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We provide artists with infrastructure and resources to make their art – from the idea to production. The Theatre Centre is committed to new work and new ways of working. We are a public space – open and accessible to the people of our community – where citizens can imagine, debate, celebrate, protest, unite, and be responsible for inventing the future.

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Come one and come all - The Luminato Festival is on and has brought the Late Night Cabaret with it. Intimate live perfor...
06/15/2022

Come one and come all - The Luminato Festival is on and has brought the Late Night Cabaret with it. Intimate live performances, drinks, chats and more! Happening at Theatre Pass Muraille and on till the 18th, click here for more information https://luminatofestival.com/event/late-night-cabaret/

Event alert! Intangible Adorations Caravan (IAC) is an immersive, travelling theatrical & film experience that fuses Car...
06/14/2022

Event alert! Intangible Adorations Caravan (IAC) is an immersive, travelling theatrical & film experience that fuses Carnival with science-fantasy biography, and performance rituals with circus and disability culture. They are premiering on June 15th at Lisgar Park at 9PM.

Discover more here: https://www.artworxto.ca/on-demand/intangible-adorations-caravan

Enjoy a community meal with SummerWorks tomorrow at The Theatre Centre as they kick-off Mark Reinhart's Health & Safety ...
06/14/2022

Enjoy a community meal with SummerWorks tomorrow at The Theatre Centre as they kick-off Mark Reinhart's Health & Safety Notes! Catch this work as part of the Public Works stream of SummerWorks Festival 2022, presented in partnership with ArtworxTO’s Year of Public Art.

Stop by from 12-2pm for lunch (by donation) from Ali’s Roti and Loga’s Corner — catch up with neighbours, community members and artists, and interact with Mark’s first piece of the season.

Photo 1 by Dahlia Katz
Photo 2 & 3 by Alison Wong

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:Nightswimming & Tarragon Theatre present Pure Research! PR seeks provocative theatrical questions ...
06/10/2022

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:

Nightswimming & Tarragon Theatre present Pure Research! PR seeks provocative theatrical questions & performance experiments in all disciplines that aren’t linked to creation or development of new work. Read more here & apply by June 15.

https://nightswimming.ca/research/call-for-applications/

Wondering what Residency artist Brandon Ash-Mohammed has been up to lately? NOW Magazine recently featured Brandon on th...
06/09/2022
How Brandon Ash-Mohammed is changing the face of Canadian comedy - NOW Magazine

Wondering what Residency artist Brandon Ash-Mohammed has been up to lately? NOW Magazine recently featured Brandon on the cover page of their latest issue and did a feature on what Brandon’s been doing to change the face of Canadian comedy. Read more about it here: https://nowtoronto.com/culture/how-brandon-ash-mohammed-is-changing-the-face-of-canadian-comedy

Photo by Nick Lachance

The country's first openly gay Black male comic and founder of The Ethnic Rainbow is glad to finally see people like him on comedy stages

06/09/2022

Work with us! As a producer, you'll manage administration for workshops, productions, festivals, new works in development, and international touring. This contract position covering a nine-month maternity leave offers pro-rated compensation based on an annual salary of $47-50K. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, but the ideal start date is July 25, 2022.

More details: theatrecentre.org/work-with-us/

June newsletter just dropped! Learn more about Nikki Shaffeeullah and her work-in-progress A Poem for Rabia developed in...
06/07/2022

June newsletter just dropped! Learn more about Nikki Shaffeeullah and her work-in-progress A Poem for Rabia developed in collaboration with Why Not Theatre at The Theatre Centre. If it isn't in your inbox, check it out and subscribe here: madmimi.com/s/4bcb041

06/06/2022

Comedians across Toronto and beyond, there are only 12 HOURS left to get your submissions in for the third edition of Comedy is Art! We're looking for comedians of all kinds — standup, improv and sketch. Interested? Submit a link to a 3-minute video and a little bit about yourself. Submissions close TONIGHT at 11:59pm EST.

