About the Beech Street Theatre Company
Who We Are!
Beech Street Theatre Company has been a familiar face to the Durham Region arts scene since our incorporation into it in December of 2013. Since then, we have continued to grow as a theatre; one that strives to support our community and grow as it grows! The BSTC believes that by developing art and culture we help people become confident, educated, and invested in their communities. This in turn helps people become better neighbours, employees, and customers. By contributing to the growth and development of the Durham Region’s art and culture BSTC has, and invites you to have, a part in developing a more vibrant and engaged community!
What Makes Us Different?
We're a heavily community based theatre! Our plays are always written by Canadian playwrights, and we give very special consideration to local writers. Besides our full-length plays, we also perform dinner theatre at various restaurants across the Durham Region. Often, we perform in small, intimate venues that provide just the right mood for an excellent dinner and a play.
The story of Beech Street Theatre Company begins where many great stories do; in the driver's seat of a 2004 Chevy. In early 2013, Michael Khashmanian, the Founder of BSTC, was driving south on Cochrane St. in Whitby, Ontario when he stopped at a stop sign. At the stop, he noticed a street sign he hadn't seen before, Beech St. W.
In that moment, he was reminded of Baker Street, made famous by Sherlock Holmes. Beech Street had a very Baker Street ring to it. Micheal was charmed by the Beech Street name, and not long after his discovery of it, he suggested it as a name for a theatre company to his longtime friend, Dr. Mark Terry.
Some months later, Mike & Mark launched the Beech Street Theatre Company and were the inaugural board of directors for this new & nascent theatre group. Quickly, the Beech Street spark became a flame and the board grew. This ragtag group of theatre enthusiasts, all hailing from different skill sets and backgrounds, was the foundation which built Beech Street Theatre Company.
Meet the Board
President & Managing Artistic Director
Vice President & Creative Director
Digital & Social Media