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.
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 artistic 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.
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 the 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.
Crow’s Theatre is recognized in the Canadian theatre landscape as a provocative, daring, award-winning theatre company. Founded in 1983 by Jim Millan, it established itself by winning the 1994 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Innovation and Artistic Excellence for Dali, the company’s very first original production. In 1989, Brad Fraser’s Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love was an unqualified hit. Brent Carver played David, a role for which he would win a Dora Mavor Moore Award.
Crow’s Theatre spent the next decade establishing a reputation in Canada and abroad with tours and remounts of some of the most successful productions including Serpent Kills, Come Good Rain, The Cezanne Syndrome, High Life; and national and international tours of High Life and Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love. After a widely praised 2001 premiere of Time After Time: The Chet Baker Project, Crow’s Theatre embarked on its largest and most successful tour in 2003 and 2004.
In 2006, Founding Artistic Director Jim Millan announced his plans to hand over the helm of the company. After a rigorous search the Board of Director’s announced Chris Abraham would lead the company into its next phase of evolution.
The 25th Anniversary Season (2008/2009) became a milestone year that would see the most activity in the company’s history. This banner year which included continued touring activity, the premiere of a new Canadian work, the creation of several artistic residencies, and the seeding and development of projects all varying in scope and stages of development demonstrated the variety of ways that Crow’s Theatre successfully and ambitiously creates and presents diverse work on stages across the country. The season concluded with 15 Dora Nominations, 5 for I, Claudia and 10 for Eternal Hydra. The Crow’s Theatre production of Eternal Hydra went on to win 4 for Outstanding New Play, Direction, Production and Lighting Design.
Since then, Crow’s has continued to build on its body of new work, with notable world-premieres of Eternal Hydra, Instructions to Any Socialist Government Wishing to Abolish Christmas, SEEDS, Someone Else and Winners and Losers.
In 2013, Crow’s Theatre also began presenting independent theatre work in the East-End neighbourhood, with the Canadian Premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, in an epic environmental indoor/outdoor adventure. In May 2014, Crow’s Theatre presented the East End Performance Crawl, with 12 different and original pieces commissioned by Crow’s and created by some of Toronto’s most innovative independent theatre artists, designed for site-specific locations along Queen Street East.
At present, the 2014/2015 season includes the highly successful production of Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece, The Seagull at the Berkeley Street Theatre, with sold out performances. In February, Damien Atkins’ We Are Not Alone will premiere at the Segal Centre in Montreal. Finally, Crow’s Theatre will present The Watershed in July 2015, a docu-drama on the sustainability of fresh water sources in North America, and a commission of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Arts and Culture program. Along side these premieres, Crow’s has continued to tour nationally and partner with artists and institutions across the country in the development of new work. Crow’s productions are regularly invited to play at Canadian Theatre Festivals including Mag North, FTA, and PuSH.