2015 Call for Submissions

Seventh Annual Gabriola Theatre Festival

Bold. Inclusive. Innovative. Incredible Energy. Incredible Theatre.

Take the plunge on BC’s beautiful Gabriola Island: August 13-16, 2015

The seventh annual Gabriola Theatre Festival focuses on bold, innovative, full-length productions that inspire and entertain. Amidst the abundance of great theatre, local music, visual art and tantalizing food, the gulf island culture ensures a memorable and exciting event.

GTF offers an initial payment guarantee, as well as a percentage of ticket revenue, a portion of ferry travel coverage, free billeting for up to two nights, and free marketing.

Eight companies from around the world will be invited to attend with one performance each. If you would like to submit a work to be considered, please provide the following information and any other applicable details to alina@artsgabriola.ca

No. in cast:
No. in technical crew:
Basic technical or other requirements:
Production history (when and where):
Indicate whether your production includes strong language, nudity or adult themes:
Please include any other relevant information, including excerpts of reviews:
Contact Information (phone, email, website):

Deadline for submission: January 31, 2015

To submit or ask questions: Alina Cerminara – alina@artsgabriola.ca or 250-247-7409

Here’s what performers had to say about the 2014 Gabriola Theatre Festival:

“Thank you for such a wonderful experience at the Gabriola Festival! … Everyone was tremendous, and so was the audience!  … I’d love to be back.”
~Clayton Jevne, Falstaff, Theatre Inconnu

“We had a wonderful time on Gabriola and everyone was so welcoming and awesome … It was a really fantastic experience for us.”
~Jackie Blackmore, Strapless, Strapless Comedy

“The audience response after our show … was overwhelmingly positive and grateful … My experience working with the festival organizers was very positive. Responses to my technical and logistical questions were prompt and helpful.”
~Chris Robson, Holmes and Watson Save the Empire, ACE Productions

“It is such a positive, easygoing festival to be a part of.”
~Chelsea Haberlin, Mr. Marmalade, ITSAZOO Productions

“It was a magical evening for all of us. And the island is beautiful … The audience was over the top!”­
~Cayla Brooke, Eva Cassidy: How Can I Keep From Singing, Seabrooke Productions



Want to volunteer?

Volunteers are what make this fabulous festival happen, and we love them to bits! If you’d like to become a part of the theatre festival team, please contact Jenn Feenan, the volunteer coordinator: jenn@artsgabriola.ca. And hey, you’ll even get to see a free show or two!



2014 Gabriola Theatre Festival: WELCOME!

We are the Gabriola Arts Council: Hear us roar! Roaring Twenties, that is!

This year, along with the usual incredible theatre, we salute the world of the Charleston, flapper dresses, zoot suits and speakeasies.

Gabriola Theatre FestivalOver the first five years of the Gabriola Theatre Festival, Director Jim Wilson-Storey, the hardest- working man in Gabriola show business, created an event that many Gabriolans consider the highlight of the summer. This year—the Festival’s sixth—we are building on Jim’s legacy and taking it to the next stage (pun most definitely intended!). We are bringing back Festival favourites, such as the free Outdoor Performance Stage, Kids Corner, Street Art and the Lions’ Pancake Breakfasts. We’re excited to announce new features such as a Photo Booth, the Curtain Call Club, an emerging artist discussion (the Under 30s Theatre Thrills:  A Salon), and the Speakeasy Launch Party. All this plus a new clean-green partnership with Sustainable Gabriola, a team-up with the Gabriola Public Library and a tribute to Gabriola’s own legend of the stage, Antony Holland!

Don’t forget the main stage plays! After conversing with more than 100 theatre companies from around the world, we’re excited to offer a spectacular lineup with something for everyone! This year’s program promises to be bold, innovative, inspiring and entertaining!

Of course, it couldn’t be any of these things without the generous and talented volunteers, coordinators, sponsors, audience and—last but certainly not least—the artists themselves. Thank you to the actors, performers and visual artists who make this event happen. You’re the bee’s knees!

The Sixth Annual Gabriola Theatre Festival is sure to be a hotsy-totsy good time and a swell weekend of summer sunshine, island energy and fearless theatre! Play your part: buy your tickets today!

Artistically yours,

Alina Cerminara
Festival Director

Getting to Gabriola Island – the Isle of the Arts

Gabriola is a 25-minute ferry ride from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. You can also get here by float plane into Nanaimo Harbour or directly to Silva Bay on Gabriola. If you’re planning to visit for the Theatre Festival, why not make a weekend of it! Take time to explore all the treasures this island has to offer, including spectacular beaches, sublime forest trails, exciting artists’studios, bustling Farmers Market and interesting shopping (featuring locally made products and much more!). Click here for more info.

GTF Waste(less)!

Get your green on! The world is a stage and we aim to keep it clean by introducing our Waste(less) Stations. Got a can, tissue or an old clown nose? Well we have the proper receptacle for you! Come and check out how easy it is to be green!


Please avoid parking in areas designated for local business patrons. Parking is available at the Gabriola Elementary School, in the overflow area at The Commons, and on Lockinvar Lane between the South Road intersection and the rear entrance to Folklife Village.


Thank you to our amazing and supportive advertisers, sponsors and funders. We appreciate your support for arts and culture on Gabriola Island. Theatre Festival lovers–please look here for the complete list, and let them know that you appreciate what they do.