STAND Festival
Nov 2 – 7, 2021

A Theatre Festival for Immigrant and Refugee Artists

by Marketing & Publicity Manager

STAND festival aims to centre and support immigrant and refugee voices while addressing social issues concerning race, class and gender.

Nov 2 – 7, 2021

  • Workshops and Panel Discussions: FREE. Registration Required
  • In-Person Showcase Performances: $22 / $18 / $15
  • Livestream Showcase Performances: $15
In-person sliding scale ticket prices offer choice, and do not reflect priority or zoned seating. All seats are equal at PHT.

STAND Festival – Strength Through Art Network Diversity

A Theatre Festival for Immigrant and Refugee Artists

A Blackout Art Society and Presentation House Theatre co-production
In partnership with Neworld Theatre and the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission

The inaugural STAND Festival is a live and livestreamed celebration by and for immigrant and refugee theatre artists. Through a series of free workshops, panel discussions and public showcase performances, STAND supports and amplifies the creations and voices of newcomers to Canada through the arts.

STAND Workshops and Panels

Panelists: Soheil Parsa, Carmen Aguirre, Beatriz Pizano

  • Nov 2, 2021: 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm

Three successful immigrant artists talk about their experiences and their challenges during their artistic path.

Art has a crucial role in transforming, redefining, and reimagining the global phenomenon of migration.

We hope that the experiences of these panelists motivate recently immigrated artists to pursue their dreams and live up to their full potential in the art sector.

Space is limited.


FREE. Registration required. REGISTER HERE

Instructor: Chelsea Haberlin

  • Nov 2, 2021: 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Nov 3, 2021: 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Nov 4, 2021: 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • Nov 5, 2021: 4:30pm-6:00pm

This four-day grant workshop, led by Neworld Theatre’s Artistic Director Chelsea Haberlin, is for anyone who wants to strengthen their grant writing skills, as well as beginners who want to acquire and master the techniques of preparing and writing grant applications to various funding bodies. The focus will be on how to effectively articulate your project in your grant prose and structure budgets for clarity.

Space is limited.


FREE. Registration required. REGISTER HERE

Instructor: Jivesh Parasram

  • Nov 3, 2021: 10:30am-3:30pm – ONLINE
  • Nov 4, 2021: 10:30am-3:30pm – ONLINE
  • Nov 5, 2021: 10:30am-3:30pm – IN-PERSON

The Director as Facilitator: Enabling collaboration

Over these 3 days together we will discuss the role of the director as part of the creative team, rather than the top of the hierarchy. Practical skills covered will include flexible director preparation, creation of community/team agreements, and scene composition including major and minor action. Presented in partnership with Rumble Theatre.

Space is limited.

FREE. Registration required. REGISTER HERE

Presented by Nadine Carew and Erin Macklem, Program Officers

  • Nov 4, 2021: 3:30-5:00 pm

Get to know the BC Arts Council, the Province of BC’s funding agency for arts and culture. This session will cover grant programs and their eligibility requirements, how to register in the online grant system, current strategic priorities, and tricks and tips for writing successful grants.  Program Officers Nadine Carew and Erin Macklem look forward to meeting you and answering your questions.


FREE. Registration required. REGISTER HERE

Presented by Sean Devine, Program Officer

  • Nov 6, 2021: 10:00am-12:00pm

Canada Council for the Arts program officer Sean Devine will present an introductory seminar on the Canada Council and its funding opportunities. The session will cover questions like: what does the Canada Council do? Who can apply for grants? What kinds of funding opportunities are available, and much more. There will be an opportunity for general questions in this 90-minute interactive session.


FREE. Registration required. REGISTER HERE

Instructor: Tetsuro Shigematsu

  • Nov 7, 2021
  • 10:30am-12:30 pm

The Art of the Interview: Capturing an Oral History

Does someone in your family have an incredible story to tell, and you don’t know how to get started?  From selecting the least expensive/most effective recording equipment, to creating simple tools that will help you easily search the hours and hours of unforgettable stories you will collect, join Tetsuro as he guides you step-by-step on how to capture the story of a lifetime.

In the second hour, we’ll explore Self-Producing.  If a playwright wants their play to be produced, their best shot is doing it themselves. An important part of creating momentum in a career is establishing the brand of the playwright, and what kind of theatre experiences audiences can expect from them. We’ll explore how marketing strategies can support both short- and long-term strategies.

Space is limited.


