CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – 2017/18 Student Ambassadors

Apply now to be one of Rumble’s 2017/18 Student Ambassadors!

Each year Rumble develops close relationships with two or three students who are in the final year of their post-secondary professional theatre training and mentors them as they prepare to enter the workforce. We offer access to company resources (e.g. studio and/or office space, our script library, audition coaching from our Artistic Director) and invite them to participate in our programming (e.g. AGM-apalooza, first read-throughs of mainstage productions). We also seek out opportunities to help them make connections in the professional community. In exchange, Student Ambassadors represent us to their student body, bring fellow students to come see our work, volunteer at events, and basically wear the Rumble Theatre T-shirt for a year. It’s 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 SA positions for this season. The ideal candidates are about to enter 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, please send a CV and a cover letter telling us how this could help you in your career and how you would take advantage of this mentorship opportunity to (subject line: Student Ambassador). Deadline is August 10, 2017.


Elizabeth Willow, an emerging theatre-maker and past Rumble Student Ambassador, attended our final Living Room of the season. She shares her thoughts on the session with us in this special guest post. Read on for Elizabeth’s take on the risks and rewards of making public theatre about private lives.

Guests at The Living Room - cozy in Rumble's office

Guests at The Living Room making it cozy in Rumble’s office. Photo: Stephen Drover.

Many of us know the feeling: Going to audition after audition, never feeling like any of the work available is quite right for you. No one is telling stories that represent you, compel you, or excite you. What options are left to those of us who feel backed into a corner by the established theatrical enterprises surrounding us? Do we find another path or allow ourselves to sink into despair, knowing that there is nothing else for us but being an artist? A dear friend and director once said to me: “Who cares whether the cart or the horse came first? Fuck it. Let’s be both.”  (more…)

The Living Room – Private = Public: Putting Your Own Story on Stage

Monday, May 15, 2017, 7pm to 9pm
PL1422, 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC
FREE admission; no advance registration required

Living Room - Private v Public cats picInside everyone is a story. And sometimes that story ends up onstage as a one-person show!

But what’s the cost of making a play about your own life? What if you’re not a “playwright” but you have a great story to tell? Where do you find the courage to share your personal secrets?

Come hear guest artists Tetsuro Shigematsu (Empire of the Son) and Emelia Symington Fedy (Motherload), along with moderator Pedro Chamale (co-AD of rice & beans theatre), discuss how they each turned personal history into public theatre.

Tetsuro ShigematsuTetsuro Shigematsu

Tetsuro is an actor, writer, and former CBC radio host. His one-man show Empire of the Son—centred around his relationship with his father—was named the best theatre show of 2015 by the Vancouver Sun. It toured across Canada in 2016, including to the National Arts Centre. His newest show, 1 Hour Photo, will premiere at The Cultch in October 2017.



Emelia Symington Fedy

Emelia is an actor, writer, producer and radio freelancer. She produced and co-wrote Motherload, a dark comedy about contemporary parenting that premiered recently at The Cultch. She co-artistic directs the award winning, internationally touring creation-based theatre company, The Chop with Anita Rochon and curates the popular website Emelia is also a creative coach, supporting women in doing what they love for a living – sustainably and her most favorite thing to do is live storytelling. Emelia won Gold medal for Best Social Media Personality and Best Radio Host in 2017 and you can find her on insta and twit @EmeliaSF


Pedro ChamalePedro Chamale

Pedro Chamale is a playwright, performer and the co-Artistic Director of rice & beans theatre. His solo show, Small Town Hoser Spic, is based on his experience growing up as a person of Hispanic descent in a small-town in Northern BC. Small Town Hoser Spic is part of this year’s Uno Fest in Victoria, BC.



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.

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…)