Directors’ Lab 2016

Eight emerging directors spent last week with Kim Collier in our studio learning new skills and strategies, practicing their craft, and tackling scenes from Romeo and Juliet. It is always a joy to have young artists in our space. Their energy and enthusiasm is infectious and their approaches to the work are inspiring.

Thank you to everyone who joined us. We are already looking forward to doing it again in 2018. And huge thanks to the RBC Foundation for their continued support of Rumble and our work with emerging artists. We are beyond grateful for everything RBC’s contributions make possible.



Rumble Theatre invites submissions from emerging directors who are interested in a theatre mentorship opportunity to apply for Tremors, our festival of emerging talent. Tremors will take place August 11-21, 2016 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 and performed by a company of emerging artists working with the guidance of professional mentors. Marrying past festival dedication to the next generation of theatre artists with the party atmosphere of HIVE, the new Tremors will feature a company of emerging directors, stage managers, designers, technicians and actors. 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.

Emerging Artists

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, designers and stage managers 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 performers 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 in the last week of June 2016 (based on the availability of the teams). Ample availability is an asset. Participants will be expected to be available full time from August 8-12, 2016. Please include a brief statement of availability (including potential scheduling conflicts) in your application.

Submissions should be sent to with the subject heading “Tremors Submission”. Deadline for submissions is February 29, 2016.

Acting Workshop with Kim Collier

Collaborative Art Making – For Actors

Rumble Theatre is offering a one-day workshop for emerging actors with Kim Collier. This workshop is for actors who want immerse themselves fully in the creative process of making theatre. We will discuss ways to prepare for rehearsal time with artistic leaders, and how to be a strong creative force in the rehearsal room. Though exploring the artistic ideas around your role as part of the cast and by making choices informed by a larger conceptual framework, you can help create dynamically charged rehearsal rooms and innovative work on our stages. The day will unfold with dialogue, experimentation, and scene work.

Saturday February 20, 2016
10:00am – 5:00 pm
PL1422 Studio
1422 William Street, Vancouver
Participation Fee: $75

To apply, please email a headshot and resume to with the subject heading, “Actors’ 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: 5:00 pm February 12th, 2016.