About The Cultch

Our Story

Our Story

Offering dynamic contemporary programming in theatre, dance, music, circus, and visual arts, The Cultch brings world-class cultural presentations to our community in East Vancouver.

Our purpose is to provide a performance space for diverse audiences, serve as a hub for artistic experimentation, develop local companies, and present cutting-edge national and international work.

“The Cultch is a gathering place. It’s a space where everything is possible.”

– Heather Redfern, Executive Director

“The Cultch is a company that really opens its doors to the community”

– Corey Payette, Artistic Director

“The Cultch, since 1973, has been a facilitator and presenter of consistently excellent, local, and visiting performances… [it] is recognized for its community leadership that models inclusivity and centres diversity as a lived value.”

– City of Vancouver

For over 46 years, we have presented cutting edge professional performances as well as produced outstanding community arts and educational initiatives for children, youth, and their families. More than 250 presentations each season are seen by well over 50,000 people. As a presenting theatre, we curate unique, intimate, and diverse performances from Vancouver, Canada, and across the globe.

We operate three theatres, a gallery, and various multi-use spaces in the heart of East Vancouver. The Historic Theatre and Vancity Culture Lab are housed in a renovated church, constructed in 1909. The York Theatre started its life as The Alcazar Theatre in 1913. After being rescued from the wrecking ball in 2013, it was renovated to become The Cultch’s third theatre space.

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Jessie Richardson Theatre Award’s Vancouver NOW Representation, Inclusion Award for Deliberate curation and programming of productions that show the city we live in onstage