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History of SJTC

Saint John Theatre Company is a premier provider of English-language theatre in New Brunswick, producing quality live entertainment and training for audiences and theatre practitioners throughout southern New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Maine.

Originally established as ‘The Company’ in 1990, it was re-incorporated on May 6, 1994 as the ‘Saint John Theatre Company’.  In the same year, the company presented The Incredible Murder of Cardinal Tosca, the first production staged at the newly restored Imperial Theatre in Saint John.  The play attracted an unprecedented level of corporate sponsorship, volunteers, national media coverage, and over 3500 audience members.

The following year saw the production of Macbeth, directed by Tom Kerr (former artistic director of Neptune Theatre and Stratford Young Company) and starring Julie-Kate Olivier (daughter of Sir Laurence Olivier) in the role of Lady Macbeth.  The project attracted national media attention and brought over 5400 people to see the production, a number that even today this remains the highest attendance ever for a community-based production at the newly restored Imperial Theatre.

black comedy   Guys & Dolls  

Black Comedy - March 2010

Photo by Brian Goodwin 

The Producers - May 2010

Photo by Brian Goodwin 

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof - May 2011

Photo by Brian Goodwin 

The company continued to garner critical acclaim with Amadeus (Best Live Performance in New Brunswick for 1995), The Woman in Black (Top Ten Performances of 1996), and Oleanna (Top Ten Performances of 1998), while The Diary of Anne Frank (2001) saw the company partner with the Jewish Historical Museum to bring in the largest audiences to a Saint John Theatre Company production in seven years.  The Miracle Worker (2002) was the first Saint John Theatre Company production with sign language interpretation, while The Elephant Man (2001), Death of a Salesman (2003), The Crucible (2006), and To Kill a Mockingbird (2008) were artistic successes and achievements in design.  The musicals Cabaret (2007) and Chicago (2008) played to sold-out houses and drew audiences from out of province.

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Dracula - November 2007

Photo by Brian Goodwin 

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - May 2009

Photo by Brian Goodwin 

The Producers - May 2010

Photo by Brian Goodwin 

In May of 2006, the company purchased a historical building in uptown Saint John, which houses rehearsals, events, and the general operations of the company.

Today, Saint John Theatre Company offers a creative outlet with professional production standards for hundreds of New Brunswick-based performers and stage technicians.  The company stages an annual Main Stage Series at Imperial Theatre, an in house Studio Series at 112 Princess Street, a Live @ The BMO Music Series, an annual Fundy FRINGE Festival as well as a Provincial education outreach tour.

In 2017-2018 the company presented 181 public performances of 42 creative works in 22 different venues in Southern NB, engaging 145 professional artists, providing over 150 opportunities for community based theatre makers and volunteers while reaching over 21,000 audience members.




Latest News 



 Learn more about the ATLANTIC REPERTORY COMPANY (ARC) an exciting new pilot project designed to develop a professional theatre residency program for emerging theatre artists!  

Fundy FRINGE Festival lottery open now; deadline is March 1, 2019! Visit: for application form and fee structure.

MANWATCHING February 20-23 at BMO Studio Theatre. A funny, frank and occasionally explicit insight into female desire, read out loud by an unprepared man. A Royal Court Theatre production. Tickets $32.50. www.ticketpro.caor 1-888-311-9090. 

THE CRUCIBLE March 20-23, Imperial Theatre.A passionate portrait of a community overcome by hysteria. Directed by acclaimed Canadian Director, Ron Jenkins. 1-800-323-7469 or

A MUSICAL JOURNEY WITH KYLA LINGLEY March 29 at BMO Studio Theatre. An evening of classical music with one of the most charismatic emerging artisits on today's classical music scene. Tickets $30. or 1-888-311-9090.


RICHARD KIDD JAZZ COMBO March 30 at the BMO Studio Theatre. An evening of live jazz with local musicians Greg Marks, Peter Kindred, Jonathan Kipping and Richard Kidd. Tickets $25. or 1-888-311-9090. 





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