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ARC has been making groundbreaking international theatre in Toronto since 1998. But you ain’t seen nothing yet. We’re unveiling our full programming slate for 2016/17. And it’s our biggest year ever.

Come celebrate with us, and support the work of this incredible ensemble. There’s food. Drinks. Music. Shenanigans. A mystery celebrity host. And more. (Possibly.)

It’s ARC 2.0, y’all. Come see.

7pm July 13, 2016
The Spoke Club
600 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario

Go to Eventbrite now to get your tickets!

$25 Arts Worker
$75 ARC Supporter (includes charitable receipt)

ARC partners with Theatre Smash and Canadian Stage for the North American premiere of Guillermo Calderón’s KISS.

It’s just too beautiful, right?  

So beautiful that you had to keep it a secret.

Theatre Smash and ARC are proud to announce they are joining forces as part of Canadian Stage’s 2016/2017 season. Theatre Smash and ARC, in partnership with Canadian Stage, will present the North American premiere of KISS by Guillermo Calderón, directed by Ashlie Corcoran.

KISS runs March 28 – April 16, 2017 at The Berkeley Street Upstairs Theatre. Previews March 28 and 29, 2017. Opening Night on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Two couples meet for dinner to take their minds off the war raging around them. An unexpected profession of love, an untimely proposal, and one kiss later, one of the foursome lies dead on the floor. Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón’s newest play breaks open cultural barriers as a group of western actors interpreting a Syrian play slowly realize the limits of their own understanding, and the suffocating effect of an oppressive, omnipresent regime.

Ashlie Corcoran and Christopher Stanton say this of KISS: “We are thrilled to tackle this exciting, troubling and timely play. Through our process, two Canadian companies will interpret a Chilean playwright, who, while living in NYC, wrote a ‘Syrian’ play commissioned by a German company. All of this overlap makes the play a thrilling vehicle with which to explore how artistic practices can comment upon current international events – while raising major questions about cultural representation and permission.”

Theatre Smash was established in 2005 and is run by Artistic Producer, Ashlie Corcoran and General Manager, Stacey Norton. Theatre Smash develops and produces Canadian premieres of international contemporary work. Theatre Smash engages audiences with international writing through the exploration of text, movement, space, and design. Theatre Smash also commissions new translations of international scripts into English. Theatre Smash has been nominated for twelve Dora Mavor Moore Awards and is the recipient of two for The Ugly One. Theatre Smash is currently in partnership with Canadian Stage and in association with the Thousand Islands Playhouse to produce the North American premiere of Philipp Löhle’s DAS DING (THE THING) as the first year of the artist in residency program at Canadian Stage, Berkeley Street Theatre.

ARC, led by Artistic Producer Christopher Stanton, is a diverse company of resident theatre artists dedicated to three central pursuits: presenting contemporary international works that have rarely – if ever – been staged in Canada; taking a rigourous, energetic, and innovative approach to re-imagining world theatre classics; and mining international literature to devise original theatrical work. Since 1998, ARC has been nominated for twelve Dora Awards and won two. Their most recent show, Deirdre Kinahan’s MOMENT staged on two floors of a converted commercial space in Leslieville — was nominated for six awards and found its way onto many critics’ Best Of Stage lists that year. They are currently preparing their next production for November 2016.

Guillermo Calderón is an award-winning Chilean playwright currently based in New York City. The New Yorker recently called himan authentic genius of the theatre.” In 2006, Calderón won Best Play of the Year as chosen by the Art Critics’ Circle of Chile. He also won three Altazor Awards in 2007, including Best Director and Best Playwright. 

For more information, visit or, call 416 368-3110.

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Job Posting: General Manager – fu-GEN Theatre Company & ARC

A great opportunity with two great companies. ARC & fu-GEN – two of Toronto’s most exciting independent companies – are partnering to look for an energetic and innovative individual to play a role in shaping the future of theatre in this city.

Click here to see the official posting and for information about how to apply.

Note that the application deadline is Friday, January 27th at 5:00 pm EST.

Thanks to all who apply, and good luck!

Looking back, looking ahead…

Dear friends and lovers and curious onlookers and all the little ARClings both hither and yon: the trees have shaken off their leaves and we find ourselves huddled a little closer to each other as another year winds down.

Looking back, 2015 proved to be a bit of a banner year for ARC.

* ARC’s hugely popular production of Deirdre Kinahan’s MOMENT garnered a company-record six (SIX!!!) Dora Mavor Moore nominations, including OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION. Congratulations again to ARC Resident Artists Aviva Armour-Ostroff, Nick Blais, Gordon Bolan, Jackie Chau, Deborah Drakeford, Ryan Hollyman, Janet Porter, Andre Sills, Christopher Stanton, Tamara Vuckovic, and Bahareh Yaraghi for their beautiful work and this much-deserved recognition.

* Our 2015 WORLD THEATRE DAY celebrations were another big success. Together with Luke Reece of Obsidian Theatre, and Jivesh Parasram & Owais Lightwalla of Cahoots Theatre Projects, we welcomed Toronto’s world-spanning theatre community and celebrated the uniquely innovative, moving, hilarious, beautiful, and diverse performance scene this great city has to offer. ARC owed the success of the night in large part to the sponsors of the party. Big ups to Big Rock Brewery, Queen Margherita Pizza, Mission Works Ltd, and Eadrey Foods. You made a great night of celebration taste AMAZING.

