19/20 Season

History of Studio 180 Theatre

Since our first production, Studio 180 has been introducing Toronto audiences to socially relevant theatre that provokes public discourse and promotes community engagement.

We believe that people engage more fully in the world through the experience of live theatre, and we produce plays — often Canadian or North American premieres of renowned international works — that tackle difficult issues and generate powerful audience responses.

Studio 180 began in March of 2002, when its five co-founders came together. Less than a year later, we launched with the acclaimed Canadian premiere of The Laramie Project (2003) and have since evolved from an informal artistic collective into one of Toronto’s most respected independent professional theatre companies.

Between 2008/09 and 2011/12, we were founding partners of the Berkeley Street Project, producing one show annually as part of the Canadian Stage subscriber season. In 2012/13, we also helped launch OFF-MIRVISH: The Second Stage Series in partnership with Mirvish Productions, participating again in 2013/14 and 2016/17.

Since 2008/09 (when Toronto’s entertainment weekly, NOW MAGAZINE, named Studio 180 Toronto’s “Best Indie Theatre Company”), we have produced up to two large-scale shows per season and developed a program of Beyond The Stage activities to enhance each production with opportunities for public dialogue. We have also created, and now run, an innovative education program (Studio 180 IN CLASS) that takes our work into high school classrooms. In 2015/16, we introduced Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT – giving theatre creators a helping hand as they develop new works that explore provocative social and political issues.

In 2017/18, Studio 180 celebrated its fifteenth anniversary season with a new partnership and a record-breaking run of Olivier Award-winning future history play King Charles III. 2018/19 will be our most ambitious season to date.

“One of the most reliably interesting and challenging theatre companies in town.”

Studio 180 Founding Members

C. Derrick Chua, Joel Greenberg, Mark McGrinder, Samara Nicholds, Kimwun Perehinec