- • The New Groundswell Festival A National Festival of Contemporary Women’s Theatre. Over 11 days, with 3 festival productions. Featuring Between the Sheets by Jordi Mand, The Aftermath by Lisa Codrington and The Debacle by Ann-Marie Kerr and Susan Leblanc-Crawford. As well as an industry series consisting of masterclasses, workshops, readings and special events.
- • The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood directed by Kelly Thornton.
- • The Happy Woman by Rose Cullis directed by Kelly Thornton.
- • Stockholm by Bryony Lavery, directed by Kelly Straughan, choreographed by Susie Burpee, Seventh Stage Productions in association with Nightwood Theatre.
- • The List by Jennifer Tremblay, translated by Shelley Tepperman, directed by Kelly Thornton in co-production with the Canadian Stage Company.
- •30th Anniversary Season is celebrated with the 4X4 Festival and Director’s Summit, drawing upward of 16,000 audience members and 150 delegates from across Canada.
- • 4x4 Festival Plays included:
- • That Face by Polly Stenham directed by Kelly Thornton in co-production with the Canadian Stage Company.
- • Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith directed by Weyni Mengesha in co-production with Obsidian Theatre.
- • The Virtual Stage & Electric Company’s No Exit conceived and directed by Kim Collier.
- • Ryerson Theatre School’s Serious Money by Caryl Churchill directed by Eda Holmes.
- • The Directors Summit of various masterclasses and panel discussions included: Staging Africa led by Yael Farber and Liesl Tommy, Broadway Bound a discussion with Brian Dennehy and Jennifer Tarver, The Penelopiad Director’s Showcase featuring the work of ten emerging directors and the director to director speed dating frenzy of The Market Place.
- • Wild Dogs arranged for the stage by Anne Hardcastle from the novel by Helen Humphreys is produced as a part of the inaugural Berkeley Street Project season in association with the Canadian Stage Company.
- • Bear With Me written and starring Diane Flacks is re-mounted with new material.
- • a nanking winter by Marjorie Chan sees its World Premiere in association with Cahoots Theatre Projects
- • Age of Arousal by award winning playwright Linda Griffiths sees its Toronto Premiere
- • Artistic Director Kelly Thornton is the recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for her contribution to the advancement of women in the artistic field through training and mentorship.
- • Crave by Sarah Kane earns 2 Dora Nominations.
- • The Danish Play returns to Toronto in a remount with Kate Hennig reviving her Dora Nominated role.
- • Mathilde by Véronique Olmi, translated by Morwyn Brebner, is produced at the new Young Centre for Performing Arts, inaugurating the Michael Young Theatre and starring Martha Burns and Tom McCamus.
- • Bear With Me written and starring Diane Flacks runs in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
- • Produces the world premiere of Lisa Codrington’s Cast Iron (Dora nomination for Outstanding Performance by Alison Sealy-Smith) and subsequently tours to Barbados.
- • FemCab: Celebrating 25 Years of Nightwood Theatre with special guest Gloria Steinem
- • Djanet Sears is a finalist for the Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre
- • The Danish Play, by Sonja Mills, earns acclaim as it tours to the Aveny-Teatret (Copenhagen, Denmark), The Magnetic North Festival (Edmonton) and the National Arts Centre (Ottawa).
- • Nightwood produces the world premiere of Marjorie Chan’s China Doll which was the recipient of a Dora Mavor Moore nomination for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Costume Design and is a finalist for the 2005 Governor General’s Award.
- • Nightwood and Buddies In Bad Times launch the inaugural Hysteria Festival: A Festival of Women uniting women from all artistic disciplines to showcase their work in a jam-packed 10 day event.
- • The Adventures of a Black Girl In Search of God is produced by Mirvish Productions at the Harbourfront Theatre Centre for an extended run.
- • Busting Out! is launched!
- • Kelly Thornton is the recipient of the prestigious Pauline McGibbon Award for excellence in direction.
- • Finding Regina by Shoshana Sperling is produced in association with the Globe Theatre (Regina) and Theatre Passe Muraille (Toronto)
- • Nightwood launches the Emerging Actor Program
• Nightwood offices move the beautiful historic Distillery District
- • World Premiere of Sonja Mills highly acclaimed The Danish Play, nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore awards and enjoys a sold-out run and critical success.
- • Nightwood and Obsidian co-produce the tremendously successful The Adventures of a Black Girl In Search of God for its world premiere. The production earns awards, unbeatable acclaim and audiences.
- • First season under the new artistic leadership of Kelly Thornton
- • Nightwood receives 12 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations and wins in six categories.
- • Write From the Hip is launched
- • Nightwood presents Ann-Marie MacDonald’s new musical Anything That Moves in co-production with the Tarragon Theatre – which wins five Dora Mavor Moore Awards.
- • Nightwood presents Funny Business – A Tip of the Hat to Lily Tomlin, hosted by Diane Flacks at Harbourfront World Leaders Conference.
- • Smudge by Alex Bulmer tours to Halifax
- • Anything That Moves by Ann-Marie MacDonald is presented as part of the du Maurier World Stage.
- • Smudge by Alex Bulmer is premiered and is a finalist for Dora and Chalmer’ Awards. The play, the first professional play written by a visually impaired playwright, garners great critical acclaim.
