Artistic & General Director, Chris Abraham, has been the driving force of Crow’s Theatre since the 2008-2009 season. He has successfully led the company through two major milestones: the 25th and 35th Anniversaries of the company, as well as building a new pioneering, state of the art facility with three venues, in the East End of Toronto, Streetcar Crowsnest.
At present, there is no other Artistic leader in the country whose artistic practice successfully spans the spectrum of solo work, documentary, highly lauded Stratford and Shaw productions, hybrid theatrical musical concerts, opera, to filmmaking, all the while programming new, challenging and vibrant art forms with local and national artists through reciprocal partnerships.
Crow’s is distinguished by a focus on contemporary, urgent, art forms that highlight timely perspectives and stories. Crow’s curation and outreach efforts stimulate thoughtful reflection on contemporary issues and experiences with each season comprised of a combination of new partnerships and long-standing alliances with local producers and presenters. Programming at Crow’s covers a wide spectrum of disciplines and aesthetics, there are local commissions and creative residencies, presentations, and home-grown productions.
Chris has become known for authentically building new relationships, spending quality time nurturing relationships, and focusing on the social and business landscape of the east end community. Chris Abraham has been the recipient of the John Hirsch and Ken MacDougall Awards, as well as the recipient in 2013 of the Siminovitch Prize, the most prestigious and valuable performing arts prize in Canada. During his artistic directorship of Crow’s Theatre, critics and audiences alike have consistently and enthusiastically received the organization’s artistic work, which has directly enabled the continued life of Crow’s theatre works through touring and co-production.