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Established in 1993, The Street is operated by The Stagemaster Inc. (trading as The Street), a not-for-profit arts organisation under an Occupancy Agreement with the ACT Government. Following the destruction by fire of two adapted theatre venues, The Street Theatre was established in 1994 by the ACT Government and so The Street began its life as a community theatre facility for Canberra’s community from students to independent and professional groups.
The Season Inc. [‘The Season’] was formed in 1996 to coordinate the marketing and administration of independently funded theatre companies presenting work at The Street Theatre. This grew into a themed season within a curated program featuring independent producers and their work. In 2002 The Season Inc. was merged with The Street (The Stagemaster Inc.) establishing a single board of management to oversee the theatre building and its programming. The Street transitioned through the merger with a venue-for-hire model fostering both community participation, the professional development of performance-makers, as well as commercial presenters.
2007 brought leadership change and a significant shift in vision for The Street heralding the transition over a five-year period from community venue-for-hire to curated multi-arts space. With a focus on professional and independent contemporary live performance the next step was to take a fuller role as creative producers of processes and programs connecting conceptual development to creative development to rehearsal to production and touring.
In 2020 deep into the COVID pandemic, The Street was the recipient of a Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award for Outstanding Achievement sharing the recognition of its work with all who have played a part. Continuing into 2022 catching up from pandemic related postponements, The Street addressed ever-present risk and the changing patterns of audiences and need to bring artists back to the theatre.
From 2023, The Street embarks on new strategic directions in its role as a vital arts centre in the ACT and continues delivering professional development programs and productions for local theatre artists with investment from the ACT Government. The Street aims to fulfil its responsibilities to secure, strengthen and grow the ACT professional and independent performing arts sector and contribute to the artistic vibrancy of the region.
Currently led by acclaimed stage director Caroline Stacey OAM, the Company employs some of the finest and much-loved creative talent in the region as well as Canberra’s creative diaspora and beyond. As Canberra’s theatre of new work, The Street is an artistic powerhouse for everyone.
We acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as the Traditional Owners of the lands on which The Street stands and where we live and create. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters, and culture, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future.