We're on a mission
Tarragon Theatre is a creation and playwrights’ theatre. We seek to create theatre that investigates artistic form, which may incorporate non-traditional practices and methods of storytelling, and may integrate other disciplines such as movement, music or non-text based performance – all toward creating enriching and provocative theatre experiences for the artist and audience. Our philosophy is to create an environment that fosters artistic discourse within the ecology of Canadian theatre, new play development and dramaturgy practice. We open our doors to celebrate and learn from the scope of voices that make up our country and the various artistic practices that resonate within them. To that end, Tarragon is equally a hub for creation and development as it is a production company, with the ultimate goal of creating a meaningful experience for our artists to thrive and bridge their ideas from concept to realization.
It is in that spirit that we are unpacking the notion of what it means to be Canadian and what it means to be a playwright by championing the ways in which and whose stories are shared, whether that be in non-traditional forms that support non-text-based work, or through Indigenous and diasporic lenses that are the foundation of our country. Our aim is to become not just the home of the Canadian Playwright, but our Country’s Neighbourhood Theatre – a space that welcomes all experiences and storytellers within our theatre ecology, one that emboldens process as equally as production, and ultimately bridges our audiences and communities through the power of theatre excellence and discourse.
Education and outreach activities – to artists, to young people, to educators, and to our general audience – are designed to foster an understanding and appreciation of the process of creating new plays.
Tarragon’s venue is used extensively to support the creation and development of new works by other theatre artists, through space made available for rehearsals, workshops, and productions.