The Collaborations

Leading with our passion and following with our hearts:
What collaboration means to us.

Neema Bickersteth

Neema Bickersteth (pictured),
© John Lauener Photography

The National Arts Centre is fuelled by the idea that all of Canada is our stage. The Collaborations is one of the key ways NAC English Theatre is bringing this idea forward.

The Collaborations' goal is to place different components of English Theatre resources into the hands of the artists launching their work or honing their shows in all corners of Canada.

The Collaborations' tactics are to invest in singular new works as they germinate on their own soil, and lend strength to exceptional works that need further investment to grow.

Our wish through The Collaborations' is that the work we invest in will contribute to the rich and evolving Canadian Canon of Theatrical Work. We are creatively inspired by serving and supporting theatrical invention across this great land: Canada is our stage and The Collaborations is our conversation.

To The Artists:

The Collaborations are arterially connected to the Artistic Direction of the English Theatre.  With this in mind, The Collaborations' Curator Sarah Garton Stanley says: “I aim to connect our interests with the interests of artists from across the country. When considering projects for The Collaborations I have to ask myself questions such as: ‘“Is this a play intended for stages like ours?” "Can this project enrich our core programming?" "Can our investment give this piece a better life with a wider reach?"’

The Collaborations are an essential part of the artistic curiosity guiding our passion and widening our world in English Theatre at the NAC.  By investing in you and your work we are announcing how much we like what you are trying to do. And by allowing us to do this, you let us know that you value working with us. In all cases, The Collaborations are driven by making meaningful connections between English Theatre at the NAC and the artists making work across this country.

Some of our investments are one year, some happen over several years, helping to bring shows from their beginnings to premiere productions and beyond.  Stanley goes on to say: “I like to think of The Collaborations in relationship terms: Some are a great flings, some are going steady, and some are getting hitched  - and all of them are exciting!” 

Great work needs lots of attention and support and The Collaborations exists to respond. Artist to Artist. Person to Person. Project to Project.

Sarah Garton Stanley
Curator for The Collaborations

Andy Lunney
Producer for The Collaborations

NAC English Theatre is drawn to where the stories are.

We are delighted to be collaborating on the following projects:

  • Brebeuf's Ghost by Daniel David Moses, collaboration with Arts and Science, Toronto, ON
  • The Real McCoy by Vincent de Tourdonnet, based on a play by Andrew Moodie, collaboration with Vincent de Tourdonnet
  • Popcorn Elder by Curtis Peeteetuce, collaboration with Dancing Sky, Meacham, SK
  • Splinter My Heart by David Carley, based on the novel by Al Purdy, collaboration with Festival Players, Picton, ON
  • The SpiderWebShow co-creation Michael Wheeler and Sarah Garton Stanley collaboration with Neworld Theatre, Vancouver, BC, Praxis Theatre, Toronto, ON, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary Alberta (
  • What Dream It Was by Ahuri Theatre, collaboration with Ahuri Theatre, Collingwood, ON
  • Caught by Jordi Mand, collaboration with Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, ON
  • The Sound of Dog by Jennifer Roberts, collaboration with Imago Theatre, Montreal, QC
  • The Scavenger's Daughter by Susanna Fournier (part of the Empire Trilogy), collaboration with Paradigm Productions, Toronto, ON
  • The Bluebird Mechanicals by Talya Rubin and Nick James, collaboration with Too Close to the Sun, Montreal, QC and Sydney, Australia
  • A History of Summer by Adama Mathias and music by Jonathan Monro
  • Forest Fringecollaboration with Progress Festival and Julie LeGal, Toronto, ON
  • We Keep Coming Back by Michael Rubenfeld and Sarah Garton Stanley, collaboration with Self-Conscious Theatre, Toronto, ON (2015-16)
  • Up to Low by Brian Doyle and adapted for the stage by Jan Irwin collaboration Easy Street Productions, Ottawa, ON (2015)
  • Summerworks Awards collaboration with The SummerWorks Festival (2014, 2015)
  • Vigilante by Jonathan Christensen collaboration with Catalyst Theatre Edmonton, Alberta Premiere at Citadel Theatre (Winter 2014-Winter 2015)
  • Landline by Adrienne Wong and Dustin Harvey collaboration with Secret Theatre and Neworld Theatre, presented as part of Prismatic Festival (2014)
  • Pop-Up Love Party Created by Zuppa Theatre collaboration with Zuppa Theatre, Halifax, NS, Cardiff, Wales (Fall 2014)
  • King Arthur by Niall McNeill, Marcus Youssef and James Long. Songs/Music by Veda Hille collaboration with Neworld Theatre (2014)
  • Let's Not Beat Each Other to Death written and performed by Stewart Legere collaboration with The Accidental Mechanics Group, Halifax, NS (Fall workshop 2014-15 at Videofag)
  • Children of God by Corey Payette collaboration with Raven Theatre, Vancouver, BC (2016)
  • Helen Lawrence created by Stan Douglas and Chris Haddock collaboration with Canadian Stage, the Banff Centre and the Arts Club Theatre Company, BAM, deSingel, Banff AB, Vancouver, BC, Munich, GE, Edinburgh, UK, Brooklyn, NY, Antwerp, Belgium and Toronto, ON (2014 -2016)
  • Between Breaths by Robert Chafe, collaboration with Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL (2015-16)