Details: https://theatrecentre.org/comedy-is-art-submissions-2022/

05/30/2022

Work with us! As Technical Director, you'll help manage production activities, working closely with all of the Residency artists, guest companies, and special events. This is a permanent full-time role, offering $48K/year + benefits. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, but the deadline to apply is Sunday, June 26.

More details: theatrecentre.org/work-with-us/

"The city as a living room is sometimes a trope tossed around by urbanists, but here it really is." With summer quickly ...
05/27/2022

"The city as a living room is sometimes a trope tossed around by urbanists, but here it really is." With summer quickly approaching, The Toronto Star's contributing columnist Shawn Micallef's write-up on Ian Kamau's short film 'We Went Out' is a beautiful ode to public space: https://buff.ly/3Gkb9Wn

Save the date for the world premiere of Finishing alumn Victoria Mata's Cacao | A Venezuelan Lament in Mel Lastman Squar...
05/26/2022

Save the date for the world premiere of Finishing alumn Victoria Mata's Cacao | A Venezuelan Lament in Mel Lastman Square! Catch this dance theatre production presented with Aluna Theatre and RUTAS 2022 International Festival in partnership with #TOLive as part of ArtworxTO: Toronto's Year of Public Art Sept 22-25, 2022.

How do our stories change as we look back and pick up different fragments? Are we reliable narrators? Presented by Studi...
05/25/2022

How do our stories change as we look back and pick up different fragments? Are we reliable narrators? Presented by Studio 180 Theatre in anticipation of their presentation of A Public Display of Affection, Memory Pieces with Jonathan Wilson explores the concept and conceits of sharing our own personal histories. Join this online workshop tomorrow May 26, at 7pm EST.

Register now: https://buff.ly/3GhluST

Comedians — there's still time to apply for the third edition of Comedy is Art! Last year's lineup included sets from Ma...
05/25/2022

Comedians — there's still time to apply for the third edition of Comedy is Art! Last year's lineup included sets from Martha Chaves, Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Nour Hadidi and Natalie Norman, Keesha Brownie and more. Get your videos in by Friday, June 6.

Details: https://theatrecentre.org/comedy-is-art-submissions-2022/

From Factory Theatre comes Wildfire 🔥 – a ferociously funny and highly absurd show that reminds us that sometimes it’s t...
05/25/2022

From Factory Theatre comes Wildfire 🔥 – a ferociously funny and highly absurd show that reminds us that sometimes it’s the people we look right past who experience the most extraordinary fates. This is Factory Theatre's last show of the season with a sliding scale ticketing model ranging from $0-60. Don't miss Wildfire on stage from May 28 through June 19!

Tickets are on sale now: https://buff.ly/3abFOca

Comedy is Art is back for the third year and we're looking for comedians of all kinds — standup, improv and sketch! Inte...
05/20/2022

Comedy is Art is back for the third year and we're looking for comedians of all kinds — standup, improv and sketch!

Interested? Submit a link to a 3-minute video and a little bit about yourself. No need to create anything specifically for this submission — we just want to get a sense of you as an artist. The festival will take place from October 25-29, and this is a paid opportunity. Submissions close Friday, June 6 at 11:59pm EST.

Details: https://theatrecentre.org/comedy-is-art-submissions-2022/

We’d like to give a huge shout-out the incredible team that made Hybrid by Design possible: Aislinn Rose, liza paul, Nav...
05/18/2022

We’d like to give a huge shout-out the incredible team that made Hybrid by Design possible: Aislinn Rose, liza paul, Navid Amini, Alexis Eastman, Natalie Gisele, Tamara Jones, Audrey Kwan, Tim Lindsay, Mimi Mok, Angelo Pileggi, Matt Pilipiak, Aidan Shepherd, Samantha Vu, James Wallis, Sue Balint, Madeline Disera, Kerry Lee Finkle, Shawn Henry, Yoan Holder, Ian Kelly, Monica Pramanick, Gaitrie Persaud, Dylan Tate-Howarth, Savannah Tomev, Jawn Taboika, Filip Plaskota, Jesse Ohtake, Mike Gillis, and Phillip Dixon, as well as photographers Kaytee Dalton and Greg Sparks for capturing so many special moments throughout the week. The festival wouldn’t have been possible without your passion and dedication.

