Founded in 1984 in Vancouver British Columbia by Ron Reed, Artistic Director until 2020, Pacific Theatre presents work that explores spiritual experience and faith-related questions. Seasons are built around a loose-knit company of theatre artists for whom Pacific Theatre provides an artistic home, including Morris Ertman, Anthony Ingram, Lucia Frangione, Gina Chiarelli, Francis Boyle, Dirk Van Stralen, Erla Faye Forsyth, Miriam Brown, Tom Pickett, Scott Campbell, and Ian Farthing.
Since it founding, Pacific Theatre has mounted 150 works, half of which have been previously produced scripts, such as Cotton Patch Gospel, Master Harold & The Boys, and Agnes of God. Canadian plays include Aaron Bushkowsky's Silly Season, and Josh MacDonald's Halo.
The Company also develops and premiers new works, including Espresso (Lucia Frangione), Book Of The Dragon (Ron Reed, Chalmers Award TYA) and Tent Meeting (Morris Ertman & Ron Reed, Dora Mavor Moore Award and Sterling Award nominations). Many of these works have been staged by other Canadian and American theatres, including Belfry Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Persephone Theatre, Carousel Players, Theatre & Company, Rosebud Theatre, and Brookstone. Pacific Theatre has also premiered new works developed outside the company, such as Paper Wings (Gillette Elvgren), Gambling (J.P. Allen), Navy Wife (Jason Milligan), and the full-length versions of Howard Buys A Motorhome (Scott Hafso) and Holy Mo! (Lucia Frangione).
From 1986 to 1993 the Company toured The Dragons Project, a repertoire of plays about chemical dependency, to over 500 schools and theatres throughout British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon. The season regularly includes works independently produced by artists associated with the Company. Pacific Theatre also sponsors Stones Throw Productions, presenting annual community shows which involve members of the professional company. The Company has an active apprenticeship program, and has featured emerging artists in productions, such as Maki Yi's Suitcase Stories (October 2020), monologues that recount the playwright's experiences as an immigrant to Canada from South Korea.
Since 1994, the Company has performed in the 128-seat alley-style theatre located in the historical Chalmers Heritage Building at Hemlock & 12th in downtown Vancouver. Since 2020, Kaitlin Williams is Artistic Director.
Last updated 2021-07-15