Thousand Islands Playhouse


Behind all of the activities, events and productions that take place at the Thousand Islands Playhouse, there is a strong desire to develop a creative, dynamic, and compassionate community. By encouraging participation in theatre, music, and visual art, their goal is to enrich and contribute to the community in which we all work, and the Canadian theatre community as a whole.

The Thousand Islands Playhouse produces professional theatre that entertains, engages, and inspires audiences, with our work resonating locally, throughout Eastern Ontario, and across Canada.


Under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director Greg Wanless (1982–2012) and Associate Artistic Director Kathryn MacKay, TIP grew from a three-show season with 6,000 patrons to an eight-show, two-venue non-profit theatre that attracts 40,000 patrons annually. One of the top-five summer theatre festivals in Ontario, TIP regional economic impact hit $10 million per year.

In November 2012, Ashlie Corcoran became the second Artistic Director in TIP’s history. During her five-year tenure, Corcoran expanded programming to range from large-scale musicals, to screwball comedies, to contemporary international and classical works. She founded TIP’s Playwrights’ Unit, designed to foster the talent of both emerging and established artists, and initiated a series of partnerships with theatre companies across Canada. With these co-productions the Thousand Islands Playhouse and Gananoque’s national presence and profile increased considerably.

In late 2017, Brett Christopher was appointed Managing Artistic Director of TIP having spent the 2017 season as Managing Director. Christopher has performed on both TIP stages and worked in a range of administrative positions including Marketing Director and Associate Artist. A driving force in the region’s arts community, he has served as Artistic Producer of Theatre Kingston as well as founded both The Kick & Push Festival and Storefront Fringe Festival in Kingston, Ontario.

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