The Very Useful Theatre Company

"Community Helping Itself"

The Very Useful Theatre Company is a not-for-profit organization, the goal of which is to encourage and facilitate the performing arts and to utilize theatrical performances as fund-raising events for charitable organizations in our community.    

The goal of the organization is to secure adequate facilities for the performing arts and to raise funds for that purpose.  


The company will encourage, facilitate and promote performances by various theatre companies, organizations and artists, but will not put on theatrical productions of its own. 

This will have the beneficial effects of promoting the performing arts and, in addition, requiring that an appropriate share of the proceeds of such events shall be shared with a charity, service club or other not-for-profit association or corporation serving the community. 

The Very Useful Theatre Company was formed in 1993 thanks to Founder Ross Bayley and John Dowson with “theatre helping the community itself.” They have produced a number of projects, the One-Act Festival of Plays being their most successful. 


The VUTC Newmarket Festival of One-Act Plays is coming Oct. 5, 6, and 7th at the Old Town Hall!  

If you would like to learn more about the Very Useful Theatre Company, become a member or volunteer:   

e-mail  vutc@rogers.com

We’d love to hear from you!  

New members are welcomed if you’d like to become more involved! 

It’s a chance to help your community.


2017 One-Act Play Festival was dedicated to the memory of Ross Bailey who together with John Dowson were the founding fathers of the VUTC!

Ross Bailey in front of Theatre On Main

May 20th 2010 Newmarket Era

Staff Photo/Sjoerd Witteveen

Designed by DPK Design 

Festival Volunteers


Interested in Theatre but not as an actor, playwright, or director? The Very Useful Theatre Company is seeking Volunteers to support the third annual One-Act Play Festival.  Let us know how much time you have, we are seeking all levels of support, a few hours once or a full Festival support position.

No experience necessary!

We support High School Volunteer hours as well.


 “We would like acknowledge that the Town of Newmarket is located over lands originally used and occupied by the First Peoples of the Williams Treaties First Nations and other Indigenous Peoples and thank them for sharing this land. We would also like to acknowledge the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation as our close neighbour and friend, one that we strive to build a co-operative and respectful relationship with”.

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