We’re launched into an incredibly busy couple of months, with three world-class shows set to tour Canada and the US between now and June … Click on the links below, and keep up on all of the latest developments.

Roseneath’s annual Family-Friendly ‘Gala’ … coming up on Sun May 3!

Sunday May 3, 2015. 2-5pm. Workman Arts Mainspace, 651 Dufferin Street  
Tickets $40 Adults / $10 Children  CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS.

For more information: 416-686-5199 x221

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Roseneath Theatre throws open its doors on Sunday May 3 for the company’s annual SPRING PERFORMANCE FUNDRAISER in Toronto’s Dundas-West Village (Workman Arts Mainspace, 651 Dufferin, just steps north of Dundas). The day promises fun-filled, family-friendly festivities — with something for younger and older attendees alike.


The day will be anchored by a performance of much-loved show SPIRIT HORSE (fresh-off its tour to dozens of communities, large and small, clear across southern Ontario. Suitable for children Grades 3-8) and will highlight food offerings from local DuWest hotspots. Parents can relax and browse our Auction Items while the kids tackle activities in the Spirit Horse-inspired Kids Craft Area. We’ll present the Rosie Award to a valued supporter, and share details of our 32nd season with those in attendance.

Spirit HorseAll proceeds benefit Roseneath Theatre, Ontario’s largest professional touring company and one of Canada’s foremost producers of theatre-for-young audiences. Every year we develop and rehearse world-class plays right here in our DuWest Studio, before the works are sprung to schools and theatres across North America. As we’re very-often ‘on-the-road’, this annual event helps keep the ‘home-fires burnin’, as our artists, supporters and community members converge for a day-of-fun!

Timothy L. Hill, Dakota Hebert, Brianne Tucker and musician Alex Lamoureux from the 2015 production of ‘Spirit Horse’. Photo by John Packman.

Back by popular demand … SPIRIT HORSE.SpiritHorse illustration-web
Touring Southern Ontario Mar 30 – Jun 12

Spirit Horse premiered in 2007 at Toronto’s Luminato Festival and received a Dora nomination for Outstanding Production. Since that time, it has become part of Roseneath’s core Repertoire, with three Ontario tours and a North American tour now under its belt.

Roseneath Theatre’s award-winning production of Spirit Horse follows the story of two First Nations youth who caught between two worlds—the traditional ways and the modern ways of the city. They are given new hope by a Spirit Horse that rides into their lives. Adapted by celebrated Ojibway playwright Drew Hayden Taylor from the Irish Play Tir Na N’Og by Greg Banks, Spirit Horse is a highly-theatrical and imaginative story in which three actors play over 65 characters, accompanied by a live musician.

Click Here for more details.

SPIRIT HORSE in the news! Click on the links below to check out recent media coverage from our tour throughout southern Ontario…

CTV News (London, ON) / The Observer (Windsor, ON) / Our Windsor (Windsor, ON)


Big thanks to Spirit Horse Production Sponsors, BMO Financial and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario.


The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario




OUTSIDE makes its world premiere.Outside-web
Touring Ontario Apr 13 – May 22
Sneak-Peek Previews Sat Apr 11, 3pm & 7:30pm

Paul Dunn’s new play, which wowed audiences in November (first public reading), makes its world premiere. Outside was developed through Roseneath’s Playwrights’ Unit. This timely work is the story of Daniel, a teen who triumphs over homophobic bullying. It relates to the issue of establishing Gay-Straight Alliances in Canadian high schools. Click Here for more details.

Join us at the Roseneath Studio on Sat Apr 11 for our FREE Sneak-Peek Previews of this world premiere! CLICK HERE to reserve seats through Event Brite.



Roseneath Theatre proudly welcomes Outside Production Sponsor RBC and new 2014-15 supporters, The J.P. Bickell Charitable Foundation and The K.M. Hunter Foundation.



Dora-nominated LA MALETA returns.LaMaleta-web
 ‘On the Road Photography’: Greetings from sunny California!

