Eighth & Eight Creative Spaces has announced the four emerging artistic groups chosen for their Performing Arts Collaborative Creation Residency Project.
In early 2022, a callout was made for proposals from emerging performing artists or small ensembles to leverage their existing short works to create a one-hour performance in a double bill or collaboration with an artist working in a different art form, technique, or tradition. Artists were asked to challenge themselves to create something they might not otherwise be able do without the resources available, such as expanding an already existing work with additional design elements, or a new cross-disciplinary or cross-cultural work.
“Each of these artists will engage distinct community members with the themes and forms they are exploring,” explains Jessica Schneider, Executive Director of Massey Theatre Society and Eighth & Eight Creative Spaces. “The mainstream and traditional favourite shows we enjoy are all the result of supporting the artist’s vision and giving them a chance to share early drafts with audiences so the work could evolve. Eighth & Eight is a space where this can happen and it’s an exciting time to witness new ideas develop.”
After careful consideration, the following artistic concepts have been selected:
Woman of the Cape: A play based on interviews and historical research on female ancestors who wore and continue to wear the Portuguese form of the burqa, writer/performer, and New Westminster resident, Elaine Ávila will be working with renown director/dramaturge Kathleen Weiss.
Live Wires: An hour-long performance and interdisciplinary exploration of connection that examines the wonderful webs woven between us, with nature, and within ourselves, featuring contemporary choreography and movement by Rachel Helten, live original music from Devon More and projection media from digital artist, Ezequiel Peralta.
Art Cube: A performance art installation involving film, photography, video feedback, music and dance, by filmmaker and digital media artist Yunuen Perez Vertti, photographer Grant Withers, and dancer Silene Razo.
Bending: This work co-composes original music with tap dance and double bass both individually and as a collective featuring double bassist Noah Gotfrit and dancer Alexandra Clancy. In it, they investigate the visual aspects of how our bodies exist and move in space, as well as amplify and reflect our sounds.
“It has been such a pleasure to see the early development of each of these projects.” explains Fleur Sweetman, Performing Arts Programming Director, “Each group is exploring such unique and interesting ways to collaborate. It is so amazing to have a space like Eighth & Eight to support these emerging artists. We are so excited to share these projects with the community.”
Over the next few months, these artistic groups will be provided with free studio space at Eighth & Eight to develop and rehearse. They’ll be provided access to digital and theatrical equipment as well as tech support and basic training on the equipment. Furthermore, each artistic group will receive mentorship from one or more of Eighth & Eight’s Artistic Associates, including dance artist and educator Justine A. Chambers, comedian Ryan Leslie Fisher, New West-based multimedia artist Ronnie Dean Harris, New West-based musician Cassius Khan, and stage actor Allan Morgan. Eighth & Eight, operated by Massey Theatre Society, is proud to engage established artists who are responsible for reflecting and advocating distinct yet intersectional programming and engagement lenses in service of relationships with seniors, LGBTQ2IA+ people, black community members, Indigenous people, and the immigrant diaspora residing in our community.
In addition to publicly accessible artistic talks or rehearsals, Eighth & Eight will also host public performances to celebrate select collaborative artistic groups from the project. More information will be available on Eighth & Eight’s and Massey Theatre’s website and social media platforms.Read More →
Vision THE MASSEY THEATRE SOCIETY is a catalyst for a vibrant, expressive community and a stage where any dream is possible.
Mission We are committed to nurturing and supporting the performing arts with respect & integrity.
Established in 1983 as a venue based arts organization, the Society now operates two theatres and a 35,000 square foot arts complex formerly components of New Westminster Secondary School. The historic Massey Theatre (est. 1949) is a 1,260 seat proscenium theatre within the complex at the corner of Eighth and Eighth in uptown New Westminster. The MTS also programs and operates the Anvil Centre Theatre (est. 2014) on behalf of the City of New Westminster. Anvil Centre Theatre is a 360 seat, flexible, contemporary theatre within the multi-functional Anvil Centre on Columbia Street in downtown New Westminster.
