GCTC is celebrating its 37th Anniversary Season in 2011 – 2012 and we have great cause to celebrate our achievements. In that time, we have developed from five people who joined together at Carleton University with little more than an idea, to become a vibrant independent professional theatre company.
Ottawa is rich in arts organizations. Yet none is quite like the Great Canadian Theatre Company. GCTC represents a viewpoint and approach to theatre that no other arts organization in this community is exploring. With a long history of creating theatre that is compassionate, thought provoking and immediately relevant, we produce theatre that does not prescribe a point of view, but rather encourages audience members to engage in debate and discussion.
GCTC is committed to the production of new Canadian work and artist development. We continue to commission and workshop new plays by emerging and established playwrights. We mentor emerging theatre companies through the development of new productions. And we also operate The Directors’ Unit, Masterclasses, The Playwrights' Unit and Dramaturgical internships. GCTC is a large employer of theatre artists from artistic and technical to administrative in the Ottawa area. GCTC's facility also supports other cultural activities such as Acoustic Waves, our music series. Last season over 30,000 people attended our shows.
In describing what they like best about GCTC, our audience members often refer to the quality and variety of the plays presented, the intimacy of the theatre space, our Canadian content and our flexible subscription pass. Most importantly though, we continue to bring Canadian theatre to an ever-expanding audience: over 1000 students from local high schools, Carleton University, University of Ottawa, and Algonquin College attend GCTC productions through our student matinee program or with a student subscription. GCTC has been expanding horizons for 35 years. We tell Canadian stories.