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Alumnae Theatre Company (ATC)

The Alumnae Theatre, now housed in a converted firehall in downtown Toronto, has been run by women for over 100 years, a notable accomplishment in a field traditionally dominated by men.

​A charitable organization that produces engaging and thought-provoking theatre, the Alumnae continues to thrive because of its diverse, enthusiastic and fun group of women volunteers. We invite women with a passion for theatre to join our membership!

Alumnae Theatre is a place for women artists to hone their craft, learn a new one and explore their passions. Whether you want to brush up on your acting, try your hand at writing, or direct for the first time, there are opportunities for everyone in our various groups and programmes. Experience is not required and our groups reflect this, with veteran artists working and learning alongside artists who are just beginning.

What types of memberships are there?

  • Active Membership: $65/year for women who want to participate in Alumnae groups and programs and will contribute a minimum of 20 hours of THEATRE SERVICE.  ($30/year for women aged 18-30).​
  • Supporting Membership: $85/year for women who want to support the theatre but aren’t able to volunteer. Supporting members are issued a tax receipt and receive our monthly newsletter. (Supporting Members do not receive complimentary season’s tickets or other Active Membership benefits.​

What are the responsibilities of an Active Member?

  • Active members must contribute a minimum of 20 hours of theatre service in one or more of the following areas:
  • Front of House (Management, Box Office, Reservations)
  • Bar (Management, Serving. SmartServe required)
  • Producing or Stage Management
  • Lighting or Sound Design, Lighting Operator or Sound Operator
  • Set Design, Set Building
  • Costume Design
  • Props Sourcing
  • Marketing, Public Relations, Audience Development or Social Media
  • Building Operations
  • Group Chairs
  • Board of Directors
  • Rentals Supervisor
  • FOH Manager
  • Bar Manager
  • Membership Secretary
  • Webmaster, Editor/Members Pages, Website Support
  • Alumination/Cue to Cue Editors
  • Building Operations
  • Site Visit Coordinator (for potential renters)

​What exclusive events and groups can Active Members participate in?


In addition to our members’ groups, Alumnae hosts professional workshops based on member interest and in all areas of theatre. Previous workshops have included: Scene Study, Voice, Stage Combat, and The Audition/The Callback, as well as Writing Intensives with Diane Flacks, Colleen Murphy. and Beverley Cooper and Master classes with R.H. Thomson, Ingrid Hart, and Richard Rose.  Workshops and master classes are free or discounted for ACTIVE members.


The New Play Development Group meets monthly, and the sessions typically include fifteen-minute readings of our playwrights’ works, a five-minute writing exercise, workshops, discussion of new business, and the planning of upcoming initiatives. To further the development of new plays by Alumnae members, each year the group organizes and produces such activities as the WriteNow challenge, monthly Next Stage Readings, and the Big Ideas Reading Festival.  These programs offer Alumnae dramaturges, directors, and actors lots of opportunities to get involved. 

  • WriteNow is an annual weekend writing challenge where participants write a short play based on a secret topic revealed at the beginning of the challenge. The playwrights, directors, and actors then present these new plays to an audience.
  • Next Stage play readings are booked throughout the season. Our playwrights have the opportunity to have their full-length play directed and read by Alumnae members and receive audience feedback.
  • The Big Ideas Reading Festival is a self-produced program where NPD playwrights have yet another opportunity to hone their new full-length works with experienced Alumnae dramaturges and directors before presenting staged readings to an audience for more feedback.

​What other benefits do Active Members receive?

  • Non-transferable ticket to every Alumnae production for yourself whenever you want, pending availability (min. value of $120)
  • Discount on rental space (for Active members in good standing for the past two years)
  • Advance notice of auditions, guaranteed audition slots and preference in the audition process for all Alumnae productions
  • Free or discounted workshops
  • Preference in, director selection and play submissions process
  • E-newsletters and e-blasts to keep you informed of company activities and opportunities
  • A voice at membership meetings
  • Voting rights at the Annual General Meeting



Become an ACTIVE Member today to take advantage of these opportunities and others.

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