Local artists are shooting an anti-arts cuts PSA – and you can be in it

From an email sent to The Next Stage

PSA invite: please pass on to select directors, playwrights, producers, performers & Canadian celebs

Dear Artists,

Gordon Campbell said he would not cut funding to the arts and he did. Not only did he cut funding but now he is refusing to follow through with legally bound contracts. We are filming PSA’s to send him our message and how we feel about his new world without art.

We are filming PSA’s in response to Gordon Campbell, Colin Hansen and the BC Liberal Government’s new world without art.  We are needing people to speak out for these PSA’s.
We are having Canadian Playwrights write the copy for the PSA’s Or you can speak your own message.

This budget which Finance Minister Colin Hansen says is one of the ‘best budgets’ in BC history shows cuts of 50% to arts and culture investment this year when the government said that 100% of the funding was secure before the election. It gets worse. From what I have been able to gather from budget documents we learn that the government is planning on cutting 92% of arts and culture investment next year. – Spencer Herbert

If you’re out of town and can’t make the shoot but you want to film a message let us know and we can arrange something.

alberta mayne & jenn griffin

Host: Qube Film
Type: Causes – Protest

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2009
Time: Scheduling times between 11:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Qube Film
1197 Howe St.
Vancouver, BC

Phone: 604.765.4675
Email: albertamayne(at)gmail(dot)com
Facebook  link


Photo courtesy of Rebecca Coleman on Flickr

This One Goes to Eleven: Jeff Hyslop

A Vancouver native, Jeff is a Canadian gem with a packed career as a musical theatre actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, and director already behind him, and still going strong. I remember seeing Jeff years ago in the titular role in the Canadian touring production of The Phantom of the Opera, and he was most recently tapped to direct Eye Heart Production’s current run of Good Boys and True, up now at the Firehall.

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1. In one word, describe your present condition.


2. In as many words as you’d like, describe the present condition of the Vancouver theatre scene.

First time back in over 6 yrs – a little difficult to say yet. It seems there are more and more independent productions happening – and that is a good thing for the community.

3. What first spoke to you about Good Boys and True?

The intelligence of the writing, it’s simplicity but most of all it’s scope – which is huge.

4. What’s your most recent revelation about yourself as a director?

I can communicate my ideas clearly and in this particular piece was able to meld diverse abilities in the acting team and bring together a strong ensemble led by Teryl Rothery.

5. What can/should we be doing as an industry in response to the recent government funding cutbacks?

We have to keep showing up! We have to keep the ARTS alive. We have to incite the public sector and rally their support and interest, an ongoing challenge.


6. What is your fondest theatrical memory?

The most fun I’ve ever had in the theatre was touring Canada in the British Panto – Aladdin with Ruth Nichol, Karen Kain, Ross Petty and Bruno Gerrussi who played my mom, Widow Twanky. We were the “5” Muskateers.

7. What would you like to see more of on Vancouver stages?

More of everything – Entertainment!

8. If you could have drinks with any 3 theatre artists, alive or dead, who would they be and why?

Helen Mirren – the most intellectual actor in the business.

Mike Nicholls – the most intuitive director around.

Stephen Swhartz – prolific Broadway composer – Godspell, Pippin, Wicked….

9. What’s your best piece of advice for our young actors just starting out on their careers?

Learn your craft – sing, dance, act, play a musical instrument, ride horses, play sports and most of all, READ everything!

10. What are your top 3 theatre reads?

Diana Rigg’s – No Turn, Unstoned!

Stephen Sondheim’s Bio

Any and all plays.

11. What’s next?

The development and production of the original new musical “Dancing in the Coal Dust” by composer/librettist David Warrack.

Based on my concept of the legend of Ginger Goodwin, a Yorkshire coal miner who revolutionized the working conditions in the mines of B.C. during WWI. He got the 8 hour work day for the miners.

Fringe Bump: AfterLife – 3 shows left!

My pick of the Fringe so far. Absolutely unmissable…

Written by: Candy Simmons and Chris Van Strander

Directed and Dramaturged by: Virginia Scott

Performed by: Candy Simmons

Venue: Playwrights Theatre Centre, Granville Island

What do an Appalachian midwife, a 1950’s homemaker, and a slowly unraveling film producer have in common?
Nothing…and everything. Trace the evolution of women by following one soul’s search for happiness.
Do you know where your Karma’s been?

Best Female Performer – 2008 Victoria Fringe

“Entralling, funny, smart, and poignant… an aria you don’t want to miss.” – plankmagazine.com

Sep 14 – 9:25 PM
Sep 17 – 5:00 PM
Sep 18 – 8:25 PM

Click here for the official Fringe site

Free ticket giveaway for Good Boys and True!

JeffHyslopNow_tinyEye Heart Productions, the company behind the presentation of the Jeff Hyslop directed Good Boys and True up now at the Firehall, would like to give away a pair of tickets to a lucky reader of The Next Stage.

All you have to do to win is drop a comment below answering the following skill-testing question:

What is Jeff Hyslop’s home town?

The free tickets will be for your choice of tonight’s show at 8:00, Saturday’s 2:00 matinee, or Saturday night at 8:00.