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Clay and Paper Theatre

Clay & Paper Theatre’s mandate is to create, develop and perform multi-disciplinary, community-driven theatrical works using narrative theatre and large-scale puppetry in public spaces for large and diverse audiences. We have, in fact, been the resident theatre company of Dufferin Grove Park since 1994. Clay & Paper Theatre produces plays, pageants and parades with and within the community, grounded in the idea that performance in public space is an act of cultural transformation. Our practice of building, rehearsing, and performing in full public view is our attempt to reunite art with the daily life of the community, and to make art accessible to all. For this reason, Clay & Paper Theatre also always offers a ‘Pay-What-You-Can’ performance fee structure and all of our public workshops are free. Additionally, our Open Studio workshops for the public welcome everyone from children (10yrs+) to seniors, from at-risk youth to immigrants, from students to professionals, within the City of Toronto and throughout the province of Ontario. We are committed to educating and training emerging artists, theatre practitioners and communities alike in puppetry, material arts building and performance techniques for today’s outdoor storytelling needs.

Clay and Paper Theatre works with multiple communities and partners (park and environmental groups, First Nations organizations, shelters, employment and support agencies, neighbourhood associations, immigrant and refugee groups) throughout the year on a variety of issue specific, theatre-based projects. Additionally, as the resident theatre company of Dufferin Grove Park, we have three annual signature events that anchor our work within the Dufferin Grove community. Day of Delight, a celebration of love, courtship and desire, is a juried festival and outdoor summer solstice event. In late autumn, Night of Dread invites the public to build their private and collective fears and then to mock and banish them through parade and pageantry, music and masquerade. Lastly, Clay & Paper Theatre produces a new Canadian play almost every summer, built and rehearsed in full public view in Dufferin Grove Park, revealing the art-making process as it happens to all park users. To date we have produced twenty-five original plays in public space.

Parks we work in:

  • Dufferin Grove Park
  • Amos Waites Park
  • Wincott Park
  • Wincott Park

Things we do:

  • dance
  • festivals
  • music
  • parades
  • theatre
  • visual arts

We're looking for volunteers in these areas:

  • Regular volunteers
  • Occasional volunteers

Where you can find us

  • 875 Dufferin Park Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada

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