The past five years have brought significant growth in venue activities, organizational capacity and program development. The organization is a significant generator of artistic and community programs. It holds a long term lease of the Massey Theatre and Complex and a programming and operating service agreement at the Anvil Centre Theatre. MTS is poised to grow and increase its impact.
WHAT WE NEED
We are looking for skilled and committed individuals to join our volunteer Board of Directors. Specifically we are interested in individuals with one or more of the following characteristics:
THE MASSEY THEATRE SOCIETY contributes to artistic and cultural activity in a number of dynamic ways –by presenting professional theatre, dance, music, visual arts and multidisciplinary performances, and also by serving the community through a variety of cultural development and participation-based arts and culture and social programs. A number of ancillary spaces and services are available to expand and enhance the programming available and increase participation.
The Massey Theatre Society programming and facility operations are carried out by a diversified team of respected arts professionals with the volunteer Board taking a Governance role to support the long term preservation and stewardship of the artistic facilities and relevance of programs in support of artists, the arts and its community service mandate. The next two years will see advancement in a long awaited capital renewal and expansion into the Massey Theatre and complex.
We endeavor to develop a diverse Board reflective of the full spectrum of heritages, ages, abilities and gender identities present in the community. If you are interested please contact Jessica Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume and cover letter. Applications are due by September 24, 2021.Read More →
We are thrilled to introduce a new dance company in residence with Immigrant Lessons led by Artistic Director Kevin Fraser. This residency is part of a larger, multidisciplinary program called We Are Multitudes which has been developed by the Massey through the work of Artistic Associates Justine Chambers and Khari Wendell McLelland.
Kevin Fraser is a prominent and revolutionary figure in the Vancouver dance, fashion, film, and theatre communities. He is a multi-faceted performer and creator whose work has been seen all around the world in festivals and showcases. In addition to Immigrant Lessons, Kevin is a cofounder of the Vogue collective The Coven (with Ralph Escamillan and Ross Wirtanen). He is an established dancer in the styles of Vogue, Waacking, House dance, Contemporary, and Jazz, to name a few.
Immigrant Lessons has been working in the Massey Theatre since January developing new productions which will be performed later this year. The Massey provides fees, funding to artistic mentors and advisors, technical and equipment support, access to the stage and support for a series of community activities which will kick off this month. Three artists have been selected, including Fraser. The details of the other artists will be released in the weeks to come.
As part of their residency, Immigrant Lessons is sharing FREE workshop opportunities prioritizing BIPOC and marginalized youth under 21 beginning on March 15th.
These workshops include:
More information on the workshops can be found on our website.
About Immigrant Lessons
Established in 2016, Immigrant Lessons is a Vancouver- based, international multidisciplinary art collective/platform utilizing: dance, theatre, music, fashion, visual media, and visual design. This collective creates, plays, and currently is based on the on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. As underground artists and street dancers, they like to express deep love and gratitude for the innovations of black people and black culture. The collective is directed/founded by Queer Black multidisciplinary artist, Kevin Fraser. It’s current interpreters/company members are Sharon Lee, Sophia Gamboa, Josh Cameron, Sevrin Emnacen-Boyd, Tegvaran Singh, Simran Sachar, and Hayden Pereira. With a shared love of movement and art, Immigrant Lessons incorporates their extensive street dance background, experimental practice, contemporary ideology, multidisciplinary skill set, and the investigation of societal norms and intersections to give voice and visibility to marginalized and oppressed communities/individuals.
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The Massey Theatre is thrilled to be presenting a series of week-long artist residencies aimed at providing safe and healthy opportunities for artists to work and for the public to enjoy performances in the Plaskett Gallery space.
Artists will be present three times in the week, with a schedule as follows: Thurs, Fri 1pm-4pm; Sat 5pm-7pm. This will be an extension of the existing Gallery program, with groups booking 30-minute slots to see the gallery show and the performers.
Click HERE to book a Plaskett visit time. Viewings are limited to 30 minutes at a time. Visits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed at a time. Your party will be asked to state that you have assessed yourself for Covid 19 symptoms before entering. You will all be required to provide contact information for the purposes of contact tracing by the government if that is needed for any reason.
