Taylor Marie Graham’s Frog Song: An Opera for Children, in workshop at PlaySmelter 2019
Founded in 2006 in Kitchener-Waterloo and established in Sudbury in 2009, Pat the Dog is a catalyst for new play creation and regional theatre creators across Ontario. Fierce advocates for the regional theatre artist, we believe that all artists should have access to the highest quality supports for their artistic practice in their home community. To make this happen, we are proud to have established offices in both Northern and Southern Ontario to best make this a reality and to truly capture the stories of our people and our country.
We believe these supports should be available to the artist at no cost. To do so, we work hard to find programs to fund this support. We do the heavy lifting so that the artist can concentrate on what they do best – tell their story and tell it well. We then work tirelessly within the regional, provincial and national ecology to get that story to the audience. To do that, we work with many partners, including other theatre/art organizations in co-production, productions and development support.
This had led us to found and produce the PlaySmelter Northern New Works Festival which runs annually each May in Sudbury. We created and now program Regional Women+ Lead, a national grassroots economic strategy for gender parity. In addition, we also manage Edna’s, a micro-performance space in Kitchener for theatre incubation and play.
Making art is hard labour. It’s even harder to describe the process of how inspiration becomes tangible, takes shape and is ultimately articulated on stage. We’ve been accused of being elusive and “hard to understand” and we get it. Here’s our Brag Sheet with a few highlights of a decade of work and efforts.