Call for Submissions: Bouffon Workshop with Michael Kennard

Rumble Theatre is offering a one-day bouffon workshop for actors with Michael Kennard. We will discuss how bouffon differs from other forms of clown or physical theatre, and practice skills to become more flexible in the rehearsal and development process. The day will unfold with dialogue, experimentation, and scene work.

The details:
Monday May 1st, 2017
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
The Cultch Culture Lab
1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
Participation Fee: $75

The workshop is open to all performers who have experience with bouffon, clown, and/or physical theatre.

To apply, please email a headshot and resume to with the subject heading: “Bouffon Workshop”. Space is limited so please submit early.

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

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at 5:00 pm.


Michael Kennard and John Turner as Mump and Smoot. Photo: Ian Jackson.


About Michael Kennard:
Michael is one half of the celebrated Canadian clown duo Mump & Smoot and has created, performed, and toured Mump & Smoot shows across North America since 2008. He regularly teaches clown technique at the Manatoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance and at the University of Alberta where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Drama.

The newest Mump & Smoot show, Anything, can be seen at The Cultch (York Theatre) from April 25 – May 6, 2017.

Guest Post – Making Theatre With Your Friends

Check out what Elizabeth Willow – emerging theatre-maker and past Rumble Student Ambassador – has to say about our most recent Living Room – Making Theatre With Your Friends.


Welcome to the Living Room

If you’ve been working in Theatre for any amount of time, there’s a good chance you’ve run in to the following situation: you’re working on a project with your friends, and you have an argument, a falling out, or you simply struggle to keep your personal relationship healthy alongside your professional one. This was the impetus behind Rumble’s 3rd Living Room of the 16/17 season – “Making Theatre With Your Friends”. The guests that evening were Marcus Youssef of Neworld Theatre and James Long of Theatre Replacement, two friends and artists who created the critically acclaimed piece Winners and Losers together. The discussion was moderated by Chelsea Haberlin of Itsazoo Theatre, who runs said company with her husband. (more…)

The Living Room – Making Theatre with Your Friends

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 7pm to 9pm
PL1422 Studio, 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC
FREE admission; no advance registration required

**This session was originally scheduled for Monday, February 27. Please note the date change.**

campingcats_0005 Vancouver’s theatre community has been celebrated for its collaborative nature. We love working with others, and we often find ourselves working with our friends. But what happens when work and friendship mix? How do you keep a friendship healthy when the work is hard, or if your personal relationship is strained? Do friends really make the best colleagues?


At this Living Room session, we’re going to talk to with couple of artists who have put their friendship on the line to make great work together: Marcus Youssef (actor, playwright, and Artistic Director of Neworld Theatre) and James Long (actor, creator, and Artistic Director of Theatre Replacement). Chelsea Haberlin (director, producer, Associate Artistic Director of Neworld Theatre, and co-Artistic Producer of ITSAZOO Productions) will moderate what is sure to be a lively discussion.

James Long

James has been making theatre since 1995 and artistic directs Theatre Replacement with Maiko Yamamoto. He has also taught workshops and classes to established artists across Canada and to students at The University of British Columbia, The University of Regina, Simon Fraser University, Studio 58 and Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts. As a freelance actor and director he has had the pleasure of working with Rumble Productions, Neworld Theatre, Cindy Mochizuki, urban ink, Leaky Heaven Circus, The Chop, The Only Animal, Stan’s Cafe, CBC radio and Electric Company Theatre, among many others. He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University.

James Long and Marcus Youssef in Winners and Losers.

James Long and Marcus Youssef in Winners and Losers.

