Living Room – Babies and Theatre: Balancing A Family and A Career

November 28, 2016, 7pm to 9pm
PL1422 Studio, 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC

FREE admission

Calling all Emerging Artists: It’s time for another Living Room!

Dog with KittensOur second session of the season will focus on the subject of family. We’ll be asking all the burning questions: Is it possible to start a family and build a career at the same time? Will you ever work again once you’ve had kids? How can arts workers afford to have babies? How does your artistic practice change once you become a parent?

Guest artists Reneltta Arluk (actor, director and Artistic Director of Akpik Theatre in Yellowknife, NT) and Andrew McNee (award-winning Vancouver actor) will discuss how they negotiate family life and work life, how those things overlap, and how having children has affected their craft. The conversation will be moderated by actor, director and playwright Kim Harvey.


Reneltta Arluk

Renellta ArlukRenellta is Dene, Cree and Inuvialuit from the Northwest Territories. A graduate of the BFA-Acting program from the University of Alberta and founder of Akpik Theatre, a professional Indigenous Theatre company in the NWT. Raised by her grandparents on the trap-line until school age, being raised in a nomadic environment gave Reneltta the skills to become the artist she is now. For over a decade Reneltta has been part of or initiated the creation of Indigenous Theatre across Canada and internationally. She is an actor, writer, director and producer. She is also a new mom to son, Carver.


Andrew McNeeAndrew McNee

Born and raised in Vancouver, Andrew lives with his wife and two boys aged 4 and 6. He tries his best to find a balance between Theatre, film and television, and voice work. Andrew has worked with many local theatre companies including The Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, The Playhouse, Touchstone, Solo Collective, Rumble, Theatre Replacement, and has created his own work with Theatre Melee. He is a graduate of Studio 58.


Kim Harvey


Kim Harvey is from the Tshilqot’in, Syilx, Kutenai, Dakelh and Canada Nations. She is a Director, Writer, and Actor.  She is an alumni of the UBCs BFA Acting program, past theatre highlights include: Rez Sisters, Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout, The Laurier Memorial, Salmon Row, the Governor General’s Awardwinning play and National Tour of Where the Blood Mixes, and Gordon Tootoosis final show Gordon Winter.  Kim was a co-host on APTN’s First Talk, she’s done voice work with the Healthy Aboriginal Network, and she has worked as a host on the PHSA Aboriginal Health Program’s groundbreaking youth websiteCuystwi.  Kim is currently the Manager of Youth Programs at The Vancouver East Cultural Centre.  Shes worked on the Mayors Task Force for Mental Health and Addiction and currently sits on the City of Vancouvers Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee.  Kim is currently being commissioned by Western Canada Theatre to write her first full-length play entitled, Kamloopa. 


For the full season of Living Room programming, click here.

The Living Room is a mixer-slash-mingler-slash-meeting for emerging artists to hear from established artists on topics that are important to our theatre community. Connect, network, and share news in a casual and fun environment. Rumble Theatre invites all artists who self-identify as “emerging” to join us for these fun and stimulating evenings of conversation and community building. Each event centres on a specific theme.

Board Opportunities Available

Rumble is currently seeking individuals with a passion for great theatre to serve on our Board of Directors. Our current Board is nine members strong, but we have the potential to add a few more folks to the team. At this time we are specifically looking for applicants with enthusiasm for organization, knowledge of governance, and strong leadership skills.

Qualifications include:

  • A cFeline board meetingommitment to the work of Rumble Theatre;
  • Willingness to attend and participate in monthly Board meetings;
  • Comfort with reviewing monthly and annual financial documents as prepared by our Bookkeeper and our Managing Producer;
  • Attendance at our Annual General Meeting, AGM-apalooza;
  • Serving on our Board Development (Governance) Committee;
  • Attendance at special events, including productions;
  • Annual financial support of Rumble Theatre, at a level that is comfortable to you.

As part of our ongoing commitment to create an organization that is representative of our Vancouver, we strongly encourage applications from members of traditionally underrepresented communities.

Time commitment: Approx. 5-10 hours per month


For more information or to apply, please contact Becky Low, Managing Producer


Phone: 604-662-3395

Or at our office: 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC, V5L 2P7

Introducing…Rumble’s 2016/17 season

Rumble Theatre is thrilled to announce our stellar line-up of 2016/17 programming. It’s going to be another exciting season (our company’s 26th!) as we shine a spotlight on new talent, new work, and new events.

“For me, creating contemporary theatre means asking, “What’s new?”,” says Stephen Drover, Rumble Theatre’s Artistic Director. “And our work this season very much focuses on expanding horizons. We’re developing an exciting new play with one of my favourite playwrights, we’re building new relationships with a fantastic team of emerging artists, and we’re engaging with the community in new and fun ways.”

Tremors 2016. Design by Kristen Johnson.

Tremors 2016. Design by Kristen Johnson.

We kick things off with Tremors, our biennial festival of emerging talent, which runs August 11 – 20, 2016 at the Italian Cultural Centre. Witness the next generation of theatre makers as they direct, design, stage manage, and perform in productions of three outstanding contemporary scripts (Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel, Better Angels: A Parable by Andrea Scott, and Bull by Mike Bartlett).

Development continues for Titus Bouffonius, our commission-in-progress by acclaimed playwright Colleen Murphy. Adapted from Shakespeare’s bloody and brutal Titus Andronicus, and brilliantly updated using contemporary dialogue and the French clown technique of bouffon, Titus Bouffonius is an utterly unique look at war, rage, grief, and the delicate intersection of the beautiful and the grotesque. A workshop and staged reading are scheduled for Spring 2017.

Our popular mentorship activities are also on the calendar. Held four times per year, the Living Room series brings emerging artists together for a casual mixer-mingler-meeting where they can interact with their peers while also learning about a career in theatre from professional artists. Stay tuned for an announcement of upcoming Living Room dates, topics, and guest artists, as well as for the appointment of our Student Ambassadors.

Finally, we’ve got several community events on-tap to complement our regular programming. Rumble will be at Hastings Racecourse on September 25 for a Day at the Track. Everyone is welcome to join us for a fun, family-friendly afternoon at the races. Then there’s our third annual Hot Mess Halloween party on October 29—start planning your costumes now! And in November we’ll be hosting a free movie screening of Julie Taymor’s Titus, which stars Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins. After the screening there will be an opportunity to discuss Shakespeare’s original work, Taymor’s film adaptation, and Rumble’s current commissioned adaptation, Titus Bouffonius.

For more details, click on the link to download Rumble Theatre’s 2016/17 season announcement.

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