- We <3 him! RT @TicketsTonight: @afivancouver director of #ptSeafarer @PacificTheatre is our #FeaturedArtist this week http://t.co/BhEeCFUGJO, 13 hours ago
- Wishing a very happening opening to our clients & friends at @VIDF as they kick off the 2014 festival. Can't wait to be there tonight!, 14 hours ago
- RT @krystinpellerin: Great @GeorgiaStraight interview with @AdamGuettel. We open his musical Floyd Collins in #yvr next week! http://t.co/VFqs431mVd @PeteratPSP, 17 hours ago
- RT @VancouverOpera: RT @michdas: Last weekend for VancouverOpera's fabulous production #DonGiovanni. Don't miss it! http://t.co/tCb69Ycbno via @janetsmitharts, 19 hours ago
- Yowza - we see four LMPR clients in @MyVancouver's 'Things to do this Wknd!' #FF @VancouverOpera @VIDF @ChanCentre http://t.co/out1toMvMF, 19 hours ago
- Words of wisdom from Yo-Yo Ma in Sarah's quote of the week. http://t.co/vef0EnqNKT, 20 hours ago
A Room of One’s Own is LMPR’s photography series that showcases the beloved spaces belonging to members of Canada’s artistic scene. With a nod to Virginia Woolf’s essay by the same name, we present self-portraits from artists, arts media, and arts administrators in a room they call their own. This week we spoke with Kevin Bennett- a Vancouver-born director who has become renowned for intuitive, accessible, and profound stagings of classical theatre. A graduate of Studio 58, Kevin has worked as an apprentice director with Bard on the Beach and as an Assistant Director at the Stratford Festival and The Arts Club. In Vancouver, his directing credits include: Macbeth at Little Mountain Studios, The Priory with United Players, Treasure Island at Studio 58, as well as Hamlet and King Lear with The Honest Fishmongers Equity Co-op, of which he is a founding member. Next up for Kevin is the Honest Fishmongers’ Measure for Measure – which begins previews at Pacific Theatre tonight! This is Kevin’s room: Q: Which room did you choose? I live in a quaint studio apartment near Victoria Drive, so it’s more a favourite corner. My office space where I have two desks, my books, and a window which faces the North Shore mountains. Q: What makes this room ‘yours’? Definitely the fact that I’m surrounded by my work. When I sit here and dig into a play I’m surrounded by the inspiration of past plays I’ve directed, with posters framed on the wall and various scripts, dictionaries, history books- the list goes on- all about me. Anything that might influence my analysis of a play is in that corner of my apartment. Q: Identify three items in the room that you love, and explain why they’re special to you. I’d start with the three photographs of Macbeth, Hamlet, and King Lear. I fall in love with every production I direct, but I’d say that the biggest challenges for me have been the productions of Shakespeare. These are also the productions where I’ve been the most challenged and learned the most about myself. Next on the left corner is a small card with a picture of “Balzac’s Cafe” on it. It’s a really cute little cafe I love to go to in Stratford, where I worked last year as an Assistant Director. I’m very fortunate to be a part of a program called the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction. It’s a program for new Canadian classical theatre directors to work at Stratford with some of the world’s leading directors. The card reminds me of that quaint little town and how special it is to me. Last I’d say is all my books. I’m a big fan of the real thing (no Kobo for me). These are a variety of plays, research materials, history books, etc. They represent me and all of my work. I guess I should also explain the protest signs on the floor: My assistant director on Measure for Measure and I painted these the night I took the photo in preparation for a PR event. We had the entire cast marched through the city of Vancouver handing out hand bills and breaking out into Shakespeare scenes to promote Measure for Measure! The Honest Fishmongers’ Measure for Measure runs Jan. 17 – February 8 at Pacific Theatre. Tickets & info at pacifictheatre.org.
