Mermaid Theatre has been in continuous operation since it was founded in 1972 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. We moved to the neighbouring town of Windsor in 1987, and helped to revitalize the historic town’s downtown business core. Our extensive headquarters encompass production studios, administrative offices, rehearsal quarters, a versatile studio, and an elegant 400-seat performance facility known as The Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre (MIPAC).
The enthusiastic response to our innovative family audiences programming has enabled us to establish unparalleled touring circuits.
Each year we present more than 400 performances for 200,000 spectators – many of them new to the theatre experience. Mermaid regularly crosses Canada and the United States, and has represented Canada in more than a dozen countries. Recorded narration featuring outstanding international artists facilitates performances in English, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, French, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Closer to home, Mermaid’s Institute of Puppetry Arts offers puppetry instruction at both community and professional levels. The Institute’s imaginative curriculum-based touring programs entertain and inform students and teachers throughout the region, as well as encourage educators to incorporate the performing arts in the teaching of science. Our MIPAC Performing Arts Series attracts audiences of all ages. Many travel from nine counties to join local fans in enjoying our Family Fare program, unique to Nova Scotia.
Our contributions to the local economy as well as the role we play as cultural ambassadors for Nova Scotia and for Canada have merited Export Excellence awards from both the Governments of Canada and of Nova Scotia. We’re proud to have been recognized by CAPACOA with an award for Best Performing Group, and to have received the Crystal Tourism Ambassador Award from Nova Scotia’s tourism industry leaders in the fall of 2008. Several of our productions have earned coveted Citations of Excellence from UNIMA-USA.
Simultaneous tours have enabled the company to appear in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom on the same day! Mermaid Theatre continues to make theatre history, both in Nova Scotia and in Canada!
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