Our 2021 Program

We’re pleased to present our latest, original work to come out of the Summer Theatre Program for emerging artists! Written by Travis, Ryan and Saskia we present – The Underlasting Forest 🌲🌙

In this show, performers tell the story of Andy and Killian, two children who get transported into a dark, lonely forest inhabited by a mysterious figure, The Grey. The two boys must find the courage to escape the forest and make their way home together. The story explores grief, bravery and friendship – all taking place in the mystical, Underlasting Forest! 🎭

Performance Schedule:

Deer Lake Gallery (Backyard) – FREE!

August 12, 12:30pm and 2:00pm

August 20 12:30pm and 2:00pm

August 26 12:30pm and 2:00pm

Confederation Park

August 13, 12:

Edmonds Park

About the Summer Theatre


The Burnaby Summer Theatre is primarily a professional development program for the local performing arts community. Emerging performing artists will assume a summer internship where they will produce an original work while developing the skills required to succeed as a performer, director and administrator in the industry. Participants will learn what it takes to create an original work: from the conceptualization and direction, to marketing, budget management, and much more. It is a hands-on experience from concept to a final production that will be enjoyed by the community.

2021: ‘It’s Complicated’

It’s day ?? of Zoom school: your only social interaction is with the food delivery guy, and morning routine means going from your pajama sweatpants to your daytime sweatpants.

This year has introduced us to unfamiliar, indescribable feelings that we’ve never had to articulate. The complex feelings of loss, uncertainty, and absurdity that has accompanied 2020, serves as the inspiration for our 2021 theme. This year, we’re going to start a conversation around grief and complex emotions.

Currently seeking to fill the following positions


Actors will produce a summer theatre performance from conceptualization to final performance. Participants will explore their creative ideas, while managing the operations of bringing a production from script to stage. This role is for students or emerging professionals looking to develop their creative skills while gaining industry experience.

  • Work in a team of actors to create and develop an original theatre production from creative vision to script development and execution
  • Collaborate as a team with the Stage Manager to create a production plan and timeline
  • Create marketing and communication materials to promote the production
  • Manage meetings and rehearsal times as a team
  • Provide feedback to each other in a timely manner
  • Manage logistics of setting up an in-person or online presentation
  • Present their final production, either in-person or online

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and verbal communications
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve conflict or disagreement in a team setting
  • Experience managing complex, cross-functional projects from start to finish
  • Have already completed their 2nd year of education/studies (a post-secondary education is not required for this role)
  • Ability to travel to and from the BAC office

Production Manager

The Theatre Stage Manager will assume a management and mentorship role to the Burnaby Summer Theatre actors. They will oversee the program implementation from start to finish.  As a program coordinator, the Production Manager will:

  • Oversee the summer theatre team as they create and develop an original theatre production from creative vision to script development and execution.
  • Coordinate team-related activities from rehearsal, to scheduling meetings
  • Translate the creative vision set out by the team into executable strategy (Marketing, production logistics, etc.)
  • Maintain the summer theatre budget
  • Seek out partners and booking opportunities for their performances
  • Act as a communication liaison between the Executive Director and theatre team
  • Mentor the actors by providing creative feedback and insights from industry experience
  • Manage logistics of setting up an in-person or online presentation

This job role will be for emerging performing artists and students who already have some creative experience in the theatre industry, and hope to complement it with career skills in arts administration.


  • Demonstrated knowledge or experience in performing arts, either volunteer or paid
  • Strong leadership skills 
  • Experience in a supervisory role or managing a small team
  • Knowledge of theatre exercises and group dynamics
  • Strong written and verbal communications
  • A keen interest in learning about and developing a career in arts administration
  • Interest in taking on the role of the dramaturge

How to Apply

  • Your resume/CV
  • A 3-min video introduction that answers the following:
  1. Tell us about yourself!
  2. Why are you interested in being a part of the Burnaby Summer Theatre?
  3. Why do you think it’s important to address grief with youths?
  4. How will this opportunity bring you closer to your career goals? 
  5. What do you hope to achieve as an actor?
  6. What do you hope to achieve as a Production Manager?

You can submit the video either by: attaching a file to your e-mail, sharing a file through Google Drive or any other cloud storage, or upload a private YouTube/Vimeo video and share the link with us.

Application deadline: May 20, 2021, 4:00pm

Contract dates: June 8th – August 31 (actors) / June 1 – August 31 (production manager)

Contract terms: 360 hours (actors) / 390 hours (production manager); hourly rate of $16.00 per hour

Submit your application at summertheatre@burnabyartscouncil.org. If you have any questions, please contact MariFer Rios, our Program Coordinator. 

We thank everyone applying for the Burnaby Summer Theatre, due to the volume of applicants, we will only be reaching out to shortlisted candidates.

Canada Summer Jobs requirements

This is a Canada Summer Jobs 2021 temporary 12 week position starting June 2021 to September 2021, with 30 hours per week ($16.00 per hour). The following are the requirements to participate in this federally funded program.

  • Must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
  • Must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

Diversity and Inclusion

The Burnaby Arts Council values the diversity of the people that it hires and serves. The arts community is a colourful one, and we want to reflect the people that we serve! We strive to hire people from a wide variety of backgrounds. The Burnaby Arts Council welcomes candidates from all educational backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, nation of origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, languages, and abilities.

About Canada Summer Jobs:

This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Canada Summer Jobs program in partnership with the Burnaby Arts Council.

Canada Summer Jobs

Each summer in concert with Canada Summer Jobs employs four to six students from SFU who write, direct and produce a play geared towards children.  The play provides a chance to engage with live theatre for Burnaby families as well as Children’s Hospital, Ronald MacDonald House, and Canuck Place.

Bedtime Stories (2020)

A long, long, time ago…

The beginnings of an epic tale always start with these words. Folktales, myths, legends, are the stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. They carry our ancestors and the culture that has formed the way we view the world. 

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