About

Bringing the best of the world to Toronto.

“World Stage provides a visionary perspective, which is risky, urgent and provocative.” – Atom Egoyan

This year, Harbourfront Centre is 40 years old. That makes World Stage a questioning 20-something – a little experienced, a little idealistic. From our first steps in 1986, World Stage has evolved into Canada’s most diverse season-length international performance series. With a bold curatorial vision and highly subsidized ticketing structure, World Stage brings today’s most innovative and groundbreaking performance leaders here to share and develop Toronto’s understanding of the contemporary.

And we don’t just bring the best of the world to Toronto. We also ensure that Toronto sees its own innovators reflected in World Stage programming – artists who advance the vocabularies of theatre, dance, performance art and multidisciplinary practice. When we travel we are ambassadors for the local and national performance community. Juxtaposing international and local creations, providing Canadian artists with resources, space and exchange opportunities, we build culture through the proliferation of ideas. We do this because we believe that – even if it takes a long time – helping artists to achieve long-term success is the best way to ensure the creation of meaningful work and the development of informed, engaged audiences in the years to come.