There is nothing else quite like the buzz of an anticipating audience, waiting for a story come to life on stage. A story where we see our own reflected, a story that opens our minds to a completely different life experience, or a story that moves us deep within.

Chemainus Theatre Festival has been sharing stories in the seaside community of Chemainus for three decades! Its reputation as a professional producing theatre is widespread, a destination for residents on Vancouver Island and beyond, with a full quality experience. That experience includes fine dining in our Playbill restaurant, perusing the beautiful wares of local artisans in our Gallery Gift Shop and being swept away into another realm through a Mainstage show.

Envisioned and founded by Ken & Ruth Smith and Laverne Erikson, Chemainus Theatre Company opened its doors in June 1993 with a first season attendance of 14,000. We will be proudly presenting our 30th season of live theatre in 2024. Our 30 Seasons Strong campaign celebrates the strength of our community – supporters, artists, volunteers, staff – that have buoyed the theatre through three full decades. As a not-for-profit organization, we depend upon your support. The years of COVID and following have been challenging for us. Our audiences have returned but at a slower rate than we anticipated. Please consider a donation, knowing that your support will help us to continue to share stories from our stage and carry on being a part of this incredible community for many more years to come.