Theatre Gargantua

Dynamic, original, Canadian theatre

Theatre Gargantua is an artist-driven theatre company committed to the development and production of contemporary, original, multi-disciplinary Canadian work through an exploratory, collaborative, ensemble-based process. At the heart of the company is a strong commitment to the development of original and intelligent Canadian work that integrates music, movement, design and original text, and mines the individual skills of each ensemble member. We endeavour to keep our theatre vital and meaningful by examining subjects that are compelling, challenging and relevant. We keep our process active and accessible through artistic partnerships, artist training and a progressive outreach program. We strive to engage the eyes, ears and mind with bold, captivating theatrical experiences.

Mandate: To create and develop new works with a multi-disciplinary focus. To develop a network of artists who work with the company on an ongoing basis. To propose and develop new, innovative techniques in the process of creating theatrical works. To promote and encourage artistic exchange on a local, national and international scale through co-productions, collaborations, workshops and touring. To provide a forum for the training of young, emerging and established artists.

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Theatre Gargantua is one of Canada’s leading multi-disciplinary theatre companies. Under the direction of Jacquie P.A. Thomas, the company has been devising dynamic physical theatre for 25 years. Thomas founded the distinct Toronto company in 1992, after travelling extensively in Europe and North America and working with a diverse group of theatre-makers whose techniques inspired the unique way in which Gargantua develops original productions. We create works over a 2-year cycle – beginning with an inspired concept and distilling it into a richly layered work through several exploratory workshops and presentations. Each of Gargantua’s productions, while being diverse in terms of subject, writing and performance styles, melds daring physicality with striking designs, underpinned by original live music and the innovative use of technology.

Our 25th Anniversary Season has included the premiere of Reflector, a remount of Raging Dreams - into the visceral and a tour of Trace (a Vertical City Performance and Theatre Gargantua SideStream Cycle) to Calgary's High Performance Rodeo.

To date, Gargantua has garnered dozens of nominations, awards and recognitions for categories including Outstanding New Play, Direction, Sound Design, Set Design and Light Design. Important milestones include; extensive touring to the U.K with residencies at the Royal Exchange in Manchester and the Riverside Studios in London; headlining the Portland International Performance Festival in Oregon; multiple Canadian tours; and the presentation of the company by Mirvish Productions at Toronto’s renowned Royal Alexandra Theatre. Theatre Gargantua has also produced a film adaptation of Raging Dreams, which was purchased by WTN. In 2004 Artistic Director Jacquie Thomas and Associate Artistic Director Michael Spence were honoured with Harold Awards, a distinction for Toronto independent theatre-makers, and in February 2013, Thomas received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Canadian culture.


Company Information:

  • Year Founded: 1992
  • Season Starts: January
  • Season Ends: January
  • Theatre Tours: Yes
  • Tour Locations:
    • Nationally
    • Internationally
  • Affiliations & Memberships (other than PACT): TAPA
  • Senior Staff:

  • Jacquie PA ThomasArtistic Director
  • Yolanda FerratoProducer & General Manager
  • Michael SpenceAssociate Artistic Director

Rental Information:

  • Venue rental Information:

    Venue rentals: no

Solicitation Information:

  • Playwrights:

    Accept unsolicited scripts: no
  • Policies: Our works are created in a collective manner. We do not accept scripts for production. We are happy to hear from writers interested in working as part of a team of creators and contributors.
  • Actors:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • Policies: We hold general workshop-style group auditions before the start of each new cycle. Audition notices are placed through Equity's e-drive with all submission details provided at that time.
  • General auditions: yes
  • General auditions guidelines: see above
  • Production staff:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • Administrative Staff:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • Designers:

    Accept Resumés: yes