Medved (The Tracey Fragments), Dave Deveau (My Funny Valentine, Lowest Common Denominator), C.E. Gatchalian (Falling on Time, Broken), Jordan Hall (PTC Associate, Kayak) and Briana Brown (The Concessions, Touchstone Theatre).

FESTIVAL DATES: Productions, March 17-20, 2016

PROGRAM 1:                    PROGRAM 2:

Thursday, March 17, 7:30pm                Friday, March 18, 7:30pm

Saturday, March 19, 2:00pm                Saturday, March 19, 7:30pm

Sunday, March 20, 7:30pm                Sunday, March 20, 2:00pm

Staged Reading Series and Panel: Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 12:00pm — 5:00pm (by donation).

VENUES:

  1. Staged Reading Series at PTC, 739 Gore Avenue, Vancouver BC
  2. Productions at Studio 1398 — 3rd Floor, 1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver

TICKET PRICES: $20 adults, $15 students. For tickets, please click here.

BOX OFFICE & DIRECTIONS: https://bravenew.ca/tickets-directions/

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