Manitoba Theatre for Young People

“It’s the best of world theatre for children… a remarkable organization…” (Robert Enright, CBC Radio)

PACT Membership: Regular Membership

PACT Caucuses: Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA),

PACT Region: 3 – Saskatchewan and Manitoba

“Young audiences will find themselves engaged by the realistic characters and ample humour in the script and performances. But they’ll also take away the play’s still-powerful messages about compassion, fairness and living in a world where those qualities are sometimes absent.” – Joff Schmidt, CBC Radio, on MTYP’s Danny, King of the Basement

Manitoba Theatre for Young People has been creating and presenting professional theatre productions for children and families since 1982. MTYP has grown to become one of the most respected professional theatre companies in Canada, for children or adults.

MTYP’s artistry has been applauded not only as a theatre for young audiences, but also as an innovative and highly creative theatre company: “It’s the best of world theatre for children… a remarkable organization…” (Robert Enright, CBC Radio). Each season, MTYP presents touring companies from around the world, as well as contributing to the repertoire of Canadian theatre through the creation and development of new work.

Pablo Felices-Luna joined Manitoba Theatre for Young People as Artistic Director in 2014.

Located at The Forks in Winnipeg, MTYP’s home is a 28,000 square foot performance facility featuring a fully re-configurable theatre, classroom studios, and production and wardrobe shops.

In addition to its mainstage season and touring activities, MTYP also plays a key role in the development and delivery of theatre-in-education programs that concentrate on using theatre as an educational tool to illustrate and express ideas about social issues. The company also operates a Theatre School where over 1,500 children and teens learn the art and craft of theatre and related disciplines, and Native Youth Theatre, which offers free classes in theatre and related disciplines to Winnipeg’s Aboriginal youth.

Manitoba Theatre for Young People is a professional theatre company solely devoted to young people.

Our mission is to:

Produce professional theatre that entertains, educates and advocates for children and youth.
Provide training in theatre and related arts by professional artists and instructors that is accessible to people of all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
Portray the experiences of Canadian children and youth through the development of new plays for performance at home and internationally.

Our mandate is to:

Serve as a theatre resource for the children and youth of Manitoba by offering a vehicle for experiencing and developing an appreciation of theatre and an opportunity to receive training in the practice of theatre by professional artists and educators through our performance company, theatre school and theatre-in-education services.

Contribute to the growth and development of Canadian theatre and theatre in Manitoba through a policy of support for local playwrights, actors and theatre personnel and through the creation of new work for Canadian children.

Engage and challenge through entertainment, to enhance the development of learning skills and to serve as a springboard for further discussion and inquiry.

Introduce young people to our collective, historical imagination through material that is a repository of civilization and its values.

Act as a "child advocate" by reflecting the actualities of children's lives and providing a tool for testing their perceptions and analyzing their experiences.

Current Season:

COMET IN MOOMINLAND
By Tove Jansson
Adapted for the stage by Graham Whitehead
Co-created by William Chesney, Leslee Silverman, Graham Whitehead
for Manitoba Theatre for Young People
An MTYP Production
October 12-28
Ages 5+

Beneath a canopied dome, a miniature universe of mysterious forests, magical caves and sailing seas fill the theatre. Tove Jansson’s story of trust, bravery and ingenuity has delighted children across North America and has become an MTYP signature production.

“…simply the best piece of children’s theatre to play here in recent memory.” – Winnipeg Free Press

STILL/FALLING
By Rachel Aberle
A Green Thumb Theatre Production (Vancouver, B.C.)
November 2–4
Ages 13+

Nina has a great life. She loves her family, she does well in school, and her friends are awesome. But suddenly Nina starts feeling… off, and she finds herself slipping into a dark reality she cannot understand, let alone articulate to the people around her. Still/Falling follows Nina as she tries to come to terms with what it means to struggle with anxiety and depression, and to rise above it with as much strength, and as few scars, as possible. A realistic, honest and bitingly funny look at the difference between ‘teen angst’ and mental illness and the ways vulnerable kids can start to find their way out of the dark.

“Brings the topic of teen anxiety and depression in to the open” – Stage Door

THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER
Based on the book by A. A. Milne
Adapted By Bettye Knapp
With Revisions by Kim Selody
Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING, Woodstock, Illinois
An MTYP production
December 8 - 30, 2017
Ages 3-8

Winnipeg’s most famous bear makes a return appearance to help MTYP celebrate the holiday season. As if by magic, the theatre transforms into the world of Winnie-the-Pooh, including The Hundred Acre Wood. Only 176 people a time can experience The House at Pooh Corner, to ensure an intimate experience for all audience members. Superb music and puppetry without strings complete this irresistible winter-holiday treat!

