season art by Katie So
Neworld Theatre creates, produces, and tours new plays and performance events. We tell stories that are as complicated and contradictory as the enormously small country we live in. Historically, our work is rooted in an experience of ethnic and cultural diversity. While diversity remains a core value, our programming now asks a broader range of questions about responsibility, identity, and difference.
In the last five years Neworld Theatre has produced 12 original productions (11 of which were new works), and presented them in 46 theatres and festivals in 7 Canadian provinces and 10 countries around the world, from Reykjavik to Dublin to Berlin. Major projects in our 20 year history include: the international touring hit Winners and Losers, the canonical war-on-terror satire, Ali and Ali and the aXes of Evil, and James Fagan Tait’s landmark Dostoyevsky adaptations Crime and Punishment and the Idiot, to name just a few. Major awards: Rio-Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, almost two dozen Jessie Richardson awards, the Seattle Times Footlight Award, Vancouver Critics’ Choice Award (three times).
Artistic and organizational collaboration are central to our ethic and the way we work; this allows for programming choices that can adapt to opportunities as they arise. We are not tied to a particular aesthetic or genre, and instead encourage formal experimentation. Humour is one of the key strategies we employ to engage audiences with complex or experimental content. We ask artists and audiences to embrace work which challenges assumptions about the nature of theatre and its function in the world.
Our work is designed to respond to the creative interests of Neworld’s core artists, issues that seem central to the city we live in, and opportunities that emerge in relationship to our collaborative community. Our motto is “plays well with others.” Collaboration is central to the way we work. We measure the company’s impact through our ability to juggle development of new work, productions of various types, presentations, partnerships, mentorship, community engagement and advocacy.