In Development
  • Workshop Production coming July 2019
  • #whatnow
    Artistic Team credits coming soon!
    A verbatim theatre/dance creation about sex and hashtags. #realstories #experimental #youhavetoseeittoknowmore #whatthe%@!*isahashtaganyway #nastywoman #feminist #thisshitisgoingtogetreal #etceteraetcetera ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


    Alley Theatre and Amber Funk Barton of the response are seeking professional dancers who are comfortable speaking on stage and/or professional actors who are comfortable dancing, to audition for an upcoming theatre and dance creation in development: #whatnow. Alley Theatre actively seeks to engage diverse artists in regards to gender, orientation, ethnicity, and ability. We respectfully acknowledge that we create and produce work on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples.

    Details are below:

    WHAT: #whatnow will be a headphone verbatim theatre and dance creation that shares real-life experiences of both survivors and perpetrators of sexual violence. In headphone verbatim theatre, interviews with non-actors are recorded and then edited into a desired structure. Those recordings are then played to actors through earphones, and while on stage the actors mimic and repeat what they hear. Every cough, stutter and hesitation are reproduced, and the actors do not “memorize the lines” at any point. Meanwhile, the audience is fully aware that the performers are – in that very moment – vessels for real-life people. The stories shared in #whatnow will be a diverse collection ranging from unintended harassment to sexual assault and will be interwoven and underscored by dance. Running approximately 45 minutes to an hour, each performance will be followed by a professionally facilitated conversation.

    WHO: #whatnow is produced by Alley Theatre in partnership with Good Night Out Vancouver. Alley Theatre is an award-winning independent theatre company incorporated in 2011. We have a mandate to produce plays that “make the invisible visible”– through socially conscious content or surprising site-specific venue choices. We use talkbacks, interactivity and panel discussions to foster active audience engagement. We’re committed to engaging diverse professional artists in regards to gender, orientation, ethnicity, or ability, and acknowledge that we develop and produce our work on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

    #whatnow will be directed by Marisa Emma Smith and choreographed by Amber Funk Barton.

    WHERE: Marcuse Studio at the Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC

    WHEN: Audition Date: Nov 29th, 2018

    Multiple Contract Dates to be confirmed: January 30, 2019 4-hour workshop ($18/hour) April 1-6, 2019: 2-4 day workshop ($18/hour) June 24-July 28, 2019: Part-time Rehearsal and Presentation ($600/week equal to 4 full weeks. Initial rehearsals will be part of a part-time extended process so payment will be prorated in this case.)

    WHY: With this project we hope to open up a healthy and supported dialogue around how to create a culture of consent and respect for all genders in our community. We intend to do this by sharing multiple perspectives and stories surrounding the issue of sexual misconduct and sexual violence in an intimate, artful and humanizing way.

    CONTACT: Please contact Marisa Emma Smith to request an audition with your photo and resume at by November 22, 2018.

    This project is currently supported by Vancouver Civic Theatres as part of the SeeMore Theatre Series and is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts as well as the Province of British Columbia.