Proudly Announcing our 33rd Season

At the cutting edge of current events, Roseneath Theatre’s 33rd season features four productions with young female protagonists that are about what is happening right now in the lives of young people. The season begins with a US venue tour of The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh by Chris Craddock, followed closely by an Ontario venue and school tour of Spirit Horse by Drew Hayden Taylor that launches with two weeks on the Mainstage at Young Peoples Theatre. The second half of the season includes the world premiere of Birds of a Feather by Robert Watson and a new high school adaptation of Meet Cute by Erin Norah Thompson. All four of these stories follow strong young females as they navigate current challenges including: diverse families, Indigenous culture, racism, mental health/wellness and the notion of consent. This season invites young audiences to look at the world around them and appreciate difference in our ways of learning, our cultures, our families, our friendships and our relationships. These shows depict real scenarios explored from a young person’s perspective, without talking down to them, and encourage empathy in our audiences with the aim of beginning a real dialogue on the themes addressed in each play.

Andrew Lamb
Artistic Director

October 11 – December 8, 2016


by Chris Craddock

Grades 4-8
Themes:  ADHD, Bullying, Identity, Mental Health

A story of super powers, bullying and one girl’s real life struggle to stay calm and focused in the face of an ADHD diagnosis.


October 17 – November 26, 2016

SpiritHorse-purple-webSPIRIT HORSE
Native American adaptation by Drew Hayden Taylor
from the Irish Play ‘Tir Na N’Og’ by Greg Banks

Grades 4-8
Themes: Indigenous Culture, Racism, Bullying, Perseverance, Fairness, Respect

When two Indigenous sisters go on a mystical journey with their horse Wildwind, their father must chase them down to save his family.


March 20 – May 5, 2017

by Robert Watson

Grades K-4
Themes: Diversity in Families, Imagination, Cooperation, Friendship, Teamwork

A junior bird watcher’s adventure in Hawaii leads her to discover the Laysan Albatross whose families have similarities to her own.


April 3 – May 19, 2017

MeetCute-webMEET CUTE
by Erin Norah Thompson

Grades 9-12
Themes: Consent, Healthy Relationships, Identity, Critical Thinking, Interpersonal Skills

Jane and John meet at a bus stop – could there be romance? One meeting shown three different ways to explore the notion of consent.


For more Information or to book a performance contact: 416-686-5199 x223


Biggest lineup in company history featuring two world premieres, an American tour, and substantial project sponsored by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario.

Roseneath Theatre’s recently announced 2014-15 season is one of the largest in its 31-year history, and will reach a projected audience of 100,000 young people throughout Ontario and the US. The company provides a great service to educators in bringing world-class theatre directly to their students. The company is oft-recognized for artistic excellence; Roseneath was a recent Finalist for the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and has been nominated for 37 Dora Awards.


Empathy is the major theme explored in the company’s four-play lineup. Says Artistic Director Andrew Lamb: “Each of the shows will celebrate difference, give students an opportunity to step outside of themselves, and understand more deeply another perspective.

Each play will receive two Toronto Launch Performances (open to everyone, a great chance for Educators to preview the company’s work) at Roseneath’s Dundas-West Studio (just steps north of Dundas), before the Artistic Ensembles head out on tour to theatres and schools across North America.


THE MONEY TREE by Robert Watson
Directed by Andrew Lamb
Touring Ontario during Financial Literacy Month (Nov)
Nov 3 – Dec 5, 2014 / Suitable for Grades K-4
TORONTO LAUNCH: Nov 1, 11am & 2pm

MoneyTree-webThe Money Tree launches Roseneath’s season, and is programmed to coincide with Financial Literacy Month. The play introduces elementary audiences to beginning notions related to financial literacy. Shasta and Simon are next door neighbours who come to learn – after Shasta’s father loses his job – that being a loyal friend is much more valuable than having a big party or buying the latest toys. In the end, our friends, family and imaginations are truly our greatest assets.



LA MALETA (The Suitcase) By Beatriz Pizano
Directed by Andrew Lamb
Touring Across the U.S. and Ontario Jan 19 – Mar 27, 2015
Suitable for Grades 1-6 / TORONTO LAUNCH: Jan 17, 11am & 2pm

LaMaleta-webDora-nominated La Maleta (The Suitcase), which premiered earlier this year, embarks on a seven-week American tour before returning home for a second Ontario run. This charming play follows a ten year-old Colombian refugee as she acclimatizes to life in a new country. Incorporating both Spanish and English, this production engages students’ imaginations and provides insight into what a new student who doesn’t speak their language might be feeling and thinking.



