History of Globe Theatre
Founded in 1966 by Ken and Sue Kramer, Globe was Saskatchewan's first professional theatre company. More than forty years later, Globe Theatre is the province's largest performing arts organization and the regional theatre for Regina and southern Saskatchewan. The theatre is housed in the Prince Edward Building in downtown Regina, a designated heritage site that was built in 1906 as the Regina Post Office and RCMP headquarters and later became City Hall. The theatre took over the second and third floors of the building in 1981.
Susan Ferley was appointed Artistic Director of Globe Theatre in 1990 and provided the company with strong leadership and stability over her eight year tenure. Ruth Smillie was appointed the Artistic Director and CEO of Globe Theatre in 1998. Since joining the company, Ruth has assembled an impressive administrative and production staff made up of individuals who are all committed to the art of live theatre and the success of Globe Theatre
Globe Theatre programs two stages: a 406 seat theatre-in-the-round Main Stage and, for the past nine years, a 100 seat black box space where the theatre produces the Shumiatcher Sandbox Series, a showcase for new work, emerging artists, and experimental theatre. The six play main stage program includes at least three Canadian plays each season and an annual Christmas production which now runs for six to seven weeks and plays to more than 20,000 people. (It may interest you to know that the total population of Regina is 200,000 intrepid souls.) The practice of producing a main stage season in-the-round is a challenging and exhilarating process that fires up the imaginations of all of the artists who work at Globe Theatre.
Globe Theatre is committed to developing and producing new work. During the 2007/2008 season, we premiered three plays commissioned by Globe Theatre. The first is a two-act version of Joey Tremblay's Elephant Wake, which was originally produced as a one-act play in 1994, that premiered on Globe Theatre's Main Stage. As part of the Shumiatcher Sandbox Series, we featured The Alice Nocturne, written by Joey Tremblay in collaboration with members of the Globe Young Company, a collective creation by members of the Fusion project, and The Decadent Flip Mod, created and performed by a Regina independent theatre company.
In 2006, we launched a series of educational initiatives under the umbrella of the Globe Theatre School. The programs include classes and training for children and teens, an internship program with the University of Regina Faculty of Fine Arts, a provincial outreach workshop program, Globe on the Road, and an actor conservatory training program which began in 2008. The successes of our students can be felt throughout the Canadian Theatre Scene.
Globe Theatre has undergone a tremendous growth spurt. Annual audience attendance has increased from a total of 30,000 patrons during the 1998/99 season to more than 60,000 patrons last season.
In 1998, Globe Theatre completed a $1.3 million capital campaign that enabled the organization to undertake a major renovation on the two floors of our facility. We assured our donors that the renovations would last us for at least ten years. We were wrong. Within 5 years we had outgrown our offices, rehearsal hall and production shops and we no longer have sufficient lobby space or washrooms to accommodate our audiences. The theatre raised $1.65 million in support of a major renovation and expansion in 2005. Globe Theatre now has a beautiful rehearsal hall, two theatre school studios, and an administration centre on the fourth floor of the building, and expanded production shops and upgraded patron areas on the other two floors.