National News

Young Innovators Program: A Call to all Emerging Theatre Artists


Get an inside look into the creative process; learn the essential skills necessary to run a theatre company; and become an ambassador for Canada’s National Women’s Theatre. Nightwood is now accepting applications from ambitious, driven, curious theatre-lovers for our 2017/18 Young Innovators program.

Program includes:  A complimentary 2017/18 season pass, Attend a Write from the Hip play development workshop with director/dramaturge Andrea Donaldson, Complimentary access to The Groundswell Festival: A National Festival of Contemporary Women’s Theatre, and so much more! We ask emerging artists who are 18-28 to please submit electronically to with a letter of interest, artistic resume and a minute-long video describing why you want to join Nightwood’s Young Innovators team. Application deadline June 15, 2017 at 5pm. Find out more.


Come From Away picks up three Toronto Theatre Critics Awards

By: theglobeandmail

Congratulations to the Canadian original musical for its countless nominations at both the Tony Awards and the Theatre Theatre Critics Awards. “Come from Away has picked up three accolades from the Toronto Theatre Critics Awards as it heads toward its New York showdown at the Tony Awards next month. The musical set in Newfoundland after 9/11, written and composed by Torontonians Irene Sankoff and David Hein, was named the best new Canadian musical of the 2016-17 season – and also the best overall production of a musical in Toronto in that period.” Read more.


Toronto: Luminato Opens June 14 with a Four-Part Celebration of Indigenous Performance


“Luminato’s opening evening pays homage and respect to Indigenous creativity, presence, and voice in a large-scale celebratory experience. Tributaries represent connectors and for many, artists are the connectors of change. Featuring over 60 artists who pay tribute to the resilience of Indigenous women and the power of land and water, Luminato opens its second decade with Tributaries on June 14 from 6 to 11 p.m. in David Pecaut Square (215 King Street W.). This is a free and open event.” Read more.


Shaw Festival’s 1837 Returns with New Perspective on Canadian History

By: theglobeandmail

“For anyone steeped in their Canadian theatre history, one particular show on this year’s playbill at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., will stand out like a Tim Hortons double-double at an English high tea. 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt, Rick Salutin and Theatre Passe Muraille’s 1973 collective creation about the rebellion led by William Lyon Mackenzie against the Family Compact in Upper Canada, will open next week at the repertory theatre in the colonial-era town alongside three British plays: Saint Joan by Bernard Shaw; Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III; and a West End musical from the 1930s called Me and My Girl.” Read more.


Review: Children of God is Must-see Theatre for Canadians

By: theglobeandmail

While we don’t share reviews, we reserve ourselves the rights to do so for special productions that are important for Canadian theatre. This is the case with this review of the play, Children of God, that deals with a piece of Canadian history silenced for a long time and that is brought to light on stage. This is a very important piece of theatre that needs to Canadian theatre artists and non-artists have to know about. “Children of God is the work of theatre Canada needs right now. A musical about this country’s shameful residential schools history and the continued impact on contemporary lives, Children of God had its world premiere in Vancouver over the long Victoria Day weekend during this year of Canada 150 celebrations (Canada 150+ is what the City of Vancouver is calling it). It also comes at a time when First Nations activism is, with a fierce integrity, bringing to light issues that have long been ignored by the mainstream.” Read more.


International News

A New Play Celebrates the Lesbian Kiss that Scandalized Broadway in 1923


A fascinating article about the history of a play from the 1920s that was deemed scandalous and cut short and how it revolutionized a whole generation of theatre enthusiasts. Today, a a new play about the incident is hitting the stage, retracing the history and bringing the to lights the themes what were not so accepted then. Here is a snippet of the article “Indecent, playwright Paula Vogel’s Broadway debut, recasts God of Vengeance as a triumphant, defiant showcase of queer love far ahead of its time. Alongside her collaborator, director Rebecca Taichman, Vogel excavates the thematically complex history surrounding Asch’s work, and how a small Yiddish play became the focus of conservative America’s xenophobic agenda.” Read more.


Broadway Casting Directors Struggle in Push for Unionization

By: broadwayworld

This is an interesting article about the struggle of theatre professionals and their fight for their rights to be unionized. When talking about union and a fight to be represented, casting directors don’t usually come to mind, but this article brings to light that they do deserve the protection, just like any othet theatre artists from any discipline. “Getting past a casting director can be the key to starting a successful career on Broadway, and can make or break the success of a show. But these highly specialized and influential individuals are some of the least protected workers on Broadway. In a feature by the New York Daily News, a number of New York’s biggest names in casting revealed the importance of their push for union protection and the struggles they face without it.” Read more.


Oh, Hello On Broadway Comes to Netflix June 13


Broadway on Netflix, or how Netflix manages once more to bridge two forms of arts into their on-demand service? “Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are bringing their brilliantly bizarre Broadway alter egos to Netflix in “Oh, Hello on Broadway,” an all-new original comedy special launching globally June 13.” Read more.


Sweat Tony Nominee Michelle Wilson: Saying What Needs to Be Said on Broadway


An honest interview between a Broadway veteran and her thoughts on the industry, the stages and practices done on Broadway, and the state of the arts. “During a break in her schedule, Wilson took the opportunity to discuss what makes the experience of performing Lynn Nottage’s play about race, class, and the American dream on Broadway so important in this moment, saying, “To be able to bring this piece into the larger consciousness at this period of time feels like, this is the entire purpose of art.”” Read more.


Pretty Woman Musical May Hit Broadway in 2018-19 Season

By: theatermania

Yet another movie turned to a musical that may, or may not, hit the stage next season. “The long-anticipated musical adaptation of the 1990 film Pretty Woman is now hoping for a Broadway bow during the 2018-19 season according to an Entertainment Weekly interview with Jerry Mitchell, the show’s director.”  Read more.


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