THE BUS STOP THEATRE SERVES AS A LAUNCHPAD FOR EMERGING ARTISTS
AND AN INCUBATOR SPACE FOR ARTISTS OF ALL GENRES
SHOWS THAT HAVE BEEN WORKSHOPPED, PREMIERED, OR PERFORMED AT THE BUS STOP THEATRE
HAVE GONE ON TO TOUR NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY
The Bus Stop Theatre is a multi-use performance venue located on Gottingen Street in K’jipuktuk/Halifax. The theatre has been in operation since 2003 and hosts over 100 different groups and shows annually. For over a decade, the Bus Stop’s goal has been to operate theatrical facilities that serve both artists and audiences. It has done this by being the only independently operated affordable, accessible, professionally equipped black-box space in Halifax. The theatre is booked for performance, rehearsal or workshop 250+ days of the year. Currently it operates as both a presenter, through rental of the space to independent producers, and as a producer of original performance, workshops and showcases.
Diverse audiences are drawn to the theatre for a wide range of shows and events each with their own followings and varying ticket prices. Shows at the Bus Stop are known for being affordable and presented in an inviting and casual, yet professional, atmosphere. Types of shows presented at the Bus Stop include theatre, dance, music, film, improv, comedy, magic and more!
The Bus Stop is a dynamic, flexible space, customizable to each presentation’s needs and able to accommodate a variety of mediums. The audience arrangement changes based on the needs of the event and can accommodate 75-110 seated audience members, or hold up to 149 with standing-room. While the theatre is highly suited for theatre and live music, the flexibility of the space allows for numerous other uses including as a gallery, workshop venue, screening cinema, and meeting space.
In addition to the equipped theatre, the Bus Stop offers a welcoming lobby with licensed bar, storefront advertising, accessible washrooms, gallery space and a box office area. The Bus Stop is an all ages venue and can welcome youth whether or not the bar is operating. A dry bar is also possible on demand.
The Bus Stop operates year round with peaks in the spring and fall and lows in the late winter and mid-summer. A variety of options are available for renting the theatre, including hourly or daily rates, a box office split option and our rehearsal space program.
The Bus Stop has an audience and user reach that extends beyond the city of Halifax. Artists, productions and audiences have often come from all corners of the province to perform or attend shows. The Bus Stop is an accessible resource for artists and fosters community engagement, artistic growth, and economic development on a municipal and provincial scale. As a service provider and co-producer, the Bus Stop continues to be an essential pillar of Halifax’s artistic scene.