Artistic Director

Thomas Morgan Jones

Welcome to the 2019-2020 season at Prairie Theatre Exchange!

This season, we are exploring the theme of HAPPINESS with each of our productions. From agony to bliss and everything in between, this season explores how we find happiness, how we hold on to it, and how sometimes we have to let it go. Amidst the great turmoil of our world today, stories that engage with notions of happiness can give us new perspectives, can delight us, can challenge us, but most importantly can give us a sense of hope. Our Mainstage, LEAP Series and Munsch production have each, in their own way, been chosen to bring light into these dark times. I really believe that when we all gather together in the theatre, that the stories we see can be transformative: for us as individuals, and for our community as a whole.

This season also places a very special focus on Winnipeg playwrights and creators. Six of the nine plays in our season are written by Winnipeggers, and we are so thrilled to be able to share their voices and their stories with you. Bringing world premieres to the stage by Prairie writers is one of the things that makes PTE so special...and now you can be the very first audience to experience these new Canadian plays.

From a new Indigenous story, to a whirlwind wedding party, to a music-dance hybrid, to a deeply personal and hilarious autobiography, to the exciting use of technology and even a talking cookie, this season at PTE will be one for the books!

Whether you join us as a subscriber or only for one show, we can't wait to welcome you to your theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange.

With love,

A little bit about Thom

Thomas has worked across Canada and internationally as a director, playwright, dramaturg, instructor, and movement coach. His productions have received eleven Dora Mavor Moore Awards and eight nominations; he received the 2011 Dora Mavor Moore Guthrie (Stratford Festival), and has been nominated for the Pauline McGibbon Award and twice for the John Hirsch Award (2008 & 2011). 

He has collaborated with companies including:  Theatre Direct, The Stratford Festival, Theatre Passe Muraille, Cahoots Theatre Company, Theatre Rusticle, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Carousel Players, Modern Times Stage Company, Project Humanity, Young People’s Theatre, The Magnetic North Theatre Festival, The CULTCH, The Charlottetown Festival, Cia Enviezada (Brazil), and many others. 

As an educator he has taught with the Stratford Festival’s Birmingham Conservatory for six seasons, as well as Sheridan College, the University of Guelph, the University of Guelph-Humber, The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, The Playwrights Guild of Canada, The Paprika Festival, Theatre Rusticle’s Gym, Theatre Direct, The Charlottetown Festival, Cahoots Theatre Company, and many other professional companies in addition to elementary and secondary schools.

An active advocate for theatre in Canada he has sat on Theatre Ontario’s YTTP jury, The Dora Mavor Moore Award jury, The Playwrights Guild of Canada contract committee, and the Toronto Fringe 24 Hour Playwright Competition jury.

He holds a B.A. from the University of Guelph, an M.A. from the University of Toronto, and has trained with SITI Company in NYC, Madrid, Paris, and Fredericton, and The Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) in Toga (Japan), Milan and Fredericton. 

He is a former playwright in residence with Shakespeare in Action and Cahoots Theatre, artist/educator in residence with Young People’s Theatre, associate artist and associate artistic director with Theatre Direct, and artistic director of Theatre New Brunswick.