Bob Nasmith Innovation Backspace Theatre

An intimate studio, seating 40-45

Theatre Passe Muraille’s Bob Nasmith Innovation Backspace theatre is an intimate black-box studio space within our designated heritage building, just Northeast of Queen & Bathurst. The Backspace has a maximum seating capacity of 40-45 (retractable seating).

Rental Rates*

Not-For-Profit Rate
$2,500 + HST per week

Corporate Rate
$2,800.00 + HST per week

Basic rental rates include

  • A one week rental (Tuesday – Sunday)
  • 40 hours of Technician time per week
  • In-house Lighting & Sound Equipment
  • Box Office Services
  • Front of House Staffing for all performances within TPM’s regular schedule
    One private dressing room & a shared greenroom backstage

Additional fees include:

  • Staffing costs for lighting hang/load in or strike
  • Third-Party Insurance (proof of insurance required prior to load-in)
  • FOH Staffing fees $100 for each scheduled performances, up to 4.5 hours
  • Additional tech time outside of 40 hours are subject to infringement costs, and additional technicians are generally charged at a rate of $27/hr plus HST per technician.

*Theatre Passe Muraille is a supporter of independent theatre companies, and as such, we primarily rent out our theatre spaces by the week to independent not-for-profit companies at subsidized rates. Priority is given to weekly rentals, though on occasion and depending upon availability, we are sometimes able to rent out our spaces for individual events — including galas, workshops, craft sales, festivals, parties and weddings.

Rent for Rehearsals 


Rent our Backspace theatre for rehearsals with no technical elements from 10am-5pm daily or for a week. Insurance will be required. 


Non for profit (or indie)                         For Profit 

Daily (7 hrs)  $200                                   Daily (7 hrs) $500                    

Week (35 hours) $950                            Week (35 Hrs) $1,600


The Space