Walter Learning, Janet Amos and Malcolm Black.

About Us

Theatre New Brunswick is one of Canada’s oldest and longest running regional theatre companies. Our mission is to create extraordinary theatre that inspires and entertains our audience while celebrating New Brunswick’s best theatre content and artists; and to provide outstanding theatre training and performance that educates and awakens the imaginations of our youth and emerging artists.


A Brief History

In 1961, the Beaverbrook Auditorium Act was created by the Legislature of the Province of New Brunswick to manage The Playhouse. With additional financial support from the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation and service clubs throughout the province, Theatre New Brunswick was officially created in 1969, and toured four productions to six cities, including Fredericton, from January to May.

In 1972, the auditorium was renovated into a 763-seat theatre with a fly gallery. In 2000, the City of Fredericton purchased The Playhouse, and Theatre New Brunswick formally became a separate entity.

Since Theatre New Brunswick’s first season in 1969, hundreds of artists, crafts people and administrators as well as thousands upon thousands of audience members, in fact a generation raised on TNB, have contributed to it’s over 225 Main Stage productions. Half of these have been Canadian plays or adaptations by Canadian writers and over 20 have been world premieres; works that nurtured the collaborative team of Alden Nowlen and Walter Learning, launched the plays of Norm Foster, gave us Marshall Button’s Lucien and most recently Allen Cole and Paul Ledoux’s The Bricklin: An Automotive Fantasy and Ryan Griffith's epic adventure Fortune of Wolves.

Artistic Directors

Walter Learning

1968-1978

Malcolm Black

1978-1984

Janet Amos

1984-1988

Sharon Pollock

1988-1990

Michael Shamata

1990-1995

Walter Learning

1995-1999

David Sherren

1999-2003

Scott Burke

2003-2005

Claude Giroux

2005-2007

Leigh Rivenbark

2007-2009

Caleb Marshall

2009-2014

Thomas Morgan Jones

2015-present

Production History

2016-2017

A Sunday Affair
Ghost Light
The Snow Queen
The Damsel In Distress Who Saved Herself
The Boat
Shrek, The Musical

2015-2016

You Play Beautifully
Life, Death and the Blues
Vigil
Watching Glory Die
Little Women
The Space Between
Returning Fire
Marion Bridge
Mary Poppins

2014-2015

Frankenstein, The Man Who Became God
Somme Letters Home
A Christmas Carol
The Eight Fire
Beaverbrook
On A First Name Basis
The Drowsy Chaperone

2013-2014

RED
The Net, A Tragedy of the Sea
Miracle on 34th Street
Private Lives
The Last Five Years

2012-2013

Oleanna
Hilda’s Yard
It’s a Wonderful Life opened by Turcotte’s Triple Crown
Little Shop of Horrors

2011-2012

A Doll’s House ( co-production with Montgomery Theatre)
Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps opened by The Smokey Mokes
The Gifts of the Magi
The Dollar Woman
The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)

2010-2011

Feelgood opened by The Truth is a Hard Flat Surface
Treasure Island opened by The Marketeer
Hockey Dreams
The Bricklin: An Automotive Fantasy (summer co-production with the Fredericton Playhouse)

2009-2011

Doubt A Parable opened by LaTour
It’s A Wonderful Life
Skin Flick opened by Bad Water
The Bricklin: An Automotive Fantasy (summer co-production with the Fredericton Playhouse)

2008-2009

The Rocky Horror Show
Narnia
Tuesdays With Morrie

2007-2008

Forever Plaid
A Christmas Carol
The Love List

2006-2007

The Graduate

2005-2006

Here on the Flight Path
Pinocchio
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again

2004-2005

Chairmaker
Cricket on the Hearth
Mary’s Wedding
Oh, Coward
Lucien Snowbird

2003-2004

The Hobbit
Dear Santa
Vinci
Wingfield on Ice

2002-2003

The Secret Garden
Art
Jasper Station

2001-2002

Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Anne
The Prisoner of Second Avenue

2000-2001

Song for a New World
Ethan Clamore
The Attick, the Pearls & Three Fine Girls
The Drawer Boy
Wingfield Unbound

1999-2000

The Woman in Black
A Christmas Carol
Drinking Alone
The Passion of Narcisse Mondoux
I Do! I Do!

