Founded in 1990 as Theatre Beyond by Paul Gelineau, the company became The People’s Theatre Kingston in 1992 and had two more Artistic Directors under that name: Kathryn MacKay (1993-94) and Kathleen LeRoux (1994-97).
In early 1998, AD Craig Walker (1997-2007) shortened its name to Theatre Kingston and moved into the Baby Grand Studio in Kingston’s historic Grand Theatre, where it began offering a full season of four or more productions a year (with occasional expeditions to alternative venues in Kingston and Toronto).
During the tenure of AD Kim Renders (2008-2011), the company initiated several TYA initiatives to engage the next generation of theatre-goers in the region: the ‘Children’s Drama Club’ and a summer Drama camp for school-aged children.
Currently, the company is helmed by Artistic Producer Brett Christopher, with a renewed mandate to hire professional artists and produce theatre at the highest standard of quality. As ‘resident company’ in the Baby Grand Theatre, Theatre Kingston produces three shows annually, a series of child/youth engagement activities and collborates with local theatre practitioners to build a strong cultural voice in the region. Upcoming: the company will be moving into its new digs at the newly-renovated J.K. Tett Arts Cluster on the banks of Lake Ontario in June 2014.