Events, Talkshows & More

Engage More

At Harbourfront Centre's World Stage, we want more than just a performance: more dialogue, more community, more tea. Take advantage of our season extras and enrich your theatre experience.

Pre-show Teas

Join one of our provocative World Stage Scholars-in-Residence for a pre-show tea! VK Preston and Matt Sergi, both professors at the University of Toronto, have created a series of structured, highly interactive discussions, custom-fit to each show in our season, to get World Stage audiences thinking, debating, and buzzing with questions as they enter the theatre. Pre-Show Teas begin at 7pm and admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance.

Matthew Sergi is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Toronto. A recipient of the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society’s Palmer Award and Stevens Award, as well as the Medieval Academy’s Schallek Award, Matt uses his experience and training in live theatre to interpret practical challenges in early dramatic texts. His first major research project, on practical cues in the Chester plays, reveals irreverent camp festivity in the implicit conventions that shape biblical drama; his second project, on economic concerns in medieval play productions, has taken shape not only in publications but also in live productions of medieval plays that have toured the UK and North America.

VK Preston is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. Her work investigates dance, performativity, critical theory, and history. Her writing appears in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theatre, TDR/ The Drama Review, Performance Research, Canadian Theatre Review and Theatre Journal. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from Stanford University and completed her postdoctoral work at McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of the Arts and Ideas. VK comes to scholarship by way of professional training in dance, theatre, and visual art.

Talkshows

The second performance of every World Stage production is followed by a talkshow event, where the artists connect with you outside their work, fielding your questions with the moderation of their colleagues in the community. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get.

Upcoming Events

  • April 4, 2017

    Rankefod – Pre-show Tea

    Join one of our provocative World Stage Scholars-in-Residence (VK Preston and Matt Sergi) for a pre-show tea. VK and Matt, both professors at the University of Toronto, have created a series of structured, highly interactive discussions, custom-fit to each show in our season, to get World Stage audiences thinking, debating, and buzzing with questions as they enter the theatre. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of Rankefod.

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  • April 5, 2017

    Rankefod – Talkshow

    Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

    Performance details
  • April 5, 2017

    LEAR: A Retrospective – Pre-show Tea

    Join one of our provocative World Stage Scholars-in-Residence (VK Preston and Matt Sergi) for a pre-show tea. VK and Matt, both professors at the University of Toronto, have created a series of structured, highly interactive discussions, custom-fit to each show in our season, to get World Stage audiences thinking, debating, and buzzing with questions as they enter the theatre. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of LEAR: A Retrospective.

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  • April 6, 2017

    Steer – Pre-show Tea

    Join one of our provocative World Stage Scholars-in-Residence (VK Preston and Matt Sergi) for a pre-show tea. VK and Matt, both professors at the University of Toronto, have created a series of structured, highly interactive discussions, custom-fit to each show in our season, to get World Stage audiences thinking, debating, and buzzing with questions as they enter the theatre. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of Steer.

    Performance details
  • April 6, 2017

    LEAR: A Retrospective – Talkshow

    Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

    Performance details
  • April 7, 2017

    Steer – Talkshow

    Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

    Performance details
  • April 11, 2017

    The Radio Show – Pre-show Tea

    Join one of our provocative World Stage Scholars-in-Residence (VK Preston and Matt Sergi) for a pre-show tea. VK and Matt, both professors at the University of Toronto, have created a series of structured, highly interactive discussions, custom-fit to each show in our season, to get World Stage audiences thinking, debating, and buzzing with questions as they enter the theatre. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of The Radio Show.

    Performance details
  • April 12, 2017

    Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry – Pre-show Tea

    Join one of our provocative World Stage Scholars-in-Residence (VK Preston and Matt Sergi) for a pre-show tea. VK and Matt, both professors at the University of Toronto, have created a series of structured, highly interactive discussions, custom-fit to each show in our season, to get World Stage audiences thinking, debating, and buzzing with questions as they enter the theatre. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry.

    Performance details
  • April 12, 2017

    The Radio Show – Talkshow

    Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

    Performance details
  • April 13, 2017

    KAMP (CAMP) – Pre-show Tea

    Join one of our provocative World Stage Scholars-in-Residence (VK Preston and Matt Sergi) for a pre-show tea. VK and Matt, both professors at the University of Toronto, have created a series of structured, highly interactive discussions, custom-fit to each show in our season, to get World Stage audiences thinking, debating, and buzzing with questions as they enter the theatre. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of KAMP.

    Performance details
  • April 13, 2017

    Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry – Talkshow

    Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

    Performance details
  • April 14, 2017

    KAMP (CAMP) – Talkshow

    Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

    Performance details
  • April 18, 2017

    My Arm – Pre-show Tea

    Join one of our provocative World Stage Scholars-in-Residence (VK Preston and Matt Sergi) for a pre-show tea. VK and Matt, both professors at the University of Toronto, have created a series of structured, highly interactive discussions, custom-fit to each show in our season, to get World Stage audiences thinking, debating, and buzzing with questions as they enter the theatre. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of My Arm.

    Performance details
  • April 19, 2017

    Mies Julie – Pre-show Tea

    Join one of our provocative World Stage Scholars-in-Residence (VK Preston and Matt Sergi) for a pre-show tea. VK and Matt, both professors at the University of Toronto, have created a series of structured, highly interactive discussions, custom-fit to each show in our season, to get World Stage audiences thinking, debating, and buzzing with questions as they enter the theatre. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of Mies Julie.

    Performance details
  • April 19, 2017

    My Arm – Talkshow

    Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

    Performance details
  • April 20, 2017

    Mies Julie – Talkshow

    Following this evening’s performance, connect with the artists as they field your questions and discuss the work you’ve just seen. It’s the most direct behind-the-scenes access you can get. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

    Performance details