We’d also like to thank The Theatre Centre's board and Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada Digital Now Fund, Canadian Heritage Arts Presentation Fund, and BMO Financial for their generous support.

What an incredible week! From all of us at The Theatre Centre, thank you for coming out and tuning in to support the wor...
05/17/2022

What an incredible week! From all of us at The Theatre Centre, thank you for coming out and tuning in to support the work of these incredible artists. Bringing all of you together to share in the experience of live art as a community has been an energizing reminder of why we do what we do. Whether you joined us in person or at home, we hope you enjoyed Hybrid by Design 🥂✨

Experience a whimsical world at Rodney Diverlus’ inaugural production with @Toronto Dance Theatre! Featuring an original...
05/17/2022

Experience a whimsical world at Rodney Diverlus’ inaugural production with @Toronto Dance Theatre! Featuring an original score composed by TiKA with Dillon Baldasserro, “welcome, we’ve been waiting” pulses with choreography that draws upon and deconstructs styles including lindy hop, kizomba, hand performance, jazz, rhythm and groove, and contemporary queer performance. Running May 19-28 online and at the Winchester Street Theatre — don't miss it!

Book Tickets: https://bit.ly/38opOma

Happy opening, Paprika Festival! 🎉From May 16-22, the 21st Paprika Festival will showcase offerings created by 60+ emerg...
05/16/2022

Happy opening, Paprika Festival! 🎉

From May 16-22, the 21st Paprika Festival will showcase offerings created by 60+ emerging artists from across Turtle Island and beyond. With a selection of digital and in-person options, #Paprika21 includes a selection of works-in-process, panel discussions, readings, workshops, gatherings, and more. Events are free and by donation.

Book tickets: https://bit.ly/Paprika21

If you're joining us IRL for the final day, make sure you stop by the gallery to add a sentence to Stewart Legere's inst...
05/15/2022

If you're joining us IRL for the final day, make sure you stop by the gallery to add a sentence to Stewart Legere's installation 'Our Raw Material' and experience 'Portal' by Lorena Torres Loaiza and Luis Carlos Barragan. These installations are free and open to the public! See you there 👋

It's the final day of Hybrid by Design! Join us in-person or online starting at 1 pm EST for 100% Analog, a discussion o...
05/15/2022

It's the final day of Hybrid by Design! Join us in-person or online starting at 1 pm EST for 100% Analog, a discussion of a theatre-by-mail experience by Hannah Kaya & Thomas McKechnie, and Liselle Terret's process sharing on creating a practice centred on an ethic of care & disruption

Registration closes one hour prior, but you can call (416) 538-0988 or email [email protected] to get access.

Get tickets: theatrecentre.org/event/hybrid-by-design

We’ve added spots for tonight’s presentation of Anand Rajaram’s Terror from Inside the 3rd Dimension! This piece takes p...
05/14/2022

We’ve added spots for tonight’s presentation of Anand Rajaram’s Terror from Inside the 3rd Dimension! This piece takes place only online and requires pre-registration. Sign up and be… terrified?? Only tonight will tell! You can also join us (and the rest of the asses) in-person for Milton Lim & Patrick Blenkarn’s asses.masses. We’ve got free popcorn on hand and delicious pomegranate margaritas being served in the café/bar!
https://theatrecentre.org/event/hybrid-by-design/

Thank you to everyone who's joined us online and IRL so far! Here's what's on for the FINAL day of Hybrid by Design on S...
05/14/2022

Thank you to everyone who's joined us online and IRL so far! Here's what's on for the FINAL day of Hybrid by Design on Sunday, May 15:
➡️ 100% Analog: a discussion a theatre-by-mail experience by Hannah Kaya & Thomas McKechnie.
➡️ UK artist Liselle Terret's process sharing on creating a practice centred on an ethic of care & disruption

You can also stop by to experience Stewart Legere's 'Our Raw Material' and 'Portal' by Lorena Torres Loaiza and Luis Carlos Barragan upstairs in the gallery!

