This past summer NAC English Theatre created Grand Acts of Theatre to re-ignite creativity, bring hope, and lift the spirits of theatre artists and performing arts lovers from across the country.
Co-curated by English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley and Sherry Yoon, Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Boca del Lupo, Grand Acts of Theatre commissioned twelve of Canada’s most innovative theatre companies to create a large-scale outdoor works to be performed for a live, physically distanced audience, filmed, and later shared online. Over the fall artists from Vancouver, British Columbia to St. John’s Newfoundland to Igloolik, Nunavut created inspired new works in response to these challenging times.
Jonathan Christenson, Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre, shared that his experience as a participating artist left him with “renewed faith that audiences still look to the artists in our communities to creatively express what we're collectively experiencing and, in doing so, find meaning or validation or, at the very least, feel a little bit less alone.”
It is thanks to NAC Foundation supporters like you that our country’s performing artists can see brighter days ahead as together, we discover ways to adapt to these changing times.
Mitchell Cushman, Artistic Director of Outside the March (Toronto), who collaborated with Barrie’s Talk Is Free Theatre to create Something Bubbled, Something Blue said “I want to say how much I admire all of the tremendous leadership the NAC is showing to our entire national community, amidst this prolonged and challenging time. Being a part of the Grand Acts of Theatre series has been one of the true bright spots for me, and our whole company, during a time when there's a lot of grey.”
Each Grand Acts of Theatre performance was filmed and adapted into short videos. To date, four of these videos have been launched on the NAC website, and have already been viewed more than two million times. Six more will be added to the series on January 7.
We welcome you to enjoy these performances from wherever you are and see first hand how your investment in the performing arts is making an impact on the performing arts throughout Canada. Thank you!