LMPR is looking to add a highly-skilled, big-thinking, arts-loving Online Coordinator to our team! If you have a passion for digital marketing, social media, and the arts, please check out our posting below: Company Laura Murray Public Relations (LMPR) is a group of highly skilled, forward-thinking professionals with a passion for marketing the arts and creative industries. The company was founded in 2011 to provide artistic, cultural, and creative organizations with a single contact and unified approach to marketing and communications. Our full range of services include public + media relations, marketing + advertising, promotions, social media + online marketing, graphic + web design, copywriting + grant writing, arts consulting, and audience development. Based out of Vancouver, LMPR delivers a variety of innovative marketing and communications solutions for clients including The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Blackbird Theatre, Bard on the Beach, PuSh Festival, Dances for a Small Stage, Vancouver Opera, The Museum of Anthropology, and Vancouver Bach Choir, among others. Position LMPR is looking for a passionate and experienced Online Coordinator to join our growing Digital Division. Reporting to the Director, Marketing + Online, the position will work with a wide variety of arts organizations across the country, utilizing new media and online tools to raise profiles, increase ticket sales, and achieve organizational goals. Areas of work include display + search advertising, email distribution, social media, blogging, and other duties as assigned. Full Time, Salaried position: Monday to Friday; 9am to 5pm. Occasional evening and weekend hours required. Responsibilities Understand project and client online objectives Implement online marketing strategies for LMPR clientele Develop and execute online advertising campaigns using display, search, and social platforms Complete regular online activity reports, detailing performance of advertising campaigns, social media accounts, and website traffic Design and distribute promotional emails, e-newsletters, and announcements on behalf of LMPR clientele Track and report on e-mail response rates and e-mail list trends. Analyze results and identify areas for improved performance Analyze online trends and opportunities, providing recommendations on integration into LMPR’s overall marketing strategies Coordinate and execute website updates and modification requests Work with external suppliers on website and content management system maintenance and upgrades Create and distribute content via company + client social media channels Utilize online databases and event listing engines to raise awareness for upcoming client productions Administer domain names and web hosting services Provide marketing and communications support to LMPR team members, as assigned Qualifications Curious, Inquisitive, Creative Ability to take projects from concept through to final production Bachelor’s degree or diploma in a related field of study Advanced proficiency with software and online tools, including Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, YouTube, WordPress, AdWords and Creative Suite Expert with Excel Passionate about online marketing, analyzing and interpreting results – especially excited about “the reason why” of results Expert with Google and YouTube Analytics Excellent organizational skills and/or project management experience Excellent verbal and written communication skills Motivated self-starter, pays attention to detail Ability to utilize existing, and to create new processes where necessary Ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines Passion and experience with the performing arts is highly valued A Valid Driver’s license and access to a vehicle is an asset To Apply Please send resume and cover letter to: email@example.com no later than January 31, 2014. All applications will be kept in confidence. No telephone calls or faxed applications, please. We thank all who express interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Beyond the Sugar Plum Fairy and St. Nick, the holiday season often means more time with family. This week, the LMPR team shares their favourite books that explore the many definitions of family and the lively chaos that often accompanies them. This inspiration for this edition comes from Blackbird Theatre’s upcoming production of Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, where familial chaos does indeed comes home for the holidays, running Dec 23 to Jan 18 at The Cultch. Sarah Cruickshank – A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin For the past few months I’ve been chugging away, page by page at George R. R. Martin’s series Game of Thrones. While I’m not usually one for fantasy, the interweaving plot lines and distinctly vivid characters have completely sucked me in! These books aren’t about family per se, but family histories, relationships, loyalties, and betrayals are hugely significant and provide rich fodder for each character to explore. In this world, the characters are defined in part by the “house” in which they’re born into. Martin even associates