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The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Established

1991

General Manager: Nick Hutcheson

In 1991, five friends, Benj Gallander, Greg Holmgren, Carol Pauker, Rob Sherwood and Ben Stadelmann came together to put on the first SummerWorks Festival. The decision to mount a new fringe-style festival was a response to what was seen as a growing, under-represented small theatre community. In its first year, the Festival was a vehicle for the producers to put on their own work as well as assist other companies and artists in producing their work, which they did on a first-come, first-served basis.

From the success of the first year, it was apparent that there was a definite need in the community for this type of festival. Since 1991, SummerWorks has continued to explore and respond to the needs and wants of our audience and theatre community. Each year there were improvements and revisions, instigated by the Producers, often inspired by feedback from the artists participating in the Festival.

From 2000-2004, under the direction of Franco Boni, the Festival made significant changes in order to further distinguish itself as a unique and integral part of the Toronto theatre community. The most significant change was the gradual transition from a lottery system, to a fully juried Festival.

These changes were instrumental in raising the calibre of work so that SummerWorks is now the Ontario’s premier festival of cutting-edge, exciting, professional theatre. It is the breeding ground for the mainstage shows of the future and the hub for Toronto’s most dynamic, dedicated theatre professionals.

In 2005, the Festival came under the leadership of Artistic Producers Keira Loughran & Kimahli Powell. Their focus was to continue to build support for the artistic excellence the Festival had come to be known for and to serve as a meeting ground of Canada’s most exciting and engaging emerging and established artists with the launch of the SummerWorks Canadian Pavilion in 2006.

In 2007, Keira took on full responsibility for the festival as sole Artistic Producer.

In January 2008, Michael Rubenfeld became the Artistic Producer of the Festival, bringing with him his great love for theatre, music, and his desire to find new ways of exploring theatre as a communal experience.

As the largest juried festival in Canada featuring predominantly New Canadian plays, SummerWorks looks to program a festival that uniquely reflects Toronto and Canada’s cultural zeitgeist. (summerworks.ca)

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Produced by The SummerWorks Performance Festival

