The Company is a non-professional group operating from an historic church in Kent Street. While still retaining links with our origins, the Catholic Church, we do not shy away from meeting the challenges of plays that comment on the human condition. Membership is open to all members of the community, Christian or non Christian, who are over the age of 18.
The building which houses The Genesian Theatre Company was originally St John's Church, and dates from 1868. It has served as both a church and a poor school until 1932 when it became the Kursaal Theatre, housing the Sydney Repertory Company. In 1938 it became the first Matthew Talbot Hostel. Since 1954 it has been the home of The Genesian Theatre Company which was formed in 1944.
Over the years The Genesian Theatre Company has developed into a community theatre group providing a training ground for young actors and a place where those who love the theatre can meet, share and extend their knowledge of the performing arts. The Genesian Theatre is one of Sydney's most active theatre companies. In addition to six main stage productions each year we run classes, workshops and many other activities.
The Genesian Theatre has a link to the Catholic Church. The Theatre is not part of the Church but we have a connection by way of our historical identity, ideals, and the continued grant by the Church of the theatre building for our use.
We don't produce 'Catholic Plays' by any means, but the Catholic past of the Theatre is reflected in the nature of the plays we do. A practical principle often applied has been the morals and morality of the play; good overcoming evil, certain standards of behaviour.
Our abstract ideals are plays which affirm the human condition and spirit.