Beyond the Stage

We build community through theatre.

Our Beyond the Stage programming keeps the conversation going, deepening our collective understanding of important issues and connecting to inspiring leaders and organizations actively engaged in making change. We are grateful for our Community Partnerships with service, advocacy, arts and education organizations, with whom we collaborate closely to develop interactive experiences that take you beyond the world of the play and have to talking long after you leave the theatre.

An audience member speaks at a reading
Chats & Talkbacks

Get an insider’s point of view. Join our discussions about the issues explored in and the Get an insider’s point of view. Join discussions about the themes of our plays and the stories behind our productions with pre-show expert chats and post-show artist talkbacks.

Audience members engage in an expert panel after NSFW
EXPERT PANELS

Go deeper with the issues. Subject matter experts and community leaders join us during panels that stimulate discussions of the Big Questions provoked by our plays.

A student stands with their artwork for the My Name Is Asher Lev Lobby Display
Lobby Exhibits

See it in a different way. The conversation continues in the lobby, animated with visual art exhibits providing context and illuminating diverse perspectives on the themes of our productions.

Tell It Like It Is Panelists
AT HOME

Continue the conversation. Direct to your home, we bring you unique digital opportunities to interact with artists, delve into the creative process and chat about issues vital to our world, our communities and ourselves.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Each reading in our 2021/22 Season will be accompanied by an AT HOME Event. Check back each month to learn the topic!

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Fragments: Memory Pieces with Jonathan Wilson

Studio 180 AT HOME

May 26, 2022

7:00 PM

Online Workshop

Memory Pieces with Jonathan Wilson

In anticipation of our presentation of A Public Display of Affection join theatre artist Jonathan Wilson as we explore the concept and conceits of sharing our own personal histories.

Through a series of prompts and exercises, we will examine the variables of sharing the past from the present…while always moving into an unknown future.

How do our stories change as we look back and pick up different fragments?

Are we reliable narrators?

Aren’t we all composite characters?

All creative forms of expression are welcome. Create in the medium of your choice and comfort. Movement, gesture, song, visual art, spoken word or even interior monologue.

MEET JONATHAN WILSON

For Studio 180: My Night With RegThe Normal Heart; Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish.  Past theatre work includes the Canadian premiere of The Lion King (Dora Award – The Princess of Wales Theatre) and performances in his own play My Own Private Oshawa (Governor General’s Award nominee, Dora/Chalmers Nomination – Tarragon Theatre, New Yorker Theatre). Jonathan was also a writer and performer with The Second City for six shows (Dora Nomination). Other theatre credits include The Drowsy ChaperoneMoonlight and Magnolias (Sudbury Theatre Centre); The Clockmaker (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Possible WorldsThe Duchess (Theatre Passe Muraille); Not To Be RepeatedMedici Slot Machine (Tarragon Extra Space); Cinderella (The Elgin Theatre); This Could Be Love (The Poor Alex); and Annie Get Your Gun (Massey Hall). Jonathan was also writer in residence at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto where he wrote the play Kilt (Dora/New York Drama Desk nominations), which has had over 20 productions around the world. TV and film credits include Not To Be Repeated (CTV/The Comedy Network), My Own Private Oshawa (Gemini Nomination – CTV), Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye (Pax Network/CTV), Murdoch Mysteries (CityTV), This Is Wonderland (CBC), Life With Derek (Family) and Monk (USA Network), as well as hundreds of voices for animated series including SkatoonyIggy Arbuckle (Gemini Nomination), Pearlie and Little Bear.

MEET OUR COMMUNITY PARTNER

Supporting Our Youth Community groups are a place for LGBT2SQ youth to develop new skills, connect with peers, to dream fun and feel held through the toughest of times. Their groups are held virtually until further notice.

Their drop-in groups focus on supporting Black Queer and Trans youth, LGBT2SQ newcomers, and Trans, non-binary and gender questioning youth. They also have drop-in educational workshop series, registration only programs and other opportunities for youth to build community with one another.

Check out the lineup at www.soytoronto.com or on the SOY virtual bulletin board https://tinyurl.com/SOYBulletin

All donations made for our May CREATE: AT HOME will go towards supporting their work.

Related productions

A Public Display Of Affection, June 3–5, 2022

PAST EVENTS

Photos (left to right): An audience member responds at an IN DEVELOPMENT Reading talkback, photo by Dahlia Katz. The expert panel for NSFW. An IN CLASS student stands with their artwork for the My Name Is Asher Lev lobby exhibit, photo by Annie Clarke. A screenshot of the AT HOME: Tell It Like It Is panelists.