Presentation House Theatre is excited to launch the PHT Creative Hub Co-operative, transforming how we collaborate and share performing arts with the many communities we serve. Artist members from across performance disciplines will be the first to return to the building to work on their own creative projects. This new initiative marks the start of PHT’s gradual reopening plan.
Why a Co-op?
The Co-op is the culmination of much organizational soul searching, research, and preparation in response to COVID-19 which put an immediate stop to all shows, projects and earned revenue for the theatre.
“As the pandemic so deeply impacted the arts, we saw an opportunity,” said Kim Selody, PHT Artistic Director, “to create a mutually supportive community of artists who feel a sense of connection and ownership with PHT, contributing to it artistically and financially, creating their own work and supporting one another.”
How it works.
Co-op members have access to bookable studio and production space to create, experiment, and develop live performing artistic works, including potential viewings by the public. Office and storage spaces are available, along with the “Artist Lounge”, a place to meet, discuss and enjoy “cross-pollinating” ideas with other artists in the Co-op. In exchange for time in PHT spaces, artists support the facility and other artists’ activities as volunteers, matching individual skill sets and interests to jobs at hand.
“By exchanging labour with each other, we can all explore and build work in our spaces. As we each struggle to find new ways to earn revenue with limited audiences, this ‘micro economy’ allows us to continue to create and work together,” continues Selody.
In the Building.
The new Co-op model required a complete reset of how spaces in the historic building are used by artists and audiences. With COVID-19 restrictions top of mind, PHT staff reconfigured traffic flow to allow one-way exits and entrances to most rooms and studios. Passages throughout the building are designated for artists-only to avoid them intersecting with public zones. Areas previously used only for rehearsal or project development have been refitted as micro-performance spaces with full technical capabilities. Dynamic, flexible, and responsive to health and safety restrictions, these areas will allow boutique performances with limited attendance, once public returns to PHT in the fall.
“We’re committed to this model beyond the current COVID pandemic restrictions,” shares Selody. “This pandemic has given us all the opportunity to take a bold step, and experiment with a new way of working together. I am excited to see what happens next.”
There’s more happening at PHT.
PHT will also continue its role as a presenter and producer of professional theatre shows and programs. The final stage of reopening will take place in early October when PHT launches its 2020/21 programming series. Audiences can expect exciting innovations such as pocket performances with limited attendance, bubble bookings for those in social bubbles, online streaming of shows, and opportunities to visit and view new Co-op works in progress.
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Safety first. Always.
COVID-19 health directives have inspired stringent and ongoing physical safety measures throughout the facilities. PHT staff are committed to meet and exceed all provincial safety guidelines throughout and beyond its reopening plans. Read our full safety details here.
For more information on the PHT Creative Hub Co-operative, please contact Doris Pfister Murphy at 604.990.3473 or email@example.com.