Past Projects from The Collaborations:

  • Tartuffe by Andy Jones collaboration (opened NAC English Theatre 2013-14 Season, October)
  • A Side of Dreams by Jani Lauzon, collaboration with Paper Canoe Projects, Toronto, ON (Summerworks Festival 2013)
  • Under Wraps by Robert Chafe, collaboration with Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL (LSPU Hall, St. John's May 2103)
  • Refuge by Mary Vingoe, collaboration with Home First Production, Halifax, Nova Scotia (premiered in co-production with Eastern Front (September 2013)
  • Refuge by Mary Vingoe, collaboration Nightwood Theatre, Toronto, ON (second production 2014)
  • Poisoned by Itai Erdal, collaboration with Elbow Theatre, Vancouver, BC (2013-14)
  • Stained Glass by Nick Carpenter, collaboration with SideMart Theatrical Grocery, Montreal, QC (Summer and Fall 2013)
  • Ministry of Grace by Tara Beagan, collaboration with Chapter 11 Theatre, Toronto, On (2013-14)
  • Theatre for Babies by Maja Ardal collaboration with Maja Ardal and YPT, Toronto, ON (Family Day, Ottawa February 2014)
  • Pacamambo by Wajdi Mouwad, translated by Shelley Tepperman, collaboration with Canadian Rep, Toronto, ON (January 2014)
  • Beatrice and Virgil by Lindsay Cochrane, collaboration with Factory Theatre, Toronto, ON (April 2014)
  • The Summit, co-curated by Yvette Nolan in collaboration with Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA), The Banff Centre, The Luminato Festival, and with the support of Canada Council for the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts, Banff, AB (April 22-24, 2014).
    The Summit: Meditations on an Indigenous Body of Work
  • The Study/The Repast co-curated by Yvette Nolan in collaboration with Debajehmujig Theatre, Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA)The Banff Centre, The Luminato Festival,  (May 5-16, 2015).
  • Century Song co-created by Neema Bickersteth and Kate Alton collaboration with Volcano Theatre, Toronto, On (2014-15) (Pictured)
  • New Aestheticscollaboration with Theatre Replacement, to involve an Ottawa Professional in a national intensive Vancouver, BC (Summer 2013 and 2014)
  • Same Same But Different by Anita Majumdar, collaboration with Nightswimming Theatre (produced in association with Alberta Theatre Projects and Theatre Passe Muraille) Toronto, ON/Calgary, AB (2014-15)
  • Watershed by Annabel Soutar, collaboration with Crow’s Theatre in co-production with Porte Parole and commissioned by The Pan Am Games, Toronto, ON/Montreal, QC (2014-15)
  • The SpiderWebShow co-creation Michael Wheeler and Sarah Garton Stanley collaboration with Neworld Theatre, Vancouver, BC, Praxis Theatre, Toronto, ON, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary Alberta (
  • Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Robert Chafe, collaboration with Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL (premiere scheduled February 2015)
  • The Tale of a Town – Canada by Lisa Marie DiLiberto and Charles Ketchabaw, collaboration with FIXT POINT Theatre, Toronto, ON (2014-15)
  • Life, Death and The Blues by Raoul Bhaneja collaboration with Hope and Hell Theatre Co. Theatre Passe Muraille production in association with Hope and Hell Theatre Co.,  Theatre Passe Muraille (premiere), Citadel Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange (Fall - Winter 2014- 2015)
  • Province by Mathieu Gosselin, translation by Nadine Desrochers; directed by Stacey Christoudoulo collaboration with Talisman Theatre, Montreal, QC (Spring 2015) 
  • The Republic of Inclusion  co-curated by Alex Bulmer in collaboration PROGRESS International Festival of Performance Ideas and The Theatre Centre (February 15, 2015)