A Brief History

2022 - present

2022 - November
PTE celebrated a return to live theatre after almost two years without an audience with the premiere of The War Being Waged by Darla Contois. The film version of the production offered the opportunity for PTE's work to be presented across the company and the globe.

2023 - January - June
PTE continued to explore digital innovation, resulting in two presentations offered for free - the real-life animated film Places We Go (a U n I Together production) and the illustrated audio play, A Dance to the End of the World. In addition, a national school tour of VOICE and The War Being Waged resulted in PTE's work being seen by middle and senior years students from BC to Ontario.

2023 - November
PTE's 50th Anniversary season is launched with the long-awaited, twice cancelled (due to the pandemic) Bad Parent by Ins Choi.

Our Mandate, Vision & Values

Theatre is essential to the health and growth of communities, offering insight into the human spirit. Theatre informs, educates, entertains, challenges, shocks, questions, and illuminates. Prairie Theatre Exchange (PTE) was born with these ideals in 1972, and has become a centre of excellence for contemporary theatre and drama education.

While nationally recognized, PTE is deeply rooted in community and has touched hundreds of thousands of lives in Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba. Manitobans trust PTE to ensure that full voice is given to the finest artistic talent our region and our country have to offer.


Our Mandate
• To produce and present professional live and digital productions
• To be a centre for new play development and production in the Prairies
• To be a centre for artistic professional development
• To share our productions with a local, provincial, national and international audience
• To be a home and resource to artists, supporting experimentation, and opportunity
• To embrace and integrate principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, decolonization,
anti-racism, anti-oppression, accessibility, and social justice into operations
both artistic and administrative


Our Vision
The vision for Prairie Theatre Exchange isto be vital, relevant, and responsive. We strive to be a centre for innovation in theatre and performance practice: a home for interdisciplinary and diverse works. We are a home for artists from the Prairies (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta) and beyond. We prioritize professional development for artists in the Prairies. We are a contemporary professional theatre company which reflects the ever-evolving communities and audiences we serve with artistry, confidence and heart.


    Our Values

    The plays we produce and the work we do are expressions of our priorities. The way we create and present these plays exemplifies the ethics, philosophy and guiding principles of the company.

    It is essential that our theatre be:
    • Safe
    • Accountable
    • Equitable
    • Accessible
    • Respectful
    • Truthful
    • Inspired
    • Provocative
    • Artistically rich
    • Generous
    • Responsible
    • Inter-cultural
    • Inter-sectional
    • Inter-disciplinary