Who We Are
is making world theatre in a world city. Toronto is one of the most diverse cities on earth. We are so fortunate to be creating performance right here – at the intersection of so many stories, histories, and voices. This is a city of collision and confluence. In many ways, the world is right here.
When the founding members of ARC created the company in 1998, they started with a simple idea: an artist-run theatre company that would bring the very best of the international stage to Toronto. Company members would lead every project right through to production – from curation to design to performance. Since then, we have produced an eclectic and acclaimed collection of shows
garnering eighteen Dora Mavor Moore nominations and three awards.
What We Do
1) We present contemporary international works that have rarely – if ever – been staged in Canada.
2) We take a rigorous, energetic, and innovative approach to re-imagining world theatre classics.
3) We mine international literature to devise original theatrical work.
Why We Do It
We are committed to making theatre that illuminates universal human themes. We explore these thorough and thoughtful exploration of specific international works. We deliberately seek to reflect and to engage with the unique diversity of our audience.
We are guided and inspired by the great theatrical tradition of developing and maintaining a stable resident company. Together we learn, we grow, we dream, we flail, we build, we shock, we amaze. We create things far greater than any one of us could have conceived of alone.
The ARC Resident Company boasts a diverse and multi-disciplined group of theatre makers — performers, designers, directors, visual artists, musicians, composers, writers, curators, producers, and stage management.
What We Are Doing Next
2016-2017 will be our biggest season yet. We have been working hard to build on what has come before. The critical acclaim for Moment
was spectacular. That is the foundation on which we build.
Pomona - November 2016
We are proud to present the North American premiere of Alistair McDowall’s Pomona. Pomona is a dark science fiction thriller that shocks and challenges, and tests what is possible in live theatre. Its themes spring from today’s headlines: disadvantaged and marginalized women, exploitation, sweatshops and the tragic inequities produced by globalization. It challenges how we as a society engage with the reality around us, mining tragedy for its news value while till turning a blind eye to its impacts and consequences. In his Variety review
of last year’s production at London’s National Theatre, Matt Truman declares, “This is singular stuff: fresh, vivid and engrossing, and as delirious as it is dead serious.”
Kiss - March–April 2017
We are thrilled to be bringing Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón’s Kiss to the Toronto stage in partnership with Canadian Stage and Theatre Smash. Kiss is the story of a dinner party for two couples, the campy staging of a Syrian soap opera script found online and what happens when an unexpected expression of love and a kiss leaves one person dead. This gripping play explores cultural barriers, political oppression, meaning and what is possible for us to know for sure.
We Need Your Help
We invite you to be a part of ARC. We earnestly need your passion, your patronage and your participation. Buy tickets to one of our groundbreaking shows, make a contribution here
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. Experience the joy, the magic and the mystery of theatre up close and intimately.