launched in 2015

Join us in the writer’s room to experience the intimate reading of a play in process.

Mortified Reading, photo by Dahlia Katz
Elley Rae Hennessy in an IN DEVELOPMENT Reading of Mortified by Amy Rutherford. Photo by Dahlia Katz

We invite you to learn about the writer’s concept, explore a social or political issue through theatre and share your experience of the work with the writer.

“One of my greatest joys as a writer is watching a piece develop and evolve every time I work on it… This partnership with Studio 180 Theatre was a gift to allow me to explore this play without the pressure of a finished product.”

Rachel Mutombo, IN DEVELOPMENT Playwright 2020/21

For playwrights, Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT gives you a helping hand as you develop new work exploring provocative social and political issues. We provide you with the time, space, and resources required to bring your insightful ideas to the stage, culminating in a public reading in our Studio Series.


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Taylor Trowbridge, Yolanda Bonnell, Marcel Stewart

Tool For Rebellion

Written by Taylor Trowbridge

April 21, 2022

7:30 PM

Digital Presentation

When the Toronto van attack occurred in April of 2018 it brought countless urgent questions to the fore. Born out of a gnawing and personal need, Tool for Rebellion is a verbatim theatre piece that asks how we can possibly disrupt the societal cycles that foster incel culture. A quest that explores the limits of empathy, this piece seeks to generate a vital discussion on how to tenderly move forward and heal.

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7:00 PM


Taylor Trowbridge

Taylor Trowbridge


Taylor Trowbridge (she/her) is an actor, educator, and emerging playwright. As an actor, she has performed in productions for theatre companies such as Canadian Stage, Shaw Festival Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Thousand Islands Playhouse and SummerWorks Festival. She holds an MFA in Acting from York University and her thesis work explored mining greater artistic and personal freedom through a practice of playful discipline. As a playwright, Taylor’s work examines near-impossible reconciliation, societal oversight and collective healing.

Heather Johnson

Talkback Panelist

Heather Johnson is currently a workshop facilitator for Bad Subject which is a non-profit committed to teaching youth about consent, healthy relationships, and sexual health. As well as giving workshops she has also written a number of them around themes of media literacy, healthy relationships, and the ways that learning about consent can be made more accessible. In the past she has been interested by and studied things like sexual diversity, history, and film. Today she is a committed film nerd and spends a lot of time with her plants.

My Sister’s Rage

Written & Directed by Yolanda Bonnell
Featuring Cherish Violet Blood, Shandra Spears Bombay, Samantha Brown, Theresa Cutknife, Ange Loft, Monique Mojica, Allyson Pratt & Tyler J Sloane

March 24, 2022

7:30 PM

Digital Presentation

With their Matriarch on her way to the spirit world, a family comes together on their reservation and in the hospital to be with her. A story about grief, love, laughter, rage and the brilliant strength of Indigenous women and their families, fighting to be seen and fumbling towards their healing.

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Land-Based Creation

March 27, 2022

2:00-3:30 PM

Online Workshop

Yolanda Bonnell

Yolanda Bonnell


Yolanda Bonnell (she/they) is a Bi/Queer 2 Spirit Anishinaabe-Ojibwe, South Asian mixed storyteller and multidisciplinary creator/educator. Originally from Fort William First Nation in Thunder Bay, Ontario (Superior Robinson Treaty territory), their arts practice is now based in Tkarón:to. They are the Co-artistic leader of manidoons collective, that they run with Michif (Métis) artist, Cole Alvis. In February 2020, Yolanda’s four-time Dora nominated solo show bug was remounted at Theatre Passe Muraille while the published book was shortlisted for a Governor General Literary Award. Yolanda was the Indigenous artist recipient of the Jayu Arts for Human Rights Award for her work and won the PGC Tom Hendry Drama Award for their play, My Sister’s Rage. Yolanda has taught at schools like York University and Sheridan College and proudly bases her practice in land-based creation, drawing on energy and inspiration from the earth and her ancestors.

Gone To See A Man About A Dog

Written RBC Emerging Playwright by Marcel Stewart
Directed by Natasha Mumba
Featuring Marcel Stewart
Sound Designed by Andrew Lloyd Johnson
Spoken Word Consultation by Britta B.

February 17, 2022


Audio Play

Admission by Donation

In this epic tale, a young Jamaican boy named Bwoi Son is left in the care of his grandfather after his parents leave for England. When a storm kills his grandfather, Bwoi Son and his younger siblings are forced to join their parents. Not wanting to leave, Bwoi Son embarks on a quest to find the River Mumma and her Golden Table to make a sacrifice in order to stay in Jamaica forever.

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February 15, 2022


Online Workshop

Marcel Stewart

Marcel Stewart


Marcel is an actor, writer, arts educator, and organizer with Jamaican heritage, born in the UK and raised in Canada. He often returns to the questions: Who am I? How am I? How did I get here? Who have I lost? What is my purpose? Marcel was a member of the Soulpepper Academy, and has completed the Theatre Enhancement Program (Directing Foreman) through Factory Theatre, and was a member of b current’s Playwrights Incubator. As an actor, for Studio 180: King Charles III.  Other theatre credits include: The Brothers SizeFather Comes Home From the Wars and Incident at Vichy (Soulpepper); The Drawer Boy (Festival Payers); Wilberforce Hotel (Blyth Festival); We Are Proud to Present (Theatre Centre); Up the Garden Path (Obsidian); Toronto the Good (Factory Theatre). Marcel is a 3-time Dora nominated actor and has performed in numerous Dora Award-Winning productions. Marcel works for Suitcase in Point as their Outreach Director.

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