C-Space was founded in 2012 to manage Progress Lab 1422 (PL1422), a shared creation, development, and presentation space in East Vancouver. We are guided by core values of collaboration, co-operation, consensus building and community development.
Progress Lab 1422, a 7,000 sq ft centre for creation and development in East Vancouver. The hub now home to eight resident companies with a deeply-felt spirit of collaboration, community and resource-sharing, an innovative and co-operative joint venture.
Resident companies include three of the four original companies including: Neworld, Rumble, Electric Company. Progress Lab 1422 is happy to introduce Playwrights Theatre Centre, Rice & Beans, Company 605, Tara Cheyenne and Theatre Conspiracy to the Vancouver East Side theatre community hub. PL1422 is located in Vancouver’s east side, two blocks west of Grandview Park on Commercial Drive.
In 2010, a dream between four kindred theatre organizations was realized: Boca Del Lupo, Electric Company, Neworld Theatre and Rumble Productions opened Progress Lab 1422 (PL1422), a 7,000 square foot centre for theatre creation in East Vancouver.
The purpose of PL1422 is to provide exceptional, readily available, low-cost creative space to the theatre industry and wider arts sector, and to serve as a full-time base for the four partner companies. A long-term, dedicated home for our organizations is an important facet of increasing stability and longevity – essential to our operations and BC’s wider artistic practice.
With a deeply-felt spirit of collaboration, community, and resource-sharing, an innovative and co-operative joint venture was forged. The initiative has quickly drawn keen interest from trade associations, educational and financial institutions, and other “creative hub” enterprises around North America. All of the PL1422 planning documents are shared freely, and while our focus remains on developing our capacity to manage the property, we also aspire to see a set of other “Progress Labs” spring up in BC – however that might happen. The name is a nod to BC’s Progress Lab, an informal network of independent theatre companies, whose energy helped launch the initiative. Another influence was the PS122 performance space in New York City, built out of an abandoned public school.
The building, at 1422 William Street in Vancouver’s Grandview-Woodlands/Commercial Drive neighbourhood, contains a well-equipped 42’ square studio with mezzanine and sprung floor, common assembly space, media/reading room, light-duty workshop, production storage, and kitchen facilities, plus administrative centres for the partner companies and associates. Studio use is determined on a priority basis, with the top priority being theatre rehearsals and workshops,
down to the lowest priorities: performances and parties.
Each tenant company and their staff have brought their individual talents to developing and managing PL1422, from construction design and fundraising, to agreements and policy. PL1422 has provided a great boost to our collective capacity, and it is an achievement that directly benefits the wider community through programming partnerships and affordable rentals.
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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.