Prairie Theatre Exchange

New, contemporary, Canadian and local plays in an intimate thrust-stage theatre

PACT Membership: Regular Membership

PACT Region: 3 – Saskatchewan and Manitoba

To operate a professional theatre of high calibre for the entertainment and edification of a broad spectrum of people. To operate a school to encourage appreciation of theatre and to provide accessible, high quality, innovative drama education. To support the development of new plays. To foster theatre arts-related endeavours of others through use of our facilities and expertise.

Current Season:

Pairie Theatre Exchange offers a five-play season of new & contemporary plays for adults, with a focus on local and Canadian work, as well as an annual TYA offering over the winter break, which then tours the city and province in the new year. The 2017-2018 season marks PTE's 45th anniversary:   Gracie by Joan MacLeod, October 11 - 29, 2017  /  Ubuntu (The Cape Town Project) by D. Cloran, M. Grootboom, D. Hay, D. Jansen, H. Lewis,M. Monteith, & A. Nebulane, November 8 - 26, 2017 (A co-production with Citadel Theatre)  /    The Good, the Bad & the Munsch, based on stories by Robert Munsch, adapted by Debbie Patterson, December 21, 2017-January 7, 2018 (Touring Winnipeg from January 16 - February 2, 2018 / Touring Manitoba from February 3 - March 25, 2018)  /  Salt-Water Moon by David French, January 24 – February 11, 2018 (A Factory Theatre production touring with Why Not Theatre)  /  How the Heavens Go by Joseph Aragon, February 28 – March 18, 2018 (World Premiere)  /  Fly Me to the Moon by Marie Jones, April 4 - 22, 2018

Contact Information:

  • Phone Number (admin): 204-942-7291
  • Phone Number (admin): 204-942-7291
  • Phone Number (ticketing): 204-942-5483
  • Fax Number: 204-942-1774

Company Information:

  • Year Founded: 1972
  • Annual Budget: $2.1 million
  • Season Starts: October
  • Season Ends: April
  • Theatre Tours: Yes
  • Tour Locations:
    • Regionally
  • Engagement Contracts:
    • ADC
    • CTA
    • PGC
  • Festivals & Special Events:

    The Carol Shields Festival of New Work
    May 24 - 26, 2018

    An annual celebration of the act of creation, featuring partnerships with other theatres, dance companies and musicians, and new plays or works in progress presented as staged readings, including five 10 minute plays commissioned specifically for the Festival. All readings are free admission, with an Opening Gala at only $25 for an evening of new theatre, music, dance and spoken word poetry.

  • New Play Development Activities:

    In addition to offering multiple commissions each year, PTE maintains a Playwrights Unit of ten established and emerging playwrights, offering support, space and freedom to write. PTE has also premiered 149 new plays over the past 45 years, with the 150th (Joseph Aragon's How the Heavens Go) set to premiere this season.

  • Other Activities:

    PTE maintains a Theatre & Film School - in fact, PTE began as a theatre school in 1972. Classes are offered for kids, youth and adults at all levels, and include improv, musical theatre, play writing, acting for film and TV and more.

  • Senior Staff:

  • Tracey LoewenGeneral Manager
  • Robert MetcalfeArtistic Director (to June 30, 2018)
  • Loc LuTheatre School & Community Programs Director
  • Haanita SevalDirector of Marketing & Development
  • Jenna KhanDirector of Publicity, Corporate Fund Raising & Endowment

Venue Information:

  • Number of Mainspace seats: 323
  • Number of Studio seats: 100
  • Rehersal space: Yes
  • Other space: Yes

Rental Information:

  • Venue rental Information:

    Venue rentals: yes
  • Venue rental contact name: Wayne Buss
  • Venue rental contact title: Production Manager
  • Venue rental contact phone: 204-925-5262
  • Venue rental contact email: production@pte.mb.ca