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.
  • Empowerment:

  • Our theatre empowers audiences and artists alike by giving voice to varying perspectives, and offering opportunities for growth and a space to connect.
  • Feminism:

  • We promote intersectional feminist values and equity. We believe theatre is a potent vehicle to challenge historical and systemic power imbalances in all aspects of what we do.
  • Inclusivity:

  • We are committed to produce art that is driven by - and that gives voice to - the diverse society we live in.
  • Integrity:

  • It is critically important to operate with integrity, be truthful in our interactions and accountable for our actions.
  • Opportunity:

  • It is our responsibility to create meaningful opportunities for women in our field, prioritizing folks with numerous intersecting identities. This value shapes our hiring practices, and the mentoring and sharing of knowledge with emerging talent in order to seed a new generation of Canadian theatre practitioners.
  • Respect:

  • 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.
  • *Our definition expressly includes trans women.


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