Members of newly formed Granville Island Theatre District (LtoR): Carole Higgins, artistic director, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Sherry Yoon, artistic director, Boca Del Lupo, Jay Dodge, artistic producer, Boca Del Lupo and Jessica Gutteridge, managing director, Carousel Theatre for Young People. Photo by Jenny McDonald.
Members of newly formed Granville Island Theatre District (LtoR): Carole Higgins, artistic director, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Sherry Yoon, artistic director, Boca Del Lupo, Jay Dodge, artistic producer, Boca Del Lupo and Jessica Gutteridge, managing director, Carousel Theatre for Young People. Photo by Jenny McDonald.

Known largely for its food offerings and as a mecca for tourists, the newly created Granville Island Theatre District is looking to add to the Granville Island flavour by establishing it as a cultural hub for theatre and performance.

In a media release, Boca Del Lupo, Carousel Theatre for Young People, and CMHC-Granville Island jointly announced the new initiative to boost performing arts at three Granville Island venues: Performance Works, Festival House, and the Waterfront Theatre.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to cement Granville Island as a world class theatre destination,” says Carole Higgins, founding member, and artistic director of Carousel Theatre for Young People in the release.

Working with already established arts organizations on the island, the newly formed group will continue its commitment to hosting existing performances and events, while establishing new relationships with local, national and international theatre, dance, and music producers.

“We are also keen to collaborate with our colleagues at the Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver TheatreSports League, and Arts Umbrella in building a vision of the Granville Island Theatre District as a world class destination for live performance,” says founding member and artistic producer of Boca Del Lupo, Jay Dodge.

Under the new structure, Performance Works programming will focus on performance innovation, while Festival House will host resident arts festivals, and act as an accelerator for the incubating new and emergent work. The Waterfront Theatre will become Vancouver’s first venue dedicated specifically to live performance for families and young people.

“As many world class cities have shown, creating a vibrant theatre district fosters a strong collective identity and high-demand destination that works to the benefit of all, including other businesses and industries on Granville Island,” says Lisa Ono, CMHC-Granville Island’s manager of public affairs and programming.

Visit gitd.ca for more information.