Registered Name: THEATRE SMASH

Business Number: 831631676RR0001

Our Mission

Theatre Smash develops and produces contemporary theatrical work with a global twist. We are particularly interested in engaging our audiences with new writing from Canada and beyond through our exploration of text, movement, space, and multi-media.

We develop scripts with both Canadian and international playwrights, and produce new Canadian pieces, as well as premieres of contemporary international work. We also explore new translations of non-English scripts, and devise works with artists of different backgrounds.

Theatre Smash is committed to increasing the public’s awareness of the arts through the development and production of innovative performances and workshops, as well as by focusing on accessibility and arts promotion, and by encouraging volunteer engagement.


• To produce at least one new work or Canadian premiere annually

• To embrace a global perspective by examining both new theatrical works and new theatre practices from around the world

• To develop working relationships with other independent theatre companies across the globe

• To be well-run, financially responsible and accessible to all audience members curious about independent theatre

• To set up a series of development programs for young artists, particularly playwrights, designers and directors


Founded in 2005, Theatre Smash is a professional theatre company based in Toronto, Ontario. Led by Artistic Producer Ashlie Corcoran and General Manager, Stacey Norton, Theatre Smash develops and produces contemporary new work with a global twist.

Theatre Smash’s inaugural production, the North American premiere of Abi Morgan’s "Tiny Dynamite," took place to critical acclaim in September 2006 at Tarragon Theatre’s Extra Space, and was followed closely by a workshop reading of Lukas Barfuss’ "Der Bus", produced in association with the Goethe-Institut of Toronto. Our 2008/09 season included two productions: the Canadian première of Igor Bauersima’s "Norway.Today," in September 2008 at Tarragon’s Extra Space and Layne Coleman’s "Tijuana Cure," presented at Theatre Passe Muraille in March 2009. In 2010-11: A Boy Called Newfoundland by Graeme Gillis. In 2011-12: The Ugly One by Marius von Mayenburg, translated by Maja Zade-- Winning Outstanding Production and Outstanding Set Design Dora Awards. In 2013-14: The Ugly One was remounted as a co-production with Tarragon Theatre-- Nominated for 3 Dora Mavor Moore Awards. In May 2015, Durango, by Julia Cho  produced as a co-production with fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company, in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Next Up: April 12-May 1, 2016 the North American premiere of the English translation of DAS DING (THE THING) by Philipp Löhle translated by Birgit Schreyer Duarte at CanadianStage, Berkeley Street Theatre- Upstairs. DAS DING (THE THING) is produced in partnership with CanadianStage, in association with the Thousand Islands Playhouse.

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