The Guild is a Not for Profit Arts and Culture Hub with a provincial mandate to support new, emerging and professional artists, creative industries, and community organizations through subsidies, mentorship, training and professional development opportunities. We present and produce first class theatre 12 months of the year in our 175 seat black box performance space. Our Gallery at The Guild presents 6 months of curatorial artists paid exhibitions and an additional 6 months of community based exhibits in our public gallery yearly. We also offer versatile rehearsal space for artists as well as networking and promotional opportunities for Island artists, the public and the cultural sector.
We are the proud owners of a building in the heart of downtown Charlottetown (formerly a Royal Bank of Canada branch) In addition, we also house a Recording Studio, A Musical Theatre school for grades K to 12, and office space for several other creative industries; some of which are Music PEI, Creative PEI, This Town Is Small, and Federation culturelle de I’IPE. The Guild provides a community board room, a creative lab, weekly drop in mixers and several other spaces for artists to grow and flourish.
With the support of an active board, an energetic creative team, government partners and the community we have completed four infrastructure improvement projects, we have hired students through the Canada Summer jobs initiatives, created a Theatre Mentorship Program and present an annual Pay-What-You-Can spring festival. The Guild has become a venue where artists get much needed exposure, arts groups have a space to create, and the community has a gathering spot where everyone feels welcome.
We have five full time employees (doing the work of many) and more than 25 part time support staff members. In addition to this, The Guild is indirectly responsible for an additional 65 part time cast and crew from Festival Season.
Having said this, we are a small organization doing big things. To continue to operate we rely on the support of the community, local businesses, individuals and most importantly, investment from our three levels of government.
The Guild is a true reflection of Canadian culture- inclusive, relevant, accessible, exciting and entertaining.
PEI Professional Theatre Network