Moving Hearts and Minds

PACT Membership: Regular Membership

PACT Region: 1 – British Columbia


TheatreOne's mission is to bring to our community experiences that will move hearts and minds, deepening our collective understanding of the world we live in and the challenges facing us all. We entertain, inspire, and challenge through the power of contemporary theatre to bring new insights and illuminate complex issues.

As Nanaimo's professional theatre company, we engage diverse local audiences, including the very young, and in doing so support a thriving network of theatre professionals locally. We work with playwrights from BC and across Canada to foster development of new Canadian works, and through our support of touring artists we give Nanaimo audiences access to great theatre developed elsewhere.


TheatreOne is a cornerstone of Nanaimo's cultural life and a leader in the Arts community. We are known for the quality and diversity of our programming, our ability to produce outstanding professional theatre, and our committment to growing and supporting the vibrant network of theatre professionals that make BC their home. We are financially stable, sustained by loyal audiences and supported by partnerships across the Mid-Island.

Current Season:

TheatreOne’s New Season Features Diverse Voices

Nanaimo, BC - TheatreOne is pleased to announce our new season of Mainstage plays, featuring diverse voices, including two shows written and performed by female artists, and one by an award-winning Indo-Canadian novelist and playwright. Gender equity in theatre has come to the forefront as an important issue, and TheatreOne is proud to be a leader in improving the representation of women playwrights.

The first show of the season is Bombay Black by Anosh Irani on Thursday to Saturday, November 15-17 at 7:30pm at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre. Set in present-day India, Bombay Black is a powerful story of vengeance, betrayal, and seduction. The playwright, Anosh Irani, has a wonderful theatrical sensibility and a gift for bringing together magical fables and the gritty reality of Indian street life. The play is the story of Apsara, who lives in Bombay with her mother, making a living by selling erotic dances to wealthy men. When a blind man named Kamal arrives for an appointment, the complex and brutal past of the three characters slowly rises to the surface.

Featuring a remarkable poetic text, bold theatrical imagery and a combination of contemporary Bombay bar dancing and Indian classical dance, Bombay Black is a challenging work by one of Canada’s leading new playwrights.

The second show of the season is Person of Interest, written and performed by Melody A. Johnson and directed by Rick Roberts, on Friday and Saturday, February 8-9, 2019 at 7:30pm, at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre. Typecast as a “housebound loser”, this is the mostly true story of an actor driven to the brink by her neighbours. Person of Interest is storytelling at its best, told simply and skillfully, and will strike a chord with anyone who has ever lived, loved and battled with neighbours.

“Endearingly Puck-like, full of energy, mischief and irreverence for the mundane, but genuinely wanting to get along, [Melody A. Johnson] weaves this sometimes shocking tale of neighbourhood warfare with candour and an edgy sense of fun.” - Cathy McKim, Life With More Cowbell

Finally, to round out the season in April is Jake’s Gift written by Julia Mackey, and directed by Dirk Van Stralen, running from Thursday to Saturday, April 25-27 at 7:30pm, also at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre. Jake’s Gift is a multi-award winning Canadian play about a World War II veteran’s reluctant return to Normandy, France, for the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day landings. While revisiting the shores of Juno beach, Jake encounters Isabelle, a precocious 10-year-old from the local village. Isabelle’s inquisitive nature and charm challenge the old soldier to confront some long-ignored ghosts – most notably the war-time death of his eldest brother, Chester, a once promising young musician. At its heart, Jake’s Gift is about the legacy of remembrance and makes personal the story behind one soldier’s grave. 2017 marked the 10th year of touring, and Jake’s Gift continues to garner awards and rave reviews whether playing in small rural towns or big city centres.

Tickets to all Mainstage shows are $30 and $15 for students. Visit or call 250-754-7587.


Company Information:

  • Year Founded: 1984
  • Annual Budget: $300,000
  • Season Starts: September
  • Season Ends: May
  • Festivals & Special Events:

    The Bite of Nanaimo is our largest annual fundraiser, held every Fall, and featuring local restaurants, bistros, breweries and cafés.

  • New Play Development Activities:

    Emerging Voices is a series of staged readings of new Canadian plays by local and regional playwrights directed by Nicolle Nattrass. The series allows emerging writers to have their plays workshopped by professional artists in a day long workshop and performed in a staged reading before an audience, providing valuable feedback in the creative process.

  • Senior Staff:

  • Anne TaylorGeneral Manager
  • Nadine WiepningMarketing and Box Office Manager