Necessary Angel Theatre Company has been an influential and original presence on the national and international theatre scene for over 30 years. Having produced more than 50 productions, including 25 world premieres and 10 North American premieres, Necessary Angel is considered one English Canada’s most important original creation and touring organizations. The company’s plays have been nominated for and have won numerous Governor General’s Awards for Drama, Chalmers Awards for Outstanding New Play, and countless Dora Mavor Moore Awards.
Daniel Brooks has been the company’s Artistic Director since 2003. A national leader in his field for many years, Brooks is an innovator and risk taker, well known for being constantly inventive with theatrical form and style.
Over the years, Necessary Angel has welcomed the participation of outstanding literary icons, including Michael Ondaatje and Timothy Findley, while also developing new work with some of Canada’s leading playwrights, including Daniel MacIvor, John Mighton, Colleen Murphy, Jason Sherman, Colleen Wagner, and David Young, whose works have become acclaimed on stages around the globe.
Necessary Angel tours its work to prominent theatres and festivals across Canada and internationally. In the last five years, the company has travelled to over 20 cities including every major Canadian city and numerous international destinations such as Charleston, Edinburgh, Florence, Glasgow, Melbourne, Miami and Munich.
Necessary Angel’s Associate Artist Program, founded in 2008, has allowed Necessary Angel to invite visionary theatre artists Graham McLaren and Brigitte Haentjens to work with Toronto artists to create theatrical works of lasting importance for national and international touring. This program is made possible entirely through the generous gift of Judith Harris in honour of Tony Woolfson’s turning 60.