Driftwood Theatre believes in accessible, live theatre for everyone in Ontario. We envision communities connected through the immediacy and shared power of theatre experiences which are reflective of the world we live in.
Driftwood Theatre breaks down barriers to experiencing and participating in theatre art by bringing theatre and engagement opportunities to audiences in Ontario who may not have access to professional performance.
We support dialogue and collaboration between urban and rural artists and communities.
We provide mentorship, training and outreach to encourage our new generation of theatre artists, administrators, technicians and audiences.
We encourage people who are geographically, culturally, economically, and generationally diverse to reconsider the world around them through inspired exploration of Canada’s and the world’s greatest theatre in non-traditional settings.
We broaden our collective understanding of ‘classic’ theatre through new interpretations of the work of William Shakespeare and other great playwrights, even as we invest in the development of today’s voices in Canadian Theatre – the classics of tomorrow.
Driftwood Theatre is Ontario’s leading outdoor summer touring theatre company, on the road with The Bard’s Bus Tour visiting Ontario communities since 1995.
Since 1995, the company has performed for over 100,000 people in venues across the province. City parks, campus fields, schools, heritage museums, castles, private estates and even a parking lot have, at one time or another, been home to a Driftwood performance.
Trafalgar 24, Driftwood’s annual 24-hour, site-specific theatre creation event began in 2004, and has fostered the creation of over 100 short plays set in the beautiful Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ontario.
In 2011, Trafalgar 24 became a juried festival, kicking off our play development program, Beyond The Bard. Each year, one Trafalgar 24 playwright receives a residency to further develop their work.