As Canada’s foremost feminist theatre, Nightwood provides an essential home for the creation of extraordinary theatre by trans and cis women, Two-Spirit, trans and non-binary folks. Our vision is to be a world-renowned cultural centre for provocative theatre, bringing audiences, artists, and activists together to elevate gender oppressed voices. Our values are provocation, empowerment, feminism, inclusivity, integrity, opportunity and respect. Founded in 1979, Nightwood Theatre has created, produced and toured award-winning plays that have garnered Dora Mavor Moore, Chalmers, Trillium and Governor General’s awards.
As an equity seeking organization, our mandate continues to be relevant as we advocate for, celebrate and connect gender oppressed artists with audiences who are passionate about consuming intersectional feminist culture. We are continuously investigating what the cultural shifts in feminism and gender mean for a company such as Nightwood by actively reflecting and refining our values, ensuring they are embedded in all of our relationships.Nightwood Theatre has had an important place in the Canadian theatre ecology for forty years, serving the artists who we develop and celebrate, the theatregoing and theatre-curious audiences in the city of Toronto, as well as our sector’s understanding and advocacy of feminist practices in theatre. Nightwood has had a massive impact shifting the weight of what’s produced and who helms those projects. While women account for 50% of the membership of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada, they accounted for only 22% of produced playwrights in 2013/2014.