Call for Submissions: Acting Workshop with Weyni Mengesha

Directors' Lab 2016. Photo: Tim Matheson.

Directors’ Lab 2016. Photo: Tim Matheson.

As part of our Directors’ Lab activities, Rumble Theatre is pleased to offer a one-day workshop for emerging actors with our Master Director Weyni Mengesha. The workshop will take place on March 4, 2018.

About the workshop: “Looking at the Actor’s Toolbox”
This workshop is for emerging actors who are keen to immerse themselves in the creative process of their craft. The focus of the day’s activities will be on preparation and character development. We will explore various acting tools and techniques through dynamic exercises and scene work.

Master Director Weyni Mengesha
Weyni started her career directing ’da Kink in my Hair, helping to build it into an international sensation, and composing its Dora-nominated score. The show went on to make history, selling out some of the largest houses in the country. Some of her other directing credits include: Father Comes Home from the Wars by Suzan-Lori Parks (Soulpepper Theatre), which won Outstanding Production at the 2017 Dora Awards; Butcher by Nicolas Billion (Why Not Theatre), which won Best Direction at the 2016 Doras; Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun (Soulpepper), which received six Dora nominations in 2010; and, in 2011, Kim’s Convenience by Ins Choi (Soulpepper), which broke box office records, won two Toronto Critic Awards (including best new play), and is now a hit CBC TV show. Weyni is also a committed mentor of new talent. She has been the co-director of the acclaimed AMY (Artists Mentoring Youth) Project, training young women in performance arts since 2005, and she continues to guest teach at acting training programs across the country, including The National Theatre School of Canada.

Workshop date, time, & location
Sunday, March 4, 2018
10AM to 3PM
PL1422 Studio, 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 2P7

Application is free but the registration fee for participation is $75.

The workshop is intended for emerging actors. Rumble defines “emerging artist” as a theatre practitioner who is within five years of their professional debut. The ideal emerging artist has completed (or nearly completed) formalized training, is not yet a full member of a professional artistsʼ association (e.g. CAEA) and intends on making their living in the theatre (alternatively defined as an artist who self-identifies as “young-in-craft”).

How to apply
E-mail your headshot and resume to with the subject line “Application for Actors’ Workshop 2018”. Class size is limited to 20 students. The first 20 eligible applicants will be accepted, so please apply early.

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

The submission deadline is February 16, 2018 at 5:00PM.

The Living Room – Working for free…and making a living

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

cats with brooms

Emerging artists! Please join us for our third Living Room of the season (and the first of 2018) as we consider the real price of working for free in our industry. When should you stop doing unpaid work? Or should you always make time to work gratis? What factors help you choose a project? How do you value yourself, your time, and your art?

Director Sarah Rodgers and actor Raugi Yu will lend their voices and knowledge to the conversation, while Jamie King serves as moderator.

The Living Room is produced with support from the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance.

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius

Peter Anderson in The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius. Photo: Tim Matheson.

Peter Anderson in The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius. Photo: Tim Matheson.

by Colleen Murphy
Adapted from William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus
Produced by Rumble Theatre and presented by The Cultch

November 22 – December 3, 2017
The Historic Theatre at The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC



Here’s what the critics said about the show:

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius is deranged, darkly funny, and perverse, but its subversiveness also serves a purpose, and it makes for an unforgettable experience” — Andrea Warner, The Georgia Straight

“I can’t recommend this show enough” — Paul Durras, BC BookWorld

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius encourages us to get comfortable with discomfort, to revel in the outrageous and to trade our tears for laughter” — Lauren Donnelly, Vancouver Weekly

“I can’t remember the last time I saw a show that got me so excited I thought I might lose my marbles” — Colin Thomas,

“If you need a really good laugh and you’re okay with dark, grisly, bloody, grotesque, rude and crude – all wrapped up in the French clowning style called bouffon – you will love Titus Bouffonius as much as I did” — Jo Ledingham,

