We are recruiting!


The closing date for applications is Monday February 2, 2015 at noon. Please note auditions will be held on Tuesday February 17, 2015 between 5pm and 10pm. Our 2015 season runs from April to November.

Got what it takes?

Prohibition City in action – courtesy Josh Hite.

Were you put on this earth to entertain people? Are you charismatic, witty, charming? Would you enjoy pouring your heart and soul into a performance and being applauded and thanked by a delighted audience? Do you love Vancouver and its history? Are you reliable and a great communicator? Do you have a training or background in live performance, improv comedy, or teaching?

If you can answer yes to these questions then we have the perfect job for you…becoming a Forbidden Vancouver Storyteller!

What will I be doing?

You will lead a group of anywhere between 4 and 20 people on a 90-minute guided theatrical walking tour around downtown Vancouver. But what you are really doing as a Forbidden Vancouver Storyteller is telling the history of Vancouver that doesn’t get featured in the guide books or on the tour buses. A history of grit, of crime and of corruption. You are performing, looking into the whites of your audience’s eyes as they stare in amazement. And you are giving people fascinating and engaging experiences they will remember and cherish for years. This is a job like no other.

How do I apply?

Email your resume and cover letter to Will at will@forbiddenvancouver.ca by noon on Monday February 2, 2015. Please be sure to focus on the following skills and experiences in your application:

- Passion for and interest in Vancouver’s history.
- Experience in live performance, stand-up or improv comedy, or teaching.
- Reliability

Previous experience working as a tour guide is welcome, but not a must.

Please note Forbidden Vancouver is an equal-opportunities employer and we welcome applications from both men and women of all ages, ethnicities and sexual orientations.

What training do I get?

You will get a full training program including coached training sessions on topics including voice projection, building a character, blocking, body language, cadence, managing your group, dealing with interruptions, and asking and answering questions on the tour.

We have a culture of collaboration, mutual respect and fair and honest feedback. You will start leading tours when you are confident, ready and prepared. If you don’t feel 100% confident right now in your ability to lead a theatrical walking tour, but you are intrigued by the idea, then we want to hear from you! Our training program will get you ready.

Will I need to learn a script?

Yes. You will need to learn a script. We will work with you to tune your script so that it is right for you.

How much effort does it take?

Great things do not come easy. Becoming a fantastic Storyteller will take hard work. The training sessions are demanding and you will need to be able to absorb and respond to critical feedback.

During your 2-month training program you will also need to dedicate at least 10 hours a week to concentrated study and rehearsal time to learn the script and complete reading on Vancouver’s history. Personal study time is not paid.

What is Prohibition City?

On Prohibition City you lead a group of undercover newspaper reporters, out to expose Vancouver’s dirty history of prohibition. You visit a former speakeasy, a former beer parlour, and some of Vancouver’s finest heritage buildings. You tell the story of temperance movement crusaders, Vancouver’s most outrageous mayor and its most famous showgirl.

When and where are the tours?

The Prohibition City tour takes about 90 minutes and ventures through the city’s Victory Square and Gastown districts. Our 2015 public tour schedule can be seen here. Public tours take place in the evening, starting at 7 p.m., although private tours are sometimes scheduled during the day.

How much will I be paid?

Pay is competitive. More details can be provided on request.

How many tours will I lead per week?

Once you have finished your training program you will lead between 1 and 3 tours per week. You will have your regular tour slot, plus private tours, and then occasionally you will cover for other Storytellers if they are away.

You will need to be available to work a regular Friday OR Saturday night slot between April and November 2015 – we won’t expect you to work both nights – and you can choose whether to pick-up private tours, or not, depending on your availability.

You can absolutely work a 9-to-5 job and be a Forbidden Vancouver storyteller – in fact we encourage applications from people who are already working.

But I need to take a vacation in the summer!

Don’t worry we don’t expect our storytellers to work every week all summer long. You will be able to take annual leave just like in any other job. We are a team of storytellers that support each other so that we fulfill our tour schedule and take necessary time off.

What else can I can get involved in with Forbidden Vancouver?

We are recruiting specifically for our Prohibition City tour for 2015, however, we have a number of special events and other walking tours that you may be able to participate in as well, later in the year or in future years.

Our sister company is recruiting too

Our sister company Vancouver Mysteries is also recruiting – for the role of Operations Officer. You can check out the job posting here.

How can I find out more?

Do check out the rest of our website and our Facebook page. Also feel free to email Will at will@forbiddenvancouver.ca if you have any questions.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


Founder & Chief Storyteller

The Forbidden Vancouver team - courtesy Kendall Walters.

The Forbidden Vancouver team – courtesy Kendall Walters.