• Let Us Introduce Ourselves

    Shadowpath Theatre Productions is a charitable organization and professional theatre company located in York Region, Ontario, Canada. We create new works in everyday site-specific spaces. This empowers us to deliver the performing arts in new ways for underserved communities.

  • What's Happening

    Play Reading Club

    October 28th, 7pm - Virtual Confab

    Shadowpath invites the public to read along as we unearth classical works from the 10th century to 1950. Share your thoughts as we select scripts to be featured at Shadowpath's 2021 festival of unknown classical plays:

    Theatre Out Of The Shadows

    Supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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    Another Great Moment

    October 29th, 7pm

    Save the date! Shadowpath celebrates 17 years of awesomeness with our board of directors. Discover what we've accomplished this past year and more importantly, our plans for the future path of Shadowpath.

    Livestreamed on Youtube HERE

    Radical Accessibility Workshop

    Oct 29th, 8pm - 8:45pm

    Livestreamed on Youtube post-AGM

    Disability arts is the future of theatre. What happens when accessibility is not the after-thought but rather a part of the theatre creation and audience experience itself? In this workshop Sarah Magni from Thatz Showbiz will reveal the effects of ableism in theatre and share strategies of interweaving accessibility into all aspects of

    live performance.

    A Virtual Playreading of Overtones

    November 5th, 7pm - 8pm

    Shadowpath joins forces with the Newmarket Library as we read a short script by an influential female playwright who pioneered new techniques in playwrighting and reshaped the future of theatre.

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    Formidable Fridays

    A Festival In The Making

    Friday November 6th, 7pm

    Shadowpath picks the brain of a group of brainstormers on the creation of a festival that best serves female-identifying artists.

    View last brainstorm session

     

    Apartmental - Drew's Story

    Coming Fall 2020

    A new play 'Drew's Story' is our second installation of our Apartmental project illuminating the journey of at-risk youth. In collaboration with a youth at 360 KIDS, Apartmental highlights issues that are often kept quiet behind closed doors.

    FREE Virtual Performance.

    MORE INFO COMING SOON

    WATCH JESSE'S STORY

    Supported by the York Region Arts Council's Micro Grant Program

    and the Canada Council for the Arts.

    Industry SLAM Session

    December 16th, 8pm

    A virtual panel discussion with

    Marjorie Chan 

    revealing her journey, process and perspective on how she created her path in the industry.

    SLAM = She Leads an Arts Movement.

    A panel takes turns asking the SLAM’er a question. Duration = 45 minutes.

    LIVE STREAMED on YOUTUBE

     

    MORE INFO COMING SOON

    Wellness Wisdom For Artists

    Ongoing on YouTube

    Shadowpath launches our wellness wizardry sharing helpful tips to nurture your arts practice. Artists need to take care of themselves so that they can create and present their important work. Learn Shadowpath's wellness secrets that fuel us to create passionately, prolifically and Shadowpathically.

     

  • The Script Selection Committee

    Meet the team curating Theatre Out Of The Shadows

    A Festival of Unknown Classical Plays

    Coming Spring 2021

    Alex Karolyi

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    Chantal Forde

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    Maissa Bessada

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    Dian Marie Bridge

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    Herbie Barnes

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    Tsholo Khalema

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    Tea Nguyen

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    Jillian Welsh

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    Phoebe Hu

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  • Podcasts

    Episode #2 of A KM In MY SHOES featuring Drew, a homeless youth who found his way to 360 kids in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

    Listen to the podcast

     

     

    The making of a new kind of classical play festival - meet the script reading committee and the plays up for debate as we program the first ever Theatre Out Of The Shadows!

    LISTEN to Episode 3

     

     

    A KM In My Shoes - Episode 1
    A podcast featuring a youth at 360 Kids Richmond Hill who tells their story about being homeless and how art has made a difference.

    HAVE A LISTEN

     

     

    Shadowpath and The York Region Arts Council (YRAC) explore and recommend innovative models for sustainable mixed-use arts and culture hubs in York Region.