“This show is smart. The heady mix of bouffon revelry and Shakespearean trauma is fuel for an edgy comedy, and playwright Colleen Murphy has dug deep into both worlds to concoct an experiential feast” — Chelsey Stuyt, Vancouver Presents

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius at first presents itself as a chaotic project by confused misfits, but in reality it is an intelligent (if not eloquent) commentary on the Shakespearean classic and the complexities of the world which we navigate” — Ljudmila Petrovic, SAD MAG

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius might give you a lot to talk about the next day…we were all pretty much speechless” — Tiva Quinn,



Click here for more details about the show

Indian Arm wins Governor General’s Literary Award

Photo by Wendi Wirawan; design by Kristen Johnson

Photo by Wendi Wirawan; design by Kristen Johnson

We’re thrilled to announce that Indian Arm — the first play we commissioned as part of our adaptation program — has been awarded the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.

Massive congratulations to Hiro Kanagawa, who took on the challenge of this commission and wrote a beautiful, haunting, thought-provoking script.
Hiro Kanagawa, playwright

Hiro Kanagawa, playwright

The play resonated with the audiences who saw our premiere production of Indian Arm in 2015. And it clearly resonated with the GG peer assessment committee, as well.

The committee praised Indian Arm as “a timely and evocative manifestation of the characters’ struggle with their relationship to the land. Hiro Kanagawa masterfully navigates the tension between Indigenous and settler identities as they work to figure out how we can live together. Mythic. Heart-breaking. Poetic.”

To read more about the GG winners, click here.

Announcing Rumble’s 2017-18 Season

Welcome to Rumble Theatre’s 2017-18 season! This year is one of discovery, as we present a world premiere production by one of Canada’s foremost playwrights and foster up-and-coming theatre artists through our unique mentorship opportunities.

“We’re really inspired by the creative potential that exists when we bring different artists and art forms together,” says Stephen Drover, who comes into his fifth season as Rumble’s Artistic Director. “And this season is all about what can come of making these connections, both for our work on stage and behind the scenes. What happens when Shakespeare, French clowning, and one of Canada’s most celebrated playwrights meet? What kind of excitement occurs in a room with some of our most promising young directors and one of the nation’s best directors? And what conversations are had between the emerging artists community and Vancouver’s seasoned pros when pressing topics are brought up? This year we’ll find out.”

Peter Anderson in The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius. Photo: Tim Matheson.

Peter Anderson in The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius. Photo: Tim Matheson.

First up is the world premiere production of The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius—our commissioned adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus by two-time Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy. An inspired marriage of Shakespearian text, contemporary dialogue, and the French clown technique of bouffon, the show is an utterly unique look at war, rage, grief, and the delicate intersection of the beautiful and the grotesque in our world today. It runs November 22 to December 3, 2017 at The Cultch. (Buy your tickets now for the best seats!)

Weyni Mengesha

Weyni Mengesha, Directors’ Lab 2018 instructor.

Directors’ Lab returns in February 2018 to offer emerging theatre directors the rare opportunity to spend a week learning their craft from a Master Director. Leading this year’s Lab will be Weyni Mengesha, the acclaimed director and dramaturge who guided the smash Canadian theatrical hits ’da Kink in My Hair and Kim’s Convenience. Weyni will also share her knowledge and skills with emerging actors in a one-day Actors’ Workshop that follows Directors’ Lab.

Rounding out the season are our regular mentorship activities and community events. We welcome two Student AmbassadorsOlivia Lang (University of British Columbia) and Shanae Sodhi (Studio 58)—who will serve as liaisons between Rumble and their respective school communities while receiving mentorship from us. The Living Room is back to offer emerging artists an informal space in which they can interact with their peers while learning about a career in theatre from professional artists. The first session is September 25, 2017—please stay tuned for an announcement of upcoming topics and guests. Last but not least, we’ll celebrate the spooky season on October 28, 2017 with our fourth annual Halloween party: The Revenge of the Hot Mess Halloween.


For more detail, check out the full Rumble Theatre 2017-18 season announcement.

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