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RISER Toronto 2022

Presented by Why Not Theatre

After two years without live performances, RISER is back with more shows than ever! RISER Toronto 2022 will present FIVE new works. This includes three in-person productions at The Theatre Centre, and two online productions that you can view on your personal devices at home.

Performing at The Theatre Centre:

  • An IMM-Permanent Resident produced by Nautanki Bazaar
    A comedy infused with Bollywood elements, An IMM-Permanent Resident is a hilarious take on the mundane and tiresome bureaucracy of the Canadian immigration process, as experienced by playwrights and real-life couple, Himanshu and Neha.
  • Don Valley Girls produced by Poetic License Creations
    We’ve aged out of being the Main Character, and it kinda really sucks. So we wrote a sketch show about it because why cry when you can cry while you laugh! …on stage, in front of everyone.
  • TAOS (The Art of Storytelling) produced by Creative Mafia Arts
    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 Popol 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).

Performing Online:

  • What Brings You In produced by Leslie Ting Productions
    A violinist confronts the noise of her psyche in an electroacoustic soundscape. A percussionist sifts through her subconscious in a sandbox. WHAT BRINGS YOU IN—an interactive digital performance—is a music-driven project that explores the many ways we engage with the therapeutic process. This experience will be blind and low vision friendly.
  • Monica vs. The Internet
    By Filipina storyteller and comedian Monica Ogden, shedding light on disability activism in the age of the internet, mixed-race identity, and white feminism. (Release date TBD).

About RISER:

Created by Why Not Theatre, RISER is a collaborative producing model that addresses the challenges of producing independent theatre. RISER brings together senior leadership from the theatre community with emerging artists in order to maximize existing infrastructure, share resources and risk, and support a commitment to create and innovate.

RISER is made possible thanks to the generous support of RBC Foundation, the Government of Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and a community of Senior Partners.


From April 1, 2022
to May 8, 2022

Tickets are are PWYCA


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Performance Dates

An IMM-Permanent Resident:
Friday, April 1 – 7pm (preview)
Saturday, April 2 – 7pm
Sunday, April 3 – 2pm (talkback)
April 5 at 7:00 pm (relaxed)
April 6 at 7:00 pm
April 7 at 7:00 pm
April 8 at 7:00 pm (talkback)
April 9 at 7:00 pm
April 10 at 2:00 pm

Don Valley Girls:
April 15 at 8:30 pm (cancelled)
April 16 at 8:30 pm (cancelled)
April 17 at 2:00 pm (cancelled)
April 19 at 8:30 pm (cancelled)
April 20 at 8:30 pm (relaxed)
April 21 at 8:30 pm
April 22 at 8:30 pm (relaxed)
April 23 at 8:30 pm
April 24 at 2:00 pm

TAOS (The Art of Storytelling):
April 29 at 7:00 pm (preview)
April 30 at 7:00 pm (talkback)
May 1 at 2:00 pm (talkback)
May 3 at 7:00 pm (talkback)
May 4 at 7:00 pm (talkback)
May 5 at 7:00 pm (talkback)
May 6 at 7:00 pm (talkback)
May 7 at 7:00 pm (talkback)
May 8 at 2:00 pm (talkback)

What Brings You In:
May 5 at 7:30 pm (live-streamed)
May 6 at 7:30 pm (live-streamed)
May 7 at 7:30 pm (live-streamed)
May 8 at 2:00 pm (live-streamed)