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Our Mission: To enrich the quality of life in Richmond and surrounding communities by creating outstanding professional theatre and a dynamic hub for the performing arts.
We exist to raise the quality of life in our community. We believe theatre is a powerful means of creative expression that has the ability to transform individuals and communities. Read our full Manifesto.
Gateway Theatre is managed and operated by the Richmond Gateway Theatre Society, a registered charity and not-for-profit organization (Charity# 11911 8875 RR0001) incorporated in 1982. Gateway Theatre is generously supported by the City of Richmond, who own and maintain the facility—comprising a 540-seat MainStage, a 100-seat Studio, a rehearsal room, and administration and production space.
GATEWAY THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
The Signature Series (four MainStage and two Studio shows) offers award-winning plays that are authentic, relevant and transformative, bringing stories from across Canada and around the world to Lower Mainland audiences. In recent years, the Series has included co-productions with companies such as Persephone Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, and Chemainus Theatre Festival.
The Pacific Festival was launched in 2014 to reflect the rich diversity of our community and act as a hub for artistic exchange with the Pacific Rim. The program presents high-quality contemporary theatre in Cantonese and Mandarin with English and Chinese surtitles.
Gateway Theatre is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), the Alliance for Arts and Culture, and the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance. Gateway Theatre engages under the terms of the Canadian Theatre Agreement, professional actors who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Stage crew are members of Local 118 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.). Musicians are members of the American Federation of Musicians Association (AFMA) Local 145.
GATEWAY ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Gateway Academy for the Performing Arts, established in 1991, offers year-round acting, musical theatre, and performance training classes for youth aged 6–18. Professional actors, directors, playwrights and choreographers are engaged as instructors, teaching skills that enrich students in performance and in life.
Many community and visiting producers also use Gateway Theatre for performances and events. These rental activities are supported and mentored, where needed, by the professional staff. The 540-seat MainStage and 100-seat Studio B are available as performance spaces. Studio A and our beautiful lobbies are available for meetings and receptions.
Find out more about renting our facilities or discover community performances and events at Gateway.
Administration hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
6500 Gilbert Road
Richmond, BC. V7C 3V4
Monday - Friday from Noon-6pm, and Saturdays 2-6 pm
Closed on Statutory Holidays
Will call: One hour before performances for in-person ticket pickup and purchases (current performance only).
Find out more ticket information and how to purchase online.