Tickets are free! Book yours now: theatrecentre.org/event/hybrid-by-design

We're excited to offer a process sharing hosted by UK artist Liselle Terret where she'll share insight into the developm...
05/13/2022

We're excited to offer a process sharing hosted by UK artist Liselle Terret where she'll share insight into the development of an inclusive artistic practice that centres on an ethic of care. Join Liselle on Sunday as part of Hybrid by Design.

Tickets are free! Book your spot: theatrecentre.org/event/hybrid-by-design/

Check out Lorena Torres Loaiza's The Likewise Madam Mirror, streaming online until May 15 as part of Imaginary Campfires...
05/13/2022

Check out Lorena Torres Loaiza's The Likewise Madam Mirror, streaming online until May 15 as part of Imaginary Campfires! Performed by Polly Phokeev, it’s a short, horror-tinged story about people’s relationship to their own thoughts.

Watch for free: http://theatrecentre.org/likewise-madam-mirror

05/13/2022

It's DAY 5 of Hybrid by Design! Here's what's on:
➡️ The Observer Effect (Nehal El-Hadi and Coco Guzmán) + The Shining Lake (Lorena Torres Loaiza) running on loop in this incredible immersive installation (12-9pm EST)
➡️ 'Is it my turn to play?' with Milton Lim, Patrick Blenkarn and Dr. Kristopher Alexander streaming online and in the café (7:30pm EST)
➡️ Why the F**k is this Taking So Long? (Nobody's Okay), a much-needed convo with Aislinn Rose, Battersea Arts Centre - BAC's Tarek Iskander, SpiderWeb Show's Adrienne Wong, and Ian Kamau in the café (8:30pm EST)
➡️ Portal, an installation by Lorena Torres Loiza and Luis Carlos Barragán + Stewart Legere's community writing project Our Raw Material are open to the public upstairs in the gallery all day — no registration necessary.

Tickets are free! See you there: theatrecentre.org/event/hybrid-by-design

If Nehal El-Hadi's conversation with Yusra Khogali and Siobhán O’Flynn on the surveillance of minors in public urban spa...
05/12/2022

If Nehal El-Hadi's conversation with Yusra Khogali and Siobhán O’Flynn on the surveillance of minors in public urban space got you thinking about building a better data future, check out the Feminist Data Manifest-no Yusra mentioned. It's a declaration refusing harmful data regimes and committing to new data futures: manifestno.com

Experience The Observer Effect for yourself in a 360° immersive installation on Friday, May 13: theatrecentre.org/event/data-panel/

