The Story of Burning Passions Theatre

We are a professional theatre company with a community feeling, producing works that employ the arts to build and transform communities in a rural setting, working at all levels to provide professional development, training, mentorship, and unique performance opportunities to a wide range of artists from at-risk youth to veteran Canadian talent, while committing to the highest standards of artistic practice.

Since 2010, we present the Classic Theatre Festival during the summer months, staging hits from Broadway and the London Stage while celebrating Perth’s unique heritage and history.

We also organize an annual Rural Youth Theatre Training Program that produces both a touring show with at-risk young people, as well as annual theatrical historic walking plays the animate the downtown core of Perth during the summer.

Providing both artistic and economic stimulus to our community, we draw thousands of tourists to Perth every summer, while providing meaningful employment and volunteer opportunities for young people. We also raise thousands annually for charitable causes, and have provided 1,500 tickets for low-income, socially and economically marginalized community members through our Save-A-Seat program.

Founded in Toronto in 1997 with a mandate to produce both professional productions and theatre projects in the community, the company moved to Perth in 2010 to expand our professional programming and to enhance our community engagement activities. We are the only professional theatre company in the Ottawa Valley.

A registered charity, Burning Passions Theatre is governed by a volunteer board of directors, and operated by Artistic Producer, Laurel Smith, and Associate Producer, Matthew Behrens.

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