About Bus Stop Theatre Co-operative


To live in a just, collaborative and risk taking arts & culture landscape.

The Bus Stop Theatre Cooperative serves as a launchpad for emerging artists and an incubator space for artists of all genres. Shows that have been workshopped, premiered, or performed at the Bus Stop Theatre have gone on to tour nationally and internationally.

Who we are

The Bus Stop Theatre Co-op is a multi-use performance venue located on Gottingen Street in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. The theatre has been in operation since 2003 and operating as a co-op since 2012. We host over 100 different groups and shows annually and are booked for performances, rehearsals and gatherings of all kinds for 250+ days of the year. The Bus Stop Theatre Co-op’s goal is to operate theatrical facilities that serve both artists and audiences. We do this by operating the only independent, affordable, accessible and professionally equipped black-box space in Halifax.  Not only that, we are owned and operated by those who use it and benefit from it!

Our theatre is dynamic, flexible and customizable to each presentation’s needs and able to accommodate a variety of mediums. The audience arrangement can change based on the needs of the event and can typically accommodate up to 75, or all the way to 110 seated audience members depending on configuration. Our capacity load is 149 for standing room settings. While the theatre is highly suited for theatrical productions and live music, the flexibility of the space allows for numerous other uses including as a gallery, workshop venue, film screening room and meeting space.

Our theatre also includes a welcoming lobby with licensed bar. We are an all ages venue and can welcome youth whether or not the bar is operating. A dry bar is also possible on demand. Furthermore, we are one of the few physically accessible venues in the area with level access and front row seating for chair users.


The Bus Stop Theatre Co-op is a vibrant, member-owned arts hub located in Kjipuktuk/Halifax’s North End where we cultivate community, culture, and creativity.


Our co-operative strives to operate in alignment with co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity, honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others. In addition to those values binding the international co-operative movement, we also value collaboration, creative exploration, inclusion and diversity, community cultivation, learning and growth, adaptability, accountability, as well as financial and physical accessibility.


  • To operate and maintain an affordable and professionally-run venue in north end Kjipuktuk/Halifax at the service of its members and community.
  • To develop the professional skills of artists through programs and services that enable learning, mentorship and presentation.
  • To enable a diverse range of both emerging and established artists to create and present their work.
  • To foster a space for cross-community engagement and collaboration.
  • To lead an inclusive and participatory co-operative.
  • To remain responsive to the needs of the historic communities in north end Kjipuktuk/Halifax, the needs of marginalized communities of Nova Scotia, as well as to the needs of the Nova Scotian arts and culture community.

Our theatre is dynamic, flexible and customizable to each presentation’s needs and able to accommodate a variety of mediums.