Tarragon Theatre announces Workspace, a centre for experimentation, exploration, and extensive play development for Tarragon

TORONTO (August 26, 2015) – Tarragon Theatre is pleased to announce its new Workspace, a centre for experimentation, exploration, and extensive play development for Tarragon, independent artists, collectives, and theatre companies. With rehearsal and performance space at a premium in the city, Tarragon will donate its upgraded Near Studio to independent artists and companies as a creation space to develop work and/or offer public presentations and performances. Tarragon will also provide an opportunity for these artists to promote their work to its regular audience and subscribers.

Confirmed Workspace artists for the 2015/16 season include Pyretic Production’s The Particulars in September, written by Matthew MacKenzie and directed by Patrick Lundeen; ZOU theatre company’s The Painted Bird in November, an adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s controversial novel, directed by Viktor Lukawski; Late Company in November, a collaboration of three past Urjo Kareda Residents (Jordan Tannahill as playwright, Peter Pasyk as Director, and produced by Ravi Jain and Why Not Theatre); Banuta Rubess and Julia Aplin’s project Seven Documentary Theatres of Love in December; and the Directors Lab North conference in June, with more being announced in the coming weeks.

Says Tarragon’s Literary Manager Andrea Romaldi: “We hope to use our infrastructure to support individual artists, collectives, and independent companies in the creation of theatre by relieving some of the costs associated with theatre-making. Historically, Workspace has been an extended workshop program used to support Tarragon’s in-house play development. This season we are opening it up to the community as a way to bolster support of independent artists/companies and to expose our audience to new experiences.”

There will be many opportunities for the public to engage with Workspace activities, and these will be indicated on Tarragon’s website and season calendar, available at http://tarragontheatre.com/calendar.


Tarragon Theatre is one of Canada’s most important arts institutions. For 45 years, Tarragon Theatre has created, developed and produced new plays by home-grown artists as well as significant works from the world stage, vitally contributing to the important legacy of a Canadian culture. Since its founding, over 190 works have premiered at Tarragon and over 500 scripts have been created and workshopped, receiving 34 nominations and 11 wins for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Tarragon received the 2012 Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in recognition of producing and developing leading edge and thought-provoking Canadian Theatre, both nationally and on the world stage. Richard Rose has been the Artistic Director since 2002. For more information visit www.tarragontheatre.com.

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