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

Photo: Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress

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!

You don’t have to sign-up in advance but you can view the event on Facebook and let us know if you’re interesting in joining us.



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.

Call for Submissions – Emerging Playwrights

This season Rumble Theatre is thrilled to offer an exciting mentorship opportunity for an emerging playwright.

Playwright Carmen Aguirre

Playwright Carmen Aguirre

The selected emerging playwright will receive season-long mentorship (November 2018 – June 2019) from our playwright-in-residence, acclaimed playwright and author Carmen Aguirre, as they work toward completing the first draft of a new play.

This mentorship includes monthly meetings with Carmen, free entry to Carmen’s playwriting workshop in December 2019, and a commission fee of $1,000.

Emerging Artists: Eligibility

Rumble encourages applications from people who identify emerging or new-career playwrights/creators.

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

If you have any questions about the application process or your eligibility please email

Submission Procedure

Applicants are asked to submit the following materials, via email:

  • A current CV.
  • A letter of intent that includes (a) the idea for the play you will be writing and (b) why you would like to work with Carmen, and (c) how this mentorship opportunity will benefit your writing career.
  • A three- to ten-page writing sample.

Submissions should be sent to with the subject heading: “Emerging Playwright Submission”.


Call for Submissions – 2018-19 Student Ambassadors

Apply now to be one of Rumble’s Student Ambassadors this season!

Every year, Rumble Theatre mentors students in the final year of their post-secondary professional theatre training as they prepare to enter their independent practice. We offer access to company resources such as studio and/or office space, mentorship in a variety of areas from the Rumble team (Managing Producer Christie Watson, Director of Operations Kellee Ngan, and Artistic Director Jivesh Parasram), opportunities to make connections with working professionals, and invitations to engage in Rumble’s programming (e.g. AGM-apalooza, first read-throughs of our mainstage productions) with the objective of building familiarity and comfort in contemporary independent theatre production.

In exchange, Student Ambassadors will represent Rumble to their student body, bring their fellow students to see our work, volunteer at events, and generally spread the word about Rumble throughout the year. The Student Ambassadors will also help host our Living Room sessions, and produce and present the 48-Hour Crockpot, our theatre creation challenge that brings together students from different theatre training institutions to create a piece together over one weekend.

Being a Student Ambassador is a great opportunity for soon-to-be graduates to immerse themselves in Rumble’s work and in the community they’ll soon be ready to join.

We are currently seeking to fill two positions for this season. The ideal candidates have just entered the final year of a post-secondary professional training program (BFA or equivalent) and are self-motivated, ambitious, focused, and can rally some troops when needed.

You can read more about the program and past ambassadors here.

If you are interested in applying, please send us the following:

  • A current CV.
  • A cover letter telling us why you’d like to be a Student Ambassador and how you would take advantage of this mentorship opportunity.
  • A response to these two questions (maximum one page total):
    • What has been the most rewarding part of your training?
    • What is your biggest criticism of your training institution?

Applications should be sent, via e-mail, to with the subject line: “Student Ambassador”.


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.


Plan Your Night – Tremors 2018

Tremors 2018 logoHello, Tremors attendees! We look forward to welcoming you to this year’s festival. Here’s some information on how to get to the theatre, where to park, and what to expect on the night (or the day, if you’re taking in the matinee). If you have questions that aren’t answered here, please contact us at or give us a call at 604.662.3395.

This info is also in a PDF that you can download here: Plan Your Night – Tremors 2018

All performances of Tremors take place at the Italian Cultural Centre. The Italian Cultural Centre is located on 3075 Slocan Street at Grandview Highway (East 12th Avenue) in Vancouver. You can reach the venue by car, bicycle or public transportation. (See the “Getting There” section for route suggestions.)



Admission to this year’s Tremors festival is Pay-What-You-Decide. You, the audience member, get to choose what you would like to pay for your ticket. Patrons can book tickets either in advance or at the door.

In advance:
Book your ticket online at Patrons will be able to Pay-What-You-Decide from a range of ticket prices, starting at $5.

