Back Row, from left:
Jim Deacove, Bruce Neil, Penny Silberhorn, Grant MacDonald, Reiner Silberhorn, David Parry
Front Row, from left:
Anne Neil, Liz Theobald
Perth Theatre Project: Board of Directors, 2012-2013
|Bruce Neil||Anne Neil||Grant MacDonald|
|Jill Nolan||Jim Deacove||David Parry|
|At Large||At Large||At Large|
Bruce Neil - Facilities Manager; Anne Neil - Window Design/Décor
The Officers of the Board and Department Heads
|Booking Manager||Promo Chair|
|Sue Tennant||Penny Silberhorn|
|Box Office Manager|
Volunteer Coord Website
|Liz Theobald Jackie Boyer|
Studio Theatre Productions
What is Studio Theatre Productions?
STP is the production arm of Perth Theatre Project (PTP), a corporation formed in 1992. The mandate of PTP was, and remains, to bring community theatre to Perth and its environs. Initially, this was done largely through the establishment of a Resident Company (Barn Door Productions), which produced several plays a year and paid rent to PTP for the space. When this arrangement came to an end in 2008, there was a brief period during which a similar role was played by New Theatre Perth, but eventually PTP decided that there was a sufficient critical mass of theatrical talent to begin producing its own plays. Thus was born Studio Theatre Productions in the summer of 2009, operating under the guidance of the Board of Perth Theatre Project and the Artistic Director David Parry, seen below.
What is the ‘play’ selection process for each season?
The Play Selection committee, chaired by the Artistic Director of STP, meets between January and April in any given year to read a number of plays proposed by the various members of the committee. It is expected that between 12 and 15 plays will be read prior to each season. Each member ranks all of the plays according to a number of criteria (entertainment value, technical requirements and challenges, casting challenges and audience suitability). A composite score is determined for each play and this is followed by a discussion to ensure a balanced season.
In order to ensure a steady supply of new directors, a Mentorship scheme was introduced for the 2010-11 season, whereby directors with little experience would be encouraged to direct a play (either one act or full-length) under the guidance of one of our more experienced directors. This scheme worked extremely well in its inaugural year.
You may recognize Roberta Peets and Kathie Reid who were the first beneficiaries of the Mentorship Scheme, mentored respectively by Jeremy Dutton and Patricia Parry.
Roberta and Kathie have now become fully-fledged directors of successful productions and part of an acknowledged group of talented directors at Studio Theatre Perth.
Our Booking Manager
While Studio Theatre Productions presents a full season of theatre, we also rent the theatre frequently throughout the year, when plays are not being performed. The acoustics in our theatre are excellent and consequently it is a popular location for concerts. Susan Tennant, seen below, is our Booking Manager and handles all the contract work required as well as the accounting component. In addition she scouts for talent and particularly successful in bringing entertainment to Perth.
Upgrades and Improvements
In spite of rising costs we have been able to continue to make improvements to the theatre such as a larger and more efficient technical booth, new main curtains, improved sound proofing, and upgraded lower-level washrooms, to name a few. This was accomplished while still maintaining ticket prices at affordable levels. A hearing assist system for patrons with hearing difficulties and an elegant new upper-level washroom, more accessible to patrons who have difficulty with stairs, were recently installed with financial assistance from The Valley Heartland Futures Development. Several more new projects and upgrades are planned and will be implemented as funding becomes available. We want to make our Theatre accessible for all and our fundraising efforts for our new elevator have now paid off! Our new elevator will be in place for the beginning of our new 2013/2014 season.
The Studio Gallery
The Studio Theatre has maintained the Studio Gallery in its upper lobby for the past two years. Currently, while the construction work is being carried out for the new elevator, the Gallery has been closed. Stay tuned for further details!
The Snack Bar
The Studio Theatre volunteers have been able to continue running a very small refreshment counter inside the theatre, during the construction phase of the elevator. Stay tuned for details on its relocation once the elevator is completed and our theatre returns to normal!
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"Overlooking the Tay Basin"
63 Gore Street East, Perth ON
The Studio Theatre
P. O. Box 611
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