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Shadowland Theatre was founded in 1983 on Toronto Island by a collective of visual and theatre artists. The company works with a wide range of communities to unearth their distinctive histories, creating new stories and celebrating special events. These collaborations can take place over a number of weeks or years culminating in large community shows leaving a legacy of skills and inspirations. Shadowland artists run workshops and do extended residencies to train community members in art forms that they can then make their own. Shadowland is known for animating streets, parks and communities with its bold design sensibility and raucous theatricality. Original performances incorporate masks, puppetry and spectacle arts, mostly in outdoor and non-traditional theatre spaces in urban and rural landscapes.
Shadowland has won three Dora Mavor Moore awards for Outstanding Costume Design and was voted Best Grassroots Theatre by Toronto’s NOW magazine. They are a proud member of Raucus Caucus, a collective of visual theatre practitioners that includes Puppetmongers, Jumblies, and Clay & Paper Theatres.