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The Alumnae Theatre Club

The Building

Founded in 1919, the Alumnae Theatre has had many different homes. In 1972, Alumnae members acquired and renovated the old Firehall No. 4 on Berkeley Street. Although the building officially belongs to the City of Toronto, we have the use of it in return for taking on the cost of running and maintaining it. A Board of Management, consisting of Alumnae members and our City Councilor, is responsible for maintenance and repairs. In practice, Alumnae members are responsible for the day-to-day running of the building. We are the ones who must make sure that the walks are shoveled, the furnace is repaired and all safety and security procedures are followed.

The Facilities

The Studio: A fully equipped performing space on the top floor holds 80+ audience members.
Trinity: On the second floor, two large rooms, Upper and Lower Trinity, are used for rehearsals, meetings, and as a green room for Studio performances.  
The Main Stage: Our MainStage is a black box style theatre with seating for 140 .
Lower floor: In the basement are dressing rooms, props, costumes, and workshop.
Sound and lighting booth: The Main Stage is fully equipped with lights, sound and communication equipment, recently upgraded through a generous grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Lobby:  We have a lobby for our audience members, complete with bar, a firepole, and rows of photographs of our productions over the last eighty plus years. The lobby’s wallpaper is genuine William Morris and we even have a giant photograph of the building in its days as a firehouse.

The Archives

The Alumnae Theatre Company has a rich 90+ year history and an equally deep archive with lots of historical information about previous productions and the history of our club.

To ensure we can continue to maintain such a great resource, please send photos, materials from productions and projects  you are working on to our archivist, Catherine Spence at catherine.spence@utoronto.ca.

Also feel free to contact Catherine to access these materials if you think they might be useful for something you are working on.