Skip to content

How Toronto Theatre Companies Can Be Saved

February 24, 2020

The future of Toronto theatre companies is at risk as more cultural institutions are forced to close due to the city’s condo development boom. In the past year, independent theatres such as Theatre Passe Muraille have lost their rehearsal space, administrative office and carpentry shop. “I think you’re looking at the very nature of downtown shifting if it becomes unaffordable for artists and arts institutions,” said Marjorie Chan artistic director of Theatre Passe Muraille. City Council passed a motion that asks staff to think of creative ways to save independent live theatre companies west of downtown. Councillor Joe Cressy who represents Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York says action is needed as startup theatres close due to high commercial rents and a lack of support for emerging artists and performance spaces. Sally Han, the manager of cultural partnerships with the city’s Economic Development and Culture department shares possible solutions for Toronto theatres to receive more funding such as sector-wide initiatives, like shared facilities and making theatres more accessible.