2002 - 2011

2004 May
The inaugural Carol Shields Festival of New Works is launched, featuring staged readings of 21 new plays by 19 Canadian playwrights, most of whom are local.

2007 March
The Playwrights Unit is established with seven local playwrights, both experienced and emerging, who will use PTE as a base and resource while they work on current projects. As of the 2017-18 season, the current roster of new and established playwrights is comprised of Joseph AragonSharon BajerRick ChafeGinny CollinsTricia CooperJames DurhamDebbie PattersonEllen PetersonMarc Prescott and Ian Ross.  As of March, 2018, PTE has given professional productions to seven new plays that were developed within the Playwrights’ Unit (Sharon Bajer, Burnin’ Love – March, 2011; Rick Chafe, The Secret Mask – November, 2011; Ellen Peterson, The Brink, October 2012; Tricia Cooper, Social Studies, November 2013; Rick Chafe, Marriage: A Demolition in Two Acts, March 2016; Ginny Collins, The Flats, January 2017; Joseph Aragon, How the Heavens Go, March 2018). Other new scripts developed by the members of the Playwrights Unit during the past few years have been produced across the country, including a number of Short Shots – ten minute plays specially commissioned by PTE for the Carol Shields Festival.

2007 November
On November 8, 2007, PTE marks its 35th year by recognizing the extraordinary contributions of The Honourable Charles R. Huband with a special fundraising dinner, establishing the Charles R. Huband Legacy Fund in the Prairie Theatre Exchange Foundation Trust. Mr. Huband, a Life Member of the PTE Board of Directors, was one of the driving forces in the creation of PTE.

2008 January
Winnipeg playwright Bruce McManus premieres his sixth new play for PTE, All Restaurant Fires are Arson, which is the 132nd new play since PTE’s inception.

2011 January
On January 13, 2011 PTE launches its two-phase Capital Campaign with a goal of $2.2 million.   On November 8, 2012  PTE announces that it has reached its Capital Campaign goal of $2.5 million.  With the completion of Phase 1 of the capital project in the summer of 2011, PTE is able to renovate the lobby, construct  a new lounge and upgrade washrooms.  The main theatre also receives new carpeting, reupholstered seats and fresh paint. The second phase, over the summer of 2012, sees the completion of a new Board Room, updated offices, the completion of a new film studio in the “Annex” portion of the facility, complete with editing suite, and a new space for the Playwrights Unit that includes a library of Canadian plays, workstations and meeting area.

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