Winnipeg Studio Theatre is a non-profit company founded in 2006 devoted to creating, developing and producing Canadian and international contemporary plays and musicals in an intimate setting. Our goals are educational and developmental, combining a mix of original, traditional and experimental theatre where creativity can emerge and artists of different disciplines can discover and work together.
WST has developed a niche in the Winnipeg theatre scene by producing small intimate contemporary musical theatre productions that appeal to all ages, in particular young adults. We believe that the types of musicals we choose have an incredible amount of depth in their stories and characters and use music as a vehicle to heighten the drama and propel the story forward. Glitz, glamour, and big dance numbers are not the criteria; instead the focus shifts to the story and development of the characters.
Recent productions include Heathers, the Musical, Ordinary Days, Rooms – A Rock Romance, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Spring Awakening, Avenue Q, Altar Boyz (which was mounted originally at the Winnipeg Fringe and remounted as part of the Prairie Theatre Exchange season), and Hersteria, a new musical by Sharon Bajer and Joseph Aragon developed by WST and produced at the 2011 Winnipeg Fringe Festival.
Connection to the Community
WST strives to employ Winnipeg actors, directors, stage managers, designers, and production staff. We endeavor to be a stepping stone for young professionals breaking into the business, and to provide a training ground for emerging artists who need to gain professional experience before advancing to larger theatres such as the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Prairie Theatre Exchange. We are also entering the 12th season of StudioWorks, our preprofessional young artist program. We realize this is our strength and we hope to continue to fill this need in Winnipeg’s theatre community.We are also pleased to be part of Winnipeg Independent Theatre (WIT), a collective group of independent small theatre companies.
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