History History History January 22nd, 2016 – January 23rd, 2016

Presented by The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Professionally Ethnic August 5th, 2017 – August 13th, 2017
The Nails August 5th, 2017 – August 13th, 2017
These Violent Delights August 5th, 2017 – August 12th, 2017
Divine August 4th, 2017 – August 13th, 2017
The Only Good Indian August 4th, 2017 – August 13th, 2017
Explosions for the 21st Century August 4th, 2017 – August 12th, 2017
White Man’s Indian August 4th, 2017 – August 12th, 2017
Let’s Try This Standing August 4th, 2017 – August 13th, 2017
Someone Between August 3rd, 2017 – August 12th, 2017
Reality Theatre August 3rd, 2017 – August 13th, 2017
The Chemical Valley Project August 3rd, 2017 – August 13th, 2017
What Linda Said August 3rd, 2017 – August 13th, 2017
Rootless August 3rd, 2017 – August 13th, 2017
Almeida (The Glorious) August 3rd, 2017 – August 9th, 2017
Mother Sea / Manman La Mer August 3rd, 2017 – August 13th, 2017
Spawn August 3rd, 2017 – August 13th, 2017
Perfection August 3rd, 2017 – August 13th, 2017
14 Scattered Islands August 10th, 2016 – August 13th, 2016
eatingthegame August 9th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016
Amanah August 8th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016
Ghosts August 7th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016
Sext August 7th, 2016 – August 12th, 2016
A Moment of Silence August 6th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016
I’m Not Here August 6th, 2016 – August 9th, 2016
Situational Anarchy August 6th, 2016 – August 13th, 2016
#7Love August 5th, 2016 – August 12th, 2016
Extremophiles August 5th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016
Imaginary Anthropologies August 5th, 2016 – August 13th, 2016
My Nightmares Wear White August 5th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016
Osia August 5th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016
Plucked August 5th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016
The Unbelievers August 5th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016
Mr. Shi and His Lover August 5th, 2016 – August 13th, 2016
4 1/2 (ig)noble truths August 4th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016
Bleeders August 4th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016
Daughter August 4th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016
Don’t Talk to Me Like I’m Your Wife August 4th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016
In Utero Out August 4th, 2016 – August 10th, 2016
Inside August 4th, 2016 – August 13th, 2016
Lessons in Temperament August 4th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016
Naked Ladies August 4th, 2016 – August 12th, 2016
This is How We Got Here August 4th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016
This is the August August 4th, 2016 – June 14th, 2016
Trompe-La-Mort, or Goriot in the 21st Century August 4th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016
Two Indians August 4th, 2016 – August 13th, 2016
Tomorrow’s Child August 4th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016
Nize It August 4th, 2016 – August 12th, 2016
Quiet Revolution August 4th, 2016 – August 10th, 2016
Wake for Lost Time August 14th, 2015 – August 15th, 2015
Counting Sheep August 10th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
Castor and Sylvie August 8th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely August 8th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
The Hum August 8th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
Mapleman: Canuck Crusader August 8th, 2015 – August 15th, 2015
Moderato Cantabile August 7th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
Performance About a Woman August 7th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
This Play Wins August 7th, 2015 – August 15th, 2015
Beautiful Man August 7th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
This is Where We Live August 7th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
Better Angels: A Parable August 7th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
Deceitful Above All Things August 7th, 2015 – August 15th, 2015
Stupidhead! (A Mucisal Cmoedy) August 7th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
Face Value: West August 7th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
LOVE+HATE August 7th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
The Living August 7th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
Like There’s No Tomorrow August 7th, 2015 – August 15th, 2015
Seams August 6th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
An Evening in July August 6th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
Aperture August 6th, 2015 – August 10th, 2015
Upon the Fragile Shore August 6th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
Tough Guy Mountain: A Play August 6th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
Ayelen August 6th, 2015 – August 11th, 2015
That Syncing Feeling August 6th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
The Tall Building August 6th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
Return Home August 6th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
the marquise of O- August 6th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
In Case of Nothing August 6th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015
