b current is the hotbed for culturally-rooted theatre development in Toronto.
Originally founded as a place for black artists to create, nurture, and present their new works, our company has grown to support artists from all diasporas. We strived over two decades to create space for diverse voices to be heard, always with a focus on engaging the communities from which our stories emerge. As a result, these communities hold our company in trust and respect the work that we do. Whether our audiences identify with our work through ethnic experience, social values, or political awareness, these groups are loyal to our programming because they recognize the high level of cultural authenticity and integrity we foster in our artists and their works.
Our award-winning professional training program – the mandiela rAiz’n Ensemble – has graduated scores of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.
Since it began in 2002, our rock.paper.sistahz Festival has been a springboard for numerous award-winning new works.
We develop new works by diverse artists primarily rooted in the cultural, social, and political experiences of the Canadian and international Black Diaspora. In order to effectively do this we have dramaturgy & workshop sessions, public readings, and workshop performances.
We produce outside of the box performance pieces and ideas in addition to our main stage theatre productions. And since inception we’ve mounted over a dozen main stage plays, and 100+ other public performances.
We now present the rock.paper.sistahz Festival every other spring, with a huge team of artists, staff, and volunteers, showcasing a multi-disciplinary array of new and developing works.
We launch new opportunities like afteRock Plays for professional artists: a biennial platform to take new works to “the next level” in partnership with independent co-producing companies. And we spotlight works in development through the bcHub or by a season’s Playwright in Residence with public and invited readings.
We cultivate both emerging and seasoned artists in career and community arts through experiential/hands-on development work in the bcHub.