Volcano Theatre


Business Number: 898194972RR0001

Volcano is a Toronto-based live performance creation company. We work experimentally, collaboratively, and with an eye to making art that is socially and politically current. We work across boundaries of all kinds in this pursuit: geographic, cultural, and formal. We give our artists the time they need to make work that is as good as it can be, often embarking on years-long development trajectories. We keep our works alive for multiple seasons through remounts and touring, and have been recognized in this by over 70 awards and nominations at the local, national and international level. Led by founding Artistic Director, Ross Manson, we assemble hand-picked artistic teams that bring together the best possible people to tell the most relevant stories we can find  – stories that deal with race, politics, history – all the ingredients that make our time and place what it is. Volcano makes theatre that connects Canada to itself, and to the world.

Major projects over the years include:

  • Scott Joplin's Treemonisha, Adapted Story and Libretto by Leah-Simone Bowen, Co-Librettist: Cheryl Davis, Arranged by Jessie Montgomery and Jannina Norpoth
  • The Book of Life, created by Odile Gakire Katese and Ross Manson
  • Infinity, by Hannah Moscovitch - winner of 2015 Outstanding New Play, General Theatre Division, Dora Mavor Moore awards
  • Century Song, created by Soprano Neema Bickersteth with Kate Alton and Ross Manson
  • A Synonym for Love, site-specific opera at The Gladstone Hotel
  • White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, by Nassim Soleimanpour, simultaneous world premieres in Toronto and Edinburgh
  • Another Africa/The Africa Trilogy, world premiere in 2010 at Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity
  • The Four Horsemen Project, created by Kate Alton and Ross Manson, with animator Bruce Alcock
  • Goodness, by Michael Redhill (winner, Best of Edinburgh Prize 2006)
  • Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen (adapted by Judith Thompson)
  • The Arabian Night, by Roland Schimmelpfennig
  • Variete, a vaudeville based on the music of Mauricio Kagel, with text by Heather McHugh.
  • Weather, by Rebecca Hope Terry
  • Two Words for Snow, by Richard Sanger
  • Mortality, by Carol Shields, Tomson Highway, Paul Quarrington & Stephen Dobyns
  • Building Jerusalem, by Michael Redhill
  • Cherry Docs, by David Gow
  • Lambton Kent, by Andre Alexis
  • The Third Land, by Suzanne Fritz

The majority of Volcano's work has been original, Canadian, and experimental.

What People Are Saying

""One of those companies that every great theatre city needs - bold, experimental, and bubbling with ideas.""

— The Toronto Star

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