Toronto-based theatre company, founded 1983 by Jim Millan. For the first ten years, Crow's Theatre operated as an ensemble company of young actors working with Millan to explore contemporary style, story, and performance in theatre.
Crow's Theatre still focuses on socially critical and innovative new works, respecting the individual voice of the playwright. In addition Crow's occasionally interprets or adapts challenging classic plays or contemporary foreign works.
Productions include Brad Fraser’s Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love (1990), starring Brent Carver as David, a role for which he won a Dora Award. The production ran for many months in Toronto and subsequently toured across the country and abroad. This production marked a major turning point for Crow's to move from an acting ensemble to a script- and writer-focused company.
Other productions include John Mighton's A Short History of Night, which won the Governor General’s Award in 1992 and a Dora for Best Play; Stephen Massicotte’s The Dirty/Beautiful; and Anton Piatigorsky’s Eternal Hydra, with David Ferry.
Crow’s Theatre has also toured Come Good Rain by George Seremba; High Life by Lee MacDougall; Earshot by Morris Panych (National Arts Centre, Thousand Islands Playhouse and Tarragon Theatre); and an outstanding production of What Lies Before Us by Panych (2007) (with Canadian Stage).
Crow's production of I Claudia by Kristen Thomson has toured across Canada with three different actresses in the role, and in 2010 it played at the Edinburgh Fringe to enthusiastic reviews. In January 2013, Crow's premiered Kristen Thomson's Something Else in a co-production with Canadian Stage. Kristen Thomson’s The Wedding Party premiered in 2017 in a co-production with Talk is Free Theatre; along with Emil Sher's portrait of a severely disabled boy, Boy in the Moon.
For the 2016/17 season, Crow's Theatre moved into a permanent theatre space in a condo development in Toronto's East End, bringing theatre to an audience away from the city centre. Streetcar Crowsnest houses two venues for artistic performance and community events: the Guloien Theatre; the Scotiabank Community Studio; a Lobby Bar; and an onsite restaurant.
Chris Abraham has been Artistic Director of Crow's Theatre since 2007. The theatre was forced to abandon its 2020/21 season, when the Covid-19 pandemic closed theatres across Canada and the world. After its reopening to live audiences in 2022, it continued to mount innovative, inclusive works, often in collaboration with other companies, such as Metamorphosis 2013 with Theatre Smith-Gilmour.
Last updated 2023-02-26