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Now entering its 47th season, Theatre Direct Canada is one of the country’s leading theatres for young audiences whose award-winning productions have reached audiences in schools and theatres across Canada and the world. 

Join us in Peterborough this September for the premiere of Give ‘em Hell by our very own Company Producer, Madeleine Brown! Inspired by real-life student activism and featuring a cast of eight local teenagers, Give ‘em Hell explores the power of youth activism, the perils of self-discovery and what it costs to stand up for a cause.

Next Draft continues their theatre-based workshops and opportunities for teens with Fade In/Fade Out, Voice 2 Text and our Teen-in-Residence. 

Emerging Artists are invited to book a Coffee & Collab with Associate Artistic Director Sehar Bhojani and Company Producer Madeleine Brown to discuss your practice and possible projects such as a commission slot in the 2024 Forward March Festival.

Balancing Act’s Level UP! takes on its third cohort of over 30 organizational companies for the culminating year of this national initiative that will touch down in places across the country throughout the season! 

Whether it’s in a school auditorium, in a park, at our studio or on ZOOM, it’s TIME FOR TAKE OFF @ THEATRE DIRECT this Fall!

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  • To commission, develop, produce and present theatre for, by, and with, young people that provokes change and inspires imaginations;
  • To explore challenging ideas and subject matter relevant to young people with creativity and consideration;
  • To offer accessible programming that is inclusive of all young people regardless of ability, background and social status.


  • To explore new approaches to the creation, production and presentation of theatre that activates the imaginations and aspirations of young people and puts them directly at the centre of all our work.  


  • Young people have a desire to be part of the theatre we create and present.
  • By interacting with artists and the world around us through theatre, young people will connect more deeply to each other, their stories and their communities.
  • Through experimentation, theatre for young audiences can spark new theatrical forms and invent innovative ways to tell stories.

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