What Is The Next Stage Festival?
Now in its 7th year, The Next Stage Theatre Festival (NSTF) is the premiere winter theatre event in the city. Produced by the Toronto Fringe, NSTF is a platform for past Fringe artists to take groundbreaking work to the next level – and a gathering place for discerning culture lovers in the city.
This year, The Next Stage Theatre Festival offers a diverse selection of work that ranges from musicals to political dramas, from dystopian visions of the future to an urban dance show. While some of the shows have appeared at previous Fringe Festivals, most are new works by established Fringe artists who have demonstrated the passion and tenacity to take their work to the next stage. Download the press release here.
January 8 – 19, 2014 at Factory Theatre
The Next Stage Theatre Festival, launched in 2008, is a winter theatre festival at the Factory Theatre. It presents the work of 10 exciting “Fringe” artists who are ready to make the leap into the big time. Just like our summer festival, the heart of the event is our McAuslan Beer Tent – a fully heated and covered patio where audience members and artists alike can sit down for a beer and a chat before and after the shows.
The Next Stage Festival (NSTF) was created to encourage artists who have previously participated in any CAFF member festivals to move beyond the summer production model and showcase their work to a wider audience, including discerning artistic decision makers who could be interested in programming their shows on main stages across the country.
In seven years, we have seen incredible success – audiences have grown by more than 130% and more than a third of our productions have gone on to other stages.