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Monday, July 18th, 2016

Contra Theatre

Contra Theatre is a Toronto-based theatre company. We strive to produce new works that give voice to the voiceless, fire to the ornery, and moons to the misbegotten. Our inaugural production “Kingdom” will be performing at the Tarragon Theatre workspace from September 7, 2016 to September 14, 2016. Kingdom was written by Meghan Greeley, one of Contra’s co-artistic directors and co-founders. Meghan is an award winning playwright from Newfoundland and is currently sitting on the playwrights unit at Tarragon Theatre. Kingdom’s director Mallory Fisher (Contra’s other half, co-artistic director, co-founder and also a Newfie) is a powerhouse, directing and acting in productions all across Canada.

Kingdom Synopsis: Having spent the majority of her life within the confines of a room, Nora’s knowledge of the outside world is limited to vague memories and the information – often fictional and warped – given her by Sir, her captor. Her only companion in the room is an energetic, imaginative young girl named Scout, whose presence there is mysteriously secret. When Sir begins to forget his own elaborate system of rules, Nora is faced with an important decision and comes to realize that she is bound by more than walls. For more info visit our website:

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016




Photo by: Kierston Drier

LACE is a new production collective, focused on putting women of intersecting identities at the center of epic stories. A young and fresh production company dedicated to telling stories that get to the heart society’s most pressing questions .The Unbelievers will be LACE’s first production.


LACE productions, utilizing the photography talents of the lovely Elain Poon to get their master shot for their new theatrical piece, The Unbelievers, which follows conflict journalist Orli, and Yazidi Activist Sanaa in real time as they are trapped together in Northern Iraq after being captured by ISIS.

The Creation Lab space has been an incredible space for us to work in.


Thursday, March 17th, 2016

The Toronto Fringe Festival


403- 720 Bathurst Street


March 23: Beyond the Fringe Tent Talk

in the Creation Lab, 12:30pm-2pm
with Julie Tepperman, David Hein and Matt Murray

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Seven Siblings Theatre


Seven Siblings Theatre is working on our first production of 2016, Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile. A poignant and hilarious ensemble play that imagines the meeting of Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein, and a mysterious time-traveling musician at a bar in 1904 Paris. We will be performing from Feb 18th to 28th in a site-specific performance space called Round (152a Augusta Ave) in Kensington Market.

You can read more about the show here!

We have used both the Studios at the Fringe lab to rehearse our physical comedy and play with Archetype and Fantastic Psychological Gesture (in pictures below).


Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Antique Fables Theatre Collective

Photo Credits by:Eric Synnott & Liz Laywine

Photo Credits by:Eric Synnott & Liz Laywine


Antique Fables is performing Medea, on stage February 18-20 at the Luella Massey Studio Theatre at 6 Glen Morris Street.

“Adapted from Ian Johnston’s translation of the play by Euripides and directed by Liz Laywine, Medea is a classic tale of betrayal and the ties of family: Jason of Argos has betrayed his wife, Medea, for another woman with whom lies a life of wealth and status. None will be safe from Medea’s revenge.

In a universe where the “absent male” is never truly absent, we delve into the ‘woman versus woman’ battle facing 21st century feminism, using a cast of diverse females to tell this classic story of a lover scorned.”

The Creation Lab space has been an incredible space for us to work in. As a young collective of artists our list of resources has been relatively small, but the lab space has been everything we needed and more when it come to space for rehearsing in and very affordable, even for budding artists like ourselves.



Wednesday, February 10th, 2016




Photo Credits: Songbuster!!


Songbuster: An Improvised Musical uses the Lab on a monthly basis to help us prepare for our regular show at the Bad Dog Theatre, where we perform a completely made up 50 minute musical based on audience suggestions (followed by absolutely ridiculous YouTube karaoke). We also book other musical acts to open for us to try and create a space people know they can go for great musical comedy!

Having regular time and consistent space to work together is critical to being able to pull off making up a musical, and producing musical improv can get pricey, so the Lab has been a huge savior to our group!

We also got into the Toronto Fringe Festival this year, so the rehearsal space is critical to us getting our format together, getting tight with our movement, getting fully in sync as a group, and being able to save some money to put towards other production costs so we can help make our show the best it can be!



Photo Credits: Songbuster!!


or at Bad Dog Theatre on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 9:30pm!

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Empty Box Theatre


Photo Credits by: Lisa Sciannella


We’re devising an original play based on the women’s suffrage movement in Toronto in the 1910s. We intend to use a mix of devising techniques (physical, vocal and music-based) and writing exercises to develop a surreal, comedic piece. Some things our play might include: musical numbers, suffragette jujitsu, sketch comedy, “maternal feminist” eugenics, a seance, a mock parliament, and a group of women trying to change the world. We’re performing a workshop of the play in the Creation Lab in May.

“The earth shakes beneath the tread of common sense shoes. The rustling and crackling of paper sounds like distant fire of skirmishers. From the four winds comes the low hum of incipient oratory like the buzz of angry bees or the first muttering of a storm. The suffragettes are coming!”