sigils with each house – lions, wolves, dragons, etc. – that only strengthen that sense of family identity. Brian Paterson – Freedom by Johnathan Franzen While not exactly heartwarming, Franzen’s Freedom is a riveting novel that uses a single family to beautifully and tragically evoke the great issues of our time. At its onset, the Berglunds are a perfect-on-paper family of socially-progressive, forward-thinking individuals. This cohesive unit fractures and shatters however, as each doggedly follows the path they believe will bring meaning and happiness to their life. The issues it addresses are vast in scope and complexity — corporate corruption, environmental protection, the institution of marriage, and the rise of the ultra-right, to name a few — but it touches on each so deftly and through such engaging narrative that it never feels belaboured. Though released fewer than three years ago, the book is already hailed as a classic, and will likely represent our era for generations to come. Laura Murray – Fall on your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald Fall on Your Knees is certainly not your typical heartwarming family story. MacDonald’s first novel – a saga spanning several generations of familial strife, set against the geographic backdrop of Cape Breton – is at once completely absorbing, totally enthralling, and utterly distressing. It is the kind of story that keeps you up late into the night because you can’t bear to put it down. We follow the Piper family whose complex world is steeped in secrets and lies, and unspoken truths. The tense, emotionally honest plot is riddled with unexpected twists and turns and spellbinding characters that keep you coming back for more. Fall on Your Knees is a richly layered tale of inescapable family bonds, of miracles, attempted murder, and forbidden love that you won’t soon forget. Rachel Lowry – Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s debut novel is a captivating tale of two families – one in India and one in America – who share the bond of their daughter, Asha. Crossing emotional and geographical terrain, Asha returns to the heartbreaking slums of Mumbai as a twenty-something journalism student determined to seek her birth family and her story. Secret Daughter is told through the interwoven memories and experiences of Asha, her birth mother, Kavita, and her adoptive mother, Somer. Rebecca Sharma – Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides This extraordinary family saga is one for the modern epoch. Middlesex is the second novel by Greek-American Midwesterner Jeffrey Eugenides and it tells a rich multi-generational story of Greek immigrants with a genetic secret. With layers as delicious as baklava, it has a little bit of everything: part family tree, memoir, medical case study, sexuality enlightenment, love story and cultural history. There’s a very frank beauty about this book. Eugenides glosses over nothing. Despite the many struggles faced by three generations of one family, their reality is never bleak. Even when the book is at its darkest, Eugenides scribes hope in the lives of each tenacious and resilient character.
A Room of One’s Own is LMPR’s photography series that showcases the beloved spaces belonging to members of Canada’s artistic scene. With a nod to Virginia Woolf’s essay by the same name, we present self-portraits from artists, arts media, and arts administrators in a room they call their own. This week we spoke with Darcy Van Poelgeest. Darcy is a writer and director living and working in Vancouver. His most recent short film, CORVUS has screened at more than a dozen festivals worldwide including Toronto After Dark, Vancouver International Film Festival, and Sci-Fi-London. CORVUS has been nominated for 3 Golden Sheaf Awards, 9 Maverick Movie Awards, and 7 Leo Awards including Best Director. Darcy is the founder and creative director of LIS entertainment, a boutique studio producing film, video, and animation content. This is Darcy’s room: Q: Which room did you choose? My office in Kitsilano because everything happens here. This is where I write, edit and meet with clients. This is the creative hub for my personal projects as well as our production company LIS entertainment. Q: What makes this room ‘yours’? Everything about this room is me. It’s obsessively organized. It’s “teched” out with more screen space than I could ever actually need. Lots of books and magazines from which I draw inspiration, camera equipment and a collection of original comic book art for the kid in me. Q: Identify three items in the room that you love, and explain why they’re special to you. 1) The small Rollei camera because it’s still one of the smallest cameras you can buy and it was made in 1968 (ahead of its time). 2) The note book I’m writing in because it’s where I plant all my creative seeds. Most of them never sprout but occasionally we get tree worth climbing. 3) The coffee. Because you know… it’s coffee. Darcy’s new short film CORVUS was release on iTunes yesterday and reached #1 in the Short Film Category within four hours of release. It can be downloaded for $2.99 through the iTunes Store.
