What Solar Stage means to our artists
Performing for young people and their families is a truly unique experience that enriches one’s connection to peers, expands communities, deepens and strengthens craft, and broadens horizons.
We are proud to foster a kind and supportive working environment that champions emerging professional artists who are interested in the rare and challenging work of engaging an all-ages audience.
We prioritize building teams of theatre artists of diverse backgrounds and identities who believe in progressive and optimistic art, and in making the world a better place.
“We believe in exposing audiences to diverse theatrical works which instil a sense of wonder, arouse optimism and empathy, and celebrate playing and the spirit of play. We believe theatre available to young people should fortify community and family relationships across age groups through the shared experience of performed stories. We believe in works of diversity in style, tradition, ethnicity, ability, gender, and age. We work to distill the concept of the 'all-ages' experience with critical, discerning artistry. We stand for community engagement, artistic enrichment and professional development. We want Solar Stage to be a part of the village that raises a child.” - Dahlia Katz & M. John Kennedy
Why FAMILY Theatre?
Theatre helps to instil the great importance of play and wonder. It gives us the chance to see the world through a different set of eyes.
In our digital environment, we often find ourselves completely disconnected from liveness and from creativity. Inspiration and deep engagement can be hard to find when everything is a click away. Theatre allows us to reconnect, to be present with each other and ourselves, and to celebrate imagination together as a community.
This is why a truly all-ages experience is so essential: through embodied storytelling we learn and relearn how to be empathetic and how to engage more meaningfully with one another.
Theatre is alive. Immediate. Magical.
A Rich History
Solar Stage was founded in 1976, and has been a cultural destination for Toronto families for over forty years. We create award-winning, progressive, original, Canadian, family theatre with a focus on inclusive, diverse, optimistic and inspirational storytelling.
After 40 years, Solar Stage has a new home to be proud of: the Artscape Wychwood Barns at Christie and St Clair. We continue to follow a simple philosophy with a complex execution: make beautiful live art that everyone can enjoy.
The Wychwood Barns is a stunning hard-conversion of an old TTC transit barn, thoughtfully developed by Artscape into a thriving community hub with a gallery, multiple artists' studios, an open event space, greenhouse and garden, weekly farmers’ market, and a very popular playground which includes sandboxes and a splash pad! Coming to Solar Stage will be so much more fun in our new space; a destination for the whole family for the day.
The Wychwood Theatre is also a desirable contemporary event venue perfect for workshops and screenings. It boasts a wide range of lighting options and technical elements; all in a hip, central, TTC-friendly, and wheelchair-accessible location.