|Performing Arts Venue |||Theatre|
|Getting There |||Queen Streetcar|
|Cross Street |||Wolseley|
|Box Office Hours: Mon: 12PM-5PM; Tues-Sat: 12PM-8PM; Sun: 12PM-3PM|
Profile Last Updated: July 25, 2008
Created in 1968, the Theatre Passe Muraille set out to foster a distinctly Canadian voice in the world of Theatre. Throughout the following decade, the Passe Muraille would use its collective approach towards creation to help revolutionize Canadian theatre. Approaching its fourth decade of life, the Theatre can look back at over 400 plays and, consequently, a rich legacy of ground-breaking theatre. Indeed, the Theatre persists in setting the pace of creation and production within the realm of Canadian theatre. It is little surprise that the Passe Muraille is often considered to be Canada’s national theatre.
No Place Like Home
Designated as a historical building, the home of the Theatre Passe Muraille originally housed the Nasmith Bakery and Stables. The Passe Muraille purchased the property in the 1970s, set about renovating the space. Now a landmark of the Queen Street West neighbourhood, it encompasses two separate performance space. Seating as many as 160 spectators, the Mainspace is an air-conditioned, flexible, two level black-box space with a reception and bar area on the upper level. The Backspace, on the other hand, seats up to 64, and is also air-conditioned.
Mandate, Mission, Vision
The Theatre Passe Muraille boasts a mandate to develop and produce innovative and provocative Canadian theatre while nurturing new artists and companies. Similarly, it is dedicated "to reflecting the hearts and minds of the country through producing affordable, accessible, culturally diverse, and entertaining live theatre." For the Passe Muraille, however, it's more than just jingoisms. Their vision is to create theatre that engages the heart as well as the mind; produce work that has an open agenda; and to use stories and humour to connect with their audience on a visceral level.