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25th Street Theatre

The Mission of 25th Street Theatre is to promote and present artist-driven professional theatre. 25th Street Theatre develops quality artistic environments that:

  • Facilitate and promote artistic risk
  • Challenge the audience
  • Facilitate peer to peer relationships among professional theatre artists
  • Create opportunities for Saskatchewan theatre artists
  • Have audience participation that reflects the diversity of our community
  • Enhance our community by including Indigenous, refugee, youth and emerging artists in our activities
  • The Saskatoon Fringe Festival in Saskatoon is a proud member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals

25th Street Theatre House Players was established in 1972 as an artists’ collective. The company would proceed to incorporate in 1974 and become the first professional theatre company in Saskatoon.

In 1989 the theatre programming expanded to include presentation activities with the first Saskatoon Fringe in our Duchess Street theatre venue. Artistic Director Tom Bentley imagined Broadway Avenue as a destination for a community theatre event and in 1990, The Fringe moved to Broadway with great success, attracting over 6,000 theatre patrons.

Our history is rich with many exciting achievements including the creation and production of Paper Wheat, which grew to become a nationally acclaimed piece of theatre culminating in a one hour film by the National Film Board.

The company name was formally changed to 25th Street Theatre Centre Inc. as our programming grew beyond the original mandate established in 1972.