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Join Our Team!
Green Thumb Theatre is currently inviting applications for the position of General Manager. This is a full time salaried senior management position that, with the Artistic Director, reports directly to the Board of Directors. For full job description, requirements and qualifications, please see the full posting here. All interested parties are asked to submit their application no later than February 10th, 2017.
Green Thumb Bids Farewell
After more than 10 years with the company, General Manager Nadine Carew is leaving Green Thumb Theatre to join the BC Arts Council. She is sad to be leaving Green Thumb, but excited for this new opportunity. Nadine joined Green Thumb in the Fall of 2006 as part of the touring department. After 5 years as Tour Manager, she became the General Manager in August of 2011, succeeding Ivan Habel after his move to the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, BC. In September of 2011, Green Thumb launched its $1.6 million dollar capital campaign to re-purpose and renovate the Schoolhouse Buildings on the site of Sir Guy Carleton Elementary School, in South East Vancouver. Nadine was the company’s project lead for both the fundraising and construction phases of the project and, along with Artistic Director Patrick McDonald, negotiated the long term lease with the Vancouver School Board, securing a home for Green Thumb for at least 20 years. During her time with Green Thumb, Nadine saw the production and touring of more than 40 productions, highlights of which include taking CRANKED by Michael P Northey to the New Victory Theater in New York and the Sydney Opera House in Australia; the return to the US touring market with Celestial Being by Dave Deveau and most recently, the premiere and subsequent tours of Still/Falling by Rachel Aberle. Green Thumb Theatre’s Board of Directors is now conducting a search for a new General Manager. Information and application package can be found here.
Thank You For Your Generosity!
We want to extend a very heartfelt thank you to everyone who made donations to us in the wake of our van accident on December 16th. Along with the incredibly helpful financial support, we also received a number of lovely notes and messages with words of support, all of which meant a great deal to us. During times of difficulty it is wonderful to be reminded of the incredible artists, educators, audience members, and general theatre enthusiasts that we are connected with. We are now going through the process of dealing with our insurance providers, assessing the damage to the van, set and technical equipment. If you are still interested in providing financial support to our recovery fund, you can do so here. This isn’t how we, as a company, planned to start off 2017 – but we’re grateful to do so within this incredible community, which stretches beyond Vancouver, across Canada and the globe.
An Incident With Our Van
On Friday, December 16th, one of Green Thumb Theatre’s touring vehicles was in an accident due to winter road conditions. Most importantly - apart from a few bruises, the driver of the vehicle is alright. The entire Green Thumb team, and Artistic Director Patrick McDonald in particular, extend our warmest to Geoff, who has worked for the company the past two seasons. "Geoff Jones is an incredible emerging talent, warm and generous with his colleagues, and we are extremely grateful he is safe." The vehicle however was extensively damaged, and will have to be written off. These touring vehicles are Green Thumb Theatre’s main mode of disseminating engaging and meaningful professional theatre to young people around BC and across the country. As we bring theatre to audiences directly in their schools and community spaces, these vans are essentially our theatres. This particular vehicle was a Mercedes Sprinter that had been built specifically for our needs as a touring company. The vehicle was equipped with 5 seats up front and a hard partition between the passenger area and the cargo area, which held all of our sets, gear and other equipment related to the productions we tour. It is in part because of this custom design, as well as the outstanding design and safety features of the Sprinter that Geoff was largely unharmed. In order to continue to provide outstanding theatre to the communities of British Columbia and beyond, we will need to replace this vehicle as soon as possible. If anything, this unfortunate accident has proven to us the worth of purchasing Sprinter vehicles for our touring fleet. In addition to the loss of the vehicle, we are also faced with having to replace a broken set, as well as audio/visual equipment and other production items. The total loss is approximately $75,000. While our insurance will cover a portion of the replacement of the vehicle and the replacement or repair of any of our equipment, we are still facing significant expenses we were not anticipating. It is our great hope that dealing with these expenses will not affect our programming choices for next season, however that is a reality we may be faced with. Coping with this kind of unexpected financial difficulty is never easy for a company like Green Thumb. If Green Thumb has touched your life, or the lives of young people you know - or if you simply believe, as we do, that all children and youth deserve access to meaningful cultural experiences, regardless of their location or socio-economic status, we would be grateful for any contributions towards replacing and repairing the affected touring equipment. Donations made before December 31st are eligible for 2016 tax receipts. We wish everyone a warm, joyous, and most importantly - safe holiday season; remember to exercise caution if you're on the road.
HAPPY OPENING TO ONE AND ALL!
With shows coming and going, in and out of town all the time, it can be hard to get everyone together to celebrate our accomplishments. That's why, even though Land of Trash had its first performance on September 16th, and Still/Falling opened just a week later, we didn't get a chance to bring the companies together to celebrate until a month after the fact! The upside of doing things this way, is that by the time we could get everyone in the same room to toast what is already shaping up to be a great season, the team bringing Celeste to life this fall had started rehearsal, so we got to have the companies of all three shows we have on tour this fall come together for an "opening style" party. It gave everyone a chance to connect with colleagues and swap stories from the road. And there certainly was a lot to celebrate. Both Land of Trash and Still/Falling have been performing at schools throughout the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island, and the audience response for both shows has been fantastic. Land of Trash now heads further inland, making stops in Princeton, Merritt, the Okanagan, and all the way up to Prince George, BC! Still/Falling is off to travel to communities throughout Saskatchewan, as part of the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils' Junior Concert Series. Green Thumb has partnered with OSAC in the past to bring shows like The Shape of a Girl, Cranked, The Skinny Lie and Celestial Being to communities we otherwise might not be able to visit. After its tour of Saskatchewan, the show will head to Lawrence, Kansas in the US, before finishing off with a three week run at Toronto's Young People's Theatre. And while Celeste is just coming out of the gate for this season, it certainly is an exciting start! The team is off to Tennessee this weekend, to perform all next week at Memphis's Orpheum Theatre. Bring on the barbecue sauce! As you can see, there's barely a moment where our companies are all in the same city, let alone the same room, so getting everyone together before they all head off in different directions again certainly was a very special treat.
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