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7 plays. 7 productions. 7 neighbourhoods. 7 nights. 1 great playwright. 1 spectacular cultural event. For Toronto. 

The works of Sam Shepard

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The Project (May 1-7, 2013)

Seven theatre companies come together in a massive collaborative effort to stage seven one-acts plays by a featured playwright…These productions are staged in seven different Toronto neighbourhoods….Every night for a week, each production rotates to a different neighbourhood, giving each community a spectacular and unique week-long event, and each company a chance to build relationships with audiences for whom they might not otherwise perform.

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Our Vision

The Project aims to build a tighter sense of community amongst artists and audiences. The rotating format, the brevity of the one-acts, and the localized neighbourhood-based creates an uncomplicated, friendly theatre-going experience for audiences. And the collaborative format allows disparate groups of theatre-makers to share their resources and knowledge, and expand upon their audience base for years to come.

The 2013 Project line-up will be announced shortly. Stay tuned!

Our History

In May of 2012 The Tennessee Project, the inaugural smash-hit theatre festival, presented forty seven performances over seven nights, selling out 80% of houses, and playing to more than 2,500 Torontonians. With their extensive media coverage, cross-promotions, and partnerships, the Project is estimated to have reached 2,495,000 Torontonians. The Café Series, featuring free performances around the city, was packed every night. And an article in The Grid (about whether or not Toronto’s theatre scene can stay afloat) cited The Tennessee Project as being “what we want”.

“I am deeply impressed with the vision and originality of The Tennessee Project! It is everything that a holistic arts project should be: grounded in excellence, collaborative in nature, and focused on community. Bravo.” – Albert Schultz, Artistic Director of Soulpepper

“Congrats to all the troupes and the festival producers… Let’s hope there’s another such festival linking companies and audiences around town.” – Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

“This project descends on Toronto’s neighbourhoods and wins the hearts and minds of the people! It creates new patrons and saves the old ones bus fare. It is possible for anybody to return night after night to the venue down the block to see scores of artists occupy corners of Toronto neglected by other festivals.” – Audrey Wiles, audience member of The Tennessee Project

“Spreading great entertainment across Toronto should be the mandate of any artist producing here. The stages don’t disappear outside the Annex, off Bathurst, or beyond King and John. If [Project Directors] Alex and Daiva had a storage locker on Keele, a dock in Mimico and an internet cafe on Kingston Road they’d give you a festival nobody in their right mind should miss.” – Brenhan McKibben, Red One Theatre Collective

“A connection was created between the audience and the actors, thus providing our homebound seniors with warm social interactions. I sincerely think that the Project will continue to provide socially beneficial and valued service to marginalized communities by showcasing and bringing live arts to these vulnerable populations.” – Bonnie Yeung, WoodGreen Community Services
“An exciting, collaborative and grassroots undertaking if there ever was one.” – BlogTO 

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