Crow’s Theatre

PACT Membership: Regular Membership

PACT Region: 1 – British Columbia

ARTISTIC VISION - To ignite passionate and enduring engagement between our audiences and artists by creating, producing, and promoting unforgettable theatre that examines and illuminates the pivotal narratives of our times.

ARTISTIC MANDATE - We are a content-led company. We seed projects and collaborations with artists and companies that are engaged in the examination of our culture’s pivotal narratives in ways that are direct yet complex, entertaining, and challenging; a process that happily and constantly leads us to reconsider, re-imagine, and redefine the possibilities of the theatre and the world that we make. Crow’s commits to a long-term development process. We provide an appropriate gestation period, with multiple moments of audience engagement, so that each work grows and is informed through its resonance with the public. We encourage development to occur beyond the premiere production through remounts and tours. Crow’s values quality over quantity, only programming and planning events that can be delivered with rigour, precision, intelligence, and beauty. We only create work with strong potential to live beyond its premiere production. We extend the life of work that we create through co-production, touring, remounts, or promoting and brokering new productions by other companies. We actively seek out expertise outside of the theatre milieu in order to identify or understand stories that are of vital and pressing concern for our audience and artists.

Current Season:

The season launched in October 2017 with an exciting pairing of plays by two emerging female voices, Ellie Moon and Rose Napoli, both addressing the subject of consent. Dubbed The Consent Event, and presented by Nightwood Theatre in association with Crow’s Theatre, Asking For It by Ellie Moon is a documentary play that examines gender roles and sexual consent in the wake of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal; and LO (or Dear Mr. Wells) by Rose Napoli tells the story of a young woman looking back on her relationship with her high school English teacher Mr. Wells. In November, Crow’s presents the World Premiere of A&R Angels written by Kevin Drew of Canada’s baroque-pop collective Broken Social Scene and directed by Chris Abraham. Straddling our world and the afterlife, two angels have - for decades - pulled folks from the brink of death with their music. But times have changed. The past lives that they’ve been tasked to save…have ended, well…badly. The A&R Angels have only one shot left before being eternally benched by the higher-ups - can they write that killer song that will give life to the living? Drew will co-star in the world premiere of this new rock play hybrid alongside fellow rocker Ben Kowalewicz, frontman for Canadian punk rock band Billy Talent, and joined by Crow’s regular, and recent Dora award-winner Ngozi Paul, and Maurice Dean Wint. 2018 welcomes the return of the show that inaugurated the Streetcar Crowsnest and had audiences lining up at the door and rolling in the aisles – Kristen Thomson’s Dora-award nominated TheWedding Party. A comedy about a wedding in which the bride and groom are never on stage, this uproarious play features a cast of six actors playing over 20 characters at the wedding reception from hell. Meanwhile, Crow’s will send Torquil Campbell on the road with the critically acclaimed show True Crime following a limited run in Crow’s Theatre’s Scotiabank Community Studio in January 2018. After Premiering in Crow’s 2016-2017 season, the show tours to Vertigo Theatre in Calgary, AB (January 2018) and to the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, BC (March 2018). In March 2018, Crow’s presents Hannah Moscovitch’s What a Young Wife Ought to Know, directed by Christian Barry and produced by Halifax’s acclaimed 2b Theatre. An unflinching look at love, sex, and fertility in an era where reproductive rights are still not a universal human right. Inspired by real stories about young mothers during the first wave of the Canadian birth control movement in the early 20th century, What a Young Wife Ought to Know is a sensual, sometimes funny, love story that will resonate with all audiences long after they’ve left the theatre. Crow’s is thrilled to welcome Theatre Direct to Streetcar Crowsnest, with their production of Old Man and the River by Lynda Hill and Thomas Morgan Jones, presented in association with Crow’s Theatre. A beautifully designed puppetry work performed without words to an enchanting musical score, the production has received unanimous praise from children, parents, grandparents, and teachers for its artistry and its story of newfound friendship. Old Man and the River is the perfect introduction to theatre for the very young and their grownups. This season Crow’s Theatre welcomes The Watah Theatre for a special residency at the Streetcar Crowsnest. For five weeks in the Scotiabank Community Studio, the award winning company will present two productions, Najla Nubyanluv’s afro-futurist piece I Cannot Lose my Mind, and a new work by d’bi.young anitafrika, Once Upon a Black Boy, a bio-myth about a young black boy coming of age. The Watah Theatre Company is a professional theatre company that specializes in producing political theatre from a radical, queer, Black feminist lens. Founded in 2008 and incorporated in 2014 by Artistic Director d'bi.young, Watah cultivates artists as instigators of social change through ongoing arts residencies. The residency will conclude with The Audre Lorde Works-in-Progress Festival, a one week festival of readings by the participants in the Watah Performing Artist Development Initiative (PADI), which provides both theoretical and practical performance training while enabling mentorship between emerging/newly emerged and established artists. It offers professional artistic development for Black, Indigenous, POC and LGBTQQIP2SAA peoples between the ages of 18-30 who write and perform. Crow’s also welcomes the Broadview Collective in association with our long-time colleagues at Human Cargo with a new production presented in association with Crow’s Theatre. Broadview, directed by Christopher Morris, is a new community theatre project created and performed by residents from Riverside. Over a ten-week rehearsal period, the diverse cast will create a piece of theatre that reveals the day-to-day lives of this vibrant community in Toronto that has been rocked by devastating crimes in the last two years. Outside the March’s monthly storytelling event, The Spoke, continues through the summer at Streetcar Crowsnest and returns for a second season in the fall. Since 2012, The Spoke features a cross-section of people telling true stories from their lives, based around a common theme. Storytellers range from local community members to renowned Canadian artists. A corresponding free Podcast is offered at outsidethemarch.ca/the-spoke. Streetcar Crowsnest welcomes several guest productions that will be available through its subscription package. Soundstreams returns to Streetcar Crowsnest with a world premiere production, Musik für das Ende, a mesmerizing and immersive experience by legendary Québécois composer Claude Vivier, directed by Chris Abraham, with music director John Hess. Another Soundstreams production is The Little Match Girl Passion inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famous tale about a poverty-stricken young woman sent out into the cold by her father to sell matches. This story is brought to life with text and music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. In February 2018, Outside the March and The Company Theatre join forces to produce the Canadian premiere of the critical smash hit Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth, directed by Outside the March’s Mitchell Cushman and starring Canadian screen icon Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy, Entourage, Prison Break) in his return to the stage after an almost 30-year hiatus, since playing the title role of Macbeth at the Stratford Festival and Stanley Kowalski on Broadway. A number of thrilling guest productions will round out the season, including the Howland Company’s Toronto Premiere of Punk Rock by Simon Stephens, author of Harper Reagan and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. In the library of a private school outside of Manchester, England, a group of hyper-intelligent seventeen-year-olds prepare for their final exams. As anxiety builds and hormones rage, the students must prepare for a future that seems uncertain - and survive the volatile rites-of-passage of an unstable world. The Howland Company is best known for their 2014 “Best of Toronto Fringe” hit and three-time sold-out production of 52 PICK-UP.

