We are NAC English Theatre. This is what we do.
NAC English Theatre opened its doors in 1969 with a production of George Ryga’s The Ecstasy of Rita Joe.
Playwrights and Creators
NAC English Theatre invests in writers and creators who are aiming to create dynamic, urgent and uniquely Canadian work. We believe that plays, in all of their shapes and sizes, need time and attention to prosper. We are therefore looking for work at every stage of development, from the beginnings of ideas right through to projects that have already seen first productions. We are drawn by the inventiveness of play-makers, and by content that we believe helps to strengthen our collective sense of who we are in Canada.
As part of a desire to strengthen the existing body of Canadian theatre, and to give meaningful support to the development of new work, NAC English Theatre does not produce first productions on our stages. We are however involved with companies who premiere new work and support these premieres on stages across the country. We invite you to check out The Collaborations below to learn more.
We collaborate on new work because we love Canadian plays. We believe that beautifully crafted plays will leave our audiences with a story to tell, and the added satisfaction of being able to say, “You had to be there." We are compelled to make theatre that is finely tuned, and we invest in this pursuit with our financial support, attention, time and other available resources.
We are interested in stories and ideas that are unique, and that speak to the diverse experiences of living in Canada today. We are interested in the variety of writing and creative voices in this country – all part of the ongoing project of making our work a reflection of the evolving cultural milieu within Canada's borders.
Our present and past collaborations can be found here.
We encourage writers of un-produced plays to contact your regional play development houses and to pursue local means of getting your work produced in your home communities.
NAC English Theatre does not accept unsolicited scripts.
Let us know about your work
Let us know if your play is being produced. If we can see a performance, we will. If we are unable to, we will keep our eyes and ears open about its progress. We suggest that you archive your work: producing companies may be interested in these documents following a successful production in your home community.
At present, we are not commissioning any new work.
Artists in Residence
When possible, NAC English Theatre has an Artist or Arts Manager in Residence. This resident is chiefly responsible for furthering their own work, and we are chiefly responsible for helping them to do this.
Valerie Sing Turner
made possible through the assistance of the BC Arts Council Creative Writers program
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard