Green Thumb Theatre

"One of the most illustrious young people's theatre's in North America." - Jamie Portman, Critics Circle, Ottawa

PACT Membership: Regular Membership

PACT Caucuses: Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA),

PACT Region: 1 – British Columbia

Green Thumb Theatre creates and produces plays that explore social issues relevant to the lives of children, youth and young adults. We provide theatre that celebrates the language and stories of today’s generation and culture to stimulate empathy, debate and critical thinking.

Current Season:

Green Thumb Theatre's 2018-19 marks 43 years of commissioning, producing, and touring live professional theatre directly to young people across BC & Canada!

Our season kicks off with the world premiere of Katey Hoffman’s What If, a play for elementary school students that explores the challenges faced by children dealing with anxiety. What If follows Nicky, a bright, anxious 10-year-old girl with a passion for bird-watching, who spends each lunch day in her school’s sick room in order to avoid the unpredictability of the playground. Nicky is happily tucked away in her ‘nest’ – until Milo, a rambunctious boy with diabetes, comes barrelling into her life. At first, these polar opposites’ worlds collide, but as time goes on, the two discover they may have more to learn from each other than they think.

This fall we will also being touring the teen audience show The Code, by Rachel Aberle. The Code premiered in the spring of 2018, and received Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for Outstanding Production and Significant Artistic Achievement, as well as the Sydney J. Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Play by an Emerging Playwright. Exploring gender inequity and respectful relationships, the show will tour throughout BC before heading to Toronto for a three-week run at Young People’s Theatre. Rachel's other play Still/Falling, which explores the realities faced by teens dealing with anxiety and depression, will be presented by Manitoba Theatre for Young People both on their main-stage and school touring circuit.

Green Thumb will also be touring a brand new production of Cranked by Michael P. Northey, a one-man hip hop musical about addiction and recovery. Originally premiered in 2005, Cranked went on to be performed over 500 times over 5 seasons, including performances at the iconic New Victory Theatre on 42nd Street in New York City, and at the historic Sydney Opera House in Australia. With updated content in light of the current fentanyl and opioid crises, Cranked will tour in the spring of 2019, including a run with Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon.

Company Information:

  • Year Founded: 1975
  • Season Starts: September
  • Season Ends: June
  • Theatre Tours: Yes
  • Tour Locations:
    • Regionally
    • Nationally
    • Internationally
  • Engagement Contracts:
    • CTA
  • Affiliations & Memberships (other than PACT): IPAY
  • New Play Development Activities:

    Over the past 4 decades, Green Thumb Theatre has brought more than 100 new Canadian plays from commissioning and development to production. We work with both emerging and established writers, and operate Canada's only TYA-specific playwrights agency. Plays premiered by Green Thumb have gone on to productions with over 200 companies worldwide, and have been translated into Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Danish, Hebrew, and Japanese. Our scripts have been recognized with five Jessie Richardson Awards for Outstanding Original Script, six Chalmers Children's Play Awards and two Governor General Awards.

  • Senior Staff:

  • Patrick McDonaldArtistic Director
  • Linda GorrieGeneral Manager
  • Rachel AberleAssociate Artistic Director

Venue Information:

  • Rehersal space: Yes

Rental Information:

  • Venue rental Information:

    Venue rentals: yes
  • Venue rental contact name: Ruth Bruhn
  • Venue rental contact title: Production Manager
  • Venue rental contact phone: 604-245-4055
  • Venue rental contact email: production@greenthumb.bc.ca

Solicitation Information:

  • Playwrights:

    Accept unsolicited scripts: yes
  • Policies: We accept scripts on an on-going, year-round basis. We are only able to offer developmental support to Canadian playwrights. However, we are willing to accept submissions of produced plays from international playwrights for production consideration. For full submission details, please visit: https://greenthumb.bc.ca/submissions.html