Volcano is an international award-winning theatre company based in Toronto. Using innovations in global and intercultural performance practice, Volcano seeks to create theatre that is stylistically and socially modern, a theatre that explores identity, politics, history, and the contemporary human condition. Volcano is both cosmopolitan and uniquely Canadian, bringing this country the latest in international theatre trends while touring Canadian artists and works around the world. Led by Artistic Director Ross Manson, Volcano has been a vital contributor to the independent theatre scene since 1994, and continues to question what it means to be a purveyor of outward-looking, rigorous Canadian theatre.
Major projects over the years include:
- Scott Joplin's Treemonisha, 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
- 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.