Arts Umbrella is happy to share a selection of arts events, performances, and exhibitions happening this fall.

Vancouver Fringe Festival: Sep 10-20, 2015

This annual festival offers up and an incredible 700+ performances. As a venue, Arts Umbrella plays host to shows including Brain, The Distance between Newfoundland and Toronto, Faroe Islands & Ostrich, The Most Honest Man in the World, and The Situation. Select productions also feature Arts Umbrella alumni:

  • Shake the Sheets!: Sep 10-20, 2015 “A couple find themselves in a strange in-between world where the power of words can take them anywhere. The only question is: how do they get out?” With AU alumni director Katrina Darychuk and actor Kaitlin Williams. Carousel Theatre, 1411 Cartwright St. – Tickets
  • TITUS: The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus: Sep 10-20, 2015 Awkward Stage Productions presents “Shakespeare’s grizzliest play renewed into the giddiest musical, exploring why violence is so darn entertaining.” With AU alumni director Andy Toth and choreographer Erika Babins. Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova St. – Tickets

Splash Exhibition at Pendulum Gallery: Sep 21-Oct 2, 2015

Come view the impressive 33rd Annual Splash Art Collection – the exhibition is open to the public and free to visit. With AU Alumni Judson Beaumont, Paul Wong, Kate R. Henderson, Golnar Sepahi, and Anselmo Swan – plus many, many professional artists who support arts education. Pendulum Gallery, 885 W. Georgia St.

Salt Spring National Art Prize 2015 Finalist Exhibition: Sep 25 to Oct 26, 2015

Fifty-two artists, including AU Alumni Fan-Ling Suen, have been selected as finalists for the inaugural Salt Spring National Art Prize. Opening Sep 25, 2015; prize announcement Oct 25, 2015. Mahon Hall, 114 Rainbow Rd., Salt Spring Island

Culture Days at Arts Umbrella: Sep 26, 2015

They may be small, but Botjoys help spread joy and inspire courage. These hand-painted mini-robots were first created by Oregon artist Gary Hirsch, and have gone on to spark international participation. Bots share happy feelings, wise advice, and kindly compliments – all with the goal of creating more joy. For Culture Days, the domino effect of Botjoy reaches Arts Umbrella. Young artists can make their own bots and create one for someone else. Create and share a bot:

Word Vancouver, Family Activities: Sept 25 – 27, 2015

Tonnes of literary creativity on display for this year’s launch of Word Vancouver’s Family Stage. You can look forward to performances from Youth Theatre, Fiddlin’ Frenzy, and Dixie Star Storytelling. To top it off, there’s also readings from award-winning Australian author Aleesah Darlison as well as Grant Lawrence, Mike McCardell, Nan Gregory, and Kathryn Shoemaker, who will share their favourite children’s books. In addition to the Family Stage, there’s quite a few other family-friendly gems at the festival such as Kids Words, YA words with host J.J Lee for the young adults in your life, and for kids only, a fun glow-in-the-dark treasure hunt at Christianne’s Lyceum on September 25. For full details on Word Vancouver’s family activities, please visit 



Ballet BC – Program 1: Nov 5-7, 2015

The first program of Ballet BC’s 2015/16 season includes: a World Premiere by Belgian – born Stijn Celis in collaboration with one of the finest male vocal ensembles in North America, Chor Leoni; the Canadian Premiere of Solo Echo by Vancouver-based Crystal Pite; and, the reprisal of Cayetano Soto’s sensational Twenty Eight Thousand Waves. With Arts Umbrella alumni Emily Chessa, Livona Ellis, Alexis Fletcher, Scott Fowler, Christoph Von Riedmann, Albert Galindo, and Nicole Ward. Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Tickets

The Amish Project: Nov 6-21, 2015

In 2006, the Amish of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania forgave the man who walked into their schoolhouse and shot 10 girls. With AU alumnus Susie Coodin. Directed by Evan Frayne. Pacific Theatre, 1440 W. 12th Ave. – Tickets

Hey Au Alumni!

Former students, instructors, assistants, accompanists – did we miss you? We’d love to share listings about any upcoming performances, exhibitions, talks, shows, or arts events. Tell us about it by email: