The Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre offers a professional, full-service 318-seat performance venue in the heart of the Oakridge neighbourhood. With the latest professional lighting, audio, and video equipment, including a full-size movie screen and commercial projector, dance floor and a Steinway grand piano, this classic proscenium theatre provides the optimal setting for theatre, dance, music, film, festivals, workshops, and presentations. The theatre lobby includes a bar service area and lounge, the seating is wheelchair accessible, the venue is fully air-conditioned and ample onsite parking and proximity to major transit lines are available. Two large, professionally-equipped dressing rooms with washrooms and showers, stage level changing booth, and artist hospitality area complete the backstage amenities.
Norman Rothstein—after whom the NRT is named—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 Managing Director, Jessica Gutteridge, oversees the operational and programming aspects of the NRT, including the annual Chutzpah! Festival: The Lisa Nemetz Showcase of International Jewish Performing Arts. Prior to joining the NRT, her extensive venue management experience included her work as a founding member of the Granville Island Theatre District board of directors, the Managing Director of Carousel Theatre for Young People and the Waterfront Theatre, and with Boca del Lupo as the Performance Works Program & Events Manager.
Technical Director, Theo Bell, provides professional technical assistance to NRT clients, including pre-event consultation and assistance with technical and design planning and implementation. In addition to providing schedule and cost estimates, Theo oversees the NRT’s team of highly skilled venue technicians and front of house staff.