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.
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.
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.