- • 20/20 Vision, a new mentorship program, is designed for Nightwood’s 20th Anniversary
- • One Flea Spare by Naomi Wallace is premiered
- • A workshop production of The Striker, by Caryl Churchill is presented as part of the du Maurier World Stage Festival
- • Diane Flack’s Random Acts is produced (in co-production with Mything Productions and Buddies In Bad Times Theatre) and subsequently goes on tour across Canada.
- • Green is the Colour of Spring is produced in association with Creativity Cave
- • Nightwood premieres Djanet Sears Harlem Duet, winner of four Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Governor General’s Award and the Chalmer’s Award for Best New Play.
- • Alisa Palmer begins as the new Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre
- • Afrocentric by David Odhiambo is produced in association with Sugar ‘n Spice
- • Dilara Ally’s Mango Chutney is produced
- • Diane Roberts’ The Coloured Girls Project is produced
- • Alisa Palmer and Diane Roberts become the Artistic Co-Directors of Nightwood Theatre
- • Wearing the Bone by Alisa Palmer is produced
- • Oedipus by Ned Dickens is produced with Die in Debt
- • Charming and Rose: True Love by Kelley Jo Burke is produced
- • Calypsos and Coups by M. Nourbese Philips has a workshop production with b.current Productions
- • Love and Other Strange Things by Lillian Allen
- • Dryland: A Story Cycle by Pauline Peters is produced
- • The Wonder Quartet by Diana Braithwaite is produced
- • dark diaspora in dub by ahdri zhina mandiela is produced
- • A Fertile Imagination by Susan G. Cole is produced and is nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore awards
- • Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots by Monique Mojica is produced with Theatre Passe Muraille and is currently in curricula for Aboriginal Studies across North America
- • National Tour of Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald – the tour includes Vancouver, Ottawa and Edmonton
- • Lynda Hill takes over as the Associate Artistic Coordinator
- • The Herring Gull’s Egg by Mary Vingoe is produced
- • The Paraskeva Principle by Francine Volker is produced
- • Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald is premiered. Winner of the Chalmers’ and Governor General’s Awards and nominated for Dora Mavor Moore awards, the play goes onto to extraordinary acclaim with productions all across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia.
- • Up Against the Wallpaper by Kate Lushington is produced with The Clichettes with a special added attraction – Too Close to Home written and performed by Kim Renders. Up Against the Wallpaper receives a Dora Mavor Moore nomination.
- • Maureen White becomes the Artistic Coordinator
- • Nightwood Theatre now independent of the Theatre Centre
- • The Kingdom of LoudAsCanBe written and directed my Kim Renders tours to schools in association with Theatre Direct
- • Banuta Rubess’ The Last Will and Testament of Lolita is produced with Theatre Passe Muraille
- • War Babies by Margaret Hollingsworth is produced in association with Toronto Free Theatre
- • Sandra Shamas’ My Boyfriend’s Back and There’s Gonna be Laundry is produced
- • Collectively created by Suzanne Khuri, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Banuta Rubess, Maureen White, Aida Jordao and Patricia Nichols, the powerful This is For You, Anna premieres and receives a Dora Mavor Moore nomination. The production then tours Southern Ontario and the UK and is featured at the du Maurier World Stage Festival.
- • The Groundswell Festival is launched!!!
- • Mary Vingoe takes over as Artistic Director
- • Re-production by Amanda Hale is produced
- • The Edge of the Earth is Too Near, Violette Leduc by Jovette Marchesault is produced
- • Pope Joan by Banuta Rubess is produced and is nominated as a finalist for the Chalmer’s Award
- • Love and Work Enough – “A Celebration of Ontario’s Pioneer Women”, a collective creation, tours across Ontario to over 150 schools and wins the Dora Mavor Moore award for Best Production in the children’s category
- • Nancy Drew, The Case of the Missing Mother by Beverly Cooper and Ann-Marie MacDonald is produced
- • La Musica – “an interlude in a divorce” by Marguerite Duras is produced
- • Peace Banquet – Ancient Greece Meets The Atomic Age, a collective creation, is produced
- • Smoke Damage: A Story of the Witch Hunts by Banuta Rubess with Peg Christopherson, Mary Marzo, Anne Marie MacDonald, Kim Renders and Maureen Whiteis produced
- • Antigone adapted by Patricia Keeney-Smith and performed with a chorus of 40 is produced
- • The inaugural FemCab is launched!!!!
- • Mass/Age, a collective creation, is launched
- • Hooligans by Jan Kudelka and Mary Vingoe is produced
- • Epilogue directed by Cynthia Grant is produced
- • The Audition and Specimens and For Rachael directed by Kim Renders is produced in association with Theatre Autumn Leaf
- • The Yellow Wallpaper, adapted from the story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is produced
- • Flashbacks of Tomorrow/Memorias del Manana is produced as a collective presentation with Open Experience Hispanic-Canadian Theatre and Los Companeros
- • Glazed Tempera, inspired by the works of Alex Colville, is produced
- • Nightwood Theatre joins with Buddies in Bad Times to launch the Rhubard! Festival
- • The True Story of Ida Johnson is collectively created as an adaptation from the novel by Sharon Riis