Ephemera 2: An Archiving Party


Ephemera 2: An Archiving Party/Tim Matheson


at the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance’s 2019 Making a Scene Conference
presented in partnership with Rumble TheatreTheatre Replacement, and SFU

Thursday, May 30, 2019, 6:30pm – 9pm
The Post at 750 | 110-750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2R5

Following the first successful Ephemera event in 2018, we’re pleased to announce that we’re doing it all again!

We, along with our friends from Theatre Replacement and SFU, are partnering this month with the GVPTA to present Ephemera 2: An Archiving Party. Join us as we close the 2019 Making a Scene conference with snacks, drinks, and socializing, while creating a collective time capsule for the performing arts.

Performance is unique and ephemeral, to be experienced in the moment. But once it has passed, what remains? Many wish to retain some tangible trace of the experience, a narrative that serves as a memory of past events, an interpretation of what we’ve done and where we’ve been. What can we do with the material detritus that represents the path and process of our creative works, from initial idea to development to performance?

Guided by Melissa Sarlin, Head of Special Collections and Rare Books at the SFU Library, members of the performing arts community are invited to create a paper trail contributing to a physical repository which will be incorporated into SFU’s Special Collections. As a group, we’ll organize, structure, catalogue, and preserve detritus of past performances, and through the process will celebrate our shared memories and our history.

In advance of this year’s event, we sent Jiv to SFU’s Special Collections to study the current Ephemera archive. You can read his thoughts and reflections on the 2018 collection, and his suggestions on how to frame the direction for this year’s gathering here: Reflections on Ephemera

As Jiv notes in his reflection, you can be part of the event by both being present and by bringing artefacts to the gathering. To paraphrase Jiv:

“[Bring] more artefacts. Things that speak to process by their existence. I’m also interested to see more artefacts that speak to what it is that’s most valued by artists – strange loaded items. So bring your process and creation bits, your weird thing kicking around your office that can provoke an imagined story; hell – bring your strategic plans and let’s see where we all think we’re headed. Bring your bad reviews. Please bring your bad reviews. We all have them. And beyond being hilarious in retrospect, they speak a lot about the landscape we’re creating in.”

We also encourage you to bring a guest who might be interested in, or who you think should be at this event. All are welcome.

Refreshments, snacks, and cash bar will be available.

This is a FREE EVENT but RSVP required. Space is limited. Click this link to reserve your spot.


By Nassim Soleimanpour

Produced by Rumble Theatre, in association with Aurora Nova

April 30 – May 4, 2019
Tues. to Sat. evening performances at 8pm; Sat. matinee at 2pm
PL1422 at 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC

Tickets: $20 (plus service fees) – Click here to buy now at Theatre Wire!

Rumble Theatre, in association with Aurora Nova, is pleased to present the Canadian premiere production of BLANK by Nassim Soleimanpour, an interactive experience where Audience and Performer collide and collaborate to spark a new, moving life story each night.

Known for creating plays without directors, sets and rehearsals, acclaimed Iranian playwright Soleimanpour (White Rabbit Red Rabbit) takes it to new extremes with BLANK. As formally inventive as it is engaging, BLANK reverses the typical theatre experience: A script riddled with blanks leaves the audience in charge of how the story will unfold. The concept might be simple, but the result is nothing short of empowering as a random audience member sees their own future determined by the imagination of others.

Each night (and matinee) will feature a different performer who, like the audience, will be interacting with the blank-riddled script for the very first time. We’ve got a terrific line-up of theatre talent who will be taking the stage for our production of BLANK, including Dave Deveau as his alter-ego Peach CobblahKim Sənklip Harvey, Allan MorganEmelia Symington FedyHazel Venzon, and Maiko Bae Yamamoto.

For more about BLANK, please follow this link.

The Living Room – culturecapital

Monday, April 29, 2019 at 7pm to 10pm
PL 1422 studio, 1422 William Street, Vancouver
FREE Event; no advance registration required

Emerging artists! Please join us for our fourth and final Living Room of the season. This time out we’ve invited local theatre artists Milton Lim and Patrick Blenkarn to share their new card game, culturecapital, a collectible trading card game about the arts economy in Canada.

Wait—you’re probably thinking: Did they really spent hundreds of hours over 2 years going through public funding data and talking to people to make a card game about the arts economy in Canada?

Yes they did.

So come get a sneak peak and a chance to play a game that arts funding juries call “divisive and niche” and that almost everyone else calls “absolutely necessary for arts workers and the greater public to play” and “incredibly accurate and fair.”

Summon Companies. Roll for Grants. Play Projects. And use Strategies to be the most valuable in town. Welcome to culturecapital.


culturecapital by Milton Lim and Patrick Blenkarn.


The Living Room is co-produced by the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance.

The Living Room – How to Chill Out

Sunday, March 3, 2019, 7pm to 9pm
PL 1422 studio, 1422 William Street, Vancouver
FREE Event; no advance registration required

Photo: Harry Whittier Frees.

