The Vancouver Polish Theatre of the Canadian-Polish Artistic Association was founded at the turn of 2002/2003 as the Popular Theatre of the Canadian-Polish Association PRO ARTE. The Association was formally registered on 18 June, 2005, in Victoria, BC, Canada, as a non-profit organization (registration number S-49332).
The founder and first artistic director of the Popular Theatre was Cracow theatre and cabaret actor Jerzy Kopczewski, whose reputation not only in Poland but in Polish communities throughout Canada and the United States is well known.
Since 2010 the Theatre’s productions have been directed by the prominent Polish director Julia Wernio, and Polish-Canadian directors Marek Czuma and Julia Siedlanowska. In 2012 the Theatre’s name was changed to the Vancouver Polish Theatre. The current artistic director is Marek Czuma.
In terms of its formal and financial structure, its community oriented activities, and the lack of a venue of its own, the theatre is “amateur”. However, its ambitious repertoire; its excellent actors, designers and technicians; and the high production values and artistry of its shows--which are always meticulously rehearsed and mounted on fully equipped professional stages--all testify to the high level of professionalism achieved by the Vancouver Polish Theatre.