Unlace Your Imagination with Durham Shoestring Performers
Oshawa’s Downtown Community Theatre

Update – December 2021

What a long time it’s been since we had to postpone production in March 2020! You’ve probably noticed that local theatre is creeping back to life and we hope you will support area productions in the near future. DSP has heard from City staff that they hope to re-open the Arts Resource Centre in January, 2020. We are cautiously making plans to start casting and rehearsing for a show to be presented in late winter or early spring, but no announcement will be made until we can obtain permits to use the space.

Recently we were allowed into our basement workshop to undertake a major cleanup and reorganization of the space. That was a very strange encounter with all the props and costume bits that were left rehearsal ready all those months ago! Endless thanks to the 19 DSPers who donated time and heavy effort to over a weekend, and to Susan of City staff for facilitating.

And please remember that subscribers from Season 46 will be given tickets for the 1st show back!

Postponement of Goodness

The City of Oshawa has closed all recreation facilities temporarily as of March 14, 2020, in support of efforts to limit the community spread of COVID-19. DSP will work with City staff and the cast to try to find dates later this spring that will allow us to present Goodness to you.

Thank you for your patience, and be safe as we navigate these uncharted times.

Download DSP’s 46th Season Brochure

 Auditions for the current season are completed. Thanks to all who gave it a go!

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Something to celebrate – 156 productions in downtown Oshawa, 102 of them Canadian, 34 of them by local writers. Since 1974, DSP’s non-profit objectives have been all about quality and accessibility: to present challenging and entertaining plays with an emphasis on innovative directing and design, and to keep production costs low so that live theatre can be enjoyed by all members of the community. Our shows are always chosen by the director so there’s passion for the piece right from the beginning, and auditions are always low-threat and open to all.

Our Venue

Attend DSP events on the second floor of the Arts Resource Centre, 45 Queen St., Oshawa, which is fully accessible by modern elevator indoors and by ramp outside. The theatre space is an intimate, air-conditioned 100 seat venue with no seat farther than 8 metres from the action!

Plentiful parking is free after 6 pm. If the lot closest to the building is full, there’s more parking on the south side of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Occasionally there is some congestion on weeknights if City Hall, the Library and the Arts Resource Centre are all holding events simultaneously, but we love when downtown is full of cultural activity.

DSP is a member of Theatre Ontario, the Association of Community Theatres -Central Ontario and the Pine Ridge Arts Council