Globe Theatre, Regina
|Key people||Ken & Sue Kramer (Founders), Ruth Smillie (CEO, Artistic Director)|
The Globe Theatre in Regina, Saskatchewan, was founded in 1966 by Ken and Sue Kramer. It was the first professional educational theatre company and the only professional theatre company in Saskatchewan.
The Globe was first in the Jubilee Theatre (subsequently remained several times but in the Globe Theatre's time there most continuously known as Hanbidge Hall) at the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts and then moved to rented quarters in downtown Regina. In 1981, the company acquired its own permanent space in the Prince Edward Building (the old Regina Post Office and then for a time the substitute City Hall), a heritage building on 11th Avenue and Scarth Street.
The Globe Theatre is currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Ruth Smillie, who succeeded Susan Ferley in 1998. Ferley served as Artistic Director of the Globe Theatre from 1990 (when Ken Kramer retired following the death of Sue Kramer) to 1998. Being a non-profit organisation, the Globe Theatre is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected by the members of the Globe Theatre Society.
Throughout the Kramers' tenure, the Globe Theatre premiered a large number of new works by playwrights Brian Way and Rex Devrell, the latter of whom would go on to publish a book of plays from his time at the Globe Theatre. In more recent years,[timeframe?] the Globe Theatre has seen premiers of works by author/playwright Gail Bowen, theatre artist Joey Tremblay, and a variety of young artists through their Shumiatcher Sandbox Series.
With an annual operating budget of roughly two million dollars, The Globe Theatre is Saskatchewan's largest professional theatre company, programming as many as ten productions between its mainstage season and Shumiatcher Sandbox Series. The Globe Theatre's EVRAZ Mainstage is Canada's only permanent, professional "theatre in the round", seating 406 patrons. Globe Theatre is a member of PACT (Professional Association of Canadian Theatres), and engages its stage management, actors, and artists under the Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA) through the Canadian Actors' Equity Association.
The Globe Theatre is greatly involved in the development of new talent, and boasts a popular theatre school program for children and adolescents, and an actor conservatory program for adults, to train the next series of professional actors and develop a company within the Regina area.
- Ken Kramer (1966–1989)
- Susan Ferley (1989–1998)
- Ruth Smillie (1998–present)
- Globe Theatre of Shakespeare
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- Saskatchewan Royal Connections
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