– Front page of Toronto Daily Star, Jan 9th 1909.

We’re excited to work in the Creation lab at the Toronto Fringe because our devising process involves a lot of exploring on our feet, and it’s great to have access to such a nice space at a subsidized cost.

Photo Credits by:  Lisa Sciannella

Photo Credits by: Lisa Sciannella


Photo Credits by: Lisa Sciannella



Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Theatre By Committee

Photo Credits by: Kevin Bryan

Photo Credits by: Kevin Bryan

Theatre By Committee was working away on their second bi-weekly WPP play writing meeting. The company has taken new scripts from emerging playwrights and will be pairing them with emerging directors for a double bill performance happening for Christian Tribuzio’s play “Comme-ci Comme-ca” & Kelly Anderson’s work “Family Debts” in April 2016. Thanks so much for the fringe lab for helping us get these works going!

Theatre By Committee
Photo Credits by: Sarah Robbins

Photo Credits by: Sarah Robbins

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Crowdfunding Essentials Workshop

By: HiveWire


Join us on February 17, 2016 at 6:30pm EST for a comprehensive crowdfunding educational event in collaboration with leading crowdfunding solutions provider and expert, HiveWire. If you are planning to launch, design and market a successful crowdfunding campaign (or have a live one on the go), this is a must-attend 90 minute workshop (plus 30 minute Q&A) covering the essential aspects of crowdfunding from the ground up.

What others are saying about this workshop:

·     “Great information, clearly articulated and great interaction with audience.” – Jessica

·      “This seminar gave me depth of understanding and numerous checkpoints. My chances of success in crowdfunding are enhanced enormously.” – Dwayne W.

·      “Nobody knows more about crowdfunding than the team at HiveWire. If you want to make sure your campaign succeeds, you want their help!” – Suzy D.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for individuals and groups interested in maximizing the potential for using crowdfunding to raise capital and engagement for their business, organization, or project. Workshop sessions are suitable for all organizations including new ventures (start-ups), small to medium-sized businesses, enterprise, social ventures, not-for-profits, creatives and more.

What you will learn:

  • How crowdfunding works and and best practices
  • Developing your pitch and making the video
  • Planning, tracking, and iterating your strategy
  • Leveraging social media and developing your communications strategy
  • How to turn backers into champions
  • Campaign budgeting
  • Testing your campaign
  • Case studies
  • Metrics of success
  • Time management, workflow, and campaign roles

Why choose this workshop?

Choose this workshop if you are looking for a concise single session that focuses on how to create the most effective crowdfunding campaign possible.  There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions of the presenter.


This workshop will be delivered both in-person and online via webinar.


Christopher Charlesworth, CEO and Co-founder of HiveWire Inc.

Webinar broadcast available:

Please select the correct ticket type for either in-person or online attendance. Details for accessing the webinar will be provided to those attending online in the days before the event.


This workshop is offered as a free service on behalf of the Toronto Fringe Festival’s Fund What you Can ( platform.  FWYC is run by the Toronto Fringe, which is a non-profit arts organization that provides creative opportunities for artists and their supporters.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST) Add to Calendar
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Friday, December 4th, 2015



The Toronto Fringe, through the generous support of TD Bank Financial Group, is seeking an exceptional individual with less than 5 years of related work experience to fill the position of TD Bank Outreach Coordinator.  This position, while requiring many leadership qualities, is ideal for emerging arts administrators who are still developing their careers and are interested in further training.

This full time position is an 18 week contract from March 14th to July 15th and is responsible for the following:

  • The execution of our professional development program, T.E.N.T (Theatre Entrepreneurs Network and Training) for 30 emerging theatre entrepreneurs (ages 19-24)
  • Promotion of the festival to various community and cultural groups
  • Assisting with strategizing and placement for festival marketing and communications
  • Liaising with selected organizations in distributing donated Fringe tickets to priority youth organizations
  • Coordinating group sales for FringeKids, as well as workshop programming
  • Updating website and promoting via social media as needed
  • Planning and executing logistics for the 24 Hour Playwriting Contest,
  • Other duties as needed.

Candidates should:

  • have 1-5 years working experience in outreach, communications, teaching, facilitating, or running camps, classes or workshops
  • have overall knowledge of the Fringe Festival movement and philosophy of the Fringe, and its place in the performing arts community
  • have superior administrative, problem-solving and strong computer skills
  • have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • be able to lead youth workshops in production, marketing and/or networking
  • have experience supervising volunteers or large groups of young people (recommended)
  • have experience managing and tracking a large database of information (recommended)

Please send a cover letter detailing some of your skills and passion for outreach work and a resume by email to as attached Microsoft Word or PDF files.  Inquiries can be made by telephone to 416-966-1062.

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 8th, 2016

Start Date: Monday, March 14th, 2016

The Fringe is an equal opportunity employer.  We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

More information can be found at