MacArthur Park Suite: A Disco Ballet August 6th, 2015 – August 12th, 2015
Lac/Athabasca August 6th, 2015 – August 15th, 2015
Offending the Audience August 6th, 2015 – August 15th, 2015
If Hearts Could Bloom August 14th, 2014 – August 16th, 2014
Young Drones August 14th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Trace August 12th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Black or Ange August 11th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Recurring John August 10th, 2014
Complex August 9th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Maracatu You! August 9th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
The Bull, The Moon and the Coronet of Stars August 9th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Thus Spoke… August 9th, 2014 – August 16th, 2014
Unknown Soldier August 9th, 2014 – August 16th, 2014
A Quiet Sip of Coffee (or, This is Not the Play We’ve Written) August 8th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Chicken Grease is Nasty Business August 8th, 2014 – August 16th, 2014
El Jinete – A Mariachi Opera August 8th, 2014 – August 16th, 2014
Fuck You! You Fucking Perv! August 8th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
ROW August 8th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Transfusions August 8th, 2014 – August 12th, 2014
Against Gravity August 7th, 2014 – August 16th, 2014
And Now, The End August 7th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Antigonick August 7th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Bitter Medicine August 7th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Blindsided August 7th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Gash! August 7th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Graceful Rebellions August 7th, 2014 – August 16th, 2014
Half Girl/Half Face August 7th, 2014 – August 15th, 2014
He Left Quietly August 7th, 2014 – August 16th, 2014
Jacqueries, Part 1 August 7th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Kafka’s Ape August 7th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Madam Mao August 7th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Paradise Red August 7th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
The Container August 7th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
The Devil You Know August 7th, 2014 – August 10th, 2014
The Good Story August 7th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
The Water Thief August 7th, 2014 – August 15th, 2014
The Widow August 7th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Tragedy: A Tragedy August 7th, 2014 – August 16th, 2014
Unintentionally Depressing Children’s Tales August 7th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Women Who Shout at the Stars August 7th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Yarn August 7th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
Schützen August 14th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
Enough Rope August 10th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
To Myself at 28 August 10th, 2013 – August 18th, 2013
7 Important Things August 9th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
Broken August 9th, 2013 – August 18th, 2013
Happily Ever After August 9th, 2013 – August 11th, 2013
Holy Mothers (Die Präsidentinnen) August 9th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
How Can I Forget? August 9th, 2013 – August 15th, 2013
Late Company August 9th, 2013 – August 18th, 2013
Love, at the End of World August 9th, 2013 – August 11th, 2013
Maria Gets a New Life August 9th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
Nanny: Maroon Warrior Queen August 9th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
Salome’s Clothes August 9th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
The Art of Building a Bunker or Paddling the Canoe of my Self down the River of Inclusivity and into the Ass of the World August 9th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
This Wide Night August 9th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
Trying for the Kingdom August 9th, 2013 – August 18th, 2013
Utopia August 9th, 2013 – August 18th, 2013
Zero Visibility August 9th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
A Side of Dreams August 8th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
Alzheimer That Ends Heimer August 8th, 2013 – August 18th, 2013
Camila’s Bones August 8th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
Delicacy August 8th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
Eating Pomegranates Naked August 8th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
Entitlement August 8th, 2013 – August 18th, 2013
Family Story August 8th, 2013 – August 18th, 2013
Final Savage Land August 8th, 2013 – August 18th, 2013
For Me? August 8th, 2013 – August 18th, 2013
Girls! Girls! Girls! August 8th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
Good People Bad Things August 8th, 2013 – August 18th, 2013
How to Disappear Completely August 8th, 2013 – August 18th, 2013
I Am Very Far August 8th, 2013 – August 18th, 2013
iShow August 8th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
Jackie’s Not a Real Girl August 8th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
Murderers Confess at Christmas Time August 8th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
Oubliette August 8th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
Purgatory in Ingleton August 8th, 2013 – August 18th, 2013
