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Cultural Consultant - Cambodian Rock Band

Arts Club Theatre Company

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  • Position Type: Contract
  • Posted Date: Posted 26 days ago
  • Closing Date: June 21, 2024
  • Location: Vancouver, BC
  • Salary: $2,250 for approximately 25 hours of work.

Company Overview

About Us

The Arts Club Theatre Company is Canada’s largest year-round not-for-profit theatre company. Now entering our 61st season, the Arts Club offers the best in professional theatre and has staged over 650 productions. Arts Club is grateful to have our offices, rehearsal halls, workshops, and theatres on the unceded, ancestral and traditional shared lands of the xmθkwym (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Slílwta/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

We are British Columbia’s largest non-profit cultural employer—hiring more than 500 artists, staff, and crew to stage up to 20 shows annually. We educate and cultivate students and theatre lovers of all ages—over 2,500 people engage in our education and professional development programs annually. We support artists and other arts organizations through professional engagement activities, believing firmly that an investment in the industry benefits all. We are a major economic driver in the areas surrounding our venues—our theatres attract a quarter million theatre patrons to dine and shop in the South Granville, Olympic Village, and Granville Island neighbourhoods.

Our Mission

To inspire and nurture artists and audiences through cultural experiences that are engaging, thought-provoking, and artistically innovative.

Our Vision

A community that, through storytelling, is inspired to reflect on who we are and who we can be.

Our Values

      Determination: We have the drive to continue to move forward, with a respectful nod to our tenacious past and a fearless embrace of our future. It is through this forward momentum that we ensure we are the artistic leaders of our community.


      Curiosity: We have a strong desire to know more about ourselves, our art, and our patrons. This spirit is reflected in our willingness to make room for diversity of thought. This exploration of different viewpoints and ideas is reflected in our engagement with each other, with our art, our peers, and our community.


      Creativity: We use our imaginations to explore our artistic practice and champion innovation in all the work that we do. We believe in the depth of our local talent and use our resources to showcase it.


      Comradery: We interact with each other with good-fellowship and levity. Our spirit of generosity and warmth is seen in our empathy towards each other, our artists, our patrons, and our community. This allows us to embrace differences and makes us stronger.


      Safety: The health and well-being of each other and our community informs our work and creates a safe, inviting, and inclusive space for all who enter and interact with us. We commit to constantly review our practices to ensure they are anti-racist and non-discriminatory. We are fiercely dedicated to being an organization that continually respects, champions, and uplifts underrepresented voices in all jobs.


We also strive to provide a safe work environment, both physically and mentally, and we have made ongoing commitments to inclusion, anti-racism and anti-oppression. We want the stories we work together to tell to have nuanced and varied perspectives.

Job Description

The Arts Club is currently looking to hire a Cultural Consultant for the Canadian premiere of CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND by Lauren Yee, which will be directed by Jivesh Parasram, Music Directed by Mary Ancheta, and performed at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

Show Synopsis: This darkly funny, electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in 30 years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia’s most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past. This intimate rock epic about family secrets is set against a dark chapter of Cambodian history while celebrating the luminance of the once silenced music of 1970s Cambodia.


We are seeking an Artist or Individual that has a strong understanding (lived or learned), of the Cambodian experience during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Applicants who can offer perspectives on the potential impact of the play and its themes on the local Cambodian and larger Southeast Asian community are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position will collaborate closely with the Director to fulfill the role of an educator and advocate for the Cambodian stories depicted in the production during the reign of the Khmer Rouge.


Duties May Include:

·         Consulting with the Director as part of their preparation in the pre-rehearsal period, as well as during the rehearsal period.

·         Consulting with the production’s design team.

·         Joining rehearsals via Zoom (at the combined discretion of the Artist and the Director) to offer consultation with regards to the themes and subject of the play. Any input would be given directly and privately to the Director, unless the Director specifically requests that the Artist speak directly to a cast or team member.

·         Supporting the Education Department in the curation of the Sunday Salon and one additional Show Engagement Event

·         Advising on verbiage used to communicate with the public about the show or about related special events. 

·         Consulting with other departments in the organization including but not limited to: Education, Outreach, Development, Marketing, Production, and Artistic.

·         Additional research to support the education of the cultural elements surrounding this production to the cast and creative team.

In order to build good relationships with audiences and funders, the Theatre may occasionally request that the Artist participate in special events, including but not limited to, post-show talkbacks, student chats, media interviews, and subscriber or donor gatherings. These functions would be scheduled in advance and would form part of the total hours agreed-upon in this document. Any such participation is gratefully acknowledged by the Theatre.


Employment Type: Contract

Compensation and Hours: $2,250 for approximately 25 hours of work. Working hours may be scheduled between 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Monday – Saturday) during the rehearsal period.

Start date: February 10th, 2025.

 At this time, we are hoping to hire a candidate who can attend rehearsals in person.

** Scheduling of coaching sessions shall be at times mutually agreeable to the Arts Club Theatre Company and the Artist. 

Access and inclusion are incredibly important to us. In our rehearsal spaces, our studios are situated on the first floor, ensuring accessibility without needing to use stairs. The main entrance to the building is through our Timmie Marr Door, that includes access to a ramp. Many of our doors are accessed by using a keypad to enter a secure door code. Ample seating options are provided for Artists to use while waiting or taking breaks, along with two fully private, individual accessible washrooms within the premises. Each studio is equipped with loading-sized doors, facilitating barrier free entry for mobility device users. Our performances will take place at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, while we aspire for inclusivity and accessibility for all artists, regrettably, the current infrastructure does not support mobility device users.



The Arts Club is fiercely dedicated to being an organization that continually respects, champions, and endeavors to uplift all voices in our work and we strongly encourage submissions from those who self-identify as belonging to historically underrepresented communities. Our stages and stories aim to reflect the beauty, diversity, and nuances of our city. We want to work with artists and administrators from every walk of life and are excited to meet new people. 

Please submit a cover letter (maximum 1 page) & resume or bio to Human Resources - Arts Club Theatre Company with the subject: “Cambodian Rock Band Cultural Consultant – YOUR NAME”. We encourage applicants to share in their cover letter any personal connections they may have to the cultural and historical content of the show. 

Access and inclusion are deeply important to us. For those who have barriers to access to any part of our process as laid out, please don't hesitate to reach out to us and we will happily work with you to create a process that is accessible to you. 

To enhance accessibility, you are also welcome to submit your application in one of the following formats: Word Document, PDF Document, Audio File, Video File, request a face-to-face Zoom application process, or suggest a format that is more accessible to you.

Application Deadline: June 21st,2024

We thank all who express interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Arts Club Theatre Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and hiring decisions are based solely on the merits of the candidates and needs of the “Society”.

                                We are also hiring a Dialect Coach for the same production, please refer to that job description if you believe you may be suitable for both roles.

  • Position Type: Contract
  • Posted Date: Posted 26 days ago
  • Closing Date: June 21, 2024
  • Location: Vancouver, BC
  • Salary: $2,250 for approximately 25 hours of work.