Marcus Youssef

Marcus is the Artistic Director of Neworld Theatre. The ethic and practice of collaboration are central to Marcus’ creative work. His plays, many of which were written or created with friends and colleagues, include: Winners and Losers, Jabber, How Has My Love Affected You?, Ali and Ali and the aXes of Evil and Ali & Ali: The Deportation Hearings, Everyone, Adrift, 3299: Forms in Order, Peter Panties and A Line in the Sand. They have been presented across North America, Australia and Europe, translated into Czech, Flemish, and Italian, and published by Talonbooks and Playwrights Canada Press. He’s received numerous awards for his work, including: Rio-Tinto Alcan Performing Arts, Chalmer’s Canadian Play, Arts Club Silver Commission, Seattle Times Footlight, Vancouver Sun Critics’ Choice Innovation (three times), as well as numerous Jessies (Vancouver), Masques (Montreal) and Doras (Toronto).

Chelsea Haberlin

Chelsea HaberlinChelsea is Co-Artistic Producer and founder of ITSAZOO Productions as well as Associate Artistic Director with Neworld Theatre. Favourite ITSAZOO directing credits include: The Competition is Fierce, Killer Joe (Jessie Richardson Award winner for Outstanding Production), The Flick, Mojo, Chairs: A Parable, Robin Hood, Grimm Tales and Death of a Clown. Other directing projects include The North Plan (Upintheair Theatre), The Dining Room (Western Gold Theatre), Mr. Marmalade (Latchkey Coop), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Pacific Theatre), Glendale (Co-op), Rhinoceros (UBC Masters Thesis project), Featuring Loretta & Criminal Genius (Vancouver Fringe Festival) and Faust is Dead (UBC). She is a three-time Jessie award nominee and the recipient of the Sydney J. Risk award in directing and the Ray Michal award for outstanding body of work by an emerging director.

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.

Job Opportunity – Interim Managing Producer

The cast of War of the Worlds, 1999

The cast of War of the Worlds, 1999

Rumble Theatre is seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial, and organized person for the position of Interim Managing Producer. This is a full-time, salaried job combining elements of general management and production leadership. The position is a one-year maternity leave cover. The position will be full-time from May 1st 2017 – April 30th, 2018, with training to occur on a part-time basis in April of 2017.


Call for Submissions: Actors for Titus Bouffonius

Rumble Theatre seeks actors for a development workshop of Titus Bouffonius by Colleen Murphy (adapted from Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus).

Audition dates: January 17 and 19, 2017
Audition venue: PL1422 (1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC)

Workshop dates: April 19 – 30, 2017
Workshop venue: PTC (Playwrights Theatre Centre, 202 – 739 Gore Ave, Vancouver, BC)
Please note: There is no elevator access at the workshop venue.

Titus Bouffonius is a new play by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy, adapted from Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy Titus Andronicus and commissioned by Rumble Theatre. Five actors ­– outcasts from the invented Society of the Misshapen and Destitute – attempt to perform a contemporary version of “Titus” that one of them has penned…but they sometimes forget their lines, or say what they want to, or refuse to stay dead when they are killed. Audience members are encouraged to respond to the horrible and potentially offensive acts in the performance by hurling buns at the actors in a play that is part Shakespeare, part Brecht, and incorporates the French theatre tradition of bouffon (a form of clown that focuses on mockery and extreme physical satire).

Creative team includes Rumble’s Artistic Director Stephen Drover and Michael Kennard of the clown duo Mump & Smoot.

Audition requirements:

  • One Shakespeare monologue of your choice
  • One three-minute original bouffon piece or a three-minute original clown piece or a three-minute original physical theatre piece

Please submit a headshot and resume to with the subject line: “Titus audition” by January 9, 2017. If you are selected to audition, we will reply with an audition time.

Rumble Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from all qualified candidates will be considered. We strongly encourage submissions from individuals who self-identify as being from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Unfortunately the workshop will be held in a room that is on the second floor with no current elevator access.

Equity members will be seen first at all open audition calls. Equity members cast in this production will be engaged under the Independent Theatre Agreement. CAEA members: please bring your membership ID number to the audition.

If you have any questions, please email us:

To download a PDF of this posting, click on the following link: Call for Submissions: Actors for Titus Bouffonius