Show and Tell Alexander Bell August 8th, 2013 – August 18th, 2013
Tender Napalm August 8th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw August 8th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
The Life Of Jude August 8th, 2013 – August 18th, 2013
Wild Dogs on the Moscow Trains August 8th, 2013 – August 18th, 2013
X August 8th, 2013 – August 17th, 2013
A Thousand Words August 11th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
Violent be Violet August 11th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
A Song for Tomorrow August 11th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
Terminus August 11th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
Extinction Song August 10th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
Iceland August 10th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
Haunted August 10th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
Fierce Monsters August 10th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
Marine Life August 10th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
Petrichor August 10th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
Dutchman August 10th, 2012 – August 17th, 2012
Dumbo Squid August 10th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
Artaud: Un Portrait en Décomposition August 10th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
Ally & Kev August 9th, 2012 – August 18th, 2012
When it Rains August 9th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
Barrel Crank August 9th, 2012 – August 18th, 2012
Ajax (por nobody) August 9th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
I, Animal August 9th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
Big Plans August 9th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
Breath in Between August 9th, 2012 – August 18th, 2012
Your Side, My Side, and the Truth August 9th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
Terre Haute August 9th, 2012 – August 18th, 2012
Pietà August 9th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
France, or The Niqab August 9th, 2012 – August 19th, 2012
Exit, Pursued by a Bear August 6th, 2011 – August 13th, 2011
The Safe Word August 6th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
The Particulars & In General August 6th, 2011 – August 13th, 2011
One August 5th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
Long Dark Night August 5th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
The Physical Ramifications of Attempted Global Domination August 5th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
Stitch August 5th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
Little One August 5th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
Freda & Jem’s Best of the Week August 5th, 2011 – August 12th, 2011
Out At Sea August 5th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
Pretty Little Instincts August 5th, 2011 – August 13th, 2011
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit August 5th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
Third Floor August 5th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
Lizardboy August 5th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
Mr. Marmalade August 4th, 2011 – August 13th, 2011
Hero & Leander August 4th, 2011 – August 13th, 2011
You Should Have Stayed Home August 4th, 2011 – August 13th, 2011
I August 4th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
Strange Mary Strange August 4th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
Zugzwang August 4th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
Elora Gorge August 4th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
Waterfront: The Blessing August 4th, 2011 – August 13th, 2011
Eurydice August 4th, 2011 – August 13th, 2011
Little Crickets August 4th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
Perhaps in a Hundred Years August 4th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
Express Yourself August 4th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
Hannah’s Turn August 4th, 2011 – August 13th, 2011
Combat August 4th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
The Trolley Car August 4th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
Malaria Lullaby August 4th, 2011 – August 14th, 2011
The Foreign Exchange August 10th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Aftershock August 7th, 2010 – August 14th, 2010
The Innocents August 7th, 2010 – August 14th, 2010
Redheaded Stepchild August 7th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Iphigenia at Aulis August 6th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Or, August 6th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Haunted Hillbilly August 6th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Molotov Circus August 6th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
The Emotionalists August 6th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Loving the Stranger or How to Recognize an Invert August 6th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Wonderland August 6th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Say Ginger Ale August 6th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Kayak August 6th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Post Eden August 6th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Souvenir’s of Home August 6th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Bliss August 6th, 2010 – August 14th, 2010
