We’re Back, and Hiring!

Brave New Play Rites is back for its 32nd year of staging and reading new work written by UBC Creative Writing students and produced at Studio 1398 on Granville Island!

We’re very excited to spin the wheels of production back up, but to do that we need to fill some positions.

Thus, below please find the job postings for Directors, Stage Managers, Assistant Stage Managers and Lighting & Sound Designers who will help make the 2018 Festival as memorable and impactful as Brave New always is!

If you’re interested, details on how to apply are within the postings. Good luck!





-The 2018 Production Team

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Look Out for Brave New Play Rites 2018!

Brave New Audition Call ImageWhat an incredibly successful Brave New Play Rites 2017. We couldn’t have done it without the incredible cast, crew, playwrights, and supportive audience. So thank you to all who were involved in the 2017 Festival.

It is now time to start looking forward to our next year’s festival!

If you’re interested in getting involved in the 2018 Festival we will have plenty of opportunities. Our calls for Director, Stage Management, and Designer positions will be posted at the end of October 2017.

Auditions will occur in mid-January 2018.  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,
BNPR 2017 Production Team

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Tickets Now On Sale

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Tickets to the 2017 Brave New Play Rites Festival are now available.


Detailed pricing and instructions for booking tickets online are available here. Tickets

Hope to see you there

-BNPR Production Team

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CALL FOR ACTORS (Auditions: January 22-23, 2017)




Photos from Brave New Play Rites Festival 2016 – Photo Credit: Ramon Esquivel

Brave New Play Rites is a festival of new work by UBC playwriting students. Staged Readings run March 19, 2017, Full Productions run March 23-26, 2017 at Studio 1398          on Granville Island. We are currently seeking actors to round out this year’s company.

Seeking non-union actors for roles for 10 full productions and 16 staged readings. To  build a company that reflects the diverse population of Vancouver, we encourage actors   of all backgrounds to audition.

All full production and staged reading plays are between 10-15 minutes each.

2017 Festival Company

Live Productions

  • 9 actors – female 20s/30s/40s
  • 1 actor –  female 20s (singing ability a must)
  • 10 actors – male, 20s/30s/40s
  • 1 actor – male 40s/50s (Japanese)
  • 1 actor – male 20s (singing ability a must)

Stage Readings

Seeking companies of 3-5 actors each to read  for one of the 4 programs of Staged Reading (4 plays in each Staged Reading Program)

Submission Details

To be considered for an audition,  submit the following

  • a HEADSHOT (or clear photo of your face, shoulders and up)

to  bravenewplayrites@gmail.com by 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 19th. *Late submissions will not be considered.

Please put ‘AUDITION REQUEST’ in the email subject line.

Indicate any scheduling conflicts on the audition days.

  • Sunday, January 22nd from 12:00-7:00 PM
  • Monday, January 23rd from 6:00-10:00 PM

Those selected for an audition will be asked to prepare one contemporary monologue, no more than two minutes. (No Classical monologues, please.)

*We are casting for many different plays and will have all directors in attendance, please expect at least one redirect during your audition so directors can sense how you might fit in with their play.
**As one of our plays is a 2-hander musical please indicate in your submission email if you would like to be considered for one of the singing roles.

All auditions will take place at the UBC Learning Exchange 612 Main Street Vancouver, BC Canada V6A 2V3.

Unfortunately, due to the number of submissions, only those invited to audition will be contacted.

We look forward to hearing from you.

-2017 BNPR Production Team

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2017 Brave New Play Rites Festival at Studio 1398 Granville Island

Twenty-six incredible plays were submitted this year.  A huge thank you to the playwrights for their hard work.  Mark your calendars folks, it’s going to be an amazing festival.

Staged Reading Series, March 19, 2017

Closed  by Ella Adkins

Our Game by Matt Cardinal

The Paris Memoires by Samuel Chapman

Dystopian Man by Max D’Ambrosio

W(h)ine it Up! By Heather Farrell

Flowers by Samarra Goldglas

Pending by Derrick Gravener

Cake by Avash Islam

Dragged by Sandy Lalonde

Farming with Satanism by Isabella Laird

Teenybopper by Tess Leblanc

McDaddy by Blake Morrow

Lightdrop by Ashley Park

Horseplay by Douglas Schmidt

Occupational Hazard by Adam Tatelman

Waiting Room by Nicola Wanless

Full Productions, March 23-26, 2017

Decisions Decisions by Shawn Blore

Medium by Karla Comanda

The Hoarder by Olivia Etey

Bait by Alyssa Hirose

Stuck in Transit by Hallie Ann Jacobson

Thump Thump by Liesl Lafferty

Onward & Up by Emily Peck

Pizza Night by Kyle Schoenfeld

Audition by Nathan Smith

Dead Money by Hope Thompson

Looking forward to this!

– BNPR Producing Team

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Application Deadline November 22


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)


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


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


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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