theatresmash

ABOUT THEATRE SMASH

Theatre Smash was founded in February 2005 by Artistic Producers Sarah Baumann and Ashlie Corcoran. Colleagues and collaborators since meeting at Queen's University in 1999, our interest in new play development grew while working together at Tarragon Theatre. Our work then took us across the country and overseas in an effort to experience other cultures' theatre, working methods and stories. We returned home with a desire to bring these influences to the Canadian stage: Theatre Smash was born.


PRODUCTION HISTORY

    Abi Morgan's TINY DYNAMITE
    North American Premiere, September 2006
    Directed by Ashlie Corcoran

    Lukas Barfuss's THE BUS
    staged reading of translation premiere, Toronto, October 2006
    Directed by Ashlie Corcoran

    Igor Bauersima's NORWAY.TODAY
    Canadian Premiere, September 2008
    Directed by Sarah Baumann, produced by Ashlie Corcoran

    Layne Coleman's TIJUANA CURE
    Professional Premiere, March 2009
    Directed by Ashlie Corcoran

    Graeme Gillis's A BOY CALLED NEWFOUNDLAND
    World Premiere, March 2010
    Directed by Ashlie Corcoran

    SCRIPT SMASH 2010
    A Play Reading Series
    December 2010

    Marius von Mayenburg's THE UGLY ONE
    Toronto Premiere, October 2011
    Directed by Ashlie Corcoran

    SCRIPT SMASH 2012
    A Play Reading Series
    June 2012

In 2011, Sarah Baumann transitioned from her role as co-Artistic Producer to become a member of Theatre Smash's board of directors. Since this time, fellow Queen's grad Stacey Norton has joined Ashlie as Theatre Smash's General Manager.

Theatre Smash is incorporated as a not-for-profit organisation, and received its Letters Patent on July 12th, 2005. We were officially approved as a charity by the Canada Revenue Agency on January 1st, 2006.

MANDATE

Theatre Smash develops and produces contemporary theatrical work with a global twist. Our driving mission is a desire to introduce international writers and methods of work to Canadian audiences and artists. We are excited by texts that examine social, political or economic systems and are captivated by non-naturalistic writing where form and content share equal dramaturgical importance. We are compelled to stage using bold, theatrical choices (in space, design, and casting), celebrating the non-literal aesthetic and origins of the texts. This passion has led us to commission, workshop and produce translations of international work that would not be available if not for our instigation.


OBJECTIVES

To produce a new work or Canadian premiere annually.

To embrace a global perspective by examining both new theatrical works
and new theatre practices from around the world.

To develop working relationships with
other independent theatre companies across the globe.

To be well-run, financially responsible and accessible to
all audience members curious about independent theatre

To facilitate development programs for young artists,
particularly playwrights, designers and directors.

PEOPLE

THEATRE SMASH TEAM

Ashlie Corcoran, Artistic Producer
Stacey Norton, General Manager
Sarah Baumann, Co-Founder
Melissa Farmer, Education Associate
Kelly Wong, Web Designer

THEATRE SMASH BOARD MEMBERS

Sarah Facey, President
Megan McNally
Elisabeth Patrick
Grahame Renyk
Nick Shkordoff
Blair Stransky
Peter Wismath

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