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Pleiades Theatre



Artistic Director: John Van Burek

PLEIADES¬†produces outstanding works of theatre that celebrate various cultures from around the world and in Toronto. To do so, we produce plays that have either been translated into English or are new works written in English and which explore life in one of Canada’s many cultures . We also engage and support youth and New Canadian adults through educational outreach.

Our plays are drawn from the Canadian and international repertoires. We present them in modern, innovative productions, usually in the form of new, Canadian translations, while on some occasions they are new works. New or classical, they are selected for their entertainment value, because they reveal something of a specific culture and because they remind us of the universality of the human experience. In addition, they often introduce writers and styles not widely known to Toronto audiences.

Also, through our unique educational program, Speak the Speech!, available in both English and French, we make a concerted effort to ensure that the creative process of theatre is accessible to young people of all cultural backgrounds. Parallel to this, our adult program, Play Upon the Word, is designed to help newcomers to Canada who are enrolled in school board ESL classes, to master their English and communications skills more quickly. This work is integral to our operation and our philosophy.



Produced by Pleiades Theatre

The (Post) Mistress October 12th, 2016 – November 6th, 2016
The Sound of Cracking Bones / Le Bruit Des Os Qui Craquent March 7th, 2015 – February 28th, 2015
Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary January 11th, 2014 – February 2nd, 2014
The Post Office May 7th, 2011 – June 4th, 2011
La Sagouine May 14th, 2010 – June 5th, 2010
Shakuntala February 4th, 2009 – February 15th, 2009

Current Staff

John Van Burek Artistic Director
Andrey Tarasiuk Producer