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


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.


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).


  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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BNPR 2016 seeks Assistant Stage Managers

Celebrating its 30th 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 17-20 at Studio 1398 on Granville Island. The festival is a celebration of emerging Vancouver theatre artists. The 2015 festival was sold-out during the entirety of its run.

Available Position
We are seeking two Vancouver-based Assistant Stage Managers (ASMs) for our 2016 production. This is an excellent opportunity for theatre artists starting their career looking for professional experience. BNPR is a student-based production run with professional integrity. Small honorariums provided.

The roles of ASMs are integral role to the success of BNPR. ASMs will split responsibilities of supporting the smooth run of 12 short plays making their debut during the festival. All experience levels are welcomed to apply. We are looking for:
 Strong collaborative and interpersonal communication
 Excellent attention to detail
 Ability to positively take direction from Stage Manager and Production Staff
 Reliable, punctual and responsible
 A creative problem solver who remains flexible in a fast-paced environment
 Prior theatre production and/or technical experience

Important Dates
Schedule is flexible, with a few key dates.
February 1-March 13: Rehearsals (Director and actors will work out specific schedules)
March 14-21: Festival Production Week — Studio 1398
Possible attendance at Monthly Production meetings, normally on first Wednesday of month.

ASMs will receive a small honorarium at the completion of the festival.

How to Apply
Email to bravenewplayrites@gmail.com by January 20:
1) A completed application (BNPR-Directors-Designers-app-2016)
2) Your theatre CV/résumé with at least two references.

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CALL FOR ACTORS (Auditions: January 17-18, 2016)


Brave New Play Rites is a festival of new work by UBC playwriting students. It runs from March 14-21, 2016 at Studio 1398 on Granville Island. We are currently seeking actors to round out this year’s company.

Seeking non-union actors for roles in twelve short plays. To build a company that reflects the diverse population of Vancouver, we encourage actors of all backgrounds to audition.

2016 Festival Company

  • 6 actors – to play female, 20s
  • 6 actors – to play male, 20s
  • 5 actors – to play female, 30s/late 20s
  • 3 actors – to play male, 30s
  • 3 actors – to play female, late teens
  • 3 actors – to play male, early teens
  • 1 actor – to play female, 40s
  • 1 actor – to play male, 50s
  • 2 actors – to play male, 18-40
  • 1 actor – to play female, 18-40
  • 1-5 performers, movement-oriented, gender/age neutral

To be considered for an audition, please submit a HEADSHOT (or clear photo of your face, shoulders and up) and ACTING RESUME/CV to our festival producers at bravenewplayrites@gmail.com by 8:00 PM on Wednesday, January 13th.

Please indicate any scheduling conflicts on the audition days.

  • Sunday, January 17th from 12:00-7:00 PM
  • Monday, January 18th from 6:00-10:00 PM

Those selected for an audition will be asked to prepare two contrasting, contemporary monologues, no more than two minutes each. (No Classical monologues, please.) All auditions will take place at Playwrights Theatre Center (PTC) at 739 Gore Ave #202, Vancouver, BC V6A 2Z9.

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

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BNPR is looking for a Lighting Designer


Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Brave New Play Rites is an annual festival of new plays written by UBC Creative Writing students. The festival runs March 17-20, 2016 at Studio 1398 on Granville Island.

We are looking for a Vancouver-based, emerging lighting designer who is excited to collaborate on these new works.

More information can be found on the application form, linked below.

How to Apply. Email as attachments to bravenewplayrites@gmail.com these two documents by DECEMBER 19TH, 2015.

  • A completed application form (LINKED BELOW)
  • Your theatre CV/resumé


Thank you for your interest! If you have any questions, please contact us at bravenewplayrites@gmail.com.



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Back to Work – Brave New Play Rites 2016

Brave New Play Rites: March 17-20, 2016
Studio 1398 – Granville Island, Vancouver

Keep an eye out for calls for DIRECTORS, DESIGNERS & ACTORS!


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