The 48-Hour Crock Pot

March 24 – 26, 2018
Performance: Monday, March 26 at 7pm, Progress Lab 1422
Free admission to performance; no advance registration required
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The 48-Hour Crock Pot

The 48-Hour Crock Pot

The 48-Hour Crock Pot lives again!

The first iteration of this exciting event took place in 2014 and was initiated by our then-Student Ambassadors Karina Darychuk and Naomi Vogt. Their intention was to break down the barriers between different theatre training programs and to foster a sense of a larger community of emerging artists. This year, our current Student Ambassadors, Shanae Sodhi (Studio 58 at Langara College) and Olivia Lang (University of British Columbia), are bringing it back to engage a whole new cohort of emerging artists by asking them to consider who we work with to make theatre and how we make it.

The Crock Pot will bring together students from different theatre training institutions around the Lower Mainland and challenge them to create a piece together. They’ll have only 48 hours (!) to devise “something meaningful” — with the help of a few prompts. This resulting work will be presented on Monday, March 26 at 7pm, in the PL1422 studio. Please join us to see what these fearless young artists cook up!

Ephemera: An Archiving Party

March 29, 2018, 6 – 9pm
Progress Lab 1422
Archiving Party Postcard with stamps

The scholar Peggy Phelan once claimed that the ontology of live performance is its disappearance. It is here for a moment in time, and then it is gone. But, as Rebecca Schneider has argued, every performance also leaves remains: in the bodies of its creators; in the memories of its audiences; and in the paper trails and material detritus that attest to the different phases of its development. At this event we’re hoping to collect some of those remains as they pertain to the recent history of Vancouver performance. Building on the spirit and energy of the recent Our Present Dance Histories project that culminated at the 2017 Dance in Vancouver Biennale, we have invited members of the Vancouver performance arts community to contribute to and help divine the story we might tell from examining the remains of Vancouver performance.

Here, the evidence is put in your hands. A few sheets of paper set the scene and indicate the problems. Archival materials such as newspapers, photos and sticky notes may be sorted and related by the group in order to create a ‘method of history.’ At this celebration, we hope to spark in the community a sense of the presence of Vancouver’s performance history.

Everyone is welcome to attend and to participate. To get yourself on the attendees list, please RSVP to by March 20, 2018.


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.

The Living Room – Working for free…and making a living

Monday, February 26, 2018, 7pm to 9pm
PL1422, 1422 William St
FREE admission; no advance registration required

cats with brooms

Emerging artists! Please join us for our third Living Room of the season (and the first of 2018) as we consider the real price of working for free in our industry. When should you stop doing unpaid work? Or should you always make time to work gratis? What factors help you choose a project? How do you value yourself, your time, and your art?

Director Sarah Rodgers and actor Raugi Yu will lend their voices and knowledge to the conversation, while Jamie King serves as moderator.

The Living Room is produced with support from the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance.

Directors’ Lab 2018: Call for Submissions

Directors’ Lab 2016. Photo: Tim Matheson.

Rumble Theatre invites applications from emerging directors to participate in the sixth installment of Directorsʼ Lab, a series of in-studio workshops, rehearsals, investigations and roundtable discussions facilitated by a Master Director. This yearʼs Lab will be facilitated by Canadian director Weyni Mengesha and will be held February 27 – March 3, 2018 at Progress Lab 1422 (PL1422) in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Directorsʼ Lab is a workshop for emerging directors who want to get rigorous with the foundations of their craft, unhindered by production and scenographic considerations. Using an established text as a working model, the Lab will focus on the director’s preparation process, early stages of rehearsal and assessment and critique of the work. Over five days, participants will discuss principles of directing, examine and analyze a text, rehearse scenes with an ensemble of actors and reflect on the processes.  (more…)