Rumble’s next Living Room is coming up soon! Join us on Sunday, March 3 as we delve into a discussion on self-care for artists and ways we can avoid burnout. Some of the questions we’ll be considering are:

How do you juggle professional and personal demands while safeguarding your creativity and maintaining good health?

Can rest be a radical act?

How do we support and encourage one another to take breaks? 

Rumble Artistic Director Jiv Parasram and Ariel Martz-Oberlander (Youth Program Manager at The Cultch) will be co-facilitating this session.

You don’t have to sign-up in advance but you can view the event details on Facebook and let us know if you’re interested in joining us.

**Please note that this Living Room is on a Sunday night rather than the usual Monday evening session**.



Ariel Martz-Oberlander is a theatre artist, writer, producer and teacher on stolen/occupied Coast Salish Territories with a background in community theatre. She divides her time between theatre and community organizing with much overlap. Ariel is the Youth Program Manager at The Cultch, supporting and facilitating artistic mentorships for artists 13-26 and producing the IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival in May. Her own practice often explores her complex relationship to the land as the granddaughter of refugees. Her current work in progress, “on behalf”, a performance for two dancers combining recorded text and ritual, and exploring themes of displacement from the body and life after assault, premiered at Vines Festival 2018 and is currently in development toward a full-length version. Ariel is the recipient of the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award for emerging community artist.


The Living Room is co-produced by the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance.

See a new creation in the works before you “chill out” with Rumble in our Living Room!

Our friends at Theatre Conspiracy are offering a cool opportunity to see a work-in-progress showing of their latest creation on Sunday, March 3rd. The showing will take place in the PL1422 studio at 6pm (doors at 5:30pm), before we turn the space over for the Living Room.

Here’s a little more about the project:

Theatre Conspiracy’s Isolation Suite.

Isolation Suite (working title) is a new, immersive theatre piece by Theatre Conspiracy Artistic Producer Tim Carlson. The piece investigates the continuum between the negative effects of social isolation and the restorative power of solitude within a media-saturated society. 

In the piece, UnDone is going grey – physically, mentally, spiritually, existentially. “I’ve lost my identity but remain a presence. Am I still a person?”

A first creation session further explores immersive audience division and multi-perspective concepts applied in such Theatre Conspiracy shows as Foreign Radical. Tim is collaborating with TC’s artist-in-residence Gavan Cheema (who participated in Rumble’s 2018 Directors’ Lab)  and Rumble Artistic Director Jiv Parasram. This short public showing (approx. 20-30 minutes) will wrap up their first creation period.

The showing is free to attend. Please note that latecomers will not be admitted.

Call for Submissions – Producers’ Lab

Rumble Theatre is pleased to announce that we’re offering a new workshop opportunity this year: Producers’ Lab. Building on the strengths of our Directors’ Lab intensive, Producers’ Lab will be an immersive weekend of practical approaches to producing small-scale theatre.  

WHO: Intended for early-career producers, this workshop is ideally suited to those who are eligible for British Columbia Arts Council project funding and have a project that they are currently seeking funding to produce.
WHEN: Saturday, March 2 & Sunday, March 3, 2019.
Sessions will run from 10am to 5pm each day.
WHERE: PL1422 at 1422 William Street, Vancouver. 

About the Workshop
You will leave this course with practical tools for framing and pitching your work, in addition to techniques and tested practices for budgeting and scheduling on a small scale. This is also an opportunity to receive support on your provincial funding grant application and to engage in peer-to-peer conversation around producing needs within our sector. Rumble’s Artistic Director Jiv Parasram and Managing Producer Christie Watson will facilitate the weekend. The cost of the workshop also includes a follow-up copyedit of a portion of your grant prose with Director of Operations Kellee Ngan (via e-mail). 

Fees & Financial Assistance
Application is free. The participation fee for the workshop is $175 + GST. Rumble is able to offer limited partial bursaries for artists with financial and/or accessibility needs. To be considered for financial assistance, please include a brief statement in your application outlining how you would benefit from being awarded one of the bursaries. 

How to Apply
Applicants are asked to submit a short (no longer than one page) statement that answers the following question: Why are you interested in participating in this particular workshop? 

Please also indicate if you are intending to apply for the upcoming BCAC project grant. (Note: This is not a requirement to participate in the workshop—we’d just like to know beforehand how many people are working toward it.) 

We strongly encourage submissions from artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities. 

E-mail your application (and your statement for financial assistance, if submitting) to  jiv@rumble.org  with the subject line: “Producers’ Lab application”. 

You can also send your application via mail to or drop it off in person at: Rumble Theatre, 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC, V5L 2P7 

The deadline to apply is February 22, 2019. 

Please note that workshop spots are extremely limited and that we may not be able to accommodate all applicants due to capacity restrictions.