About Theatre Newfoundland Labrador

Artistic Director’s Notes

Theatre Newfoundland Labrador is a year-round full-time professional theatre company that is committed to the stories we tell, the artists who tell them and the community we live in. We dedicate ourselves to the creation and development of new plays for and about Newfoundland and Labrador and producing and presenting plays from the national and international repertoire that speak to the place in which we live. We are devoted to and focused on the communities we live in from Corner Brook to Cow Head to all of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada.

Our year is comprised of three major creative platforms that serve our art and who we are; from September to April our focus is our Corner Brook Youth Theatre and community engagement and outreach, from May to September our Gros Morne Theatre Festival in Cow Head, and all year round is our commitment to touring our works locally, nationally and internationally.

Our Sara…h McDonald Youth Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Associate Adam Brake, is a training ground for students between the ages of 6 and 18 dedicated to the promotion of the arts in young people. We have a solid reputation for producing skilled and professionally-minded young actors and technicians; our program enables students to develop the focus, confidence, and communication skills that can impact every aspect of their lives. Students also perform publicly through the year for various community events as well as our year end ‘Festival of Youth.’

The Gros Morne Theatre Festival is a major Canadian Theatre Festival based in Cow Head, in the Gros Morne National Park. A full professional 16 week summer repertory season that includes 6 to 8 plays along with a visiting artist series and a workshop development week that employs up to 35 including technicians, designers, directors and box office staff. There are two performances nightly in two 92 seat venues – all in the community of Cow Head at the north boundary of the Gros Morne National Park.

Our touring continues to be an integral part of our season – from Tempting Providence by Robert Chafe to SaraH McDonald’s With Cruel Times In Between and The Known Soldier by Jeff Pitcher – our plays tour regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally. We have performed at Atlantic Scene Festival in Ottawa, the On the Waterfront Festival in Halifax, Magnetic North in Edmonton, Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, Ten Days on the Island Festival in Tasmania, The PuSh International Festival in Vancouver, and the California International Theatre Festival. We recently completed a 69 rural community tour of Newfoundland and Labrador with Tempting Providence and are currently planning a major British and Atlantic Canadian tour of With Cruel Times in Between.

We are a ‘non-profit’ charitable organization dependent on governments, industry and individual sponsors and patrons in order to subsidize our tickets for you, our audience – please consider a donation! And most importantly – see one of our plays!

Jeff Pitcher, Artistic Director

Our Mission

Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador (TNL) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating and producing professional theatre which reflects the lives and diversity of our audiences on the provinces’s west coast, extending to Labrador and across the island of Newfoundland.

Through the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, youth theatre programming, main stage, courses in threatre instruction, and by touring productions to outport communities, TNL seeks to provide Newfoundlanders with thought-provoking and relevant entertainment, with an emphasis on regional and Canadian work.

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Our Mandate

To promote Theatre Newfoundland Labrador as a leading cultural voice for its communities, and to develop and maintain a growing arts community and audience on the west coast of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Our Objectives

TNL actively promotes the development of theatre artists and the growth of an indigenous arts community through youth theatre instruction, the fostering of emerging artists in our winter season and at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival.

TNL reaches out to its community, by providing programmes in theatre instruction, youth theatre productions, Gros Morne Theatre Festival, and by touring mainstage productions. In so doing we aspire to enrich the cultural life of our community and to inspire new audiences to a life-long love affair with the theatre. Our programming must reflect an awareness of Canadian and world theatre as well as our own, in order to bring the world to the west coast of Newfoundland & Labrador and at the same time help our audiences to see themselves.

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Our Artistic Vision

TNL seeks to forge an alchemy of traditional theatre rendered in fresh and innovative ways, and alternative theatre produced in ways which provide access and engagement for our audiences. We are committed to finding and helping to develop emerging artists in western Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Atlantic provinces and in Canada.

As a grassroots organization heavily involved with our communities, TNL must be as concerned with the process of developing a theatre audience and a community of artists, as with production. That means we must remain devoted to audience development and young artists and provide both with artistic leadership and a stable and creative professional context in which to develop.