October 13, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Climate change

The Earth is Watching…Let’s Act.

Part 1: Summit 2019


In April 2019, NAC English Theatre, in partnership with the Banff Centre and several key organizations, gathers together nine Inspirers from Canada, USA, Australia and the UK for a three-day conversation about the costs of Climate Change and how we might reimagine the footprint of Canadian theatre. This final Cycle is co-curated by Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre Sarah Garton Stanley and playwright, translator and Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle, Chantal Bilodeau. Cultural leaders from across Canada join the conversation. The NAC gratefully acknowledges the partnership of the Banff Centre and the collaborating support of the Stratford Festival, as well as the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Council and the Australia Council for the Arts.

The NAC’s goal with the Cycle is to broadly impact the creative choices being made by theatres across Canada and to impact in broad ways how we make, consume and understand our theatre practice.

Canada’s National Arts Centre English Theatre is embarking on the third and final cycle with a wish to participate in changing the shape of Canadian theatre and the processes by which it is made.  Jillian Keiley, Artistic Director of English Theatre, tasked Sarah Garton Stanley, Associate Artistic Director, with constructing an engaged and investigative space for questions of contemporary concern to Canadians. All avenues of participation, from production to performance to patronage, are impacted by Climate Change. A conscious and engaged theatre practice is centrally important to our goals in English Theatre.