Contact Information:

  • Phone Number (admin): 647-341-7390 ext. 1011
  • Phone Number (ticketing): 647-341-7390 ext. 1010
  • Contact Email: info@crowstheatre.com

Company Information:

  • Year Founded: 1983
  • Season Starts: October
  • Season Ends: April
  • Theatre Tours: Yes
  • Tour Locations:
    • Nationally
  • Engagement Contracts:
    • CTA
  • Affiliations & Memberships (other than PACT): PACT - Professional Association of Canadian Theatres TAPA - Toronto Alliance for the Arts ADC - Associated Designers of Canada EEA - East End Arts Toronto
  • New Play Development Activities:

    DOCU-THEATRE CREATORS UNIT - Lead by Crow’s Associate Artistic Director and documentary theatre playwright, Andrew Kushnir, the unit provides a development platform for four emerging creator-investigators: Frank Cox O’Connell, Ellie Moon, Ngozi Paul and Sarah Segal-Lazar. Documentary Theatre remains a dynamic way to bring issues of the day into the theatre, to feature local voices and a multitude of perspectives, as well as to explore questions of justice and the “State of the Nation” on a substantial canvas. Crow’s Theatre is committed to nurturing creators in this genre to help innovate and expand Canada’s docu-drama practices. With previous works like Seeds, The Watershed and Winners and Losers, the company has made its mark as one of Canada’s leading developers of the form. Crow’s put out a call for submissions last year for works-in-progress that feature documentary theatre techniques in their creation process, or pursue documentary/verbatim theatre as a form and received nearly 40 applicants. The unit will include: group meetings throughout the season, sessions with documentary theatre practitioners and other professionals related to this genre of theatre-making, public readings and facilitated public feedback sessions, and the opportunity to become a work-in-development for an upcoming season at Crow’s.  SPONTANEOUS THEATRE ENSEMBLE PROGRAM   In association with Crow’s Theatre and with support via Crow’s Theatre’s 2017 RBC Emerging Director residency, Rebecca Northan launches her Spontaneous Theatre Ensemble training program. Best known for her hit-show Blind Date and other Spontaneous Theatre creations such as Legend Has It (premiered at the playRites Festival), An Undiscovered Shakespeare (with the Stratford Festival), and Undercover (a co-production with Tarragon Theatre and Vertigo Theatre), Northan will train a 40-person ensemble of Toronto artists in the tools and skills for her award-winning Spontaneous Theatre methodology of creation and performance.

  • Senior Staff:

  • Chris AbrahamArtistic Director
  • Monica EstevesManaging Director

Venue Information:

  • Number of Mainspace seats: 200
  • Number of Studio seats: 90

Rental Information:

  • Venue rental Information:

    Venue rentals: yes
  • Venue rental contact name: Fiona Christie
  • Venue rental contact title: Events & Sales Manager
  • Venue rental contact phone: 647-341-7390 ext. 1004
  • Venue rental contact email: fiona@crowstheatre.com