About Us

Founded in 1968, TPM is Canada’s original alternative theatre company, currently developing and producing new Canadian plays. TPM is striving to articulate a distinct Canadian voice that reflects the complexity of our intercultural society.

theatre beyond walls - collage of tpm show photos

Values: Art‐centric | Relevant | Collaborative | Pioneering | Socio-Political | Egalitarian | Accessible | Community oriented

Belief & Vision: Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM) believes there should be a more diverse representation of artists, audience members, and stories in our theatre. TPM aspires to be a leader locally, nationally and internationally in establishing, promoting, and embracing collaborative and inclusive theatre practices. We do this so that we can support and ignite the voices of unique artists, communities and audiences.

Mission: Our mission is to break down walls by pushing against boundaries; to create art with and for an audience, examining the marginal, the unexplored and the unforeseen; to articulate a distinct Canadian voice that reflects the complexity of our intercultural society.

Mandate:

Theatre Passe Muraille has a special interest in; producing theatre that is provocative, subversive and joyful | supporting and presenting independent artists and companies, emerging artists, and marginalized voices | modelling new approaches to creation, collaboration, production and stewardship | providing mentorship, expertise, space and opportunity to people, artists and companies | encouraging, enhancing and increasing meaningful interactions between our communities – artists, staff, audiences, neighbourhoods and supporters.

*Theatre Passe Muraille is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) and engages professional artists who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Theatre Passe Muraille is also a member of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, Theatre Ontario and the Creative Trust. Theatre Passe Muraille is funded by the Canadian Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and by its commercial sponsors and individual benefactors. 

Land Acknowledgement

Theatre Passe Muraille gratefully acknowledge the original caretakers of this land, the Anishnabe, Wendat, Haudenasounee  and the Mississaugas of the Credit. We embrace collaborative and collective values as exemplified by Indigenous culture, and we aspire to live up to those values. We are also particularly inspired by the Dish With One Spoon Treaty. This agreement binds people on this land to share peacefully with their neighbours, so that we may all have enough. 

There is one dish, one spoon, and no knife.  In that spirit, we honour all who came before us, our own ancestors as well as all the Indigenous caretakers, named and unnamed, recorded and unrecorded. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work, play, and create here in this community, and on this territory. 

Thank you.

History

TPM’s founder Jim Garrard set our mold when he said, “There should be no walls of pre-conception about what theatre could be…producing plays that are new and different and thought-provoking is what’s important… to explore new models.”

Since 1968, we’ve created over 700 new Canadian plays and built a rich legacy of groundbreaking theatre.

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. More than ever, we cherish your attendance, so that TPM can support and give voice to the next generation of artists and audiences – who embrace the path less travelled. Come push past barriers with us.

Photo credits: Pyaasa, Stupidhead, Ultrasound, Elle, Life, Sound of the Beast, Death and the Blues | Michael Cooper | bug | Dahlia Katz 

Cover of TPM Book

In celebration of TPM’s fiftieth year (2019) of producing and providing spacee of new and diverse Canadian theatre, this book gathers touching tributes, funny anecdotes, fascinating photos, memorable reviews and treasured memories of success and failure within and beyond the walls of Theatre Passe Muraille. Artists, creative teams and theatre associates from throughout the theatre’s history all have something juicy to share.

Paperback copy

  • $22.46 CAD
  • Playwrights Canada Press
TPM is a Canadian registered charity.

Your donation not only allows marginalized, relevant and emerging voices to be seen on our stages, it helps us to offer additional programs to emerging artists free of charge. It also helps us with welcoming all audience members within our walls by offering engaging community programs, keeping our ticket prices accessible, and offering accessibility initiatives that remove barriers for specific communities (d/Deaf, Hard-of-hearing, Blind/Low vision and Neuro-diverse communities) to come enjoy live theatre.

20.21 Sponsor TD Ready Commitment. Supporters Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Hal Jackman Foundation, Metcalfe Foundation