Theatre Aquarius is in its 37th season as Hamilton’s professional theatre with 8,000 subscribers and over 130,000 patrons. We produce plays with the best design teams and the best stage actors and directors from across Canada. With an annual operating budget of over $3 million, we are the 3rd largest regional theatre in Ontario. Out of 160 professional producing not-for-profit theatres in Canada, excluding national festivals, we are one of only a dozen ‘A’ category regional theatres as designated in the Canadian Theatre Agreement.
To create outstanding, accessible, live theatre that entertains, challenges, and educates.
Theatre Aquarius owns and manages the Dofasco Centre for the Arts which houses the fully equipped 750 seat, proscenium style, Irving Zucker Auditorium and the 125 seat Norman and Louise Haac Studio Theatre which doubles as the Rehearsal Hall. The Dofasco Centre for the Arts also features the stunning two-storey glass and steel encased Ron and Donna Patterson Lobby, as well as the upscale Michael and Jane Schwenger Director’s Lounge which can be booked for private functions and is used exclusively by Director’s Circle Members on performance dates.
Since its inception by Peter Mandia in 1973, Theatre Aquarius performed primarily at Hamilton Place, filling the Studio Theatre to the brim with delighted audiences. In 1991, Theatre Aquarius moved into the $12 million state of the art facility on King William Street to accommodate the growth of the company. Peter Mandia pre-maturely passed away while facing the challenges of the growing company and the new facilty. Since Max Reimer was appointed Managing Artistic Director in 1996, Theatre Aquarius has flourished, eliminating its debt with an unbroken string of operating surpluses, record ticket sales, increased Arts Council support based on excellence as assessed by peers, and winning a Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Business Excellence in the Arts and an Outstanding Business Achievement Award from the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.