Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT
launched in 2015
Join us in the writer’s room to experience the intimate reading of a play in process.
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.
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.
sam Khalilieh, Rachel Mutombo, Ali Joy Richardson, Yolanda Bonnell
By Sam Khalilieh
Directed by Mark McGrinder
Featuring Sam Khalilieh
April 16, 2021
WARNING: Strong language, first dates, puppets and the Middle East.
Part origin story, part familial archeology, Palestineman is a journey of discovery for its subject and its audience. Returning for a second season IN DEVELOPMENT, playwright sam Khalilieh continues to put together the pieces of a show that has been in his head for over 30 years.
April 14, 2021
By RBC Emerging Playwright Rachel Mutombo
Directed by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Featuring Marcel Stewart & Amaka Umeh
February 19, 2021
WARNING: Imprisonment may not be limited to the incarcerated.
Isabelle and Jamal’s father was incarcerated for a violent crime. Though they’ve lived the majority of their lives without him, the stain of his actions has been on their lives ever since. Years of resentment and pain threaten to disrupt their lives when they learn of his impending release from prison. Despite the urge to continue to sweep it all under the rug, this pair of siblings is forced to come face to face with their complicated feelings and shared family trauma.
Tell It Like It Is
February 17, 2021
By RBC Emerging Playwright Ali Joy Richardson
Directed by Ann-Marie Kerr
Featuring Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, Thomas Olajide & David Storch
December 18, 2020
WARNING: Pedestals may not be as sturdy as advertised. Watch for falling heroes.
Roy, a revered theatre school teacher, falls from grace after his behaviour with a student comes to light. Mark, his past student (now colleague), has to make him understand. Vic, Roy’s daughter, desperately needs her Dad to do the right thing. Nobody’s giving up without a fight.
Be A Man
December 16, 2020
My Sister’s Rage
By RBC Emerging Playwright Yolanda Bonnell
Directed by Yolanda Bonnell
Featuring Cherish Violet Blood, Shandra Spears Bombay, Samantha Brown, Theresa Cutknife, Ange Loft, Monique Mojica, Allyson Pratt & Tyler J Sloane
November 20, 2020
WARNING: Family, fury and a hunger for reconciliation.
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.
November 18, 2020