    Listen to the podcast

    Read the report

     

     

  • ABOUT

    Transforming Everyday Places Into Creative Spaces

    A NOTE FROM OUR

    ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

    'When everyone benefits, a whole community wins.'

    'When I started Shadowpath in 2002, I had no idea of its potential. I approached everyday spaces because I couldn't afford to rent the few regional theatres. That turned out to be the best thing for Shadowpath and now everyday spaces are our signature style of theatre producing. Businesses gain a creative boost and access to new customers, performers get a professional opportunity to work in alternative spaces, the community gets more arts and culture programming and Shadowpath gets connected to community partners and free space! Now that's winning! -Alex Karolyi

    Land Acknowledgement

    We celebrate the work and lives of the first artists, the first story-tellers and the first history-makers who have been forgotten or ignored as time marched on. We acknowledge these early Creators that lived on the lands we now occupy. These are the traditional lands and territories of the Mississaugas, the New Credit First Nation, the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee and the Anishinaabe peoples. The histories of those that previously cared for this land, the stories they told, and the lives they lived remain an integral part of it. In illuminating the voices of The Forgotten we hope to forge a bridge between all people creating a better more inclusive world where each of us is heard and our contributions acknowledged, commemorated and remembered.


     

    Black Lives Matter

    The Shadowpath family stands in solidarity with

    Black Lives Matter and commits to actions and attitudes that fully support our black community. We aim to be part of the urgent change necessary to create a truly equal community.

     

    We are doing this through specific and conscious actions with the programs we are presenting, the artists we are collaborating with and the perspectives and stories we are giving a platform to.

     

    We continue to evaluate how we can do MORE.
     

    MANDATE

    Shadowpath Theatre Productions

    A not-for-profit charitable organization, shadowing playwrights by remounting their plays, and building new artistic paths for the creative citizen in all of us to emerge.

    MISSION

    To educate the public’s understanding and appreciation of Canadian theatre by:​

    1. Presenting dramatic performances
     

    2. Providing workshops for the benefit of the public
    on such topics as Canadian plays, new works and performance.

    VISION

    To be leaders in innovative, location-driven theatre

    in York Region and beyond.

    Strategic Plan

    The Future Path: 1 - 3 years

    1 New site-specific play development in new venues
    2. Programming for specific demographics, i.e.: women, northern communities, new Canadians
    3. Training & Mentorship prioritizing female artists
    4. Securing space for a multi-use artist hub in York Region
    5. Developing advocacy initiatives, i.e: pregnant artists/new mothers, municipal support for artists

     

    MORE
     

    Policies

    1. Anti-Racism Policy

    2. Code of Conduct
    3. Copyright
    4. Equity
    5. Conflict of Interest
    6. Pregnant Artists

    7. Anti-Harassment

    READ HERE

    Annual Review

    See what Shadowpath has been up to in the past year.

     


     

  • Our Team

    ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

    CHANDRA PEPPER

    THEATRE INSTRUCTOR

    MAISSA BESSADA

    ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE, Theatre Out Of The Shadows

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS

     

    Jacquie Lazar, Chair

     

    Dexter Chew, Vice-Chair

     

    Michael Shuster, Board Member

     

    Tu Anh Lam, Board Member

    TEA NGUYEN

    PRODUCER, Apartmental

     

     

    Shiqiang Peng, Board Member

     

    Opal Rowe, Board Member

     

    Georgia Fullerton, Board Member

     

     

  • FEMME 5

    APPRENTICES

    Thanks to a Grow grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Shadowpath expanded our creative team with sixteen apprentices from 2016 - 2019. These apprentices developed skills in creation, producing, arts admin and artistic direction increasing Shadowpath's community programming.

     

    Shadowpath Apprentices Today Are:

    Artistic Directors of theatre festivals

    Arts Administrators of arts councils

    New work creators

    Independant theatre producers

    Grant recipients

    Founders of their own performing arts companies

    and of course,

    Shadowpath collaborators and associate producers

     

  • HERSTORY

    December 1, 2019
    HISTORY HIGHTLIGHTS 2010 - Shadowpath receives funding from the Department of Citizenship &...
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