Community Update

June 30, 2021

June.  So much has happened since our last community update in October, 2020.  So much has changed.

The following is a report on some of the company’s activities in the last nine months.


Our first production of Yvette Nolan’s Katharsis opened in the fall.  It was our first digital production (with Winnipeg-based Ice River Films) and we are very proud of the work and also of how much we learned and grew from the experience.  It has since been presented by the Kay Meek Arts Centre (BC), Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival (London, UK) and FoLDA (ON).

We followed this with the world premiere of Post-Democracy by Hannah Moscovitch.  This was the first full-length digital production of the year.  We were in awe of the artists and, again, learned so much from the experience.  Audiences can see this production through the Stratford Festival’s streaming service, Stratfest@Home, until November.  How wonderful to see so many Winnipeg artists being celebrated at the largest theatre in the country.

Our final digital production of the season is the world premiere of Ismaila Alfa’s VOICE.  This is Ismaila’s first play, and we are so very grateful for his trust and to be able to share it with audiences this summer.

In addition to our own productions, we also presented 1 Hour Photo by Tetsuro Shigematsu from vAct (Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre), Frequencies by HEIST (NS) and were a community partner on Obsidian Theatre’s (ON) 21 Black Futures, which can be seen on CBC Gem.


This season has been both challenging and inspiring.  It has provided us an opportunity to change our imagination.  To see new ways of working, new ways of creating, and new ways of engaging. 

We are keenly aware of the continued struggle our industry faces, and the impact these struggles have had on artists who are the backbone and foundation of all that we do.  We are buoyed and inspired by the resilience of our arts community.

We are also deeply grateful for government, foundation, and arts council support.

Finally, a thank you.  To every artist, audience, donor:  THANK YOU.  To the CCA, MAC, WAC, thank you.  To the federal government, the Province, the city, the Winnipeg Foundation, thank you.  This season would have been impossible without you.  That we are thriving, that we are even still standing, is a testament to all of you...and in turn your belief in us.