Shed August 5th, 2010 – August 14th, 2010
Homegrown August 5th, 2010 – August 14th, 2010
The Saddest Girl in the World August 5th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Even Darkness is Made of Light August 5th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Theory August 5th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
The Kreutzer Sonata August 5th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Ride the Cyclone August 5th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Countries Shaped Like Stars August 5th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
I Was Barbie August 5th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Avatar August 5th, 2010 – August 14th, 2010
Biographies of the Dead & Dying August 5th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
Miss Caledonia August 5th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
IXOK’ August 5th, 2010 – August 15th, 2010
The Witch of Edmonton August 5th, 2010 – August 14th, 2010
Fear & Misery of the Third Reich August 8th, 2009 – August 16th, 2009
Waiting for the Dawn August 7th, 2009 – August 15th, 2009
The Epic of Gilgamesh (Up Until the Part Where Enkidu Dies) August 7th, 2009 – August 16th, 2009
Actionable August 7th, 2009 – August 15th, 2009
Greenland August 7th, 2009 – August 15th, 2009
Job’s Wife August 7th, 2009 – August 16th, 2009
Lake Nora Arms August 7th, 2009 – August 16th, 2009
Red Machine: Part Two August 7th, 2009 – August 16th, 2009
The Nick Drake Project August 7th, 2009 – August 15th, 2009
Underneath August 7th, 2009 – August 16th, 2009
Say Nothing Saw Wood August 7th, 2009 – August 16th, 2009
The Art of Catching Pigeons by Torchlight August 6th, 2009 – August 16th, 2009
The Ecstasy of Mother Teresa or: Agnes Bojaxhiu Superstar August 6th, 2009 – August 16th, 2009
7 Days 7 Days August 6th, 2009 – August 16th, 2009
Apricots August 6th, 2009 – August 16th, 2009
The Middle Place August 6th, 2009 – August 15th, 2009
My Funny Valentine August 6th, 2009 – August 16th, 2009
Montparnasse August 6th, 2009 – August 16th, 2009
XXX Live Nude Girls August 6th, 2009 – August 16th, 2009
Toronto Noir August 6th, 2009 – August 15th, 2009
Old Peculiar August 6th, 2009 – August 12th, 2009
Melancholy Play August 6th, 2009 – August 15th, 2009
I’ll Always Be There to Kill You / Je Serai Toujours La Pour Te Tuer August 6th, 2009 – August 16th, 2009
The Piano Tuner August 6th, 2009 – August 16th, 2009
Sum of its Parts August 6th, 2009 – August 14th, 2009
Ablaze August 9th, 2008 – August 16th, 2008
Fewer Emergencies August 8th, 2008 – August 16th, 2008
The Dwarfs August 8th, 2008 – August 17th, 2008
If We Were Birds August 8th, 2008 – August 17th, 2008
Marla’s Party August 8th, 2008 – August 17th, 2008
The Old Tune August 8th, 2008 – August 17th, 2008
The Girl With no Hands August 8th, 2008 – August 16th, 2008
I’m So Close It’s Not Even Funny August 8th, 2008 – August 17th, 2008
Pelee August 8th, 2008 – August 17th, 2008
Crush August 8th, 2008 – August 17th, 2008
The Pastor Phelps Project August 7th, 2008 – August 17th, 2008
In Darfur August 7th, 2008 – August 17th, 2008
The Kente Cloth August 7th, 2008 – August 17th, 2008
Arm’s Length August 7th, 2008 – August 16th, 2008
(Never Underestimate) The Power August 7th, 2008 – August 17th, 2008
Raising Luke August 7th, 2008 – August 17th, 2008
A Soldier’s Story (L’Histoire du Soldat) August 7th, 2008 – August 16th, 2008
The Emergency Monologues August 7th, 2008 – August 17th, 2008
Sex and the Saudi August 7th, 2008 – August 13th, 2008
My Leaky Body August 7th, 2008 – August 17th, 2008
Any Night August 7th, 2008 – August 17th, 2008
Talk Sixty to Me August 7th, 2008 – August 17th, 2008
The Red Devil (Djalli i Kuq) August 7th, 2008 – August 17th, 2008
Fridays with Frieda August 5th, 2008 – August 13th, 2008
Anorexican August 4th, 2007 – August 12th, 2007
In Full Light August 3rd, 2007 – August 11th, 2007
Hard Ways August 3rd, 2007 – August 9th, 2007
Terminating August 3rd, 2007 – August 12th, 2007
Mexico City & Yogyakarta August 3rd, 2007 – August 11th, 2007
The Big Smoke August 2nd, 2007 – August 11th, 2007
Quilchena August 2nd, 2007 – August 11th, 2007
The Trial of Thumbelina August 2nd, 2007 – August 12th, 2007
Offensive Shadows August 2nd, 2007 – August 12th, 2007
Trudeau Stories August 2nd, 2007 – August 12th, 2007
Honk if You Can Hear Me! August 2nd, 2007 – August 12th, 2007
Don’t Wake Me August 4th, 2006 – August 13th, 2006
4.48 Psychosis August 4th, 2006 – August 12th, 2006
Oops! August 3rd, 2006 – August 13th, 2006
Delirium August 3rd, 2006 – August 13th, 2006

Current Staff

Nick Hutcheson General Manager (2015-)
Peter Eaton Production Manager (2016-)
Rachel Steinberg S.L.I.P. Coordinator
Rosamund Small Volunteer Coordinator
Ava Jane Markus Advertising Sales Manager
Tina Fance Associate Producer (Live Art)
Lindsay Woods Venue Operations Manager
Tessa Cernik Associate Producer (Performance Bar)
Jenna Turk Blog and Social Media Director

Former staff

Michael Rubenfeld Artistic Producer (2008-2015)
Stefan Lenzi Production Manager (2009-2015)
Emi Forster General Manager (2014)
Alice Lundy Intern (2014)
Tracy Michailidis Musical Works in Concert Producer (2010-2014)
Jordi Mand S.L.I.P. Director (2009-2014)
Daniela Syrovy Festival Publicist (2009-2014)
Lucy Eveleigh General Manager (2012-2013)
Joanna Barrotta General Manager (2011)