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“Studio theatre is a volunteer-run community theatre. We exist to provide year-round performance arts events that both entertain and engage our audiences and supporters, while providing opportunities to develop and enhance performance and technical skills in our community.”

The Studio Theatre is a charming 197-seat performance venue on the banks of the Tay river in downtown Perth, Ontario. We are recognized as one of the finest community theatres in Eastern Ontario, presenting the best in live theatre and music. Read on for more information about the theatre that Perth is proud to call its own.

Studio Theatre Productions

STP is the production arm of the Perth Studio Project, committed to cultivating the arts in our community through outstanding live theatre productions. The works of playwrights such as Norm Foster, Neil Simon, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Agatha Christie and scores more have graced our stage, brought to life by our own seasoned actors and directors. Year after year, the Studio Theatre has grown and matured as both a production organization and a superlative live theatre venue.

Play Selection
Each year, between January and April, an ad hoc Play Selection committee, chaired by the Artistic Director, and generally comprising current and former directors, is invited to suggest suitable plays for the following season.

Typically between 12 and 15 plays are put forward for consideration. The members read and discuss these plays and rank them for entertainment value, technical requirements, casting challenges, and audience suitability.

A composite score is determined for each play, followed by a discussion to ensure a balanced season. A short list of about 10 plays is proposed to the Board for the following season. On occasions when more than 10 suitable plays have been highly ranked, they may be carried over to the next season, thereby reducing the load on the Selection Committee.

Mentoring Progam
In order for the theatre to succeed and grow, we must nurture up and coming directors. To that end, the Studio Theatre Perth has created a mentoring program that allows new directors to learn from the veterans.

Frequently, a new director is encouraged to select and bring to fruition a One Act Play which will be produced as part of our October “Evening of One Act Plays”. One such play each season is selected to be STP’s entry into the EODL One Act Festival. Roberta Peets and Kathie Reid were the first beneficiaries of this important program, mentored respectively by Jeremy Dutton and Patricia Parry. Subsequently, Barb Guthrie and Lucas Tennant (mentored by C. Lee Bates and David Parry respectively) have received Best Director Awards at EODL.

These 4 directors have now become fully-fledged directors of successful productions, and part of an acknowledged group of talented directors at the Studio Theatre. For information about our Mentoring program please email