1998-1999

Driving Miss Daisy
Peter Pan
The Foursome
Skylight

1997-1998

Beauty and the Beast
Thirteen Hands
The Wild Guys
Sleuth

1996-1997

Office Hours
Kringle’s Window
Misery
The Americans Are Coming
Billy Bishop Goes to War

1995-1996

I’ll Be Back Before Midnight
Steel Magnolias
A Gift to Last
The Gin Game
Rock and Roll
Lend Me a Tenor

1994-1995

Yard Sale
A Christmas Carol
If We Are Women
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
Letter from Wingfield Farm

1993-1994

Lucien 2 – Lucien’s Labour Lost
The Secret Garden
A Streetcar Named Desire
Safe Haven
Shirley Valentine

1992-1993

Wrong for Each Other
The Winter’s Tale
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Italian American Reconciliation
Wingfield’s Folly

1991-1992

The Motor Trade
Dracula
Gunmetal Blues
The Secret Rapture
Wingfield’s Progress

1990-1991

The Affections of May
A Christmas Carol
Bordertown Cafe
Ghosts
Letter from Wingfield Farm

1989-1990

Crimes of the Heart
Salt Water Moon
A Moon for the Misbegotten
Loot
Memories of You
Four the Moment
The Second City – Presented by Toronto Touring Company

1988-1989

Blood Relations
Scapino!
The Road to Mecca
Agnes of God
The Kite
The Faith Healer
You Strike the Woman, You Strike the Rock – Vusisizwe Players of South Africa
Getting it Straight
Judge Prouse Presiding
The Second City – The Toronto Touring Company

1987-1988

My Darling Judith
Guys and Dolls
McClure
Lucien
The Corn Is Green
Corpse!
My Memories of You – Prairie Theatre Exchange co-production
Lockhartville

1986-1987

Jitters
The Best of Tap – The National Tap Dance Company
Zero Hour – Enterprise Theatre co-production
The Little Foxes
Educating Rita
A Child Is Crying on the Stairs – Mulgrave Road Co-op Theatre co-production
The Black Bonspiel of Wullie Maccrimmon

1985-1986

Garrison’s Garage
Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!
Female Transport
The Mystery of the Oak Island Treasure
The Tomorrow Box
The White Dogs of Texas
Family Trappings
Lucien
Don Messer’s Jubilee

1984-1985

The Melville Boys
I’ll Be Back Before Midnight
Scrooge
A Taste of Honey
Country Hearts

1983-1984

Sinners
The Little Sweep
Count Dracula
Duet for One
Candida

1982-1983

Memoir
Life with Father
Mass Appeal
The Impresario / The Diary of Adam and Eve from the Apple Tree
Arms and the Man

1981-1982

Talley’s Folly
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
Murder Game (W)
Side by Side by Sondheim
Wuthering Heights

1980-1981

A Christmas Carol
Billy Bishop Goes to War
Chapter Two
The Miracle Worker

1980

Hansel and Gretel – Guelph Spring Festival co-production
On Golden Pond
Free at Last
Twelfth Night
The Glass Menagerie
Eight to the Bar

1979

The Au Pair Man
Waiting for Godot
Macbeth
The Return of A.J. Raffles – Neptune Theatre co-production
The Subject Was Roses
Same Time Next Year
18 Wheels

1978

The Incredible Murder of Cardinal Tosca
Vanities
Sizwe Bansi Is Dead – Centaur Theatre Production
The Norman Conquests
Man of La Mancha

1977

The Dollar Woman
The Taming of the Shrew
The Price
Made in Heaven
One Night Stand
Equus

1976

The Servant of Two Masters
The Diary of Anne Frank
Godspell
Relatively Speaking
Wait Until Dark
The Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Daughter-in-law

1975

The School for Scandal
Godspell
Sleuth
The Man Most Likely To
The Innocents
A Flea in Her Ear
Frankenstein (Atlantic Provinces Tour)

1974

Death of a Salesman – Toured to Bastion Theatre, Victoria
Who Killed Santa Claus?
Born Yesterday – Bastion Theatre
The Fantasticks
Frankenstein – The Man Who Would Be God (W)
The Fourposter – Toured to Bastion Theatre and Vancouver Island
Head, Guts and Soundbone Dance

1973

How the Other Half Loves
Leaving Home
The Caretaker
Dracula
The Patrick Pearse Motel
Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
Othello

1972

Butterflies Are Free – Produced in Campbellton
The Country Girl – Produced in Campbellton
Philadelphia, Here I Come – Produced in Campbellton
The King and I – First Production in Newly Renovated Playhouse
The Lion in Winter
Present Laughter
The Secretary Bird

1971

A Man for All Seasons
The Mousetrap
The Playboy of the Western World
Plaza Suite

1970

Two for the Seesaw
There’s a Girl in My Soup
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Black Comedy
A Resounding Tinkle
Private Lives
Mary, Mary
Dial ‘M’ for Murder
Critic’s Choice
Please Don’t Sneeze

1969

The Marriage-Go-Round
Inadmissible Evidence – Co-production with UNB Drama Society
Boeing Boeing
The Glass Menagerie
The Importance of Being Earnest
Gaslight
Star Spangled Girl
See How They Run
Dick Whittington

1968

Little Hut
Any Wednesday
Springtime for Henry
Barefoot in the Park