The PHT Creative Hub Co-operative has transformed how we collaborate and share performing arts with our communities. Co-op artist members from across performance disciplines fill our spaces, work on their own creative projects, and share their skills and expertise with each other.
Why a Co-op?
The Co-op came from much organizational soul searching, research, and preparation in response to COVID-19.
“The pandemic deeply impacted the arts. But we saw an opportunity – to create a mutually supportive community of artists who feel a creative and working connection with PHT. They can contribute to it artistically and financially, create their own work and support one another.” – Kim Selody, PHT Artistic Director.
The pandemic continues to interrupt shows, projects and earned revenue for the theatre.
How it works
Co-op members have access to bookable studio and production space to create, experiment, and develop live performing artistic works with potential public viewings. Office and limited storage spaces are available. And there’s the “Artist Lounge”, a casual place to meet, discuss and enjoy sharing ideas with other Co-op artists. 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 skills and expertise with each other, we can all explore and build work in our spaces. As we each find new ways to earn revenue with limited audiences, this ‘micro economy’ allows us to continue to create and work together.” – Kim 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 health safety measures 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 so they don’t intersect with public zones. Areas previously used for rehearsal or project development were refitted as micro-performance spaces with full technical capabilities. Dynamic, flexible, and responsive to health and safety restrictions, these areas allow boutique performances with limited attendance..
“We’re committed to this model beyond the current COVID pandemic restrictions. 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.” – Kim Selody
There’s more happening at PHT
PHT continues its role as a presenter and producer of professional theatre shows and programs. In 2020/21 our Random Series of Amazing Events is guided by ever-evolving Public Health Orders. Not forever. Just for now.
Audiences enjoy 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.
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.