Land Acknowledgement

Outside the March makes theatre on Turtle Island, the Land we are on, also known by many other names. We are specifically based in the Land known as Toronto, or Tkaronto, which includes the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, the Wendat, Haudenosaunee, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and is know home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. 

We acknowledge, honour and work to act in solidarity with all Indigenous peoples. We also recognize that acknowledgement is only the first step in ending oppression and contributing to the repair of relationships with our neighbours and the Land we call home. 

Outside the March is undergoing a year-long staff educational initiative as well as an internal strategic planning session to address how we can better honour and serve Indigenous art and artists, and support these storytellers in sharing their own art, histories and culture. If you have feedback or questions about this land acknowledgement or anything else, we welcome you to email us at Info@outsidethemarch.ca.


Who We Are

Outside the March creates unforgettable immersive encounters – redefining the experience of theatre for a new generation of audiences. We are one of Canada’s leading immersive theatre companies and a registered charity. Since 2009 we’ve welcomed our audiences to over 20 critically-celebrated, award-winning productions that seek to embody our values of Curiosity, Care, Thrills, Connection and Immersion.

The Toronto Star describes OtM as “one of the most interesting and successful theatre companies in our city.” By expanding the canvas on which theatrical storytelling takes place, we welcome audiences who don’t normally find themselves at the theatre and bring underused spaces into the public eye. Over the past decade, we have invited audiences to play with us in a Parkdale kindergarten classroom, venture to Roncesvalles on an EMS call, weather the apocalypse in an abandoned Leslieville movie theatre, unlock mysteries in a beloved Annex VHS rental store, and place a phone call to our mystery-solving service from anywhere in the world, amongst many other exciting immersive offerings.


Our Values

Our newly articulated values were given expression as part of our collaborative 2022 Strategic Planning process. These five core ideals have historically infused the strength of our work, and we aspire to fully embody them in all future endeavours.

CURIOSITY: We’re on the hunt for the hidden theatrical potential in the world around us. We are open and adaptive as we seek new ways to tell stories together.

CARE: Our approach to hospitality celebrates that every artist, every staff member and every audience member has different needs and desires. We strive to be compassionate and empathetic, building a safer, more accessible, more equitable space for everyone who interacts with the company.

THRILLS: We relish the unknown, embracing joy and risk in our processes and surprise in our artistic offerings.

CONNECTION: We consciously forge relationships between artists, collaborators, audiences, our neighbours in Toronto, and the land we share stories on.

IMMERSION: We create epic and intimate worlds tailored to the unique needs of each project. We see every facet of a production as a chance to deepen the storytelling experience—from the first glance at a poster to the journey home from the show, and everything in between.


The OtM-ifesto

Outside the March creates unforgettable immersive encounters—redefining the experience of theatre for a new generation of audiences.

For everyone who is tired of passively scrolling content, for anyone concerned that our city is becoming one indistinguishable condo block, we’re here to offer a cultural wake-up call. 

We work to harness theatre’s secret weapon—the power of presence unique to live performance that can’t be streamed or downloaded. Our immersive experiences are communal, site-engaged and fuse the epic with the intimate, all with the goal of implicating our audiences in the stories that we share. 

By expanding the canvas on which our storytelling takes place, we bring underused spaces into the public eye and welcome audiences who don’t normally find themselves at the theatre. Over the past decade, we’ve invited audiences to play with us in a Parkdale kindergarten classroom, parade with Queen Elizabeth along the Danforth, venture to Roncesvalles on an EMS call, follow a piano-tuner into living rooms across the city, weather the apocalypse in an abandoned Leslieville movie theatre, infuse a Davisville funeral home with love, unlock mysteries in a beloved Annex VHS video store, and place a call to our eccentric private investigator service. Along the way, we’ve developed a signature artistic practice and an audience base that unites hardcore theatre lovers with the newly-initiated.

Charging into our second decade we will seek out more cross-disciplinary collaborations with the makers who inspire us. We will contribute to a more sustainable world, through both our practices and our programming, recognizing that the climate crisis is the most urgent issue of our time. And we will throw open our toolshed, contributing to a more equitable industry and furnishing a new and diverse generation of creators with the tools to immerse audiences in their stories.

As we look forward to what’s next, we seek to support new voices who see every closed door—every warehouse, storefront window, café and public park—as an opportunity: a chance to amplify the vital and disparate narratives of our moment.

 


History

Outside the March was founded in 2009 by Co-Artistic Directors, Mitchell Cushman and Simon Bloom, and core artists, Amy Keating, Sebastien Heins, Katherine Cullen and Ishai Buchbinder. Katherine Devlin Rosenfeld joined the company in 2013 as the company’s first Managing Producer.

Production History
(**World Premiere | *Canadian Premiere)

No Save Points ** (2023)
The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale * (2022) presentation by Soulpepper, (2019) presentation by Progress Festival, both in co-production red light district
Trojan Girls ** (2022) co-production with Factory Theatre
Lessons in Temperament (film adaptation) ** (2021)
StupidHead! (2021) presentation by Talk is Free Theatre
The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries ** (2020 – 2022) includes co-productions with Summerworks, Theatre Direct, Sound Off and TO Live
Something Bubbled, Something Blue ** (2010) in association with Talk is Free Theatre
The Stream You Step In ** (2020) co-production with University of Windsor Drama
The Golem’s Mighty Swing ** (2019)
The Flick * (2019)
The Tape Escape ** (2019)
A Community Target ** (2018) co-production with Convergence Theatre
Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life ** (2018) co-production with Musical Stage Company
Jerusalem * (2018) co-production with The Company Theatre
Lessons in Temperament ** (2023) presentation by High Performance Rodeo, (2022) presentations by the National Arts Centre & Stratford Festival, (2017) presentation by Soulpepper at New York’s Signature Theater, (2016) presentation by SummerWorks
TomorrowLove™ (2016) **
That Syncing Feeling ** (2015) presentation by SummerWorks
Mr. Burns, a post-electric play * (2015) in association with Crow’s Theatre
Vitals ** (2014) in association with Theatre Passe Muraille
Murderers Confess at Christmastime (2013) presentation by SummerWorks
Passion Play * (2013) co-production with Convergence Theatre and Sheep No Wool
Terminus * (2015) presentation by Centaur Theatre, (2014) presentations by Belfry Theatre and the Yukon Arts Centre, (2012) presentations by Summerworks and Mirvish Productions
Mr. Marmalade * (2011) presentation by Summerworks
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (2012) in association with Theatre Passe Muraille
Oh the Humanity, and Other Good Intentions * (2010)