Mission & History

 

OUR MISSION

The Company Theatre’s mission is to explore the art of live theatre performance through the creation of emotionally moving productions involving international playwrights and Canadian performing artists that meditate on the human condition.

Our company is performance-focused. We believe that theatre is an actors’ medium and that the optimal path to a meaningful experience for both audience and artist is to empower and challenge performers. Our philosophy puts performers at the centre of our work and has led us to creating a unique rehearsal and performance process. Our process works to eliminate the repetitive choreography of theatre and allow the story to be told fresh every night. It’s our core belief that this approach to theatre not only rewards artists but also has the greatest probability of providing audiences with an indelible experience.

A BRIEF HISTORY

In 2004, actors Allan Hawco and Philip Riccio created The Company Theatre out of their discovery of an absence of companies focused on the development of actors within the Canadian theatre scene. As the years have passed, we have produced and co-produced theatre, that has challenged our actors, introduced our audiences to new stories, and gained acclaim from our artistic peers and theatre critics. Our past productions include:
 
A Whistle in the Dark (2005, 2007)                      
Marion Bridge (2007)
Festen (2008)
Through The Leaves (2010)
The Test (2011)
Speaking In Tongues (2012/2013)
Belleville (2014)
The Seagull (2015)
Domesticated (2015)
John (2017)

 

                 

 

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

John – 2017
Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Production of a Play
Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best International Play
Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play – Nora McLellan
 
Dora Award for Outstanding Performance Female – Nora McLellan
Dora Award for Outstanding Scenic Design – Shannon Lea Doyle
Dora Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance Female – Nancy Beatty
Dora Award Nomination for Outstanding Peformance Male – Philip Riccio
 
The Test – 2011
Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play – Philip Riccio

Through The Leaves – 2010
Dora Award for Outstanding Production
Dora Award for Outstanding Set Design – John Thompson
Dora Award Nomination for Outstanding Direction – Philip Riccio
Dora Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Performance Male – Nicholas Campbell
Dora Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Performance Female – Maria Vacratsis

Festen – 2009
Dora Award Nomination for Outstanding Production
Dora Award Nomination for Outstanding Direction – Jason Byrne
Dora Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Performance Male – Philip Riccio

A Whistle in the Dark – 2008
Dora Award Nomination for Outstanding Production
Dora Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Performance Male – Joseph Zeigler
Thespis Award for Best Production/Direction

Marion Bridge – 2007
Dora Award for Outstanding Lead Performance Female – Sarah Dodd