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theatre.

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.

Land Acknowledgement

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.

we value

our baskets

Creating

Residency provides artists with the resources of money, space, time, and mentorship to create new works over long periods, from idea to production.

Producing

We produce the work developed from our Residency program.

Presenting

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.

Sharing

We believe that resources go further when you share them.

stuff we do

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Residency
Residency offers long-term support for artists and creators to explore ideas and make work that they could not make anywhere else.
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Secret Life of a Mother rehearsal
Creative Producer Training Program
A hands-on learning opportunity designed to advance the skill set of experienced producers in the performing arts sector, increasing their ability to support artists as they make, produce, and tour new work.
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Nova Dance
LTR
LTR (Long Term Relationship) is a long-term partnership that invites non-venued companies to make The Theatre Centre their home for several years. We provide companies with the space to create and produce, and – vitally – the stability to make long-term strategic decisions
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Tracy Wright Global Archive
The Tracy Wright Global Archive inspires artists to explore a burning question and contemplate a new direction in their work by engaging deeply with communities and locations across the globe
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Liza Paul and Bahia Watson
Comedy is Art
A festival and a declaration. Launched in 2019, the inaugural festival presented 9 comedy shows over 5 days featuring over 50 comics, the majority of whom identify as BIPOC and LGBTQ2+ performers.
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Patrick Conner
Patrick Conner Award
The Patrick Conner Award was established in 2013 to celebrate the life and work of Patrick Conner. This award recognizes someone who, like Patrick, works to change the world through their practice.
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other productions

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): aislinn@theatrecentre.org

liza paul (she/her)
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: liza@theatrecentre.org
Mimi Mok (she/her)
Business & Development Director

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: mimi@theatrecentre.org
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Audrey Kwan (she/her)
Partnerships Manager
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: audrey@theatrecentre.org

Natalie Gisele (she/her)
Director of Facilities & Production
Natalie comes from the great white North called Timmins! Which means she loves to camp, sit in front of a fire and spend time with family. She also enjoys cooking. She feels most comfortable in a kitchen or a stage management booth. Natalie’s top 3 favorite things is french fries, dancing and seat warmers! Contact her for production related questions, rentals, facility related items (HVAC, plumbing, lectrical) cleanliness in and around the building, crew hiring & scheduling, or if you need an overall problem solver: natalie@theatrecentre.org

Tim Lindsay (he/him)
Technical Director
Tim was born in Toronto, graduated from U of T, and has worked at The Theatre Centre (initially as a freelance tech and a sound designer) since 2009, becoming its full-time Technical Director in 2014. He lives with his partner Liz, their son Oliver, and a tuxedo Pomeranian named Panda. Contact him to learn about our technical equipment and its availability, book a crew for your event or presentation, or any questions about the building and technical setup needs within it: tim@theatrecentre.org

Navid Amini (he/him)
Associate Director of Facilities & Production
Navid is a “gamer” and an avid fan of bad movies! Contact him for all your tech questions: navid@theatrecentre.org

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Alexis Eastman (she/her)
Producer
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: alexis@theatrecentre.org

Samantha Vu

Samantha Vu (she/her)
Associate Producer

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: samantha@theatrecentre.org

Kyle Purcell (he/him)
Marketing & Communication Manager
Kyle is an uninvited settler of Irish descent based in Tkaronto. He is a gardener, photographer, avid walker, and dedicated ice cream tester. He loves anything outdoors including walking, biking, hiking, and camping. Contact him for communications and design support, marketing partnerships, website questions, and anything related to the fax machine: kyle@theatrecentre.org

Tamara Jones (she/they)
Publicity & Promotions Manager
Tamara is a queer Black culture writer. For money, they produce digital content for theatre companies, festivals, and film productions. For joy, they read, dance, daydream about liberation, and write shameless essays about their feelings. Contact them with questions or feedback about the monthly newsletter, all things social media, and media inquiries: tamara@theatrecentre.org

Matt Pilipiak (he/they)
Interim Patron Experience Manager
Matt is a prairie-born, Toronto-based, artist, producer, administrator, and pizza aficionado. They are also the Managing & Artistic Producer for Bad Hats Theatre. Favourite activities include: living in Parkdale, talking about how Parkdale is the best neighbourhood in the City, and playing board games. Email them for details on upcoming events at The Theatre Centre, ticketing inquiries/purchases, planning your experience at The Theatre Centre, and where to go for dinner in the neighbourhood: matt@theatrecentre.org

Board of Directors

Linda Barnett
Lindy Cowan – President
Charlotte Davis – Vice President
Lwam Ghebrehariat
Jenny Ginder
Neeraj Jain
Richard Mortimer
Chris Scammell – Treasurer
Robert Sirman
Shemeena Shraya
Maxine Thomas – Secretary

 

history

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