Apr 9 19

About the Theatre


About the Theatre

The Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre (NRT) is a fully equipped 318-seat Performance venue and is one of the few mid-size theatres in Vancouver suitable for professional presentations. The NRT features a complete sound and lighting system, a full-size movie screen and commercial projector, dance floor and a grand piano and mid-stage traveler. Located in the heart of the beautiful Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, the facility is wheelchair accessible, air-conditioned and has onsite parking available.

NRT History

Norman Rothstein was born in 1918 into a pioneer family in the Vancouver Jewish community. Norman was a successful businessman and, with his wife and beloved life partner Annette, had a passion for Israel and the Cultural Arts. He held many positions in local Jewish and cultural arts organizations including Vice-President of the United Jewish Appeal and Board Member and strong supporter of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre and the Vancouver Art Gallery. His leadership in both the Jewish and the cultural arts communities led to Annette Rothstein’s endowment of the Norman Rothstein Theatre in the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver as a fitting way to honour his memory. During its early years, Annette Rothstein was the theatre’s Honourary Patron. Upon her death, her name was added to the theatre to honour her dedicated support of this important community resource.

Artistic Programming

Chutzpah! The Lisa Nemetz Showcase of Jewish Performing Arts is a multi-disciplinary annual Performing Arts Festival, now in its 18th year, that celebrates the best of professional arts and culture, showcasing both emerging and established Jewish artists (in collaboration with non-Jewish artists). Chutzpah! features traditional as well as ground-breaking performances in dance, comedy, music and theatre. The Norman Rothstein Theatre and its Artistic Programming and Chutzpah! Festival gives Lower Mainland audiences work that:

  • Supports both established and emerging artists
  • Entertains, inspires, educates and enriches its audiences
  • Promotes communication and understanding between Jewish and non-Jewish communities
  • Explores a diverse expression of what it means to be Jewish and Canadian in the 21st century while examining and celebrating the human spirit
  • Supports both emerging and established Jewish performing artists and their non-Jewish collaborators and work that addresses both Jewish, mainstream and cross-cultural themes, thereby giving voice to Jewish culture and or/Jewish artists in an assimilated environment
  • Encourages interaction between artists across Canada and internationally by programming them in the Chutzpah Festival and additional Artistic Programming
  • Supports and programs Israeli artists
  • Contributes through the performing arts to the multi-cultural fabric of Canadian society

The Chutzpah! Festival fosters artistic growth by crossing cultural and generational boundaries as well as artistic disciplines. Chutzpah! will continue in 2018, to provoke thought and discourse about meaningful issues as well as entertain audiences with great performances by local, national and international artists. Chutzpah! gives much needed exposure and support to emerging artists as well as bringing to the stage seasoned professionals for the sheer enjoyment of our community. It is a professionally programmed festival and it is done so with the idea that art in all its forms is meant to inspire, educate and entertain.

Highlights of Clients

The Norman Rothstein Theatre has been home to a variety of multidisciplinary arts both professional and community-based as well as corporate clients who hold seminars, conferences and lectures.

Pacific Theatre
Judith Marcuse Projects
Touring Players Theatre
Axis Theatre
Coastal Jazz and Blues Society
Chemainus Theatre Festival
Vancouver Opera
BC Women in Film
Jewish Book Festival
Vancouver Jewish Film Festival
Rosario Ancer Flamenco Arts
Chinese Instrumental Music Society
Middle Eastern Dance Association
Pacific Ballet Theatre School
Fraser Academy
Jack Hirose & Associates
St. Patricks Secondary
Vancouver College
Dancers Dancing
Arts Umbrella Dance Company
Vancouver Lesbian and Gay Choir
Rainy City Gay Men’s Chorus
Kaeja d’Dance
Cognitive Workshops
B.C. Arthritis Society
Raving Theatre
Avishai Cohen Trio
Vancouver International Writers’ Festival

NRT Staff

The Norman Rothstein Theatre is pleased to provide professional and knowledgeable staff for your events.

The ARTISTIC MANAGING DIRECTOR Jessica Gutteridge oversees the operational and programming aspects of the NRT. She maintains the integrity of the NRT and Chutzpah! The Lisa Nemetz Showcase of Jewish Performing Arts Festival by programming, producing and co-producing art that supports the creation of new audiences and the development of community.

The NRT’s TECHNICAL DIRECTOR┬áTheo Bell is available for consultation before your event to make arrangements for your technical needs. He will assist you in scheduling your load-in and strike days and can give you an estimate on your labour and equipment costs.