All artists will returning to participate in a showcase event on Sunday August 30th at 7:30pm in the Massey Theatre All artists will perform, and all will share some reflections about their experiences as an artist during the pandemic.
Krystal Morrison and Erin MacDonald
Cassius Khan and Amika Kushwaha
Indian Classical Music
Eddy van Wyk
Thursdays and Fridays: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Saturdays: 5:00 pm-7:00 pm*
*Saturday Aug 29 will be 6:30pm-8:00pm
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We wanted to take the opportunity this Father’s Day to introduce you to one of the Massey Theatre Staff who help make our theatre such an incredible place. Shawn Sorensen, Massey Theatre Co-Technical Director. In the almost three years he’s been at the Massey Theatre, he has become a true father figure to many. Not because of his age but because of who he is. A man who is filled with grace and humility who leads by example. Someone who stands up, stands beside, lifts up and amplifies the people around him. He is what a father should be.
Shawn does a lot. At work, at home, and in his ‘off time’ (we’re not sure where he finds this off time to be honest with you). He wears many hats. And socks. He has over 15 pairs of very fancy stylish artisanal socks. And he even has a favourite pair.
Quiet. TD at work
At Massey, Shawn is Co-Technical director. He and Stephen Jackson ensure that our theatre technical operations run smoothly and seamlessly, making everything onstage looks like it happens magically. Shawn is also our Safety lead, which has meant extra work and care during the COVID-19 pandemic. He and Stephen also mentor the next generation of theatre technicians by volunteering to lead the NWSS Tech Club.
Shawn and his ‘little brother’ Tyrus
As a volunteer, Shawn is a Big Brother to Tyrus. He and Tyrus have been teamed together for four years, and during that time they have grown a friendship and relationship that goes beyond a volunteer mentor/mentee role. They have learned from each other and become better people in the process. There are over 200 kids waiting for Big Brothers or Sisters sisters right now in Metro Vancouver. Luckily, Tyrus isn’t one of them thanks to Shawn.
Shawn serving fierce drag looks as part of the Zee Zee Theatre board
Shawn also served on the board of Zee Zee Theatre for five years. Zee Zee Theatre is a Vancouver based theatre company, devoted to telling diverse stories and amplifying the voices of those on the margins. As a board member, Shawn lent his voice, and his body, to lift up and amplify. He recently left Zee Zee’s board as he accepted a position on the board of his housing co-op.
Shawn and his partner Meghan are parents of two girls. Dagny who lives in their hearts and their delightful spark of a rainbow baby, Oona. Losing a child is devastating and almost impossible to navigate. Their experience in loss led them to become surrogates for a family they met in the loss group that Meghan was leading.
In his spare time (Really? Spare time?) he dreams of being a cicerone. He has started a beer book club and is further exploring his love of beer as a father figure WITH a father figure. We follow his adventures on Instagram and we think you should too.
We asked Shawn what he loved most about working at the Massey and being a dad. He said he was proud of the programming we engage in, which often means something directly to him. Our organisation tries very hard to identify the inequities and disparities within our community, and bring relevant and accessible programming, when we do do it. And the best part of being a dad is having the opportunity to bring more love and empathy to the world through his daughter.
Happy Father’s Day Shawn and all the dads out there. The ones who are here, the ones who have taken on the role of Dad and the ones who are gone but never forgotten. We love you for all that you have done and all that you do. We hear you in terrible jokes and we feel you lifting us up when life gets us down.
Shawn’s Dad joke: When does a Dad joke become a Dad joke. When it’s apparent.Read More →
The Massey Theatre Society Audience Services Coordinator is responsible for the effective operation of the theatre during performances, events and other programming, and for creating a welcoming and positive experience for patrons and facility users. Key functions are training, managing supplies and inventory, point of sales controls and oversight, advance gathering and dissemination of information and reporting / follow up.
Working with the leadership team, the Audience Services Coordinator provides team leadership and fosters a positive work environment for all employees and departmental volunteers and ensures employees’ duties are carried out efficiently with proper training and performance management provided.
The Audience Services Coordinator is responsible for scheduling and supervising Shift Supervisors in Front of House, Box Office and Food and Beverage Services as well as contract Security Services when required. They are also responsible for intake, training and scheduling of front of house volunteers required to operate the facilities.
