September 2, 2019, 7:30 to 9:30pm - The Post at 750 Hamilton

The theme of our third Vancouver Designer’s Forum was “Scaling Design: What Does Minimum Really Look Like?” Our main conversation focused on the eternal question of scope and scale, and was an opportunity to share and gather input from the community around how to communicate effectively with producers, directors, and other collaborators about the size of our work on a given project.

Continuing the Conversation:
A Designer/Producer Lunchtime Chat

12-1:30pm, June 4, 2019, PL1422 - 1422 William Street

Building upon the Designer/Producers panel at the GVPTA Making a Scene Conference, the Forum/ADC are excited to partner with the theatre companies at Progress Lab to continue the dialogue between designers and producers. Designers representing all five design disciplines will be present to participate in an open and informal discussion about non-fee based strategies that producers and designers can use to improve communication and strengthen working relationships. Producers from all levels and forms of live performance in Vancouver are warmly invited to attend and participate in these discussions.

Design Panel at the GVPTA’s Making a Scene Conference

May 28, 2019, 1:30 to 2:45, SFU Woodwards

The Forum will be hosting a panel called: Working with Designers - Strengthening the Relationship Between Designers and Producers

This is an opportunity for producers and other theatre artists to hear from a panel of designers about the unique challenges facing each design discipline. Through a panel discussion, 5 designers will outline non-fee based strategies that producers and designers can use to improve communication and strengthen working relationships. The goal of this panel discussion will be to foster healthy artistic practices that support both the work and the artists.

If cost is prohibitive, email to inquire about subsidy options.

Beginner’s Qlab Workshop

at the Making a Scene Conference

10:00am–12:00pm, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The Post at 750, East Studio

This interactive session will introduce participants to the fundamentals of QLab software to run sound and video in theatre. Facilitators will cover all the basic functions of the software, then create a showfile from scratch as they illustrate some of what is possible with this powerful tool. Ample time will be allotted for questions and discussion throughout the workshop.

This beginner's workshop is ideal for anyone who is curious about the QLab software but hasn’t yet had the opportunity to try it or spend much time learning it.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own Apple Macbook with QLab 4 software installed (available for free download at and build the showfile along with facilitators, however computers are not required to participate in the workshop.

All theatre artists, including designers, directors, performers, stage managers and technical directors are welcome.


This workshop is limited to 20 participants and separate registration is required. Register early! 

Conference Delegate Rate: FREE (separate Eventbrite registration required)
Find the QLab promo code in your conference registration confirmation email. Contact us with questions. 

Standalone Workshop Rate: $20 
Not attending the conference? Limited space is available for non-conference delegates.

ADC / PGC / Equity / PACT / GVPTA Member Standalone Workshop Rate: $15
Please provide your applicable membership number or member name in the QLab registration

If cost is prohibitive, email to inquire about subsidy options.

(Note: fees subject to GST)

Vectorworks: Beyond 2D

A demonstration of 3D scenic drafting techniques.

April 20, 2019, 11am. SFU Woodwards: Room 2340.

Participation fee: $10 for ADC members, $15 for non-ADC members.

This workshop is geared towards set designers - and anyone else with a basic or intermediate knowledge of the software - who are interested in learning new ways of using it. It will be the first in hopefully a series of Vectorworks workshops.

To secure a spot in the workshop, please send your participation fee to through PayPal or E-Transfer.

If the fee presents a barrier to your participation, please let us know and we will chat about a concession - accessibility is extremely important to us.

Vancouver Design Forum

April 15, 2019, 7:30 to 9:30pm - The Post at 750 Hamilton

At our second Vancouver Designer’s Forum we discussed our upcoming Producer/Designer meeting at the GVPTA’s Making a Scene conference in late spring, 2019. This forum was be an opportunity for participants to discuss how to shape the event and to give input on what’s most important for us to communicate to producers.

The evening consisted mainly of input and dialogue around Making A Scene, as well as short updates from committees that were formed based on the feedback from our last forum. As always, we closed with some general discussion about further future initiatives the community would like to see from the Forum.

A Symposium with Bruce Ramus

March 15, 2019, 10am-12pm - Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street

Please Join us for a design industry discussion with Bruce Ramus. A collaborative symposium by The Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver Design Forum, and AMIYA Events

Bruce Ramus is a lighting artist based in Australia, hailing from Squamish. He has designed lighting for international music tours as well as for high profile live broadcast events. In recent years, Bruce has turned his attention to public works and installations in communal spaces designed to reflect our environment, encourage social engagement and articulate our visual civic voice. He and his studio present a new art form, offering an integrated canvas that both reflects the environment and encourages public engagement.

Bruce will be sharing his experiences and challenges on the road to becoming the accomplished designer he is today. We will be discussing contemporary questions surrounding scaling up the theatre design process into larger events and environmental situations.

Space is limited:
Please RSVP to


January 19, 2019, 10am to 12pm. Vancouver Art Gallery

The Vancouver Design Forum fully endorses and stands with March on Canada and the Vancouver Women’s March. The issues we face as designers are deeply connected to everything this movement stands for and we look forward to seeing lots of folks from the design community there.


Monday Nov 26th from 7:30-9:30 PM at The Post at 750 Hamilton Street.

Our first Vancouver Designer’s Forum was a fantastic opportunity to gather and listen to what our community wants. We learned a lot at this event and will be using the information we gathered to move forward and shape what the Forum does next.

We believe strongly in the strength and vibrancy of our design community, and it was wonderful to see so many of you there. Click here for the meeting minutes.

Stage Managers & Designers Meet-Up

Monday, September 17, 7-10pm, CRAFT Beer Market Vancouver


The 2nd SM/Designer Meet-Up was a great success! The event was very well attended and elicited a lot of interesting feedback.

Designers and stage managers share a lot of common experience and challenges. When we know each other, we support each other. When we support each other, we improve the working conditions for all of us. We are the best resource that we have.
Hosted by Lois Dawson & Conor Moore.

Photo credits: Las Cruces by Vincent Delaney, Produced at Premiere Stages / 2016. Scenic design: Patrick Rizzotti, Lighting Design: Brant Murray, Costume design: Karen Hart, Sound design: Janie Bullard. Actors in photo: Brian Sutherland and Diomargy Nuñez. Photo by Patrick Rizzotti.