Hudson Village Theatre (HVT) is the brainchild of Ms. Heather Markgraf-Lowe, a Hudson resident as well as a theatre educator and practitioner. She began the enterprise in 1993 as a summer series that took place in a tent. Despite inclement weather and bothersome insects, the seasonal event continued outdoors until 1999. In 2000, a community-wide campaign raised enough funds to buy the Hudson train Station and transform it into a proscenium stage auditorium. Seating 148 people on a raked slope, with excellent sightlines as well as acoustics, fully equipped dressing rooms, storage space, and an elegant auditorium equipped with the latest technology, this converted space now acts as the cultural hub for the region. Despite this, the busy theatre still functions as a train station, with a welcoming lobby that reflects the venue’s history, as well as ample free parking for commuters.
In 2004, Mr. Andrew Johnston became the new Artistic Director and helped expand the theatre’s appeal by programming comedy duos, concerts and community productions. He also continued the Christmas Pantomime, a highly anticipated annual tradition introduced by Ms. Markgraf-Lowe that enlists community members of all ages and talents. When Mr. Johnston returned to Western Canada in 2012, Ms. Markgraf-Lowe returned to her former position, now supported by the newly appointed Executive Director, Ms. Kalina Skulska, who oversees the theatre’s daily operations all year.
In 2014, the award winning director, Mr. Matthew Tiffin, became Artistic Director, working closely with the Board of Directors and Ms. Skulska to further develop HVT’s artistic standards and repertoire while maintaining its strong local ties and community relevance.
Now with year round events consisting of a wide variety of professional theatre, film, children’s and family, and other artistic and cultural programming, HVT attracts area residents, as well as patrons from the Greater Montreal region, eastern Ontario, northern New England, and the Eastern Townships. Regardless of HVT’s ongoing growth and success, the venue continues to service its supportive community by being available to other charitable organizations for fundraising benefits as well as amateur performing arts companies.
HVT is a registered non-profit charitable arts organization.
Charity Number: 89115 8685 RR001