Eclipse Theatre Company
- Instigate, investigate and excavate original stories, bringing new Canadian work to life.
- Re-examine and re-configure classics
- Foster and generate artists through education, collaboration, diversity and outreach
The original company was founded in 2010 by a group of Canada’s top musical theatre artists with a mission to advance the development of musical theatre in Canada.
Since its inception, the company supported this mission through various workshops/Labs. It had produced two large-scale musicals – the original Canadian musical Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare (nominated for 9 Dora Mavor Moore Awards) and the classic musical Company (winner of 4 Broadway World Awards).
In 2016 and early 2017 the company went through a transition with a new trade name, a refreshed Board of Directors and a new artistic vision with a new structure. In 2018 it ran a highly successful Lab where new members came together to create musical pieces. In 2019 ETC performed Kiss of the Spider Woman in the Old Don Jail - a sold-out run in a unique space. That earned six Dora nominations and one win for best Music. In early 2020 it staged Sunday in the Park with George, in the Old Jam Factory - also sold out and well reviewed. In between those two ETC co-produced Ghost Quartet with Crow's Theatre in late 2019. Now, ETC is concentrating on two new musical theatre shows for Canadian openings in 2021 and 2023.
What People Are Saying
"Oftentimes art lives in silos. Visual, media, dance, theatre arts and all the other art forms that reside inside that spectrum live side by side but rarely intersect in one production. We’d love to combine many of these elements to create an explosion of art. "
— Evan Tsitsias, Artistic Director
"Eclipse, with a mission to produce site-specific musical theatre, chose the historic Don Jail for its inaugural production of . . . award-winning Kiss of the Spider Woman. . . The jail, now an administration building , is an ... eerie match . . . and feels fully realized – and near-perfect.. . "
— Mooney on Theatre, 7 March 2019
"The Eclipse Theatre Company, an upstart musical-theatre company has been doing a four-star job of this since launching last year. Sunday in the Park with George, which runs only through the weekend, is the second of what Eclipse is billing as “events”. . . "
— Globe and Mail, March 4/5 2020 - Kelly Neastruck: