Thom Morgan Jones, Artistic Director
Building community through theatre
This season at Prairie Theatre Exchange is filled with stories about how we make and define community. Amazingly, forming a community is also what happens every time we step into the theatre. An audience, different from any audience on any other night, comes together to join performers for a show that will be uniquely for them. Each night will be different. One night you’ll laugh, the next you’ll be moved to tears, and then you’ll be provoked and challenged by new ideas. Some nights it’ll be all of the above, all the while sharing time and space with strangers. At the end of the night, we’ll all share something very special in common: the experience of live theatre.
On a personal note, it is my extraordinary pleasure to join Prairie Theatre Exchange as its new artistic director. For the last fifteen years, I have been inspired by Bob Metcalfe’s leadership and the extraordinary work that he and the full team at PTE have created. What an honour to be able to be at this brilliant theatre, in this community, for its next chapter.
As always, there will be a full complement of five plays at PTE, plus our beloved Munsch production for families. In addition to this, we are now offering a new series of three plays from here at home and beyond our borders: the Leap Series. These productions ask us all to take a leap into the unexpected with plays that push the boundaries of storytelling in theatre.
With each story in our 46thseason, we are being invited into a world all its own. With each story exchanged, we are invited to see the world around us with more joy, empathy, and perspective. What a year ahead at PTE – come be a part of our community!
Thomas Morgan Jones
A R T I S T I C D I R E C T O R
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.