2019 Series Launch!


TACTICS is back for our fifth anniversary season, with our most ambitious and innovative series yet!

We are delighted to officially announce our 2019 programming. We’ve got 3 Mainstage Series productions and 6 Workshop Series projects—all brand-new works by Ottawa creators with amazing creative teams. And the community-building Green Room Series continues with free monthly activities.

Our first few events are highlighted below, and of course, you can find the full list of our programming as well as details about each project elsewhere on our website.

We believe in the transformative power of representation through art and that Canadian audiences crave seeing their stories reflected onstage. So we strive to present excellent and provocative theatre from as diverse a pool of artists as we can. This season features many of Ottawa’s most exciting and innovative artists pushing theatrical boundaries and dreaming big with their art.


Fully independent, professional productions at Arts Court Theatre
The 2019 Mainstage Series presents the world premieres of three new productions, all penned by award-winning Ottawa playwrights. We open in March with Albumen, the latest offering by bilingual playwright Mishka Lavigne. This exploration of the relationship between artist and muse asks what we leave behind as artists, and as people.
by Mishka Lavigne
March 14 – 23

The sensation of having veered off the path. Of being asleep with your eyes wide open. Of being erased and slowly drained of colour. Of being a copy of a copy of a copy… Of being left to wander out in the cold. The sensation of your flaws being exposed, bit by bit, in a photo-bath.

Non-linear and poetic, Albumen creates a world of tension between mystery, sex and pain and dives into the characters’ emotional world with true expressionism.

The Mainstage Series continues in April with Swedish Furniture by Matt Hertendy. Part lampoon, part pointed exploration of modern millenial love, Swedish Furniture is a compassionate and hilarious cautionary tale with IKEA furniture assembled LIVE on stage.

We close our fifth anniversary season in May-June with The Omnibus Bill by Darrah Teitel, centring on Pierre Trudeau’s 1969 Justice Omnibus Bill (“…the state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation”). It tells an intersectional story about reproductive rights that Canada has forgotten.


New plays in development by Ottawa creators
Alongside each Mainstage Series production, the TACTICS Workshop Series supports the development of brand-new works in progress by Ottawa creators. Join us for a staged reading / workshop presentation of each new project and become a part of the creative process. The 2019 Workshop Series launches on March 24 with Spin the Arrow, the first play created by the newly formed Indigenous-led Red Rabbits Collective.
by Brittany Johnston & Jake Smith
March 24
What makes the Red Man Red? Spin the Arrow is a satirical reevaluation of Canadian media, politics, and the general public’s misconceptions on all things Indigenous. With notorious  trickster Nanabush at the helm, join our characters on this bumpy ride blurring the lines between past and present.


Monthly community-building activities for the whole Ottawa arts community

Designers’ Roundtable
Have you ever wondered where designers get their ideas? Join us in the Green Room to find out. We’ve invited a panel of Ottawa’s most exciting designers, including set designer Brian Smith (Drowning Girls – GCTC & Up to Low – NAC), set/costume/sci-fi prop builder Patrice Forbes (Dead Unicorn Ink) and sound designer Martin Dawagne (Cart Before the Horse & The Ghomeshi Effect) share a peek into their processes and their portfolios! A few more talented and innovative designers will be joining us – check our facebook event for updates as they become available.

February 23 5pm at The Gladstone. 

Attendees can also get a discount code to see the 2:30pm or 7:30pm performance of The Revolutionists. RSVP by email to tactic.series@gmail.com or on our Facebook event.