|Performing Arts Venue |||Theatre|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Cherry Street bus|
|Cross Street |||Between Cherry St. and Trinity St.|
|According to Schedule - Check Listings|
Profile Last Updated: July 09, 2008
The joint-product of four Toronto female philanthropists, Nightwood Theatre was founded in 1979. For over a quarter of a century, now, Nightwood has been producing, developing, and touring award-winning plays that are by and about Canadian women. Nightwood’s pioneering approach to Canadian theatre has embraced the works of two Governor General Award winners, as well as many other iconic women within the world of the Canadian performing arts. Nightwood performances are now attended by thousands of spectators each year.
A Defining Mandate
With a mandate to develop and produce innovative Canadian theatre by forging alliances among women artists from diverse backgrounds, Nightwood is a Canadian theatre that celebrates the excellence of its female practitioners. Nightwood advocates on behalf of women, provides training for emerging talent, and promotes diversity. Accordingly, Nightwood Theatre produces work by women, including original Canadian plays and works from the contemporary international repertoire.
Pursuing its Path
Once up and running, the Nightwood Theatre continued to pioneer the cause of Canadian women in the world of theatre, and has spearheaded a number of other initiatives over the years. The first to follow Nightwood’s inception was the Groundswell Festival, a national development program for new works by women, and then FemCab, an annual celebration of International Women’s Day. In 2003, Nightwood collaborated with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre to found Hysteria, an annual multi-disciplinary festival of women’s work. Furthermore, Nightwood initiated Write from the Hip, a youth training program for novice playwrights. In 2004, finally, Nightwood introduced Busting Out!, a theatre program for teen girls ages 12-16.