Live. Local. Creative.
The LSPU Hall has been at the heart of our province’s vibrant artistic scene for decades, producing culturally significant works and launching the careers of iconic Newfoundland and Labrador artists onto the national scene. The pillars of Live. Local. Creative. affirm our place in the creative community of our province – as the theatre company that puts new play development first, as the ones who make it our mission to promote original theatrical work and the performing arts in Newfoundland and Labrador.
We couldn’t do it without you and we need you to play a part! When we say See It Live at The Hall, consider it a standing invitation to be part of the live theatrical experience with us! The Hall has been an essential entertainment destination in the heart of downtown St. John’s for over forty years. It is an iconic landmark featuring a ground-breaking Theatre Company with a history of nurturing and collaborating with many of our province’s most renowned creative artists. This is the place where the artists gather, to create, express and perform; and it is where audiences come to be transported.
RCA is proud to be the Theatre Company that cultivates, enriches and promotes a unique perspective of the culture of our province. The Hall strives to keep rental rates affordable, with the mission to make our venue accessible for all artists who work there. Our donors play a vital part in supporting this vision of live performance in your community, as well as important programs and resources for the artists who create them. Thanks for joining us on the journey and thanks for choosing us for your night out!
RCA Mission Statement
The Resource Centre for the Arts aims to provide accessible, supportive and well-resourced programs and venues for the performing arts, with a primary focus on the creation, development and advancement of the indigenous arts in Newfoundland and Labrador.
RCA Theatre Company Mandate
The Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Company is a community theatre company, which exists to encourage and promote the performing arts in Newfoundland and Labrador and in St. John’s in particular, and to assist in the growth of the arts in the province.
Resource Centre for the Arts is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development, promotion and presentation of art and artists of Newfoundland and Labrador.
About the LSPU Hall
Founded over forty years ago, Resource Centre for the Arts operates out of the Longshoremen’s’ Protective Union (LSPU) Hall, a registered heritage building in the heart of downtown St. John’s.
“The Hall” is the heart and soul of the arts community of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is a community-based organization, governed by an elected Board of Directors, most of whom are professional artists, arts administrators, and professionals from the broader social and economic community. Resource Centre for the Arts is a multi-disciplinary organization. The theatre company, RCA Theatre; and the administration, RCA Operations, come under the umbrella of the organization.
“The Hall” is a hot spot of cultural activity. It provides space for artists, and many other groups and individuals, through its rental program. Our theatre and Cox & Palmer Second Space are booked for dance festivals, awards events, sound symposia, film festivals, live web-casts, music shows, readings, concerts, plays, workshops, children’s theatre, art shows, and forums for discussing cultural values.
The Resource Centre for the Arts is just that - a resource centre for our artists. Many of the individuals whom RCA has supported over the years have gone on to become international ambassadors for the arts and culture of Canada as well as Newfoundland and Labrador - artists such as Mary Walsh, Gordon Pinsent, Rick Mercer, Andy Jones, Cathy Jones, Tommy Sexton, Berni Stapleton, Ed Riche, Ron Hynes - to name a few. The list of those fostered through the existence of RCA goes on, and our goal is to add many names to it for years to come.
What People Are Saying
"Where would I be without The Hall? Nowhere, that’s where. It’s where I produced my first play outside of MUN, performed some of my favourite roles, worked with the most talented people, made life-long friendships, and have seen some of the best plays I’ve ever seen. I love it down here."
— Aiden Flynn, performer, Director of the Arts and Culture Centre
"I was drawn to ... The Hall because... it was a place where you could TRY ANYTHING and be completely supported, if you went in with an idea, and they could scrounge up any money for you they would, and they would give you every resource they had."
— Susan Kent, This Hour has 22 Minutes
"The Hall is a nation builder, and trained me to recognize what the arts can do to make people love a place and love the voice and the vision of a place. Not every place has a “Hall” - and those that don’t, you see that they're washed away in the Canadian National and international eye."
— Jillian Keiley, Artistic Director, NAC English Theatre
"It is the most important venue in St. John's. It's a place where you can see seasoned professionals and emerging artists in every performance discipline."
— Ruth Lawrence, Former RCA Artistic Associate