The Theatre Centre is a nationally recognized live-arts incubator and community hub. Our mission is to offer a home for creative, cultural and social interactions to invent the future.
We make work that spans disciplines and genres; work that pushes the boundaries of what is considered “art”. Our programming and our role as a community space are inextricably linked. Art is not made in a silo: it is connected to the world around it.
We offer one of the only non-transactional spaces in the neighbourhood where folks can pop in for a coffee, spend the day working, or just hang out. It is a community hub and a place to gather; a place where you — regardless of class, race, ethnicity, religion, or ability — are welcome to be. You don’t have to identify as an artist or performer to use the space. We want you to feel at home here.
We believe art is political.
We believe resources go further when you share them.
We believe cultural spaces are public spaces.
We believe in offering artists time—time to try, time to fail, time to discover all of the things their ideas will not become.
The Theatre Centre resides on stolen land in Tkaronto — a gathering place that has been home to the Anishinaabe, including the Mississaugas of the Credit; the Haudenosaunee; and the Wendat since time immemorial. We offer our gratitude to all past, present, and future generations of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples that have cared, and continue to care, for Turtle Island.
The Theatre Centre is committed to disrupting the ongoing systems and structures that uphold settler-colonialism, heteropatriarchy, white supremacy, and ableism by continuously learning and unlearning from our collective past(s). The lands of Tkaronto are covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum, an agreement forged between the Anishinaabe Nation and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy to peaceably share resources; and The Toronto Purchase Treaty No. 13, an alleged agreement between settlers and the Mississaugas of the Credit for the “purchase” of 250, 830 acres of land for 10 shillings. Treaty 13 was imposed by the Crown in 1805 to give settlers legal title to the land, starkly privileging settler lives over Indigenous lives. At The Theatre Centre, we understand treaties as emblematic of relationship building. Treaty 13 exemplifies the imbalanced power dynamics embedded within Indigenous-settler relationships, highlighting the work settlers and PWIs must take on before reaching a place where trust and mutual respect are even possible.
Like many arts organizations, The Theatre Centre has directly benefited from settler-colonialism throughout its past to the present day. By making our home in Tkaronto, we take on a role that comes with responsibilities to the land and its stewards. These responsibilities start with building long-term and meaningful relationships with local Indigenous communities and organizations. We are committed to using our voice and platform to support those already doing the work, but we know we still have a long way to go.
Resources go further when we share them. Generosity is not always easy, but through intentional acts of sharing what we have – with artists, with our communities – we open the doors of possibility, creating ripple effects we may never imagine.
“Innovation comes from those who are happy to embark on a course of action without quite knowing where it will lead, without doing a feasibility study, without fear of failure or too much hope of reward. The engine of innovation is reckless generosity.”
~Frank Cottrell Boyce
The most interesting things happen when artists and audiences allow themselves to follow their curiosity and muster the courage to take risks. Curiosity is fueled by good questions. Good questions lead us toward discovery.
Our space is a public space. Our doors are thrown open to artists, audiences, neighbours, first time visitors and long standing friends. We are made stronger through a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences. Our building provides space to create, perform, meet, socialize, engage, and imagine a future that is for everyone.
We never presume to know. We start every new relationship by asking “what do you need?” We’re inspired by creators and collaborators from all walks of life, and we believe in the extraordinary and unexpected potential of others. We understand humility as a daily practice to empower those we serve.
Decisions taken today must be made with tomorrow in mind. The resources we enjoy and share are managed to remain in place for the future. We are accountable to the stewards of tomorrow.
Residency provides artists with the resources of money, space, time, and mentorship to create new works over long periods, from idea to production.
We produce the work developed from our Residency program.
We present national and international performances, placing the work of Toronto artists in a global context.
Moving the Work
We grow networks and manage touring opportunities for work developed in Residency.
We believe that resources go further when you share them.
stuff we do
Creative Producer Training Program
Tracy Wright Global Archive
Comedy is Art
Patrick Conner Award
meet the team
Aislinn Rose (she/her)
Artistic & General Director
Aislinn loves mixing classic cocktails – think spirit-forward poured over hand-cut ice cubes, or garnished with a vermouth soaked cocktail onion. It’s all about the ritual and the details. Friends know I keep a good secret, and love to get on my feet for an angry rant on almost any topic. Contact her about Residency, touring, professional development, collaborations & partnerships, or for a too-long conversation about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And don’t be afraid to give her a nudge if you don’t hear back (thank you for the nudge): firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Artistic Director
Liza loves reggae music, jokes, cocktails, family, friends, and the wild ride that is making art with other people. “it’s a delight to work with the humans that make up this place and i can’t wait for the moment when you can come and hang out with all of us irl again.” Contact her if you are interested in residency, comedy, art making or presenting or exhibiting of any kind, collaborations, generosity, donations, sponsorship, or any questions about the way we do things at the theatre centre: email@example.com
Mimi Mok (she/her)
Mimi grew up in Hong Kong and is fascinated by art and city building. She loves hiking, dresses with pockets, and good food. Contact her about money matters (donations and sponsorships, finance and accounting) and any questions about our operations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Audrey Kwan (she/her)
Associate Managing Director
Audrey is a filipinx-chinese settler, born and raised on unceded Coast Salish land in the territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She’s passionate about art, histories, travelling, learning languages, and all things related to food. She is also a taurus. Contact her for donations, questions about tax receipts, and general questions: email@example.com
Alexis Eastman (she/her)
Producer (on maternity leave ❤️)
Alexis is a writer, creator, producer and collaborator. She loves pop music, horror movies and her dog. She’d really like to meet a ghost. Contact her for questions about producing/co-producing, Residency, touring productions or past Residency productions/artists: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Wong (she/her)
Beth is an arts, culture, and events worker in Tkaronto. She is sometimes a Capricorn but always an Earth Dragon. Contact her if you were looking for Alexis! You can also contact Beth if you’re an artist, presenter or agent, or if you have questions about Residency: email@example.com
Samantha Vu (she/her)
Samantha is from the beautiful mountain-lined town of Calgary, Alberta. She loves all things outdoors and embarking on new adventures. Samantha loves to sing and dance around her house and make delicious food for her friends. Last but not least, she is a big ole romantic and loves long walks on the beach. Contact her about producing/co-producer and touring productions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Angelo Pileggi (he/him)
Patron Experience Manager
Angelo is all things theatre, groceries and Gaga. When he’s not in the theatre making sure both patrons and artists have everything they need to have a good time, he’s probably grocery shopping or catching up on the latest with Lady Gaga. Message him with box office or front-of-house questions: email@example.com
Gabby Noga (she/her)
Devlopment & Administrative Coordinator
Gabby is from Edmonton, Alberta and loves exploring cities, baking, and crafting. She’s also a big fan of all types of dance and tries to make music sometimes. Message her with questions about donations, questions about tax receipts, and general operations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ciarán Myers (he/him)
Metcalf Intern – Artistic Direction
Ciarán is a writer, director, dancer, teacher, and dad commuting here from the Haldimand tract. He loves to ride his bike and can get a little nerdy about art history and small-scale gardening. Message him to talk about how we might make the future more beautiful: email@example.com
Board of Directors
Lindy Cowan – President
Charlotte Davis – Vice President
Chris Scammell – Treasurer
Maxine Thomas – Secretary
Founded in 1979, The Theatre Centre has an over 40 year history that has taken us all over the city (and around the world). The timeline below features a few events from the last 40 years. It is in no way a complete record. It is a living timeline and we will continue to add to it.
Header image: LTR company Nova Dance on the steps of The Theatre Centre. Photo by Ed Hanley