Local Theatre companies
Some of Vancouver's local theatre companies, making great art. Support your local theatre companies!
Fighting Chance Productions arrived on the Vancouver stages in January 2007. Founded by Artistic Director Ryan Mooney, Fighting Chance started as an opportunity for young theatre artists to present their skills on a stage where their age or experience did not limit them, but ultimately helped them gain on the job experience.
Since that time Fighting Chance Productions has grown to be one of the leaders among young independent theatre companies in Vancouver.
Fighting Chance Productions believes heavily in introducing rising performers to Lower Mainland audiences. Fighting Chance is committed to casting at least half our shows with new to the company performers – we believe it’s a way to not only keep things fresh for our audiences, but also to nurture talent in Vancouver and beyond.
We produce only large-scale musical theatre shows with community-based casts of as many as sixty on the stage. Very few organizations outside of Broadway or London’s West End are able to mount such large productions.
We have produced twenty-seven prize winning Broadway musicals, which have been universally praised by local media and audiences.
Our Mission: To enrich the quality of life in Richmond and surrounding communities by creating outstanding professional theatre and a dynamic hub for the performing arts.
We exist to raise the quality of life in our community. We believe theatre is a powerful means of creative expression that has the ability to transform individuals and communities. Read our full Manifesto.
Gateway Theatre is managed and operated by the Richmond Gateway Theatre Society, a registered charity and not-for-profit organization (Charity# 11911 8875 RR0001) incorporated in 1982. Gateway Theatre is generously supported by the City of Richmond, who own and maintain the facility—comprising a 540-seat MainStage, a 100-seat Studio, a rehearsal room, and administration and production space.
Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) is a not for profit society that entertains families through popular musical theatre shows while providing a vibrant outlet and training ground to develop amateur performers and technicians both young and old. TUTS values an atmosphere of inclusion and mentorship in order to build strong character and to promote positive values.
In 1940, Theatre Under the Stars started when a group of local theatre people formed to produce professional quality musicals during the summer. Since then, TUTS has been a Lower Mainland tradition, delighting generations of locals and tourists alike under the stars in the pastoral outdoor setting of historic Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. TUTS provides performers and technical staff an opportunity to work in a real world theatrical venue alongside seasoned professionals.
Our productions are delivered by over 300 volunteers drawn from the community, requiring a broad variety of skills from board members to ushers to technical crew to cast and musicians.
Theatre Under the Stars acknowledges that our work takes place on the traditional and unceded lands of the Coast Salish First Nations, including the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseilwaututh Nations.
The Arts Club Theatre Company is the largest theatre company in Western Canada. Each year, over a quarter of a million people experience the best in professional theatre at its three venues: the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, as well as on tour throughout the province. Its popular productions range from musicals and contemporary comedies to new works and classics. The Arts Club Theatre Company also expands its audiences outside Vancouver though a three-show mini-season tour presented at venues around British Columbia. The 2016-2017 Arts Club season features six productions at the historic 650-seat Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at Granville and W. 12th; five productions on scenic Granville Island at the vibrant 440-seat Granville Island Stage; and four productions in the intimate, new 250-seat Goldcorp Stage at the new BMO Theatre Centre.