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A potted history of everything we’ve thought, seen, done or shared since this particular site launched on the interwebz.

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Composing DISSIDENTS

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Resident Artist and composer Joelysa Pankanea takes you through her creative process in composing for an ARC production. Dissidents…what a beautifully dark piece. The script was sent to me months ago by Chris and I remember the morning I settled down on my couch with a hot cup of coffee to read it through. Now, you have to understand that every time I get a call from ARC with a new show on the horizon my insides squeal. I’m Joelysa, ARC’s resident composer, and I love the work this company produces. Every new script is like a live...

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Designing DISSIDENTS

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Creative team members Nick Blais and Jackie Chau take you behind the scenes to explore the design and creation of DISSIDENTS. Nick Blais – Lighting & Immersive Design DISSIDENTS is an exciting challenge for lighting design. The show, and our vision for it, calls for all the extremes in lighting design: It needs to be sparse and complicated, intimate and intense. The script is naturalistic in moments, but it also needs to suggest a complete mental and visual meltdown. We use low-light techniques to assist with projection and moments...

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ARC in the World

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ARC in the World

This past season was both our busiest, and most successful ever. Pomona challenged, frightened and entertained audiences last fall. KISS provoked and questioned our assumptions this spring. We garnered six Dora noms. We won a Dora award for Outstanding Direction for Pomona  (yay, Chris!). We helped support the development of new and vital theatrical voices through our partnership with the CASA awards. Yup, it’s been a good year. And so we busily lay the groundwork for what comes next. Big things are afoot. Really big. Just you wait. For those...

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They Like Us! They Really Like Us!!

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They Like Us! They Really Like Us!!

We are a small company with big impact. That’s testament to the incredibly depth of talent in our intrepid band of theatre artists. Prior to this year, the ARC family have earned fourteen Dora nominations and two awards to date. We’re thrilled to announce that this year, we’ve done it again. Coming on the heels of our busiest season to date, we’ve received five (five!!!) Dora nominations for our production of Pomona. This time tomorrow 38th Annual Dora Awards will be underway! Tickets for the after party can be purchased on-site at 10:30 pm....

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A Worthy Cause. A Worthwhile Event. A World Of Writers.

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A Worthy Cause. A Worthwhile Event. A World Of Writers.

Join Us On World Theatre Day Join ARC at a fundraiser for The CASA Award. This ground-breaking initiative is giving voice to vital works of women playwrights in South Africa. The Evening ARC actors and special guests will be reading scenes from plays by South African Women. The evening will be directed by Aviva Armour-Ostroff. Please join us on Monday March 27th—World Theatre Day—at 7:30 PM at the Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street. Tickets are PWYC with a minimum donation of $20. Payable by cash or cheque at the door. As space is...

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KISS by Guillermo Calderón

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KISS by Guillermo Calderón

Two couples meet for dinner to take their minds off the war raging around them. An unexpected profession of love, an untimely proposal, and one kiss later, one of the foursome lies dead on the floor. Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón’s newest play breaks open cultural barriers, challenging us to confront the limits of our own understanding, and exposing the suffocating effect of an oppressive, omnipresent regime. For its second year in residency at the Berkeley Street Theatre, Theatre Smash (2015’s Das Ding (The Thing)) joins...

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Congratulations!

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Congratulations!

Proud. Humbled. Amazed. And SOOO excited! Talk about a powerhouse company. Three of our wonderful team have been named as Top 10 Theatre Artists in 2016 by NOW Magazine. Amazing work by amazingly talented people, being justly rewarded! Sincere props to Andre Sills, Bahareh Yaraghi and Deborah Drakeford!!! Congrats to everyone involved! And stay tuned for more from us in 2017. The excitement is just...

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Voices of Pomona [Aviva/Ollie]

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Voices of Pomona [Aviva/Ollie]

I said to my partner Arturo, “I wish we had another week of rehearsal before we open.” He reminded me I say that every time I’m on the precipice of opening a show. But this time I really mean it. Because there’s so. Much. To. Mine. Even mime. We still have to mine the mime. This play is circular and twists back on itself. It’s loopy. I like it and want to spend more time in it. Learn to mime the dark tunnels and stockinged faces. I want more time to fill in the rest of every cut off sentence, every moment of every back story, how did I get...

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Reflections On Pomona

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Reflections On Pomona

Living in the weird world of Alistair McDowall’s POMONA for some time now, it’s been easy to fall in love with the dark and fantastical elements of the show. The nods to Lovecraft and the Necronomicon. McDowall’s complex yet elegant structure that plays ingeniously with the timeline, twisting and folding our notions of what happens when. The fluid sense of identity. The sudden shifts in tone. The constant surprises. It’s scary. It’s strange. It’s hilarious. It’s absurd. But it’s also deadly...

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Voices of Pomona [Bahareh/Keaton]

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Voices of Pomona [Bahareh/Keaton]

“Everything bad is real.” That line hits me hard every time. There’s no turning away from it. It’s as if the playwright is screaming: “Now that you know, what’s your next move???” I play Keaton. She’s been a wonderfully mysterious character to dig into. Without giving too much away, I can tell you that she holds secrets, she’s other-worldly, she’s a fighter, she’s instantly immersed in Dungeons & Dragons… but above all, she’s looking to fuck shit up. Now...

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