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The Coal Mine Theatre



Artistic Director: Diana Bentley

Artistic Director: Ted Dykstra

The critically acclaimed and award-winning Coal Mine Theatre, Toronto’s Off-Off Broadview Theatre, is founded by Chief Engineers Diana Bentley and Ted Dykstra. Five seasons of sold out shows (all Toronto premieres of highly challenging award winning scripts from around the world) have made The Coal Mine one of the most talked about and successful independent Toronto theatres ever. With only 80 seats a night, The Coal Mine is inspired by the intimacy and excitement of the Off-Off-Broadway experience: well known names routinely share the stage with up-and-comers in what has been a thrilling mix, garnering numerous Dora and Toronto Critics’ awards every season. And the intoxicating melange doesn’t stop with the actors: a slew of design and directorial award wins and nominations mean that Coal Mine Audiences are experiencing, year in, year out, the highest caliber productions the city has to offer, a veritable theatre jewel in The East End. (



The Coal Mine

Produced by The Coal Mine Theatre

The Effect July 9th, 2023 – July 30th, 2023
Yerma February 5th, 2023 – March 5th, 2023
Detroit July 3rd, 2022 – August 7th, 2022
The Antipodes April 3rd, 2022 – May 15th, 2022
Marjorie Prime January 26th, 2020 – February 23rd, 2020
Between Riverside and Crazy November 24th, 2019 – December 22nd, 2019
Knives in Hens September 22nd, 2019 – October 13th, 2019
Hand to God April 21st, 2019 – May 12th, 2019
The Wonder Pageant December 2nd, 2018 – December 23rd, 2018
The Nether September 7th, 2018 – November 4th, 2018
The Aliens September 17th, 2017 – October 8th, 2017
Orphans April 9th, 2017 – September 30th, 2017
Superior Donuts February 8th, 2017 – February 26th, 2017
Breathing Corpses October 25th, 2016 – November 13th, 2016
Instructions (To Any Future Socialist Government Wish to Abolish Christmas) May 29th, 2016 – June 19th, 2016
Killer Joe April 3rd, 2016 – April 24th, 2016
Creditors April 28th, 2015 – May 17th, 2015
Bull March 17th, 2015 – April 5th, 2015

Presented by The Coal Mine Theatre

The Winter’s Tale January 28th, 2016 – February 20th, 2016
The Motherfucker with the Hat November 9th, 2014 – November 30th, 2014

Current Staff

Diana Bentley Chief Engineer (2014-)
Ted Dykstra Chief Engineer (2014-)
Marcie Januska Structural Engineer
Wes Babcock Technical Director
Wes Babcock Scenic Carpenter
Kostis Petridis Graphic Designer
Charlotte Ficek Marketing
Charlotte Ficek Social
Kristina Ruddick Photographer
Dahlia Katz Photographer
Christopher Hayes Front of House
Julie Chamberlain Front of House
Shayna Linds Front of House
Anna Lender Front of House
Flora Quintus Front of House
Don Kendal Volunteer Coordinator

Board of Directors

Eli Taylor Boardmember
Greg Thompson Boardmember
Mary Young Leckie Boardmember
Brett Ledger Boardmember