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Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM) is Canada's original alternative theatre company, focused on developing and producing new Canadian plays and striving to articulate a distinct Canadian voice that reflects the complexity of our intercultural society. TPM believes there should be a more diverse representation of audience members, artists, and stories in Canadian theatre. They aspire to be a leader locally, nationally, and internationally in establishing, promoting, and embracing collaborative and inclusive theatre practices that support and ignite the voices of unique artists, communities and audiences. Theatre Passe Muraille operates out of a designated historical building; the former Nasmith Bakery and Stables. But true to name, productions also take place “beyond walls” at site-specific locations across Toronto. Since it was established in 1968, TPM has created over 600 new Canadian plays and built a rich legacy of groundbreaking theatre.

“Theatre Passe Muraille has become the most totally eclectic theatre in town, offering a home to every kind of work imaginable… it makes for an explosion of joy like nowhere else.”– Richard Ouzounian, The Toronto Star
A Call to Push Past Barriers:
Be bold & brave.
Be open & inquisitive.
Be yourself in the community.
Hear from your neighbours.
Dare to be present.
Welcome to Theatre Beyond Walls – Consistently staging distinct experiences. [3]


Theatre Passe Muraille's mandate is to develop and produce innovative and provocative Canadian Theatre, and to cultivate existing and emerging artists and companies. [4]

Production History

2016/17 Season [5]

  • Brave New World: September 27-October 16, 2016
    Brave New World. Photo by Dahlia Katz.
Produced by Litmus Theatre and Cabin with support from TPM. (Adaptor/Director: Matthew Thomas Walker)
  • Secrets of a Black Boy: November 10-20, 2016
    Secrets of a Black Boy promotional poster.
Produced by PLAYINGwithCRAYONS with support from TPM. (Playwright: Darren Anthony, Director: Kimahli Powell)
  • Alien Creature: January 12- February 5, 2016/17
Produced by TPM. (Playwright: Linda Griffiths, Director: Jane Lauzon)
  • John & Waleed: February 6- March 5, 2017
Produced by TPM in association with Cahoots Theatre Company. (Creators/Performers: John Millard & Waleed Abdulhamid, Director: Marjorie Chan)
  • Stupidhead!: March 16- April 2, 2017
    Stupidhead promotional poster.
Produced by TPM. (Playwrights/Performers: Katherine Cullen & Britta Johnson, Director: Aaron Willis)
  • Sound of the Beast: April 13- May 7, 2017
Produced by TPM. (Playwright/Performer: Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, Directors: Andy McKim & Jivesh Parasram)

2015/16 Season [6]

  • Elle: January 14- 31, 2016
  • Pyaasa: March 3-27, 2016
  • Caught: March 31- April 24, 2016
  • Ultrasound: April 28- May 15, 2016
This co-production with Cahoots Theatre Company follows the struggles of a couple, Miranda (Elizabeth Morris) and Alphonse (Chris Dodd) who are hard-of-hearing and Deaf, respectively. The two ponder the implications of having a family together, and the way they would view their child differently if it were hearing or not. Ultrasound used the spoken language, ASL and surtitles in this production. (Playwright: Adam Pottle, Director: Marjorie Chan)[7] [8]
“It began as a long poem,” recalls Pottle, a poet and novelist, “one in which I intended to have various styles – Shakespeare, American Sign Language (ASL) and regular prose speech – play off each other. But what emerged, rather than different stylistic voices, was two people, and the poem became my first play.”[9]

Artistic Team

Artistic Director: Andy McKim

Artistic Director Andy McKim
Andy McKim is TPM’s Artistic Director of 10 years. McKim is also a renowned director and dramaturg, focusing on the development of new Canadian plays. Previously, he has worked at Neptune Theatre in Halifax and Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. Many of the productions McKim has directed were world premieres [10]. In 2007, McKim received the George Luscombe Award in recognition of his mentorship in theatre [11].

General Manager: Régine Cadet

Régine Cadet joined TPM in 2014, after working for MAI (Montréal, Arts Interculturels) as artistic and executive director for 12 years [12]. Cadet has her own dance company, EKSPRESYON, which utilizes the styles of Haitian traditional dance, along with modern and jazz dance [13]. She took part in the Pierre Maraval’s Mille Femmes project to recognize extraordinary women from Québec.

Associate Artistic Producer: Jivesh Parasram

Jivesh Parasram is a Nova Scotian multidisciplinary artist. His work with other theatre companies include Artistic Producer for Pandemic Theatre, Associate Producer for Native Earth Performing Arts Weesageechak Festival 15, Director for Volcano Theatre, Assistant Director with Neworld Theatre and Cahoots Theatre Company, and many acting credits.[14] [15]

Production & Facilities Manager: Jason Golinsky

Jason Golinsky previously was the Production Manager for the Toronto Fringe Festival and the Next Stage Festival. Golinsky worked on the Canadian production of Warhorse as Associate Lighting designer. [16]

Producer: Jenn Sartor

Jenn Sartor began working with TPM as a Patron Services Associate and Volunteer Coordinate. Sartor is a graduate of the Theatre and Drama Studies program at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. [17]

Financial Manager: Petra Chevrier

Petra Chevrier has worked as a financial manager in the arts since 1992. She was the former Managing Editor of Toronto-based magazine FUSE Magazine. Along with Chevrier’s position with TPM, she works with artists in film as a film projector and installation technician. [18]

Associate Producer—Publicity & Marketing: Graham Isador

Graham Isador is a new addition to the TPM team. Previously he has served as Artistic Director at Pressgang Theater [19]. He has been part of plays such as Two Truths and a Lie at Next Stage Festival [20], Situational Anarchy at SummerWorks [21], and Served at the Toronto Fringe Festival [22]. Isador is an actor and journalist.

Associate Producer—Patron Services: Megan Poole

Megan Poole is a Toronto-based actor and singer who is also the Artistic Producer of Crapshoot. [23]

Associate Producer—Growth & Development: Lada Darewych

Lada Darewych is an actor, director, musical theatre performer, and producer of over twenty years. [24]

Mainspace Technician: David Fisher

David Fisher is an Ottawa born actor and technician. He is the founder and General Manager of the Toronto Theatre Database. [25]

Backspace Technician: Christopher Ross

Christopher Ross works as a House Technician, Technical Director and Production Manager with other Toronto production companies. Ross is associated with many independent theatre companies in the city. [26]

Board of Directors [27]

Chair: Diana Belshaw

Vice-Chair: Roni Hoffman

Treasurer: Jim Roe

Secretary: Susan Atkinson

Member: Steve Beatty

Member: Sunira Chaudhri

Member: Benjamin J. Dietschi

Member: Zachary Gans

Member: Bob Nasmith

Member: Jeff Rayman

Resident Playwrights [28]

Maja Adal (HER2, The Cure for Everything, You Fancy Yourself, Midnight Sun)[29]

Bilal Baig (in development: Acha Bacha)

Erin Fleck (Unintentionally Depressing Children’s Tales, Those Who Can’t Do…, Abortion)[30]

Kate Hennig

Jordi Mand (Caught, Between the Sheets)[31]

Tijiki Morris (We Walk Among You, Cirqular)[32]

Evalyn Parry (Spin, Gerturde & Alice)[33][34]

Anusree Roy (Sulatans of the Street, Brothel #9, Roshni, Letters to my Grandma, Pyaasa) [35]

Rosamund Small (Vitals, Genesis and Other Stories, Performing Occupy Toronto)[36]

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Name:Theatre Passe Muraille
Location:Toronto, Ontario
Category:Non-Profit Company