The morning after a one-night stand, questions of consent lead to a highly charged confrontation. The details of the night before slowly unravel, pitting a man and a woman against each other in a struggle to accept the truth, complicated by the way their lives are inextricably linked together. A world premiere showcasing the talents of our sixth Flying Start Playwright.

By Amy Lee Lavoie
A Flying Start Play
Produced in association with the Firehall Arts Centre
May 31 - June 9, 2018
Firehall Arts Centre

Happy Place takes us into the experiences of seven women: inpatients, living together in the most extraordinary circumstances. Though each woman must navigate her own survival in a world that challenges that possibility, they are also the ones who teach one another how to live in a way no therapist ever could. Happy Place is a glimpse into lives filled with courage, compassion, humour and startling surprises; lives which – in many ways – are not so different from our own. Featuring a cast of amazing Vancouver actresses, Happy Place marks Roy Surette's directorial return to Touchstone.

By Pamela Mala Sinha
Produced in association with Ruby Slippers Theatre
Directed by Roy Surette
October 19 - 29, 2017
Firehall Arts Centre

Inside/Out  follows Patrick Keating's journey as a child growing up in Montreal, getting into drugs and crime, entering the juvenile detention system at the age of 16, and serving a total of three sentences, one for bank robbery. Patrick’s honest and engaging delivery of his funny, sad, and stirring true story helps dismantle our ideas of what a ‘criminal’ looks like – and helps us better understand how language, race, and class play a very real part in our lives as Canadians. It’s about a man’s search for community: the community of the street, the community of prison, and of the theatre.

By Patrick Keating
A Neworld Theatre Production
In association with Main Street Theatre and Urban Crawl
Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Directed by Stephen Malloy
January 17 - 21, 2018
Performance Works

Artistic Director

2017/18 Season

Returning to Touchstone Theatre after a 20 year absence is a true gift. I was Artistic Director for Touchstone from 1985 to 1997 working alongside wonderful people and producing a wide array of work, celebrating local and national Canadian Theatre. I left Vancouver in 1997 and spent a decade at the amazing Belfry Theatre in Victoria then another incredible decade helming Centaur Theatre in Montreal. These were challenging and exciting adventures and I am thrilled to return home and participate in Vancouver’s evolving cultural community with this beloved company. I want to thank Katrina Dunn for her vision and leadership during the past 20 years and to honour the late Louise Bentall and the many dedicated participants and supporters who have played vital roles in nurturing Touchstone.

Much has changed and shifted, yet the experience of attending a beautifully realized live performance has even greater relevance in our technologically driven world.

Touchstone Theatre plays an essential role in producing and presenting challenging, invigorating and often provocative new work and the plays in the 2017-2018 season shine a light on some delicate and deeply personal stories of struggle and survival in these uncertain times. They do so with vibrancy, humour and deep compassion. They require great artistry and we are assembling some of the finest creators in the region to craft compelling and even startling theatre. On y va!

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Roy Surette
Artistic Director

From the Touchstone Blog

Announcing Roy Surette as Touchstone’s New Artistic Director

Touchstone Theatre is thrilled to announce the appointment of Roy Surette as incoming Artistic Director. The Company’s President Pamela Hawthorn spoke on behalf of the Board of Directors, saying: “Roy is one of Canada’s most respected Artistic Directors and it will be marvelous to welcome him back to the West Coast as a vital part […] more

Congrats to the 2015 Winner of Touchstone’s Studio 58 Scholarship!

Touchstone is thrilled to congratulate the most recent winner of the Studio 58 Touchstone Theatre Scholarship – Jessica Wagstaff. Jessica says: “it means so much to me to be recognized for my progress and growth in this program . . . This scholarship allows me to not worry about my finances as much and really […] more