At the door:
The Tremors on-site box office will open one hour prior to the first performance of the session (6pm for evenings, 12pm for the matinee). We will accept payments of cash, credit card, or cheque at the door. Ticket price is Pay-What-You-Decide: $5 & up.



 The show times for our Tremors shows are a bit unconventional. Please double-check the start times for the shows you have booked.

 Tremors run: August 16 to August 25, 2018
Opening Night: Thursday, August 16, 7:00pm
Matinee: Wednesday, August 22, 1:00pm
No performances on Sunday, August 19 & Monday, August 20.

 Performance Start Times
For triple bill evenings: 7pm (Show #1), 8:30pm (Show #2) & 9:45pm (Show #3)
For triple bill matinee: 1pm (Show #1), 2:30pm (Show #2) & 3:45pm (Show #3)
For double bill evenings: 7pm (Show #1) & 9pm (Show #2)

Tremors Day-By-Day


*Playwrights Speaker Series featured artists: Q = Christine Quintana; D = Dave Deveau; Y = Norman Yeung; A = all three playwrights.   **Post-show Talkback



Driving Directions
From Downtown: Follow 12th Avenue east past Nanaimo Street. Turn right on Slocan Street.
From Trans Canada Highway 1: Take the Grandview Highway exit and follow Grandview Highway west. Turn left on Slocan Street. There is free, onsite parking but availability may be limited due to other events occurring at the ICC.

Public Transit
From Downtown: Take the Expo Line heading eastbound to King George. Get off at Broadway SkyTrain Station and transfer, taking the Commercial SkyTrain (waterfront via Columbia). Get off at Renfrew Station and walk 2 blocks west along Grandview Highway to Slocan Street. Visit the Translink website for further trip planning tools.

The Italian Cultural Centre is located just off of the Central Valley Greenway bike route. Please visit for cycling maps to help you plan your travels.



Looking for somewhere to grab a bite to eat before or after the show? Here are a couple of suggestions for places to eat in the neighbourhood.

La Piazza Dario Ristorante Italiano (at The Italian Cultural Centre)
3075 Slocan Street

Prince Seafood Restaurant (Chinese cuisine)
2881 Grandview Highway

There are also several fast food establishments near the Renfrew SkyTrain Station, including:

Freshii – 2920 Virtual Way
Freshslice Pizza – 2889 Grandview Highway #2
McDonald’s – 2909 Grandview Highway
Subway – 2892 Grandview Highway



Can I buy tickets in person? Yes. The venue at the box office will open 1 hour before each session for day-of ticket sales.

Where do I pick up tickets that I’ve reserved? You can collect your pre-booked tickets at the venue using photo ID, or a booking confirmation.

How long are the shows? Selfie runs approximately 75 minutes, Tiny Replicas runs approximately 70 minutes, and Theory runs approximately 90 minutes. None of the shows have an intermission.

What happens if I’m late for the performance? We endeavour to always start our shows at the scheduled time, so we appreciate punctuality. However, we understand that unforeseen delays do occur. We will attempt to admit latecomers if there is an opportunity to do so, but we cannot guarantee admission. If we aren’t able to get you in to that particular show, we will try our best to get you into another performance (subject to availability).

What should I wear? Vancouver theatregoers are a pretty casual bunch. There is no dress code to attend performances.

Can I get a drink or snack at the show? There will be a cash bar open in the Tremors lounge area. This bar area will be open throughout each Tremors session. Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and snacks will be available for sale.

Can I bring my drink into the theatre? Audience members are welcome to enjoy their beverages inside the performance spaces at all evening performances.

Is the venue accessible for patrons with mobility issues? We will make wheelchair seating available on request. Please contact the Rumble office at 604.662.3395 or email to make arrangements. The venue itself is fitted with ramps, accessible bathrooms, and dedicated parking spaces.

Is the venue scent-free? The venue does not have a permanent scent-free policy but we encourage attendees to refrain from wearing scented products to Tremors in an effort to provide all patrons, volunteers, and staff with a healthy, safe, and allergen-free environment.