Production History

2016-2017

    The New Groundswell Festival 2016 A National Festival of Contemporary Women’s Theatre. Featuring 6 new plays from our Write From the Hip Playwriting program and industry events.
    Quiver written and performed by Anna Chatterton and directed by Andrea Donaldson.
    Mouthpiece created by Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken and directed and composed by Amy Nostbakken. A Nightwood Theatre presentation of a Quote Unquote Collective production.
    Unholy written by Diane Flacks and directed by Kelly Thornton.
    Century Song created by Neema Bickersteth, Kate Alton and Ross Manson. Nightwood Theatre presents Century Song, produced by Volcano and Richard Jordan Productions UK, in association with the Moveable Beast Collective.

2015-2016

    The New Groundswell Festival 2015 A National Festival of Contemporary Women’s Theatre. Featuring the workshop production of Unholy written by Diane Flacks, and the workshop reading of Trident Moon by Anusree Roy. As well as 5 new plays from our Write From the Hip Playwriting program and industry events.
    Obeah Opera created, composed and written by Nicole Brook as part of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games arts and culture festival, PANAMANIA presented by CIBC. Produced by Culchahworks Arts Collective in association with Nightwood Theatre
    Nirbhaya written and directed by Yaël Farber.
    The Public Servant written by Jennifer Brewin, Haley McGee, Sarah McVie and Amy Rutherford. Directed by Jennifer Brewin and produced by Common Boots Theatre in association with Nightwood Theatre.
    Refuge written by Mary Vingoe and directed by Kelly Thornton.

2014-2015

    The New Groundswell Festival 2014 A National Festival of Contemporary Women’s Theatre. Over 10 days, with two workshop productions. Featuring Obeah Opera created, composed and written by Nicole Brooks and With Individual Desire by Suzanna Fournier. As well as a National Play Reading Series and industry events.
    HER2 by Maja Ardal, directed by Kim Blackwell.

2013-2014

    Free Outgoing by Anupama Chandrasekhar directed by Kelly Thornton.
    The Carousel by Jennifer Tremblay, translated by Shelley Tepperman, directed by Megan Follows.

2012-2013

    The New Groundswell Festival 2013 A National Festival of Contemporary Women’s Theatre. Over 10 days, with three festival productions. Featuring Who Killed Snow White? by Judith Thompson, Adam’s Rib by Odelah Creations and God’s Middle Name by Jennifer Overton . As well as an industry series consisting of masterclasses, workshops, readings and special events.
    The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, directed by Kelly Thornton.
    Between The Sheets by Jordi Mand, directed by Kelly Thornton.

2011-2012

    The New Groundswell Festival 2012 A National Festival of Contemporary Women’s Theatre. Over 11 days, with three 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.

2010-2011

    The List by Jennifer Tremblay, translated by Shelley Tepperman, directed by Kelly Thornton in co-production with the Canadian Stage Company.
    Ruined by Lynn Nottage, directed by Philip Akin, Obsidian Theatre in association with Nightwood Theatre.

2009-2010

    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.

2008-2009

    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.

2007-2008

    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.

2006-2007

    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.

2005-2006

    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.

2004-2005

    • 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

2003-2004

    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.

2002-2003

    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

2002-2003

    • 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.

2001-2002

    • 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

2000-2001

    • 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

1999-2000

    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.

1998-1999

    20/20 Vision, a new mentorship program, is designed for Nightwood’s 20th Anniversary
    One Flea Spare by Naomi Wallace is premiered

1997-1998

    • 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.

1996-1997

    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. 

1995-1996

    • 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

1994-1995

    • Diane Roberts’ The Coloured Girls Project is produced

1993-1994

    • 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

1992-1993

    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

1991-1992

    The Wonder Quartet by Diana Braithwaite is produced

1990-1991

    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

1989-1990

    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

1988-1989

    • 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

1987-1988

    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.

1986-1987

    • 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

1985-1986

    • 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.

1984-1985

    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

1983-1984

    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

1982-1983

    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!!!!

1981-1982

    Mass/Age, a collective creation, is launched
    Hooligans by Jan Kudelka and Mary Vingoe is produced

1980-1981

    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

1979-1980

    Glazed Tempera, inspired by the works of Alex Colville, is produced
    • Nightwood Theatre joins with Buddies in Bad Times to launch the Rhubard! Festival

1979

    The True Story of Ida Johnson is collectively created as an adaptation from the novel by Sharon Riis

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