Our First Ever Charitable Campaign

Bygone Theatre is now a registered charity, and our first ever campaign is promising 100% of funds raised directly to artists.

Bygone Theatre’s last show was in 2019. Throughout the pandemic, we pressed pause on producing live theatre so that we could develop our company and strengthen our values, preparing to come back bigger and better than ever.

We developed a diversity & accessibility mandate to promote equity. We committed to the United Nations SDG Action Plan to ensure we are contributing to a sustainable world. And we became a registered charity to ensure that we had the structures in place to grow and support our community.

Now, as we prepare for our next season, we are looking for your help to create a sustainable Fund that will allow us to guarantee our artists fair wages all season long.

Over the past ten years, we have created outstanding theatre working with phenomenal actors who joined our productions in a profit-share format. We were voted Toronto’s Best Live Theatre (Toronto Star Readers’ Choice, 2021), were runner-up for NOW Magazine’s Best Small Theatre (2021), and our last production, The Rear Window, was nominated for 10 Broadway World Toronto awards, and won 4: we have done a lot with a little. This fund will allow us to hire our actors at Equity DOT rates – whether they are union members or not.

We are a small company – we have no operational funding and no salaries, the majority of our admin and production work is done by our Artistic Executive Director and Chair; we have learned over 10 years how to generate marketing, press, and create fantastic scenic design for cents on the dollar. But now it’s time to move into the next chapter, and we want to put artists first.

$25,000 will allow us to commit to industry standard rates all season – we will commit to reinvesting the profits of every show to top up this fund and provide fair wages for every show after.

In this way, you will help not just Artists today, but those we engage with on future productions.

Donations can be made directly through our Canada Helps page.

Thank you for your time and support.

  • The Bygone Theatre Team
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Toronto’s Best Live Theatre!

Thank you for voting us Best Live Theatre, Diamond Level, for this year’s Toronto Star Readers’ Choice Awards!

Thank you for voting us Best Live Theatre, Diamond Level, for this year’s Toronto Star Readers’ Choice Awards! We’re thrilled to be on a list that includes incredible companies like the Stratford Festival, Soulpepper, Ed Mirvish Theatre and Young People’s Theatre, and we promise we’ll live up to the title!

We’re up there with the Stratford Festival! Definitely what we needed to brighten this gloomy November.
We were also NOW Magazine’s Runner-Up for Best Small Theatre.

We’re Runner-Up!

Thank you Toronto for voting us the runner-up for Best Small Theatre for NOW Magazine’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards!

Thank you Toronto for voting us the runner-up for Best Small Theatre for NOW Magazine’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards!

Congrats to all the winners and nominees, and special shout-out to:

Best Small Theatre, Coal Mine Theatre

Best Site-Specific Theatre, Outside the March

Best Independent Theatre, Revue Cinema

Best Vintage Clothing Store, Courage My Love

We’ve Been Nominated!

Bygone Theatre has been nominated for Best Live Theatre in the Toronto Star Readers’ Choice Awards!

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been nominated for Best Live Theatre for the Toronto Star Readers’ Choice Awards!

As the smallest and youngest company on the list, it’s exciting to be able to represent some of Toronto’s indie theatre.

Voting is open until September 12 – if you’ve liked what you’ve seen from us before, and can’t wait to see more in the future, please take a moment to case your vote by clicking here.

Broadway World Award Winners

The Broadway World Toronto Award Winners have been announced! Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, including;

EMILY DIX – Best Director, The Rear Window


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TRISTAN CLAXTON – Best Performance by a Leading Actor, The Rear Window


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KATE MCARTHUR – Best Performance by a Featured Actress, The Rear Window


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WESLEY BABCOCK – Best Original Lighting Design, The Rear Window

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THOMAS FINN – Best Cabaret Performance, A Rat Packed Christmas

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See the complete list of winners here.