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

Every opening night before the show, join World Stage's Scholars-in-Residence from the University of Toronto, Denise Cruz and Matthew Sergi, and from Ryerson University, Julia Fawcett. For 2016, these bright profs are partnering with World Stage to build the conversation around the works we present. Grab a cup of tea and soak in new and challenging ideas.

Talkshows

The second performance of most World Stage productions 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

  • February 17, 2016

    Badke – Pre-show Tea

    Join World Stage’s Scholars-in-Residence from the University of Toronto, Denise Cruz and Matthew Sergi, for a pre-show discussion on opening night. For 2016, these bright profs are partnering with World Stage to build the conversation around the works we present. Grab a cup of tea and soak in new and challenging ideas. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

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  • February 18, 2016

    Badke – 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.

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  • April 13, 2016

    Portraits in Motion – Pre-show Tea

    Join World Stage’s Scholars-in-Residence from the University of Toronto, Denise Cruz and Matthew Sergi, for a pre-show discussion on opening night. For 2016, these bright profs are partnering with World Stage to build the conversation around the works we present. Grab a cup of tea and soak in new and challenging ideas. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

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  • April 14, 2016

    Portraits in Motion – 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.

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  • April 27, 2016

    Looking for Paul – Pre-show Tea

    Join World Stage’s Scholars-in-Residence from the University of Toronto, Denise Cruz and Matthew Sergi, for a pre-show discussion on opening night. For 2016, these bright profs are partnering with World Stage to build the conversation around the works we present. Grab a cup of tea and soak in new and challenging ideas. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

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  • April 28, 2016

    Looking for Paul – 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.

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  • May 11, 2016

    Steer – Pre-show Tea

    Join World Stage’s Scholars-in-Residence from the University of Toronto, Denise Cruz and Matthew Sergi, for a pre-show discussion on opening night. For 2016, these bright profs are partnering with World Stage to build the conversation around the works we present. Grab a cup of tea and soak in new and challenging ideas. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

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  • May 12, 2016

    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.

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  • May 25, 2016

    Backstage in Biscuit Land – Pre-show Tea

    Join World Stage’s Scholars-in-Residence from the University of Toronto, Denise Cruz and Matthew Sergi, for a pre-show discussion on opening night. For 2016, these bright profs are partnering with World Stage to build the conversation around the works we present. Grab a cup of tea and soak in new and challenging ideas. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

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  • May 26, 2016

    Backstage in Biscuit Land – 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.

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Past Events

  • January 20, 2016

    Germinal – Pre-show Tea

    Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our World Stage Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of Germinal.

    Over the course of the last ten years, there has been much interest in projecting a bleak future for our world: just think of the popularity of a show like The Walking Dead, the Hunger Games trilogy, or Margaret Atwood’s Maddadam series. But what if instead of ending the world as we know it, we thought about starting over? Germinal asks a provocative question: If we had the opportunity to create the world from scratch, how would we do it? Join our Scholar-in-Residence Denise Cruz in a discussion of what art can teach us about imagining a world anew, and in thinking about beginnings rather than endings. When we build the new world, what is most important for us to include? Tweet your idea @WorldStageTO to start the discussion early.

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  • January 21, 2016

    Germinal – 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.

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  • January 26, 2016

    The World Stage Mirror Ball – Subculture Futures

    Join World Stage Scholars-in-Residence Matthew Sergi and Julia Fawcett along with Mother Trouble Nuance and Mother Tko Monroe for an open-ended forum discussion on Subculture Futures, in which your questions and comments will drive our conversation. Since subcultures—ball culture included—draw their passion and style from a history of being marginal, what does it mean to bring the ballroom scene onto a mainstream venue like World Stage or Buddies? Where has ball culture been so far? How has it changed in prior partnerships with mainstream institutions (from Madonna’s co-opting to the pop rebranding of ballroom lingo on RuPaul’s Drag Race)? In an arts community in which small-scale innovators are becoming dependent on institutional grants, support, and publicity in order to survive at all, how can ball culture sustainably continue without mainstream partnerships—or, if it enters into institutional partnerships, how can it maintain its realness?

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