Upcoming Events
Dec 03

Art Arena: Vol. 2

December 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Halifax Nova Scotia


The Bus Stop Theatre Co-op hosts a number of programs that enable artistic creation and fosters skill development. These are produced in partnership with organizations and teams of artists whose activities align with our own mandate to support a wide range of artists across communities and career levels.


Art Arena

The Bus Stop Theatre is continuing their mission to provide space for artists who have amazing talent, but not many places to showcase their work. The first event was focused on BIPOC Female, Trans and Non-Binary Artists and took place on September 25th 2020. Click here to watch the broadcast.

The second event is focused on Youth! Any and all art forms are accepted, there are 6 artist slots for the live broadcast show that is scheduled for November 19, 2020 (evening)! We value your work, and we will be providing each artist a monetary compensation for their craft!

The deadline for applying is November 6th 2020. 
Please fill in the application form by clicking here

Artists of any discipline between the ages of 15-20 yrs old.

We will be announcing the selected artists on November 10th 2020!


The Bus Stop Theatre Playwrights Unit

The Playwrights Unit has been fostering creation within the abundance of new and diverse storytellers our city has to offer since the fall 2016. The Unit hosts two short play night events a year and meets once a month to workshop each others’ scripts. The Playwrights Unit can act as a producer to scripts that have been developed through the Unit, applying for and navigating grants and the processes that take a script from workshop to production. The Unit is coordinated by Meghan Hubley and Rebecca Falvey. Meetings are open to anyone who would like to hear their work outloud, so please get in touch at bstplaywrights@gmail.com

Find the Playwrights Unit on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BSTplaywrights/



StART is a collaborative project through which opportunities are created to help emerging artists learn new skills, broaden their networks and showcase their talents. StART offers workshops, mixers and other industry events throughout the year as well as the annual StART Fest which showcases a wide range of talent across artistic disciplines. StART is coordinated by Kayla Borden and Nivie Dhami. They can be reached at startfesthalifax@gmail.com

Website: https://startfesthalifax.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/startfestivalhalifax/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/startfesthali/


Trade School

The Bus Stop Theatre Co-op annually offers workshops and educational opportunities intended to broaden the skills of our membership and the general public. These include our in-house Black Box Basics workshops through which participants learn the basic skills necessary to understand and operate the technical equipment at the Bus Stop Theatre. We also offer a number of workshops in collaboration with other organizations with a similar mandate. Stay tuned for upcoming workshops.


Inclusion Funds

In recognition of the historical and geographic context within which the Bus Stop Theatre Co-op (BSTC) operates, two new funds will be launched to support the Deaf community, as well as Indigenous people and people of African descent.

Both funds will be officially launched on January 1st, 2021. The $5,000 per fund seed money will be collected through our 2020 Holiday Basket Auction and through support from the Canada Council for the Arts. In November 2020, we will be applying for a Non-Profit Property Tax Rebate from HRM and will use the savings on tax to replenish these funds on an annual basis. We will also solicit donations through our regular fundraising efforts to be directed toward these funds and will additionally create a voluntary tax-like donation on all rentals at the BSTC to help support these funds. Any renter at the BSTC will have the choice to pay a contribution equal to  1.752% of their rental costs in honour of the Peace & Friendship Treaty signed in 1752. The collected contributions will be directed toward both funds below.

Sign Language Interpretation Subsidy

Before and after the 1917 explosion, Halifax has always had a strong connection to Deaf culture. Gottingen Street was home to the first School for the Deaf in Atlantic Canada, established in 1856. In recognition of this, and in recognition of the barriers faced by the Deaf and hard of hearing community to access live performance events, we are implementing a Sign Language Interpretation Subsidy. This will provide an incentive for the procurement of sign language interpreters by our renters and also increase the accessibility of events held at the BSTC.

A renter choosing to hire the services of an interpreter for their event (or at least one performance in the case of a show with multiple showings) may request a $100 subsidy from the BSTC in order to help defray the costs of the service. The subsidy will be drawn from an annually renewed $5,000 fund.

To apply to the fund, a renter must submit an invoice with documentation that the services of an interpreter were used for an event hosted at the BSTC. A $100 discount will then be applied to their rental invoice from the BSTC. This fund can be accessed on a first come, first serve basis as needed.

Email rentals@thebusstoptheatre.org to apply to the subsidy

Reconciliation & Reparations Fund

In response to the recommendations presented by Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission, and also in response to the United Nations’ proclamation of the International Decade for People of African Descent, the BSTC will implement a Reconciliation & Reparations Fund. This fund is intended to acknowledge and help redress the past and ongoing injustices faced by Indigneous peoples and people of African descent in Nova Scotia.

The BSTC will allocate a $5,000 fund that can be accessed to help cover the rental costs of renters who are Indigenous or of African descent. The fund can be accessed through a rolling deadline and requests will be reviewed by the Co-op’s Representation and Inclusion Committee. The fund will be reset at $5,000 every 1st of January.

To be eligible, at least 50% of the event’s production team must be Indigenous or of African descent. Applicants can apply to have the cost of up to a full day’s rental covered, including any associated equipment or technical labour costs. Renters can access this fund once per year, members of the Co-op can access this fund three times per year.

Email info@thebusstoptheatre.org to apply to the Fund