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Join us TOMORROW for a free community meal at the The Theatre Centre as we celebrate the return of Mark Reinhart’s "Health & Safety Notes" as part of the Public Works stream at the 2022 SummerWorks Festival, as part of ArtworxTO: Toronto's Year of Public Art 2021-2022! Tomorrow Mark will be engaging with the SummerWorks community, the Theatre Centre community, and many other community partners past, present, and future, to collaborate on the first of this year's installations. What: SummerWorks' First Community Meal of 2022 (food from Loga's Corner and Ali's Roti) When: Wednesday June 15, 12-2pm EDT Where: Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. W, Toronto, Ontario Cost: Lunch is by donation (cash or card accepted) Please join us for lunch, meet fellow community members and Festival artists, and interact with Mark’s first piece of the season, kicking off another summer of curiosity and connection! Thank you to our Major Supporters: Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the City of Toronto. Photos by Alison Wong [ID's: Outside images of the Theatre Center on Queen Street West, showcasing Mark's installations that read "Invent The Future"]
Spending the day at The Theatre Centre to catch six shows at the Terra Firma Festival, a platform for students of Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) The Creative School (formerly Faculty of Communication and Design) to present their work live to the arts industry and broader community.
Back yet again at The Theatre Centre which has been a hot-bed of activity lately! Tonight begins HYBRID BY DESIGN, a multimedia live art festival featuring works by former and current Theatre Centre Residency artists and international work curated in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre - BAC in London, UK. Running May 9-15 only. https://theatrecentre.org/event/hybrid-by-design
This weekend is your last chance to watch TAOS at The Theatre Centre. Don't miss it. TAOS (The Art of Storytelling) is an artistic offering that is rooted in the ancestral theatre tradition, inspired by stories and teachings from the Mayan Pop Vuh. A theatrical journey through cultures, time and space, combining music, poetry, oral storytelling, dance, ritual, and performed in three languages: English, Spanish, Maya (K’iche). A retelling of who we are by connecting to our ancestral voices, cosmic energy, and to the land. A timely story for anyone who has been digging deep to find their roots. For the children of the grey, los mestizxs, mixed bloods, hijxs de la diáspora. TAOS infuses Indigenous traditions with current cultural aesthetics bringing the audience on a theatrical journey through allegory and myth.
I’m seeing theatre in Montreal today, but if you’re in Toronto, lots of matinee options! Two shows closing today: 1184 at Theatre Passe Muraille and Italian Mime Su***de at The Theatre Centre. Then it’s the final week upcoming for Pipeline at Soulpepper Theatre Company, The Huns at The Assembly Theatre, TAOS The Art of Storytelling at The Theatre Centre and Room at Mirvish Productions, which all close on Sun May 8.
There is A LOT of terrific live theatre playing in Toronto this weekend! PIPELINE at Soulpepper Theatre Company; THE ANTIPODES at The Coal Mine, THE HUNS at The Assembly Theatre, AMONG MEN at Factory Theatre, 1184 at Theatre Passe Muraille, THREE WOMEN OF SWATOW at Tarragon Theatre, ITALIAN MIME SU***DE and TAOS: THE ART OF STORYTELLING at The Theatre Centre, ROOM at Princess of Wales Theatre, and of course BOY FALLS FROM THE SKY with Mirvish Productions at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Hope to see you out and about supporting our theatre companies and artists!
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ON SALE NOW! Italian Mime Su***de Bad New Days; The Theatre Centre $5 student tix here https://hiptix.wlt.ca/en/pages/3742501 . . . #StudentDiscount #FiveDollars #TheatreTO #TorontoEvents
A sneak peek at my #interview with Bad New Days founder Adam Paolozza about the latest production of ITALIAN MIME SU***DE. The show just opened this weekend at The Theatre Centre. Full interview at https://youtu.be/YiybO3yquoA 🎟 at www.theatrecentre.org #Toronto #Theatre #Mime #theaTO #ArtsAndCulture
A great REVIEW for The Theatre Centre's Sea Sick! "It never feels like the calm speaker before us is trying to advocate, let alone “perform”... That endows this unusual hybrid between a TED Talk, docu-theatre, and monologue with refreshing authenticity in a world, and a World Wide Web, increasingly cluttered with rhetoric, raised voices, and conspiracy theories." - Stir Vancouver Sea Sick runs until Feb 19! www.createastir.ca/articles/sea-sick-review-alanna-mitchell-the-cultch
With The Theatre Centre's "Sea Sick" opening tonight, our 2022 Femme Festival is underway! Now in its fifth year, this festival highlights the strength and power of female-identifying voices. Don't miss these powerful, thoughtful, and vital plays and a sublime dance performance presented in partnership with Vancouver International Dance Festival. For tickets & showtimes, visit: https://thecultch.com/femme-festival/ The Femme Festival is made possible with the support of the Charlotte & Sonya Wall Arts Fund. Pi Theatre Little Thief Theatre & Actors Co. Neworld Theatre Rhodnie Désir Créations | BOW’T Trail Rétrospek The Search Party YVR Video trailer by Cameron Anderson. Visit thecultch.com for show credits. #theatre #femmefestival #livetheatre #vancouvertheatre #vancouverevents #liveperformance
Happy Opening! We are so excited to welcome you back to the Historic Theatre TONIGHT! Congratulations to The Theatre Centre and Alanna Mitchell -- It is a huge pleasure to have you here with us. Sea Sick runs until FEB 19! 🎟 thecultch.com/event/sea-sick