Call for Submissions – Playwriting workshop with Carmen Aguirre

Playwright Carmen Aguirre

Playwright Carmen Aguirre

Rumble Theatre is excited to offer a two-day playwriting workshop led by our playwright-in-residence Carmen Aguirre. Intended for beginning playwrights, the workshop will focus on crafting a monologue based on personal experience. Participants are welcome to come in with an idea that they’re keen to work on, or to take this opportunity to create something from scratch. The studio will available throughout the workshop weekend for participants to use as a writing space.

WHEN: Saturday, December 1 & Sunday, December 2, 2018
Sessions will run from 4pm to 8pm each day.
WHERE: PL1422 studio at 1422 William Street, Vancouver

Fees & Financial Assistance
Application is free. The participation fee for the workshop is $120 + GST. Rumble is able to offer three partial bursaries for artists who can demonstrate financial and/or accessibility needs. To be considered for financial assistance, please include a brief statement in your application outlining how you would benefit from being awarded one of the bursaries.

How to Apply
Applicants are asked to submit a short (no longer than one page) statement that answers the following question: Why are you interested in participating in this particular workshop?

We strongly encourage submissions from artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities.

E-mail your application (and your statement for financial assistance, if you are submitting one) to with the subject line: “Playwriting workshop with Carmen Aguirre”.

You can send via mail or drop-off in person to: Rumble Theatre, 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC, V5L 2P7

The deadline for applications is Friday, November 23, 2018.


Please note that workshop spots are extremely limited and that we may not be able to accommodate all applicants due to capacity restrictions.

The Living Room – The Art of the Pitch

Monday, November 26, 2018, 7pm to 9pm
PL1422, 1422 William St
FREE admission; no advance registration required

Emerging Artists! Please join us on Monday, November 26 for our next Living Room. This time our special guests will be Heather Redfern (Executive Director at The Cultch) and Joyce Rosario (Interim Artistic Director at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival) and they’ll be bringing their industry expertise to our session about pitching your work. We’ll talk about what makes a good pitch, what’s not so great, and – most importantly – how power can factor into building reciprocal relationships. Rumble AD Jiv Parasram will moderate the session. Come hang out, eat chips, and take part in the conversation!



Heather Redfern, Executive Director of The Cultch

Heather Redfern, Executive Director of The Cultch

HEATHER REDFERN is the Executive Director of The Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch) where she curates a program of over 20 different presentations each season. Before coming to The Cultch, she was the Executive Director of the Greater Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture and the Artistic Producer for Catalyst Theatre in Edmonton. Heather has sat on numerous boards including The Koerner Foundation, and The Edmonton Arts Council. She was the first Chair of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, an organization she helped to found.

Heather has been honoured with the City of Edmonton, Business and the Arts Award for Excellence in Arts Management and the Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award for sustained, inspired, and creative leadership in Canadian Theatre. She continues to work on innovative ways to promote Canadian artists at home and abroad. In East Vancouver, she has overseen $30 million of refurbishment and construction first at The Cultch and then as a driving force behind the restoration of the historic York Theatre. Over the past ten seasons she has built an international reputation for the Cultch through her innovative curation and impeccable leadership.


Joyce Rosario, Interim Artistic Director of the PuSh Festival

Joyce Rosario, Interim Artistic Director of the PuSh Festival

JOYCE ROSARIO is currently Interim Artistic Director at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver BC, Canada. She has been with the PuSh team since 2013. Previously, Joyce spent 10 years in the Canadian dance milieu as a curator, producer and manager. Her training is in Theatre Production/Design from University of British Columbia’s Theatre program, and she was once nominated for a Jessie Richardson award for Costume Design. Her first foray in performance was as a teenage participant in ‘Turning Point’, a new genre public art project by Suzanne Lacy. Joyce is a first-generation Canadian of Filipina descent. She is privileged to live and work on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.


The Living Room is co-produced by the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance.

2018-19: A new season, a new Rumble

Welcome to Rumble’s 2018-19 season! It’s been a rocking one so far, marked by exciting theatre-making and new directions for the company. We started things off with Tremors, our festival of emerging talent, in August. Featuring three outstanding contemporary plays by three stellar Canadian playwrights (Selfie by Christine Quintana, Tiny Replicas by Dave Deveau, and Theory by Norman Yeung) and a fierce team of emerging artists, Tremors was a hit with audiences and critics alike.


Meet the Rumblers (l to r): Kellee Ngan, Jivesh Parasram, Carmen Aguirre, and Christie Watson. Photo: Stephen Drover.

Meet the Rumblers (l to r): Kellee Ngan, Jivesh Parasram, Carmen Aguirre, and Christie Watson. Photo: Stephen Drover. Location: Postmark Brewing event space.


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