As the performing arts sector continues to face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Arts Centre has responded with Grand Acts of Theatre, an initiative to bring Canadian artists and audiences together.

Eleven of Canada’s most innovative theatre companies have been engaged to create and perform large-scale, new works in response to these times, which will be performed outdoors in front of live audiences in various Canadian locations, filmed, and later shared online.

Through Grand Acts of Theatre, the NAC will invest in the creation of ambitious new work by some of the country’s most ingenious artists, reach out to theatre audiences who have been missing the live experience, and deepen engagement with a wider audience by sharing the performances online.

For this new initiative, Jillian Keiley teamed up with Vancouver theatre maker Sherry Yoon, Artistic Director of Boca del Lupo, as the co-curator of Grand Acts of Theatre. Keiley and Yoon have selected companies that will create highly theatrical, large-scale outdoor work that will have great artistic impact and broad community reach.

“Grand Acts of Theatre will offer new, large-scale works by fantastically inventive artists to capture the public’s imagination with artistic statements on a grand scale, inspired by these current times. The artists are excited to engage with live audiences again, are ready to practice their craft with safety in mind, and looking forward to going even further, connecting with online audiences through digital technology. We cannot wait to see what these incredible companies will create.”
– Jillian Keiley, NAC English Theatre Artistic Director

The live performances will take place in various regions of the country and will respect health and safety guidelines in each location. After the live performances have taken place, the NAC will share videos from each performance on its website and social media channels.

Dates and times subject to change.