World Theatre Day celebrates local performances on a global scale

In just over a week, the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance will invite theatre buffs from around the world to celebrate the sixth annual World Theatre Day (March 27), promoting an international exchange of knowledge in theatre arts.

The goal is to celebrate local theatre on a global scale, and increase creative cooperation between people from all over the world.

Theatre companies from across the globe are encouraged to share their World Theatre Day experiences through photos of their productions and casts. Enthusiasts are encouraged to take in a play, and write, videotape or record why they love theatre and upload it to the World Theatre Day blog.

Throughout this month, theatre performances are being offered at a discount at various Lower Mainland theatre venues, including the Arts Club, the Playhouse, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, Pi Theatre, Theatre UBC, and the Presentation House.

Backstage tours and open rehearsals are being offered at the Playhouse Theatre as well as at Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, Ruby Slippers Theatre, and the White Rock Playhouse.

Art By Actors will be on display in the lobby of the Stanley Theatre (2750 Granville Street) until April 12, featuring well-known theatre personalities who tried their hands at visual art. Participating local theatre artists include Tanja Dixon-Warren and Nicola Cavendish.

As part of the celebration, there will be a series of discussions hosted by TV and film actor Bernard Cuffling at the Vancouver Public Library this Saturday (March 22). A benefit performance of My First Time—The Tour will take place next Sunday (March 29) at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street), where local actors will tell anecdotes of their first or most memorable touring experiences.