Effective communication with various staff and volunteers throughout the organization concerning all activities in the facilities is crucial. Congenial and effective communications with all facilities users is also crucial. The Audience Services Coordinator, together with other leaders and under the direction of the Executive Director, models the values and standards for all staff and volunteers in punctuality, customer service, communications, inclusive and welcoming behaviours and attention to the condition of the facilities. The Audience Services Coordinator is expected to, at all times, deliver of duty of loyalty and positive representation of Massey Theatre Society.
The Audience Services Coordinator has oversight of Food and Beverage and Ticketing Services, including overseeing controls and inventory counts, stocking orders/deliveries, and ongoing adjustment of available products making efforts to research appealing, high quality items to sell and striving to advance environmental sustainability practices in the service area. The Audience Services Coordinator reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Administration, Marketing, Programming and Technical Departments in this small but highly professional team of leaders.
Certificates / Experience Considered Beneficial
Massey Theatre Society is committed to advancing equitable and inclusive employment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Massey Theatre Society is committed to advancing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action and encourages people of Indigenous heritage to apply.
If you enjoy a wide range of performing arts and events and working with a diverse public, we would be pleased to receive your resume and cover letter in application for this position.
Deadline for applicants: September 3, 2019
For further information and to submit resumes please contact:
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Savage Society and the Massey Theatre Society have joined their artistic forces and are launching the inaugural Indigenous multi disciplinary arts series: The Skookum Indigenous Arts Program. This program is made possible by a three-year grant from the Vancouver Foundation.
This program consists of original plays, dance, film and mixed arts utilizing the theatrical resources of a colonial institution in helping make Indigenous talent visible, raising awareness of the talent and fostering cultural exchange and dialogue. It is truly reconciliation in action.
The first schedule of events is taking place in the month of January in New Westminster at the Massey Theatre, the Plaskett Gallery (in the Massey Theatre) and the Anvil Centre.
January schedule of events
Jan 13 Public Reading of White Noise by Taran Kootenhayoo – 7pm, Plaskett Gallery FREE
White Noise is a comedy on racial commentary – an effort to dissect the micro and macro nuance of racism that exists within Canada, particularly between indigenous and non-indigenous folks. The hope is to explore the layered racism through comedy that exists within ourselves and to witness it in others.
Jan 15 Public Reading of Thanks for Giving by Kevin Loring – 7pm, Plaskett Gallery FREE
The New Canadian play with lots to chew on! While Nan bastes the turkey and prepares the stuffing, her husband hides a freshly hunted bear in the garage and her troublesome daughter is raiding her purse again. To top it all off, her grandchildren have chosen this Thanksgiving to disclose some unexpected personal truths to the family. In this intimate and restorative new play, the table is set and the main course is legacy, but the dessert is pumpkin pie.
Jan 18 Gathering: Skookum Arts Programming Launch at Massey Theatre FREE
Family Pow Wow Dance Class – 3:30pm Massey Theatre Lobby
Catered Public Reception by BigHeart Bannock Catering Plaskett Gallery
Artlatch – 5pm, Massey Theatre
Artlatch will transform Massey Theatre into a gathering/witnessing space for the work of reawakening + sharing artistic and culture gifts. You are asked to witness.
The potlatch is often remembered for its grand giveaways and redistribution of wealth by a chief or respected leader in the community. Canoes would travel from many distances around to witness the work the host of the ‘sɫənəq’(pronounced sl-t-en-ek)or gathering had in mind. In the same essence, we look to use art as a gift and reason to gather and take space in our own ‘Artlatch’. A space to gather, to share, to bundle and to give with arts, performance, music, history, stories, dance, drumming and all other creative gifts.
Jan 24 & 25 The Pipeline Project – 1pm daily & 7:30pm Jan 25 at Anvil Centre Theatre Produced by ITSAZOO Productions and Savage Productions Society
The Pipeline Project brings three people together – two Indigenous and one white – to confront prejudices, while wrestling with their own fossil fuel dependency, and cultural heritage. It is a provocative yet comedic take on the political conflicts surrounding Canada’s oil industry.
