Arts Club Theatre Company
The Arts Club Theatre Company is a professional theatre company in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Arts Club was founded in 1958 originally as a private club until 1964, when the group became the Arts Club Theatre Company and established itself at a theatre on Seymour Street in Downtown Vancouver. Major themes from this company are new works, comedies, musicals, drama, and revues, with an emphasis on developing Canadian talent in productions appealing to the general public.
In 1979, the Arts Club expanded to include performances at the 450-seat Granville Island Stage on Granville Island. The Seymour Street stage closed in 1991, but in 1998 the Arts Club took over operations at the Stanley Theatre (renamed the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage in 2005), a former movie theater.
Since 1972, the artistic director of the Arts Club has been Bill Millerd. Millerd started with the company as a stage manager in 1969. Millerd is credited with creating a stable and successful enterprise and supporting the early careers of many major Canadian talents, including Brent Carver, Janet Wright, Lally Cadeau, Nicola Cavendish, Morris Panych, Michael Bublé, Ann Mortifee, and Michael J. Fox (Henighan, 2000).
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