FREE. Registration required. REGISTER HERE

Presented by Karen Pighin, NVRC Program Officer, and John Rice, Independent Arts Consultant

  • Nov 7, 2021: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Immigrant artists and artists of colour often face additional barriers and challenges when applying for funding – this despite all the “best efforts” of funding bodies to offer programs supporting diversity.  Please join Karen Pighin, Cultural Services Supervisor with North Vancouver Recreation & Culture and program manager for the North Vancouver Arts & Culture Grants, and John Rice, independent arts consultant to discuss these barriers, explore opportunities for funding, and to advocate for a more equitable future in the world of grant support.


FREE. Registration required. REGISTER HERE

Showcase Performances

Phantom Pain

Written and performed by Lennora Esi

Producer: Rzgar Hama

  • Nov 02,2021 at 7:30pm
  • 60 min

Stories of five different and unconnected fictional women, each sharing the same core: the pain of living on when something essential is taken away. Themes of human trafficking, family separation, suicide, depression, and rape are explored in this original piece. Based on true events, accounts, and testimonies, Phantom Pain reminds us of the human stories behind news and statistics, shared through poetry, dance and monologues. Writer/performer: Lennora Esi. Producer: Rzgar Hama.

Awarded the Edinburgh Fringe 2021 Derek Award – Best Overseas

‘A powerful piece! There are many levels displayed through the performance of these powerful stories’ (George Belliveau).

‘What a profoundly important piece of work’ (Marvin Westwood).


Tickets: $15


Nov 3, 2021: 7:30 pm

rice and beans theatre’s popular Made in Canada  has evolved from a live theatre show into an album featuring 10 songs composed by Mishelle Cuttler. It skillfully blends mariachi influences with lyrics sourced from the words of seasonal temporary foreign workers, news articles, and legal text surrounding the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. Made in Canada, an agricultural song cycle braids a musical journey that amplifies the narratives of the people who harvest our food and nourish us every day.

You can find more info as well as the companion podcast at

Ray Alergria – Guitar & Vocal
Mark D’Angelo – Trumpet
Catherine Hiltz – Bass
Molly Mackinnon – Violin
Barry Mirochnick – Drums & Percussion
Christine Quintana – Vocal
Manuela Sosa – Vocal

Creative Team:
Mishelle Cuttler – Composer / Musical Director
Pedro Chamale – Lyricist
Jamie Sweeney – Production Manager
Liam Hunt – Technical Director
Howard Dai – Producer

Derek Chan – Additional Artwork


Tickets: $22 / $18 / $15


Photo: Front row L to R: Christine Quintana, Manuela Sosa, Ray Alegria. Back row: Molly MacKinnon. Photo by Andie Lloyd.

Suitcase Stories

Written and performed by Maki Yi

  • Nov 04, 2021 at 7:30 pm
  • 90 Min

With only her tiny suitcase in tow, Maki leaves her home in South Korea and takes off for Canada, simply because her brother had a map of Toronto. A cross-country tale of survival and self-discovery that began as a series of pre-show monologues in the Pacific Theatre lobby, this wonderful one-woman show is filled with winsome vulnerability and plucky humour.

Nov 5, 2021: 7:30pm

The all-woman Yue Opera is the second most popular style of Chinese opera after the world-renowned Peking Opera. Like many styles of Chinese opera, it evolved from the conversations that farmers would have and the folk songs they would sing when working. They became particularly popular with rural communities because they contained vivid and romantic descriptions of normal daily life. Yue opera is characterised by its fresh, graceful, and lively style of singing, which is sweet-sounding and lends itself to the telling of love stories


Tickets: $15



  1. “Eighteen Miles Down the Mountain” from Butterfly Lovers
  2. “Interrogating Hongniang” from Romance of the Western Chamber
  3. “Lotus Pavilion” from A Wife’s Troubles
  4. “Riding Through the Wood” from Meng Lijun
  5. “A Tramp’s Song” from The Legend of Liwa
  6.  “Secret Dream” from Peony Pavilion


Directed by Ava Maria Safai

Written by Ava Maria Safai, Syd Castle, Wesley Frank, Nicco Graham, Thomas Reynolds & Lois Warwick

  • Nov 06, 2021 at 7:30 pm

INHUMAN/E is an interactive drama where audience members assume control of seven strangers trapped inside of an alien testing facility. The objective? For viewers to save as many characters as possible from a gruesome fate, as they take on the role of the show’s jury, determining which candidates will survive each test with every decision they make.

Warning: This show contains themes of violence, fake blood & strobe lights.

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