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WHO WE ARE
Situated on the traditional lands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking peoples, 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 522-seat MainStage, a 89-seat Studio, a rehearsal room, and administration and production space.
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 engage in long term and reciprocal relationship building with patrons and our community
- We actively participate in our community
- We are committed to openness and inclusivity
- We acknowledge our past whilst building our future and commit to ongoing responsiveness and adaptation. We hold ourselves accountable, as an organization, to our community and to our values.
- We see Performing Arts as essential and as our primary means of expression
OUR CORE PROGRAMS
Gateway Theatre’s mission is implemented through programs delivered to the region.
GATEWAY THEATRE PRODUCTIONS Gateway’s professional theatre performances (taking place on the MainStage or in Studio B) feature award-winning plays that are inclusive and artistically noteworthy, bringing stories from across Canada and around the world to Lower Mainland audiences. In recent years, Gateway Theatre has collaborated with companies such as Western Canada Theatre, Pi Theatre, ITSAZOO, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Vertigo Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Building on a tradition of artistic residencies in the venue, in 2021, Gateway launched a Company in Residence pilot program, welcoming New(to)Town Collective as the inaugural company.
Gateway’s newer community-driven initiatives include participatory and immersive artistic offerings which take place offsite, or make innovative uses of Gateway’s premises. Recently, Gateway has partnered with other organisations, such as S.U.C.C.E.S.S, Aberdeen Centre and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, in these artistic offerings.
THEATRE EDUCATION including GATEWAY ACADEMY Gateway Academy, established in 1991, offers year-round acting, musical theatre, and performance training classes for youth aged 6–18. Professional actors, directors, playwrights, and choreographers are engaged as instructors, teaching skills that enrich students in performance and in life. Learn more
COMMUNITY RENTAL EVENTS Many community and visiting producers also use Gateway Theatre for performances and events. These rental activities are supported and mentored, where needed, by the professional staff. The 522-seat MainStage and 89-seat Studio B are available as performance spaces. Studio A and our beautiful lobbies are available for meetings and receptions. Find out more about renting our facilities.
Gateway Theatre is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), the Alliance for Arts and Culture, and the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance. Gateway Theatre engages under the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement, professional actors who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Stage crew are members of Local 118 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.). Musicians are members of the American Federation of Musicians Association (AFMA) Local 145.