The company was launched with an original work by Laurel Smith and Matthew Behrens on male violence, entitled What’s a Girl to Do? This one-woman show, performed by Laurel Smith with musical director Michael Barber, explored the myth of “happy ever after” endings as told through musical theatre and toured throughout Ontario…[More]
In the Community
During the spring of 2002, the company toured throughout Ontario a new work, ONTARIO, Yours Too… Written and performed by a troupe of professional and community theatre artists, this project was presented in collaboration with the Ontario Coalition for Social Justice and their Fit to Govern Campaign…[More]
During the summers of 2001 and 2002, Burning Passions Theatre, in partnership with Arts York, a community arts council, conducted a summer youth theatre project. The No City Limits project, begun in the summer of 2001, was performed by a troupe of youth and toured throughout the City of Toronto to youth centres, community centers and other public venues. A facilitated discussion followed each performance on the youth issues presented in the play…[More]
December 6 Memorial
In 2000, the company was invited by the Toronto District School Board to create a new work that dealt with the issue of male violence and the December 6 Memorial, to commemorate the murder of 14 female students of the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989 by an anti-feminist gunman. Written and performed by Laurel Smith and Matthew Behrens, long-time social activist, the piece was presented at both Lord Dufferin Public School and Winona Public School during the 2000/01 school year.
The company was commissioned by the Equity Department of the Toronto District School Board to create a theatre project around the issues of class and the labour movement. Laurel Smith, coordinator of the project, was invited into Lord Dufferin and Smithfield Public Schools to work with the students, sharing information regarding the history of the class struggle and the labour movement in Canada and around the world. The project culminated in a presentation of a new work, written by Smith, entitled The Game, performed by a Grade 7 class of Lord Dufferin students in May of 2001.