Rumble Theatre invites emerging directors who are interested in a theatre mentorship opportunity to apply for Tremors, our festival of emerging talent. Tremors will take place August 16 – 25, 2018 at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver.

About Tremors

Tremors is a vehicle for emerging artists to build networks, receive professional mentorship, develop their craft, and work on exciting plays. Each show will be directed, designed, performed, and stage managed by a company of emerging artists working with the guidance of professional mentors. Rumble provides mentorship from professional theatre practitioners, rehearsal space, production budget, publicity and marketing, production management, performance venue, and a small honorarium to all participants.


For the purposes of Tremors, Rumble defines an “emerging artist” as a theatre practitioner (actor, designer, stage manager, technician, director) 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 artists’ 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”. For the purpose of this application, directors must be able to demonstrate past work (including projects as a part of a training program).

Submission procedure

Applicants are asked to submit via email a CV and a cover letter outlining why they are interested in taking part in Tremors. Applicants are also invited to share their “wish list” of plays they’d one day like to work on. (We’ve already chosen the scripts for Tremors but this is a good way to get to know you!). A short list of applicants will be contacted for interviews. Rumble will assemble the creative teams.

We encourage submissions from artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities. We hope to create artistic teams that represent the diversity of Vancouver.

Part-time rehearsals will begin mid-June 2018 (based on the availability of the teams). Ample availability is an asset. Directors will be expected to be available full time from August 12 to 16, 2018. Please include a brief statement of availability (including potential scheduling conflicts) in your application.

Submissions should be sent to with the subject heading “Tremors Director 2018”. Deadline for submissions is March 14, 2018.

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