Native American Adaptation by Drew Hayden Taylor
from the Irish Play Tir Na N’Og by Greg Banks / Directed by Greg Banks
Touring Ontario to schools selected by Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ont.
Mar 30 – Jun 12, 2015 / Suitable for Grades 4-8 / TORONTO LAUNCH: TBC

SpiritHorse illustration-webDora-nominated Spirit Horse, which originated at the Luminato Festival, returns for an extensive tour of southern Ontario, sponsored by the Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario. This highly-visual work is a powerful story that chronicles an incredible adventure involving two urban First Nations children – an imaginative story in which three actors play over 65 characters, accompanied by a live musician.



OUTSIDE by Paul Dunn
Directed by Andrew Lamb
Touring Ontario Apr 13 – May 22, 2015 / Suitable for Grades 7-12
TORONTO LAUNCH: Apr 11, 3pm & 7:30pm

Outside-webOutside, created by Dora-nominated playwright Paul Dunn, anchors Roseneath’s 2014-15 High School Programme. This timely new 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, which has been much-written about in the media in recent years. Three friends, two schools, one lunch hour.




The company was founded by David S. Craig and Robert Morgan and is one of the Canada’s leading producers of award-winning theatre for children and their families. Our plays address issues that resonate with today’s youth, encouraging them to reflect on themselves and their place within the community. Our commitment to excellence has earned us many accolades. The company gives up to 300 performances per year to approximately 100,000 young people, making Roseneath the largest professional touring theatre in Ontario. We are equally committed to both quality and accessibility.

David S. Craig, Co-Founder, Roseneath Theatre: “Creating theatre for young people has huge challenges and joys. The biggest challenge is to create a dramatic literature that reflects all the complexity and nuance of contemporary life in a way that can be understood by a child… It has to be simple but not simplistic; A pure colour for the child that provokes a catalyst of colours for adults. The biggest joy is the children themselves. They are the best audience. Young people feel emotions with huge intensity. They will eat fast food if that’s all they are given, but they are hungry, starving even, for theatrical feasts.

Our Artistic Ensembles travel primarily in our touring vans, and by air for U.S. tours. Each Production Designer creates our sets with an eye to touring, allowing us to expertly adapt to all stripes of venues. We are the only company to have played in every English-speaking school district in Ontario.

Each of the plays will tour to 5 inner-city designated schools in the City of Toronto and 5 under-served schools in Southwestern Ontario, reaching 12,000 at-risk children and youth (approx. 12% of our annual audience).

David S. Craig honoured with Barbara Hamilton Award and 3 Dora Nominations for Roseneath Theatre

Roseneath Theatre is proud to see two of our 2013-2014 Season shows honoured with a total of 3 nominations for 2014 Dora Mavor Moore Awards!  Congratulations to all of the wonderful Artists whose excellent work brought these nominations to fruition.

For Outstanding Production:
Wired (presented by Roseneath, produced by Green Thumb Theatre)
For Outstanding New Play:
Beatriz Pizano for La Maleta (The Suitcase)
For Outstanding Performance – Ensemble:
The cast of La Maleta (The Suitcase)
Alejandra Simmons, Anita LaSelva, Joseph Recinos, Jessica Zepeda

And we are overjoyed to congratulate our former Artistic Director and Roseneath Co-Founder, David S. Craig – honoured with the Barbara Hamilton Award this year.  We all agree this honour is richly deserved and are thrilled to see his incredible contributions to Theatre For Young Audiences recognized in this way.

From David’s acceptance speech:

David S. Craig (r) receiving the Barbara Hamilton Award from Councillor Gary Crawford

This is the first time the Barbara Hamilton Award has been given to someone who has made a career with a principal focus on theatre for young audiences, and so I share this award with all my colleagues in Toronto and across Canada. Of those, I particularly want to name Patterson Fardell who has devoted so much of her working life bringing children to theatre and theatre to children and to NOW theatre reviewer Jon Kaplan who has consistently seen our work when he didn’t have to and was our champion when no one else was.

Creating theatre for young people has huge challenges and joys. The biggest challenge is to create a dramatic literature that reflects all the complexity and nuance of contemporary life in a way that can be understood by a child of six. It has to be simple but not simplistic; A pure colour for the child that provokes a catalyst of colours for adults.

The biggest joy is the children themselves. They are the best audience. Young people feel emotions with huge intensity. They will eat fast food if that’s all they are given, but they are hungry, starving even, for theatrical feasts.

I wanted to create that kind of theatre and then I wanted thousands to see it. At its peak, Roseneath Theatre reached an annual audience of 120,000 young people in every school district in Ontario. That was the largest audience of any theatre in Toronto and it is worth celebrating today.  People say, often very soberly, ‘children are the audience of the future’. My colleagues and I laugh because of course where else do audiences come from? I have personally never been interested in creating future audiences but I do now.

I love this hungry, passionate, rowdy, reckless audience of now. Let’s get ‘em hooked. Now. Thank you.”

Read the full award citation here