As Canada’s flagship feminist theatre, Nightwood has spent nearly four decades igniting a vital conversation about women’s lived experiences, providing our audiences with provocative, entertaining and socially relevant theatre.
As storytellers we are driven by an inherent desire to change the world: To create a dialogue about pertinent issues, to build bridges between our differences, to confront injustices, and collectively celebrate our humanity; in short, to heal the world and bring joy, laughter, release and recognition. It seems like a tall order, naïve one might say, or idealistic. But the fact of the matter is we crave this communal catharsis; these gatherings in the dark, huddled together, grappling with our world, are not only necessary but life-affirming.
Thoughts About Art and Community
Mission & Values
As Canada’s foremost feminist theatre, Nightwood provides an essential home for the creation of extraordinary theatre by women.
To be a world-renowned cultural centre for provocative theatre, bringing audiences, artists, and activists together to elevate women’s voices.
We use theatre to provoke a deeper conversation about the diversity of our lived experiences.
Theatre is a tool of empowerment for the individual and for the community.
We believe in equality for all genders. Theatre has the power to challenge stereotypes and social assumptions about race, gender and sexuality.
We have a responsibility to produce art that gives voice to the diverse society we live in.
It is critically important to operate with integrity, be truthful in our interactions and accountable for our actions.
It is our responsibility to mentor and share knowledge with emerging talent and seed a new generation of Canadian theatre practitioners.
All of our relationships, whether with artists, producers, employees, donors or audiences must be conducted with full transparency, open communication and an emotional intelligence that approaches human relationships with fairness and collaboration.
NIGHTWOOD THEATRE’S 2018-19 SEASON
Now You See Her
October 16-November 4, 2018 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street)
January 8-26, 2019 at Streetcar Crowsnest (345 Carlaw Ave)
School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play
March 5-24, 2019 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street)
A Blow in the Face
March 26-April 14, 2019 at The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen Street W)
May 8-12, 2019 at Aki Studio (585 Dundas Street E, #120)
GROUNDSWELL UNPLUGGED: Write from the Hip Reading Series
Readings from our Emerging Playwrights program
Facilitated by Andrea Donaldson
Write from the Hip
Write From The Hip is a year-long script development program designed to support new writers through mentorship, one-on-one dramaturgy, developmental workshops and readings, all working towards the completion of a full length play. We look for female-identifying playwrights who are emerging in their careers. There is no age limit, though you are only eligible if you have never received a professional production. You may apply with a script at any stage in development.