Anton Lipovestky is quickly establishing himself as one of the fastest rising stars in Vancouver’s bustling theatre scene. At just twenty-three years old, the Studio 58 grad has already performed on stages including The Cultch, Firehall, Arts Club, and Bard on the Beach, and has seen his words and music presented by companies including Delinquent Theatre, The Virtual Stage, and now, Solo Collective. In Cool Beans, the composer and playwright draws on a rich understanding our city’s hipster culture to craft a charming and hilarious one-act musical that feels completely of its place and time. Set in an independent East Van coffee shop (brilliantly evoked in Drew Facey’s design), it follows four young adults as they try to find the right combination of ambition, accomplishment, love, freedom, and authenticity that will unlock happiness. The cast are four Vancouver archetypes, instantly recognizable to any B-Line rider or Main St. perambulator: Meadow, the ambitious, entrepreneurial coffee shop owner who slips away to yoga after morning rush; her boyfriend/employee Holden, a moustachioed hipster, more interested in ethically-sourced beans than any bottom line; Andi, an awkward university student in sweatpants and Uggs; and clean-cut Patrick, who pursued financial success all the way to Dubai. The quartet could easily be walking clichés, but Lipovetsky, director Rachel Peake, and the talented cast find heart, humanity, and complexity in each. Having introduced nuanced, fully-realized characters, the play proceeds to lovingly lay in to them with every hipster stereotype in the book: fashion (wear something from the 1980′s with something from the 1880′s), feigned disinterest, cleansed chakras, and unnecessarily abbreviated words are all fair game. Due to the verisimilitude of the characters however, an amazing thing happens: traits that normally annoy become endearing. When Jay Clift’s Holden tamps espresso at a 92 degree angle (instead of the mainstream 90 degrees), it’s not pretentious- it’s earnest. Patrick, carried off with gusto and charisma by Josh Epstein, is obsessed with Infinitis (both his one in Dubai & his rental in Vancouver) but rather than indicating materialism, this reveals a flawed, compensating state. The jokes still have us laughing hysterically, but from a place of familiarity and understanding, rather than remove and judgement. The night’s biggest laughs went to Katey Hoffman’s quixotic Andi, who could fascinate even while standing in awkward silence. That these characters are so relatable in a world full of spontaneous song and dance is further testament to the quality of this piece. Gilli Roskies’ lovely, smokey alto voice sweeps us into the show with a driving, invigorating patter song whose immediate inertia carries right through the show. The music itself is primarily pop, occasionally tinged with other genre influences. Melodies are simple and catchy, rhythms playful and heavily syncopated, and all accompaniment is provided by a single piano. Cool Beans is an earnest, immensely entertaining evening that lovingly portrays and pokes fun at our city’s alt-culture crowd. It will provide laughter, warmth, and touches of insight for audiences across the board – even if you don’t own a fixed speed and prefer your jeans loose. Running to December 1, 2013 at Performance Works on Granville Island. Click here for tickets & info.
This fall LMPR had the opportunity to work with Vancouver-based artist Emily Cooper as she designed artwork for Patrick Street Productions‘ 2014 season. The photographer and designer’s signature style, instantly familiar to fans of Pacific Theatre and the Shaw Festival, combines photo illustration and collage to create compelling, abstracted imagery. We were fascinated by Emily’s process and thought our readers would be equally intrigued by this unconventional approach. Below we follow the development of artwork for Patrick Street’s March production of Floyd Collins. The haunting musical, based on true events that took place in 1925 Kentucky, tells the story of a man who set out to find the ultimate tourist attraction, but instead found himself trapped 100 feet below the earth. Floyd Collins runs March 11-30, 2014 at the newly-opened York Theatre on Commercial Drive. Tickets & info at thecultch.com.