Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche
Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche

Evelyn, Tania, Denise, Hayley and Olivia

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All New People
All New People

Cara, Josh, Kayley and Mike from All New People

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The Goat
The Goat

Jen and Trevor from The Goat

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Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche
Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche

Evelyn, Tania, Denise, Hayley and Olivia

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Small stage, big performances

COVID ANNOUNCEMENT

We are back!

It has been a long 2 years, but we are ready to get together, safely, to explore and enjoy the performing arts once again. There have been so many changes over the pandemic, but for us at DTP, the biggest change will be the closing down of The Making-Box's performance space that we called our home for the past 4 years. A HUGE thanks to Tom, Jay, Hayley and Braeden for all the support and love over this time. This company doesn't exist without your generosity and enthusiasm. The Making-Box has closed their space, but they are still VERY open and you should check them out.

DTP is determined to turn this loss into a wonderful opportunity and we look forward to discovering new performance spaces around Downtown Guelph.
 

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Join us May 25-29 at the Red Brick Cafe for THE LAST FIVE YEARS, directed by Alison Jutzi, musical direction by Ben Wallace, starring Tim Clarke and Jackie-Rose Brown.
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COMING MAY 2022

The Last Five Years
The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years, starring Tim Clarke and Jackie-Rose Brown. May 25 to 29 at The Red Brick Cafe in Guelph. Drama Desk award-winner The Last Five Years is Jason Robert Brown’s intimate window into a couple’s doomed marriage.

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The Last Five Years
The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years, starring Tim Clarke and Jackie-Rose Brown. May 25 to 29 at The Red Brick Cafe in Guelph. Drama Desk award-winner The Last Five Years is Jason Robert Brown’s intimate window into a couple’s doomed marriage.

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WHO IS THE DTP?

THE DTP

Four Guelph theatre artists decided to extend their craft outside of the traditional theatrical experiences and into The Making-Box, a small but spectacular comedy and improv club on Cork Street in downtown Guelph. Trevor Smith Diggins, Tim Clarke and husband and wife duo Jen and Paul Barson make up The Downtown Theatre Project, a multi-talented team of actors, directors, producers, writers, musicians and art-lovers. 

TREVOR

Trevor Smith Diggins is an actor, director and producer for the Downtown Theatre Project (DTP). In 2019, he played Martin in DTP’s The Goat and directed two shows: God of Carnage and The Other Place. Outside DTP, Trevor has been a local theatrical force for many decades as an actor, director, producer, adjudicator and workshop leader. An alumnus of the Theatre Ontario Talent Bank, he has directed numerous award-winning shows, and earned a total of eight awards for Best Actor. His best times onstage have included The Elephant Man (Guelph Little Theatre), COSI (Downright Productions), DineHer (RealSpaceTheatre), The Dresser (Cambridge), Self-Help (Elora), and Harvest (Elmira).

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TIM

Tim Clarke is an actor, director, playwright and educator from Guelph. Past directing credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Guelph Little Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (River Run Centre), Cabaret (War Memorial Hall) and The Short Tree and the Bird That Could Not Sing (George Luscombe Theatre). Tim is the founder of Fledgling Theatre for Young People, a drama education program for children ages 8-13.

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JEN

Jen Barson is an award-winning actor, producer, director and one of the four owners of The Downtown Theatre Project. Her passion for theatre was born in high school where she first performed as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. Founder of the Guelph Film Office, Jen is also a board member of the Guelph Fringe Festival and Royal City Musical Productions. Her DTP credits include directing Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche and Collective Rage: A Play In Five Betties and starring in Bug and The Goat. Although many roles were special to Jen, her highlight role as the lead in Shirley Valentine, the one-woman show, tops the list.

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PAUL

Paul Barson has been in the Guelph theatre scene for over 10 years now, starting as an actor and more recently moving into Producing and Directing. Paul has directed DTP's An Act Of God and All New People and starred in God Of Carnage. Paul is currently Executive Directing Royal City Musical Productions' All Together Now! which will be on stage November 12th at the Fergus Grand Theatre. Paul is also the front man for Burlington country-rock outfit, The Vanishers. Paul's highlight performance was when he played John McCrae in the City of Guelph's production of A Night In Flanders.

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The Downtown Theatre Project has been leading the team that will bring the Guelph Fringe Festival back.
Visit www.theguelphfringefestival.ca for more information.

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Performances in Downtown Guelph

 

OUR COMMITMENT

The Downtown Theatre Project strives to create an artist driven theatrical environment that is inclusive, welcoming, passionate, honest and supportive. We are a collection of Guelph-based artists aspiring to produce powerful and relevant theatre.
DTP commits to making changes in the way we operate as a theatre company and have outlined our focus here.