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Kitchener: Green Light Arts announces its 2019/20 season

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Green Light Arts has had great growth and influence as a company in a short period of time andwe’re excited to continue bringing bold and brave theatre content to audiences that examine ideasand themes that impact the lives of people today.

2019-2020 includes two theatre presentations at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts thatprovoke, inspire, entertain and treat you to something you wouldn’t otherwise get to experience: the return of the popular A Very Leila Christmas (Dec 11-15, 2019) and Pearle Harbour’s Chautauqua (June 17-21, 2020).

This season we will undertake the development of two new plays for future production: Intisar Awisse’s (m)otherhood and an ambitious adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic, The Three Sisters titled Anywhere But Here.

Our FUEL initiative will continue to offer meaningful community outreach and engagement eventscurated around the themes of our work this season. Plus, we have a brand-new community-engaged art project in 2019-2020: The Dear Mother Community Project.

Green Light Arts has also been nurturing a relationship with the K-W Symphony and approachedthem last spring with an idea for a pilot project around the building they occupy and manage, The Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts.

On Nov. 1st, Green Light Arts will be moving out of 44 Gaukel and making The Conrad Centre forthe Performing Arts in downtown Kitchener our new office and artistic home. 2019-2020programming will take place at the Conrad Centre and Green Light Arts will take over managingoutside theatre rentals for the K-W Symphony while working closely with their building staff.

“This is a pilot project that will combine the strengths of two organizations to help animate thiswonderful theatre venue,” offers Green Light Arts Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Matt White.“Collaboration was inevitable,” offers K-W Symphony Executive Director, Andrew Bennett. “GreenLight Arts approached us with the idea and it made a lot of sense. There is a benefit to bothorganizations.”

Co-founders Matt and Green Light Arts Managing Director, Carin Lowerison have personal historywith the building. They worked as actors and administrators with Theatre and Company over adecade ago when the building was operated by the Kitchener-Waterloo Performing Arts 

Association. Returning to this facility with Green Light Arts offers a neat new perspective on amuch-loved theatre space.

All of these plans build on the successes of our 2018-2019 Season and 5th Anniversary.

We co-produced the world premiere of Guarded Girls in April/May with Toronto’s Tarragon Theatrewhich was published this October and won the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award for OutstandingNew Play in June - the first time a play commissioned and developed by a Kitchener-based theatrecompany has won such a coveted Toronto theatre award!

We were also presented by Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto (Will You Be My Friend); locallypresented three award-winning plays (A Very Leila Christmas, This is the Point c o-presented withthe MT Space, and The Seat Next To The King) ; and launched a community outreach initiativecalled FUEL.

Our overall vision as a theatre company is that professional, thought-provoking, contemporarytheatre will become strongly associated with Waterloo Region's cultural identity and that theatre asan art form will have great relevance in modern society. We look forward to delivering incredibletheatre experiences to our community this season.


Green Light Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company based in Waterloo Region delivering bold, edgy,exciting, contemporary theatre for a better world. To date, they have delivered 20 theatrical projectsto Waterloo Region. Green Light Arts is an affiliate member of the Canadian Association forProfessional Theatres (PACT). 

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