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The world is right here.


DEBORAH DRAKEFORD – Co-Artistic Producer

ROB KEMPSON – Co-Artistic Producer

TAMARA VUCKOVIC – Managing Producer



ARC is a diverse and multi-disciplined group of Resident Artists — performers, designers, directors, visual artists, musicians, composers, writers, curators, producers, and stage management. ARC takes a rigourous, energetic, socially active, and highly collaborative approach in presenting contemporary international works that have rarely – if ever – been staged in Canada (or Turtle Island); in re-imagining world theatre “classics;” and in devising original performative work based on global literary sources.

By partnering with other theatre companies, community stakeholders, non-government organizations, and other non-artists, we endeavour to use the work we make as a means of creating dialogue, of making space for underprivileged voices, of fostering understanding and awareness, and of building bridges.

We are committed to making theatre that illuminates universal human themes through a thorough and thoughtful exploration of specific international works. In so doing, we seek to reflect and to engage with the unique diversity of the modern Canadian audience.



When the founding members of ARC created the company in 1998, they started with a simple idea: an artist-run theatre company that would bring the very best of the international stage to Toronto (or Tkaronto). Company members would lead every project right through to production – from curation to design to performance. Since then, we have produced an eclectic and acclaimed collection of shows garnering fourteen Dora Mavor Moore nominations and two awards.

We are committed to the ongoing development of our Resident Artists – both as individuals and as members of an interdependent company of theatre makers. Together we learn, we grow, we dream, we flail, we build, we shock, we amaze, and we create things far greater than any one of us could have conceived of alone.

ARC is making world theatre in a world city. Toronto/Tkaronto is one of the most diverse cities on earth, and we are so fortunate to be creating performance right here – at the intersection of so many stories, histories, and voices. This is a city of collision and confluence. In many ways, the world is right here.

As we move forward, we strive to tell stories that reflect and engage with our audiences. We strive to actively facilitate a socially conscious dialogue with the community around us based on the work we make. We strive to forge and foster new creative partnerships with artists across this land, and around the world. And we strive to create work that is innovative, rigourous, energizing, and bold.

ARC has been incorporated as a not-for-profit charitable organization since 2000.


If you’d like to know more about ARC, please get in touch. You can also learn more about the resident artists or our board of directors. And if you’d like to support us and our work, please consider making a contribution. ARC is a registered charity (894218619RR0001) – so everybody wins.