And again, as ever, a big thank you to The Toronto Arts Council.

As we look forward to 2016, ARC has a few surprises in store for you. Watch this space for news about our next major production, as well as your chance to see a sneak peek of some of what we have waiting in the wings. We can’t wait to make it all official and invite you all along for the ride.

So. A safe and happy holiday season, and all the best for the new year. We’ll see you again in 2016…IMG_3190


Friday, March 27th 2015 // 7pm
Sidemart Theatrical Grocery
1362 Queen St. East (corner of Greenwood)

PWYC at the door
Reserve your spot here:
Space is limited.

“In other (mostly European) countries, WTD is a big deal, everyone knows about it, theatres open their doors to the public for free. Imagine that here: all the major theatres and all the independent companies not charging admission on March 27th. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful acknowledgement of the importance of theatre in our society? So we decided to throw a party…”

Aviva Armour-Ostroff (ARC Resident Artist & WTD Coordinator)

Established by the International Theatre Institute in 1961, World Theatre Day is celebrated annually by the international theatre community. ARC (Moment, Bea, Family Stories: Belgrade) has been bringing global stories to Toronto stages for 16 years. Now, we want to raise WTD to the place in our cultural landscape it deserves. This country’s wild, varied theatre history is comparably young – yet there is so much in this world-class city we should celebrate. And so ARC presents World Theatre Day: A Celebration.

MARCH 27, ARC is leading a celebration with some of Toronto’s most innovative and exciting independent theatre companies, including Obsidian Theatre, Cahoots Theatre, and fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre. As ARC Artistic Producer Christopher Stanton says, “As Toronto theatre makers, we so rarely get a chance to get together, and to celebrate – together – the diversity of theatre right here. I can’t think of a better opportunity than World Theatre Day to make a joyful noise with some talented friends — and to share it with the entire city.”

The party begins at 7pm with short performances by our partners – including Luke Reece (Obsidian) and Jiv Parasram & Owais Lightwala (Cahoots) – followed by music, dancing, drinks and food (sponsored by Queen Margarita Pizza).

Join the celebration!


// special post-show panel discussion announced //

ARC is proud to continue its role as a leader in facilitating community dialogue. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage in a topic central to our production yet rarely discussed: post-incarceration reintegration. ARC is pleased to announce a special performance of our English-language Canadian premiere of MOMENT by Deirdre Kinahan. 32ca8a6a3d41469c1549f6a2b81af11b Sunday, November 16, 2:00 PM

Theatre should challenge our perceptions of ourselves and our society. Join us following the performance for a special panel discussion that will unpack and explore the themes of justice, reintegration, and forgiveness put forward by MOMENT. Jim Rankin (pictured – Features Reporter for The Toronto Star) will lead a panel including Greg Rogers and Stephanie Remarais (from the John Howard Society of Toronto), and Dr. Lori Triano-Antidormi (Rehabilitation Psychologist).

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets. But book now – there’s only 30 tickets available per show, and MOMENT is now one of the hottest tickets in town. (See what Glenn Sumi of NOW Magazine thought about the show.)

// it begins //

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It’s been 15 years since a single act of sudden violence ripped the Lynch family apart. Since then, those left behind retreated into the routine of normal family life – whatever that means.

Tonight, Nial Lynch comes home.

It quickly becomes clear
that the ghosts haunting this family
have only been lying in wait.

The knives are out tonight.

(And not to cut the quiche.)

On October 16th, ARC’s Resident Artistic company starts rehearsal for Deirdre Kinahan’s MOMENT.

Deepening our ties with the international performance community, we join Ireland’s Kinahan in bringing her whip-smart dialogue, crackling sense of pace and rhythm, gracefully suspended moments of horror, and wicked humour to the local stage.

ARC Artistic Producer Christopher Stanton (Elora Gorge — The Room; Minotaur — UnSpun; Dora recipient and eight-time nominee) is directing.

“This is an exciting new artistic partnership for us,” says Stanton. “Deirdre is an important voice in contemporary Irish performance. Her work frequently explores themes of family, of forgiveness, and of the strange animal violence deep within all of us that can suddenly explode to the surface — sometimes to catastrophic effect. It’s a thrill for us at ARC to bring Dee’s work to a wider Canadian audience.”

MOMENT features a killer cast of ARC’s Resident Artists: Aviva Armour-Ostroff, Gordon Bolan, Deborah Drakeford, Ryan Hollyman, Janet Porter, Andre Sills, and Bahareh Yaraghi.

MOMENT runs from November 6 – 22, 2014 at The Grocery (1362 Queen Street East).

Through the innovative work of ARC’s resident set and costume designer Jackie Chau & guest lighting designer Nicholas Blais, the space will be transformed into an eerie, unsettling evocation of a family home scarred by the lingering effects of past trauma.

The experience promises to be uniquely intimate & immersive, with performers inches from the audience, and very small audiences.

Tickets are $20, and are available right now at

You should move quickly, though. Ticket availability is extremely limited. Due to the intimate nature of the performance, there are only 30 tickets per show.