Jan 26 Story Catching Gathering – 3:30pm – 7:30pm, Plaskett Gallery FREE
Jan 29 Rumble The Indians who Rocked the World at 7:30pm, Massey Theatre
Last Monday at the Movies Arts Council New Westminster & Massey Theatre film series
The Indians Who Rocked the World film is outstanding. This is a feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history. The Indians who rocked the world tells the story of a profound, essential, and, missing chapter in the history of American music: The Indigenous Influence.
Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, Redbone, Randy Castillo, and Tabu. Rumble shows these talented First Nations musicians in they helped shape the soundtracks of our lives
Ongoing to Jan. 30
Mixed Reviews – The Art of Carrielynn Victor & Bracken Hanuse Corlett Plaskett Gallery FREE
All events are FREE except The Pipeline Project and The Indians Who Rocked the World. Tickets can be purchased at on ticketsnw.ca.
Venues: Massey Theatre & Plaskett Gallery, 735 Eighth Ave, New Westminster
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New Westminster performer and facilitator Laura Drummond and the Massey Theatre society are proud to announce an upcoming storytelling workshop in New Westminster.
Deborah Williams, award winning performer, co-creator of the international hit Mom’s the Word trilogy and co-founder of Vancouver’s sold out storytelling series The Flame is bringing her storytelling intensive workshop here to the Plaskett Gallery at the Massey Theatre.
In this two-day intensive, Deb will give people the tools to create and share a truly compelling story. This inclusive and supportive workshop is focused on learning and growth.
New to storytelling, but passionate about it? A performer that is looking for a new outlet? Bring a short, interesting personal anecdote, and Deb will work with you to get it performance ready. It has to be true, about you, and told in less than 5 minutes.
Dates: Sat, Nov. 25 & Sun. Nov. 26 @ 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Address: Plaskett Gallery, Massey Theatre
Registration: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange e-transfer or payment
Workshop Prices $150.00
Website info www.facebook.com/groups/flamevancouver/about/
About Deborah Williams
Deborah Williams is award winning actress, playwright, director, producer, comedian, storyteller and teacher who has been working professionally for over 30 years. She is the co-creator/producer/host of Vancouver/Victoria’s The Flame, a sold out monthly storytelling event, celebrating it’s 9th season. She is one of the creator/stars of the international hit comedy trilogy Mom’s The Word, true stories enjoyed by 1.5m people in 19 countries in 14 languages. Deborah lived in New Westminster for almost a decade founding the Urban Farmers Fall Fair and the Port Royal Community Garden. She is the proud mother of a couple of wonderful adult scientists who learned their love of nature in the ditches of Queensborough.Read More →
The Exhibition Committee of the Massey Theatre’s Plaskett Gallery is now accepting submissions from visual artists in any medium for exhibitions from January 2018 to December 2018, with the option of doing a one month to a two month exhibition.
Please submit samples of your work in photographic format, a minimum of six photographs, the framed size of each work, an artist’s statement about the proposed exhibition, a curriculum vitae, and a self-addressed stamp with sufficient postage for us to send your material back if not submitted via email. Please, if applicable, include your website address.
The gallery is not able at this time to accommodate sculptures or 3D artworks.
We request that the proposed exhibition submissions have not have been displayed in the New Westminster area in the preceding year.
Deadline for submissions is October 15th 2017
Send submission via email, post or hand deliver to:
Massey Theatre/Plaskett Gallery Exhibition Committee
735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3M 2R2
For more information please contact the Massey Theatre by phone, 604-517-5900 or by email, or visit our website: http://www.masseytheatre.com/calling-artists/.
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New Westminster’s Momentum Youth Arts is seeking submissions from young artists (up to age 25) for our upcoming exhibition at the Anvil Centre’s Community Art Space
This juried exhibition will be centred on themes of Reconciliation and Cultural Appropriation
Submissions are open to all youth artists, though priority may be given to Aboriginal artists
Submit images of up to 3 artworks to email@example.com, along with artist name and contact info. Optional: Let us know if you self-identify as Aboriginal YouthRead More →