The site on which Performance Works now stands, at the south end of Granville Island, was originally an industrial machine shop dating back to
the 1920′s that would have been one of the first businesses to open on what was then called Industrial Island.
In 1992 Barbara Dalrymple, a prominent Vancouver architect with a strong commitment to her profession and the community, designed a building to fulfill a mandate to provide the arts community with a permanent rehearsal and performance venue. Performance Works is now a multifunctional, flexible “black box” theatre space that is booked throughout the year with some of Vancouver’s most exciting performance events and productions.
Owned by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the building is managed by the Granville Island Cultural Society that was established in 2000 for the purpose of advancing, supporting and nurturing the arts on Granville Island.