“An audience of youngsters, attending a school performance this week at MTYP’s enchanting production of House at Pooh Corner, were riveted by the sight of their beloved Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore. This gorgeous piece of theatre will send more than a few MTYP patrons home to dust off these stories to read, and appreciate, once again.” – Winnipeg Free Press

TORN THROUGH TIME
WORLD PREMIERE
An MTYP Production
January 25–February 3
Ages 7+

Jess is in the middle of a writing assignment on one of her heroes and it’s not going well.  Frustrated, she rips the pages out of a library book that include three important, but relatively unknown Canadian women, who became historical trailblazers: Thanadelthur (a Chipewyan peacemaker from the 1700s), Helen Harrison (one of the first Canadian female pilots from the 1920s) and Rose Fortune (the first North American female police officer from the 1780s). Jess has to figure out a way out of this time-bending predicament, and in doing so, discovers something about the nature of heroism.

WHAT IF ROMEO & JULIET...
A Creation by DynamO Théâtre (Montréal, Québec)
Based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Ideator and Director Jackie Gosselin
Dramaturg Kim Selody
Translation Maurice Roy
February 15–24
Ages 9+

What if Romeo & Juliet… delves into the Shakespearean world and revisits the classic tale of the great pain brought on by the hate between two families. In DynamO’s version, this timeless masterpiece is reinterpreted through acrobatic movement. Could there be another ending to this famed story? What if someone decided to lay down one’s weapons?

“a visually and symbolically rich adaptation” – Le Devoir

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR & OTHER ERIC CARLE FAVOURITES
A Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Production
Created by Eric Carle
March 15–24
Ages 3+

From the company that brought Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny, comes three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of food on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. Plus Little Cloud and The Mixed-Up Chameleon.

“The best thing about Eric Carle’s books is that they offer an opportunity for young children to delight in discovery, and for adults close to them to delight in their delight.” – Twin Cities Pioneer Press

TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
A Kidoons and WYRD Production, in association with the 20K Collective
April 5–14
Ages 9+

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea is the stage adaptation of the classic Jules Verne Sci-Fi adventure, exploring the power of nature and the nature of power. Plunge into a multisensory experience with unforgettable characters, eye-popping projections and amazing technology. After a world premiere at the 2015 PanAm Games, the show was a hit Off-Broadway at The New Victory Theater on 42nd Street in NYC.

“MAGICAL! A frisky adaptation of the Jules Verne sci-fi saga… The acting is never less than zesty and the use of projections is sometimes jaw dropping!” – New York Times

Contact Information:

  • Phone Number (admin): 204-947-0394
  • Phone Number (admin): 204-947-0394
  • Phone Number (ticketing): 204-942-8898
  • Fax Number: 204-943-4129
  • Contact Email: info@mtyp.ca

Company Information:

  • Year Founded: Manitoba Theatre for Young People was originally founded in 1965 as Actors' Showcase (an amateur theatre troupe formed to showcase local talent) and incorporated in January of 1977. In 1982, it was reconstituted by incoming Artistic Director, Leslee Silverman, as a professional company devoted to theatre for young people.
  • Season Starts: October
  • Season Ends: May
  • Theatre Tours: Yes
  • Engagement Contracts:
    • CTA
  • Senior Staff:

  • Pablo Felices-LunaArtistic Director
  • Debra ZoerbGeneral Manager
  • Kent SussTheatre School Director
  • Greg KlassenMarketing Manager
  • Jourdan Roy RosellProduction Manager

Venue Information:

  • Number of Mainspace seats: 315
  • Studio space: Yes
  • Rehersal space: Yes
  • Other space: Yes

Rental Information:

  • Venue rental Information:

    Venue rentals: yes
  • Venue rental contact name: Joanne Hawkins
  • Venue rental contact title: Box Office Manager
  • Venue rental contact phone: 204-942-8898
  • Venue rental contact email: jhawkins@mtyp.ca
  • Actors:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • General auditions: yes
  • General auditions guidelines: General Auditions will be held in April/May of every year.
  • Contact name: Katie German
  • Contact Title: Artistic Associate
  • Contact Phone: 204-947-0394 ext. 239
  • Contact Email: casting@mtyp.ca
  • Designers:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • Contact name: Pablo Felices-Luna
  • Contact Title: Artistic Director
  • Contact Phone: 204-947-0394 ext. 222
  • Contact Email: pablof@mtyp.ca
  • Directors:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • Contact name: Pablo Felices-Luna
  • Contact Title: Artistic Director
  • Contact Phone: 204-947-0394 ext. 222
  • Contact Email: pablof@mtyp.ca