In January we launched our North American tour of Toronto playwright Beatriz Pizano’s LA MALETA (The Suitcase), which toured theatres and schools throughout the United States. The four member cast (Alejandra Simmons, Tiana Leonty, Jessica Zepeda, Joseph Recinos) and stage manager (Sandi Becker) sent us these pics highlighting their time on the road, traveling across the US, from California to New York in the trusted Roseneath touring vehicles. This season our Ensembles are bringing the work we’ve developed with Canadian playwrights to about 100,000 young audience members … FAR AND WIDE!

Click Here to check out the company’s ‘On-the-Road Photography’.

Click Here to check out a map showing what communities we’re visiting this year!




La Maleta (The Suitcase) premiered as part of Roseneath’s 2013-14 Season, proved a big hit, and received Dora nominations for Outstanding Ensemble Performance and Outstanding New Play. This year the show embarked on a 7-week U.S. tour before returning home for a second Ontario run. Click Here for more details.



Meet Morgan…

Every year at Roseneath Theatre, we have the opportunity to work with young people from Ontario high schools and universities who are looking for a deeper understanding of the theatre production world and ‘real world’ experience. Today we said good-bye to Morgan, who has been with us for a few months. One of Morgan’s biggest accomplishments was managing the layout and design of our ‘bio boards’ for this year’s shows. Here is what he had to say about his experience…


Morgan with one of the bio boards he created for our 2014-2015 season

Hello my name is Morgan Elbourne and I was a Co-op student from Western Technical Commercial School who had the pleasure of working at Roseneath Theatre and would now like to tell you about my experiences while working there. At Roseneath you have to do a bit of everything but mainly I would work in the marketing department using computer apps to help design, fix, or add to graphics that would help promote what a great place Roseneath is. I used the computer for most jobs, whether for researching online, managing ticket selling/event planning websites (Eventbrite, Ticketswell), writing word docs, managing excel spreadsheets, or simply just passing along emails to other people. Being a theatre, Roseneath also produces plays which gives you the great experience of meeting the crew and actors as well as seeing the process of a stage production being put together. Continue reading

IT’S HIT! THE MONEY TREE run extended through December 12.


   Roseneath Theatre presents

money tree type treatment

Notes Nov 18 Crop to Shasta and Tree
Written by Robert Watson. Directed by Andrew Lamb
Featuring Rong Fu, Joshua Stodart and Heather Marie Annis
Set and Costume Designer Lindsay C. Walker
Sound Designer and Composer Rick Sacks


World Premiere — NOW PLAYING!

School Bookings: (Grades K-6)



THE MONEY TREE launched Roseneath’s 2014-15 season, programmed to coincide with Financial Literacy Month (November). This world premiere production introduces elementary audiences (Grades K-6) to beginning notions related to financial literacy, explores the idea of ‘needs vs. wants’ and affirms the power of imagination and creativity.


ABOUT THE PLAY: When Shasta’s father loses his job, she is devastated to learn that previously laid plans for her upcoming birthday party must be significantly downsized. As the story progresses, Shasta and Simon meet a mysterious Traveler who gives them a seed that will make a tree grow leaves of money. Through a truly magical journey, the two ultimately learn that being a loyal friend is worth more than a big party or having all the latest toys. In the end, our friends, family and imaginations are truly our greatest assets.



Says Director Andrew Lamb: “With the economic struggles facing families over the last few years, parents have been experiencing layoffs in greater number than seen before. Though this might be considered an ‘adult’ problem, children are more aware of these situations than they might sometimes be given credit for…we hope this production sparks meaningful conversations around money and value – in addition to being a wonderfully entertaining story that ignites a young audience member’s imagination.”


2014 production photos from ‘The Money Tree’ featuring Rong Fu (as Shasta, in green coat), Joshua Stodart and Heather Marie Annis by Robert


ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Robert Watson is a Victoria raised theatre artist who has called Toronto home for the past 14 years. Having worked as an actor, producer, publicist, makeup artist and sound designer for various theatrical productions, it is playwriting that gives him the most artistic satisfaction. Selected writing credits include the sold-out Fringe hit Chasing Margaret Flatwood at Toronto’s historic Campbell House, Desperate Housepets at the Montreal and Toronto Fringe Festivals, adaptations of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories and Phoebe Gilman’s The Balloon Tree both at the Toronto Fringe Kids Venue. Robert is playwright-in-residence at Theatre Awakening, where he developed The Ladies Room and Chasing Margaret Flatwoood.