Theatre Artists’ Co-operative: the Independent Collective Series or TACTICS is Ottawa’s innovative new theatre season for independent productions. TACTICS’ collaborative model of theatre gives local independent artists a chance to showcase their work on a larger scale and in an affordable venue, and brings quality stories to the Ottawa stage.

TACTICS programs works that make the most of the liveness of theatre and place emphasis on how the audience experiences theatre. The series creates a platform for local indie artists to push theatrical limitations, share their stories with more of their community, and dream big with their art.

Artistic Director and Series Curator: Bronwyn Steinberg
Steering Committee: Megan Carty, Sarah Finn, Matt Hertendy

2017 Series

Wednesday, April 19
8pm – The Hottentot Venus – Untold (Preview)
Thursday, April 20
8pm – The Hottentot Venus – Untold (Opening Night)
9:30pm – Opening Night Reception
Friday, April 21
8pm – The Hottentot Venus – Untold
9:30pm – Lucila Al Mar album release
Saturday, April 22
 2pm – The Hottentot Venus – Untold
 4pm – So What’s Your Story
8pm – The Hottentot Venus – Untold
Sunday, April 23
2pm – The Hottentot Venus – Untold
Wednesday, April 26
8pm – girls!girls!girls! (Preview)
Thursday, April 27
8pm – girls!girls!girls! (Opening Night)
 9:30pm – Opening Night Reception
Friday, April 28
8pm – girls!girls!girls!
Saturday, April 29
4pm – The Omnibus Bill
8pm – girls!girls!girls!
Sunday, April 30
7pm – The Omnibus Bill
Monday, May 1
6pm – Now More Than Ever: Theatre & Politics
6pm – George Orwell’s 1984
8pm – Theatre Matters community discussion
Tuesday, May 2
6:30pm – UKnadian
8pm – when god was wolf
Thursday, May 4
6pm – Show Plates
8pm – girls!girls!girls!
Friday, May 5
6pm – HOME/Less and UKnadian
8pm – girls!girls!girls!
10pm – WANTING
Saturday, May 6
11am – Creator Exchange
2pm – girls!girls!girls!
5pm – when god was wolf
8pm – girls!girls!girls!
 9:30pm – Closing Night Party

Workshop Series (PWYC)

The Omnibus Bill

By Darrah Teitel
Directed by Esther Jun

Set in Bowmanville, Ontario in 1969, The Omnibus Bill is about midwives, abortion and sex work, and all the hypocrites who keep them illegal.


By Madeleine Boyes-Manseau

… in that unabashed, guttural and unladylike kind of way. A search through maternal ancestry, the spiritual legacies of ravenously hungry women and the ecstatic potential of our flesh.


By Amelia Griffin

Contemporary dance-theatre solo on female cultural inheritance through the lens of the creator’s Ukrainian, and British Grandmothers’ identities.

when god was wolf

By Tim Ginley
Directed by Rebecca Benson

Silence and secrets is the Parish family birthright. To break free of her family’s stranglehold Casandra Parish must face many ugly truths before hope is lost. But to every freedom a cost. when god was wolf unearths our darkest roots, exploring a family’s forfeiture in this taut Canadian Gothic drama.


By Evolution Theatre

Home is where one starts from
As we grow older
The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated
Of dead and living. Not the intense moment
Isolated, with no before and after,
But a lifetime burning in every moment.
– T. S. Eliot, East Corker, 1940.

The Evolution Theatre ensemble of William Beddoe, John Doucet, Jacqui Du Toit, Laurie Fyffe, Mishka Lavigne, and Norah Paton explore the home front in a devised theatre creation.

Special Events

Lucila Al Mar album release party

A celebration of her new album, Nada es Para Siempre // Nothing is forever.

Live performance by Lucila and her band; after-party DJ’d by Chico6Trece.

So what’s your story

Workshop with Jacqui du Toit

We all have a story to tell and usually we tend to write our stories down or share them with family and friends, but when we engage our body and the wisdom of our bodies to express them, there is another level of empowerment that occurs. We bring our stories to life! In this workshop, we will combine sacred theatre, creative writing, movement and voice. Exercises will be introduced to the participants that will have us loosen up, laugh, connect and remember how to play. So what’s your story is about… coming back to the circle… about… transformation.

Now More Than Ever: Theatre & Politics

Is democracy in crisis? If so, what can theatre artists do to inspire, educate, and entertain in a new era of uncertainty? Laurie Fyffe (Evolution Theatre) & Bronwyn Steinberg (TACTICS) invite you to attend a reading of George Orwell’s 1984, followed by the fourth panel discussion in our series Theatre Matters, a community discussion between Ottawa based theatre artists on topics of interest to theatre professionals.

Staged reading of George Orwell’s 1984
Adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan. Directed by Bronwyn Steinberg

Theatre Matters community discussion
PWYC – all proceeds will benefit Refugee 613.

Show Plates

A multi-course pre-show meal created by some of Ottawa’s best indie chefs.

Your $65 ticket includes admission to the 8pm performance of girls! girls! girls!

Limited tickets available.

Creator Exchange

10 Playwrights meet 10 Dramaturgs/Directors in this free event in partnership with PGC and LMDA. To register, please contact Nicole at [email protected].


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TACTICS gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Fringe Festival.