Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Toronto’s leading destination for alternative theatre and a world leader in developing queer voices and stories for the stage.

PACT Membership: Regular Membership

PACT Region: 5 – Toronto

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre creates vital Canadian theatre by developing and presenting voices that question sexual and cultural norms. Built on the political and social principles of queer liberation, Buddies supports artists and works that reflect and advance these values. As the world’s longest-running and largest queer theatre, Buddies is uniquely positioned to develop, promote, and preserve stories and perspectives that are challenging and alternative. Buddies achieves artistic excellence through its mainstage season programming, artist-residency program, and youth-based initiatives. Buddies serves a broad segment of the population who share a passion for theatre that celebrates difference.

Current Season:

For 40 years, Buddies productions, festivals, and community programming have uncovered unique queer viewpoints and offered theatrical experiences like no other company in this city or this country. We have introduced generations of artists to the world, and generations of audiences to the transformative power of seeing our stories played out onstage. We have seen our community suffer great losses and make great gains. We have grown. We have persisted. We have held our space.

This anniversary season, we reclaim works from the not-so-distant past, and we showcase the new; we tip our hats to our history, to our future, and to the continuous present.

Evalyn Parry, Artistic Director

Contact Information:

Company Information:

  • Year Founded: 1979
  • Season Starts: September
  • Season Ends: June
  • Theatre Tours: Yes
  • Description of work:

    Buddies in Bad Times Theatre has identified three core values that serve as guiding pillars for all our activities and operations.

    DIFFERENCE: With our art, we simultaneously celebrate difference and question the mechanisms through which differences are constructed and maintained. With our space, we create an accessible, non-judgmental, and inclusive environment for everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, economic position, race, creed, age, national origin, physical ability, or mental ability. With our daily interactions, we foster respect and dignity among all people.

    EXCELLENCE: We provide our audiences with unforgettable theatre experiences, and we give our artists and staff the resources they need to achieve the highest standards of excellence.

    COMMUNITY: We believe that the theatre plays a vital role in the educational, social, and economic health of a community. We strive to be a positive force by encouraging collaboration and constructive dialogue among the various groups and individuals who make up our community.

  • Senior Staff:

  • Evalyn ParryArtistic Director
  • Shawn DaudlinManaging Director
  • Mark AikmanDirector of Development and Communications

Venue Information:

  • Number of Mainspace seats: 200
  • Number of Studio seats: 100

Rental Information:

  • Venue rental Information:

    Venue rentals: yes
  • Venue rental contact name: Shawn Daudlin
  • Venue rental contact title: Managing Director
  • Venue rental contact phone: 416-975-9130 x23
  • Venue rental contact email: shawn@buddiesinbadtimes.com

Address Information

12 Alexander Street Toronto M4Y 1B4 ON, CA
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