Simcoe Street Theatre – Town of Collingwood

The Town of Collingwood can now add “Theatre Manager” to its list of services provided.

From L-R: Karen Cubitt – Manager of Culture and Events for the Town of Collingwood, Rick Lex – co-owner of Simcoe Street Theatre, Tanya Mazza – Arts & Culture Coordinator for the Town of Collingwood, and Dean Collver – Director of PRC for the Town of Collingwood.

Recently, the Town was presented with the opportunity to assume management of the Simcoe Street Theatre (SST) owned by Rick and Anke Lex.

The Parks, Recreation and Culture Department partnership with the Simcoe Street Theatre will see the PRC Department take on the management of scheduling of the theatre space.

The SST is a 100-seat theatre, equipped for sound production and stage lighting, adjoined by a gallery space that serves as the lobby for the theatre. The theatre has been home to a variety of Town productions and events, including the Collingwood Live & Original Music Initiative and the Creative Collingwood Symposium.

Beyond the Town, the theatre has attracted some of the finest musicians and post eclectic productions of stage and cinema that are available. The gallery displays artists’ works, welcoming visitors to the intimate and engaging performance space.

“Anke and I are very pleased to start a new chapter of this intimate and loved theatre,” said Rick Lex. “The partnership with the Town will broaden the scope and reach of the space while allowing us to focus on continuing to bring in top musicians and fringe theatre.”

A key component of the mandate implemented by the department of Parks, Recreation, and Culture (PRC) is to promote and provide resources to support the Arts and Culture community of Collingwood and the new partnership with the SST will contribute to that.

“PRC is constantly seeking new ways to provide development opportunities for artists and creators from a number of disciplines,” said PRC Director Dean Collver. “The Simcoe Street Theatre is a well established performance venue and due to its size and AODA compliancy, offers ideal spaces to encourage creativity in a variety of forms.”

The two-year pilot project launched on February 1st, with the Parks Recreation and Culture department taking on the role of managing the theatre.

There are already a number of performances scheduled for the theatre including the play Marion Bridge presented by Gaslight Productions, Theatre Collingwood’s March Break camp and Cuban-Canadian harmonica player, Carlos del Junco.

The theatre will also host the PRC-produced 2018 Collingwood Live & Original Music Initiative, which continues to gain momentum and recognition for being symbolic of Collingwood’s commitment to music and the arts. To facilitate the development of new music, Music Lab Mondays will kick-off in April and take place the third Monday evening per month until September.

To inquire about renting the Simcoe Street Theatre, contact the PRC Customer Service desk at 705-444-2500 ext. 3382 or email

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