Pop-Up Outdoor Theatre Workshops

We are excited to announce that Driftwood will be providing outdoor theatre workshops in a few locations across Ontario this August!

Driftwood’s socially-distant theatre workshops for youth ages 8-16 focus on building a spirit of play, creation, and collaboration. Outreach Co-ordinator and Professional Actor Deivan Steele will lead participants through guided theatre games and exercises, allowing young creators to learn how to strengthen their storytelling and imagination – all from six feet apart!

The health and safety of workshop staff and participants is our top priority. Our workshops will follow guidelines provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Toronto Public Health to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

All workshops are provided free of charge. If you know a young person who would be interested in participating, register online here!

Workshop Dates and Locations:

Thursday August 6th 10am-12pm – Pickering, Esplanade Park
Thursday August 6th 3-5 pm: Bowmanville, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington


NOPEning Night

We want to send out a heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us for our NOPEning Night Celebration last night. We had a fantastic time discussing Henry Five, Driftwood, and theatre in general, and our hearts are full from seeing so many familiar faces. It was wonderful to have all of our Henry Five cast members together for the first time, and to hear some of their thoughts on the show.

Though we are missing being on the road this summer, we were so grateful for the opportunity to gather as a community and share an evening with all of you. We hope you are as excited as we are about what we have planned for the summer, and what’s to come for Driftwood in the next year. Don’t be a stranger –  we’ll be sharing Ontario Storybook prompts and Community Conversations all summer long, and we would love to hear your stories and have you join in the conversation!

Community Conversations

The time we’ve all been spending away from our regular lives has given us a chance to reflect. The theatre community, like the world at large, is undergoing a huge shift, and we’re starting to have new conversations in forums we’ve never had before. Now more than ever is the time to keep the discussion going, and we want to bring that conversation to you.

In Community Conversations, we’ll be talking with Canadian arts workers about where theatre is currently at, and where it might go in the future. Each week we’ll share a discussion on a different topic, featuring special guests and moderated by our Outreach Co-ordinator Deivan Steele.

Our first conversation took place live during our NOPEning Night Event on July 15th, with Jeremy Smith and Myekah Payne discussing Henry Five, Driftwood, and theatre in general. Throughout the summer and into the fall, we’ll be sharing a new Community Conversation Video every Wednesday starting July 29th.

Read all about our Community Conversations guests here, and check back every Wednesday for more episodes!

Future Community Conversations will include:

Who Funds Theatre, and Why Does it Matter? with Philip Akin

Why Documentary Theatre? with Andrew Kushnir and Lisa Marie diLiberto

Broadening Our Understanding of Classical Theatre – Part 1

with ted witzel and Jani Lauzon

Broadening Our Understanding of Classical Theatre – Part 2

with ted witzel and Jani Lauzon

Broadening Our Understanding of Classical Theatre – Part 3

with ted witzel and Jani Lauzon

Broadening Our Understanding of Classical Theatre – Part 4

with ted witzel and Jani Lauzon

What is Accessible Theatre? – Part 1

with Alex Bulmer and Owais Lightwala

What is Accessible Theatre? – Part 2

with Alex Bulmer and Owais Lightwala

What is Accessible Theatre? – Part 3

with Alex Bulmer and Owais Lightwala


Driftwood Theatre is looking for a producing assistant to work with us in laying the foundation for our 2021 Bard’s Bus Tour in communities across Ontario

The Bard’s Bus Tour is an annual summer Ontario tradition, touring to outdoor venues in communities across the province for 25 years.

Reporting to the Artistic Director, the Producing Assistant’s primary responsibility will be to help coordinate details of Driftwood’s planned 2021 provincial tour, working to set a touring schedule while acting as the primary liaison between Driftwood Theatre and over 25 presenting partners across the province.

The successful candidate will have: a degree of training and/or experience related to theatre producing; a high degree of professionalism and time management skills; the ability to build positive and respectful relationships with a variety of organizational partners; the ability to communicate effectively and work productively with staff, board and provincial presenting partners.

As a response to COVID 19 and to maintain the safety of all staff members and partners, this position will require the Producing Assistant to work from home with twice-weekly meetings via ZOOM.

Driftwood Theatre is dedicated to reflecting Canada’s rich diversity on and off stage in all of its work. Hiring for this position will prioritize applications from BIPOC candidates. As funding for this position is from Canada Summer Jobs, all candidates must be between 15 – 30 years of age, and must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Contract dates: Eight full-time weeks, starting as early as July 27, 2020

Salary: $14.50/hour

Candidates are invited to make application by sending a brief cover letter and resume (as one pdf file) by email to Artistic Director, Jeremy Smith (jsmith@driftwoodtheatre.com).

Application deadline: July 19, 2020