welcome to Progress Lab 1422


In 2009, a dream between four kindred theatre organizations was realized when Boca Del Lupo, Electric Company, Neworld and Rumble opened Progress Lab 1422, a 7,000 ft2 centre for creation and development in East Vancouver on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. 

Now, PL1422 remains home to three of the founding companies (Electric Company, Neworld, Rumble) while welcoming Company 605, Playwrights Theatre Centre, rice & beans theatre, Tara Cheyenne Performance and Theatre Conspiracy into the fold. PL1422 continues to be a vital presence in our community, providing exceptional, readily available and affordable creative space to the theatre industry and the wider arts sector.

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Resident Companies


Company 605

Company 605 continues to push into new territories and awaken a fresh and exciting aesthetic, together building a highly athletic art form, with extreme physicality derived from the human experience.

Electric Company Theatre

Electric Company inspires audiences with a renewed sense of possibility: with performances that consistently defy and expand the definition of what live theatre can be.


Neworld Theatre

Neworld Theatre tells stories that are as complicated and contradictory as the enormously small country we live in.

Playwrights Theatre Centre

PTC is a dramaturgically-focused theatre company that finds, nurtures, and advances the Canadian playwright, supporting new plays from creation to performance.

rice & beans theatre

rice & beans theatre tells stories of where we come from and where we are going, by ways of experimentation with languages and the theatrical form.

Rumble Theatre

Rumble produces contemporary plays from the Canadian and world repertoire, commissions and produces new Canadian adaptations of outstanding stories, and fosters meaningful interactions between emerging and established artists.

Tara Cheyenne Performance

TCP creates kinetic theatrical expressions through exquisitely realized characters, crafted choreography, unapologetic use of comedy, and lashings of tragedy.

Theatre Conspiracy

Theatre Conspiracy creates theatrical events that activate discussion on vital contemporary themes in the international conversation.

what's going on at pl1422

Progress Lab 1422 is a lively venue with current events happening every week. Check out our monthly calendar to see what shows are happening next in your neighbourhood.


PL1422 was renovated in 2020 with the support of:


Vancouver Creative Space Society is grateful to operate on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.