Theatre 3x60, operating as Theatre on the Ridge is a professional theatre company in which committed artists produce high quality work in a broader scope of theatre and storytelling in the Region of Durham, Ontario.
Now celebrating our 5th year, Theatre On The Ridge continues to be Durham’s entertaining and innovative professional theatre company that captivates on and offstage. Since 2014, we have consistently committed to artistic excellence, accessibility, education and audience engagement while nurturing new artists and theatre works. Through our programs and services, we support increased engagement and growth for audiences and theatre practitioners.
Founded in 2013 as Theatre 3x60, by Joan Etienne and Carey Nicholson, we then incorporated in 2014 under the same name to serve the communities of Durham and eventually chose to make our home in Scugog. In 2018 the company rebranded as Theatre on the Ridge and now operates under the leadership of our volunteer Board of Directors and Artistic Director/General Manager, Carey Nicholson.
The company began modestly with eight performances of Vimy by Canadian playwright Vern Thiessen in a local church. We have since taken our programs and productions to other non-traditional venues such as libraries and coffeehouses, and work with community partners to bring production tours to schools and community venues in Durham. With the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we have partnered with the Lake Scugog Historical Society to develop a theatrical heritage walk, Pine Grove Plots, produced a one act educational play festival for area community theatres. We have also created an original theatre for young audiences production at the Scugog Memorial Public Library, with the support of the Scugog Council for the Arts and the Scugog Lake Stewards. We also achieve our goals of fostering community through theatre with education and mentorship programs, secondary and post-secondary placement and employment programs for both artists and production personnel, and providing actors for scenario training with the Durham Region Police Services.
Our summer theatre festival in Port Perry was launched in 2015 and is becoming our signature and most recognized theatre event. The festival is growing rapidly as a vehicle and opportunity for nurturing new artists and practitioners in all facets – artistic, technical and operational. Through the festival, we have been able to provide professional theatre students with summer employment and creative projects in their field, and have given them the opportunity to expand their skills through rich opportunities in performance, direction, teaching and management. Each season we present professional theatre and musical productions of new, Canadian and international works that entertain and engage our audiences, pairing quality big city theatre experiences with the welcome and appeal of small town rural hospitality.
As a supporter of Theatre on the Ridge, your donation, large or small, will go directly to the funding of:
- professional development programs for emerging artists
- development of new theatrical works
- community engagement projects
- more access to productions for schools
- youth opportunities for performance, playmaking and technical skills
- greater access to theatre for marginalized communities
- improved rehearsal, storage and office space for the company
What People Are Saying
"…Theatre On The Ridge have pulled together a cast of up-and-coming actors-on-the-cusp, and the results … are utterly spectacular"
— Festival 2018 patron
"Top notch theatre. I raved about it to all of my friends!"
— Festival 2018 patron
"“It was so nice to see a production of this calibre and to see it locally. We usually travel into Toronto to see plays of this quality. I valued being able to spend students’ time outside of class watching and discussing, rather than sitting on a bus.”"
— Faculty, Donald A. Wilson Secondary School
"“Theatre on the Ridge provides affordable quality arts programming for our students. As resources continue to dwindle, it is not always possible to take students to larger cultural centres, but the costs of bringing programming into the schools can be prohibitive. “"
— Grade 8 Faculty, R. H. Cornish Public School