1981 - 1990

1981
Colin Jackson returns to Manitoba Theatre Workshop as Executive Producer and serves for 11 years leading PTE in its artistic growth, community engagement and, in 1989, its very successful move to its new home in Portage Place.

1981
The name changed to Prairie Theatre Exchange to reflect the increased focus on professional productions and the establishment of a regular theatre season, under the Artistic Direction of Gordon McCall. Adult programming was added while retaining children’s programming, drama classes and outreach programs.
           
1981 on
Prairie Theatre Exchange furthers its objectives in all areas and grows at a remarkable pace. With growth in all areas, need for expansion and re-housing emerges.
           
1983
Kim McCaw joins PTE as the new Artistic Director and Prairie Theatre Exchange introduced subscriptions for its three-play adult season. 200 subscriptions sold.

1985-86
Subscriptions top 3500.

1987
Prairie Theatre Exchange outgrows its facilities. Announces that it will build a new home in the heart of downtown in Portage Place. Artistic Director Kim McCaw and Lifetime Board Member Charles Huband were also instrumental in the success of the move to Portage Place.

1989 March
Construction begins on the Portage Place site.

1989, October 12
The first public performance in the new Portage Place site takes place – The Village of Idiots by John Lazarus, directed by Kim McCaw. Subscriptions exceed 6,000. PTE re-dedicates itself to becoming the finest possible theatre by and for the Prairie region.

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