Announcing Rumble’s 2017-18 Season

Welcome to Rumble Theatre’s 2017-18 season! This year is one of discovery, as we present a world premiere production by one of Canada’s foremost playwrights and foster up-and-coming theatre artists through our unique mentorship opportunities.

“We’re really inspired by the creative potential that exists when we bring different artists and art forms together,” says Stephen Drover, who comes into his fifth season as Rumble’s Artistic Director. “And this season is all about what can come of making these connections, both for our work on stage and behind the scenes. What happens when Shakespeare, French clowning, and one of Canada’s most celebrated playwrights meet? What kind of excitement occurs in a room with some of our most promising young directors and one of the nation’s best directors? And what conversations are had between the emerging artists community and Vancouver’s seasoned pros when pressing topics are brought up? This year we’ll find out.”

Peter Anderson in The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius. Photo: Tim Matheson.

Peter Anderson in The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius. Photo: Tim Matheson.

First up is the world premiere production of The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius—our commissioned adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus by two-time Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy. An inspired marriage of Shakespearian text, contemporary dialogue, and the French clown technique of bouffon, the show is an utterly unique look at war, rage, grief, and the delicate intersection of the beautiful and the grotesque in our world today. It runs November 22 to December 3, 2017 at The Cultch. (Buy your tickets now for the best seats!)

Weyni Mengesha

Weyni Mengesha, Directors’ Lab 2018 instructor.

Directors’ Lab returns in February 2018 to offer emerging theatre directors the rare opportunity to spend a week learning their craft from a Master Director. Leading this year’s Lab will be Weyni Mengesha, the acclaimed director and dramaturge who guided the smash Canadian theatrical hits ’da Kink in My Hair and Kim’s Convenience. Weyni will also share her knowledge and skills with emerging actors in a one-day Actors’ Workshop that follows Directors’ Lab.

Rounding out the season are our regular mentorship activities and community events. We welcome two Student AmbassadorsOlivia Lang (University of British Columbia) and Shanae Sodhi (Studio 58)—who will serve as liaisons between Rumble and their respective school communities while receiving mentorship from us. The Living Room is back to offer emerging artists an informal space in which they can interact with their peers while learning about a career in theatre from professional artists. The first session is September 25, 2017—please stay tuned for an announcement of upcoming topics and guests. Last but not least, we’ll celebrate the spooky season on October 28, 2017 with our fourth annual Halloween party: The Revenge of the Hot Mess Halloween.


For more detail, check out the full Rumble Theatre 2017-18 season announcement.

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.

Qualifications include:

  • A cFeline board meetingommitment to the work of Rumble Theatre;
  • Willingness to attend and participate in monthly Board meetings;
  • Attendance at our Annual General Meeting, AGM-apalooza;
  • Serving on either our Board Development (Governance) or Resource Development 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 Laura Efron, Interim Managing Producer


Phone: 604-662-3395

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

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.