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Monday, October 5th, 2015

Primessa Productions

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Photo Credits: Danielle Capretti

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Photo Credits: Danielle Capretti







An actress and writer come together reluctantly. He’s forced to ghostwrite an autobiography that she feels she can manage just fine on her own.  Will they find they have more in common than they thought, as her recollections of past loves weave their spell on him?

This staged reading will take place at 720 Bathurst Street, suite 401 in The Blake Thorne Studio on Friday, November 20th at 8pm and Saturday, November 21st at 2.30pm. It features Patricia Delves and Gabriel DiFabio, directed by Danielle Capretti. The script is a joint work between Patricia, who has been a fixture on the Toronto theater scene for over 30 years, and seasoned actor G.D. Corkum. It is the first writing venture for them both, with Patricia, after all her years on the stage, proving it is never too late for a new direction!

Primessa Productions is grateful to the Creation Lab for giving them an opportunity to pilot a new work on a shoestring budget. Such opportunities are vital for nurturing new work by Canadian writers.



Monday, September 28th, 2015

Pure Carbon


We’re Pure Carbon (Alex Kentris and Katy Murphy) and we’re working on production of a show called Bitchcraft. We produced a workshop version in the Creation Lab in the spring of this year. We had such a good response that we decided to remount it bigger and better! The Creation Lab is our go to rehearsal space because it’s affordable, easy to get to and well maintained. As an emerging company we depend on spaces like the Creation Lab that offer subsidized rates!

Bitchcraft runs Oct 22nd-25th at The Box Studio (89 Niagara St.)



Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Call for Auditions

a panto-style comedy for all ages

AUDITION DATES: Tuesday, July 21: 7 – 9 p.m. & Thursday, July 23: 7 – 9 p.m.

AUDITION LOCATION: Whistler’s Upstairs
995 Broadview Ave @ Pottery Rd.

NOTE: This is a group audition. Please bring your resume and photo and prepare a short, comedic monologue. Be prepared to improvise and read from the script. Wear comfortable clothing so you can move.

SHOW DATES: Daytime shows on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13 as part of the 2015 Cabbagetown Festival.

To book an audition, email or call 416-653-5870.
GOLDILOCKS: young, adventurous type
UNCLE BEAR/SHERRIFF: dual role – UNCLE BEAR is a bit fussy and repressed / SHERRIFF is blustery and arrogant
ROBIN OF HOOD: swashbuckling young man (could be played by a woman)
CLEMENTINE: Cougar-riffic stepmother type – big personality
WILLA & NILLA: Twisted sisters – lots of slapstick

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Rehearsing in the Creation Lab: All Our yesterdays

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

the actors gym-[elephants] collective

The Actor’s Gym is a facilitated hour and a half of high intensity facilitated play/exercise for actors (and anyone else) with an emphasis on core strength, flexibility and endurance. It’s an intense workout specifically geared to performer’s bodies.
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click here for more info

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Now in the lab: Rukmini’s Gold

Our show, Rukmini’s Gold, won The Toronto Fringe 2015 New Play Contest and we’ll be opening at the Festival here in Toronto July 1st before heading to the Hamilton Fringe.  In the pictures, you’ll notice Rukmini is talking to her younger self, awaiting a train.  You’ll also note our multigenerational cast receiving direction.  How did the space help us out?  We needed a quiet space (perfect on Victoria Day!) to run some scenes and we were in a pinch to find a location.  Not only did your reduced rates help our budget, they helped us learn how the scene runs and what effect we’re going for in the play’s final moments.

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Want to work on a Fringe Show?

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If you would like your information to be forwarded to fringe 2015 companies, email


  • Graphic designers
  • Stage managers
  • Assistant stage managers
  • Producers
  • Stage hands
  • Costume Designers
  • sound Designers
  • lighting designers


*all 2015 Toronto Fringe companies will be able to access your info, and will have the option of contacting you.  We do not guarantee placement.


Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Tent Talk in the Lab: Taking your show to Edinburgh

Tent Talk in the Lab

Thinking of Edinburgh, 2016?  Now’s the time to start planning.  Join Derrick Chua, producer extraordinaire, and Lucy Eveleigh, Fringe GM and former General Manager for Pleasance Theatre, which is responsible for festival operations at over 20 venues in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, for a frank discussion on the ins and out on taking your show to Edinburgh.

May 20
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Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Crowdfunding for the Indie Arts Community (FWYC)

Fund What You Can (FWYC) is an all-Canadian crowdfunding platform run by the Toronto Fringe that offers hands-on support, access to free resources and targeted marketing to the arts community.




We want YOU to launch a campaign on FWYC

Who can do it? Anyone with an artistic project who needs money to help it come to life! For example: theatre producers, playwrights, filmmakers, choreographers, novelists, visual artists, photographers, comic book creators, or musicians. You don’t have to be a professional artist to use FWYC – everyone is welcome to create a campaign.

How does it work?

Anyone with an artistic project can sign up at launch a campaign. You will have creative control over the content you provide and complete freedom to craft a campaign that will inspire people to donate

Why crowdfunding?

The goal of the Toronto Fringe is to provide indie artists with the tools they need to succeed. Crowdfunding has quickly become a major source of revenue for artists. More and more, we have seen indie artists launch crowdfunding campaigns, and lose up to 10% of their revenue to platform fees and get lost on a website that is not geared towards art. FWYC is an accessible, affordable and arts-based platform. It is a tool that we offer to the indie artist – to help strengthen this inspiring community. We can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  • We are the overall cheaper option with the lowest Platform Fees of 3.5%
  • One of the highest success rates
  • No Transfer Fees
  • All of the funds go back into the Arts Community and to the Artist
  • Actually get feedback from your campaign!

Sign up for a campaign here:

Read more here:

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

now in the creation lab: Church Basement Amateurs present “18: Foursome Majeure” for The Toronto Fringe

The Church Basement Amateurs ensemble working hard in the Blake Thorne space at Creation Lab. The team is in peaceful harmony creating “18: Foursome Majeure” for The Toronto Fringe. It’s a comedy about two couples trying to play a friendly game of golf, but hard feelings from the past are having a negative effect on the game. The Creation Lab space is perfect for meetings and rehearsals!