Our Mission 

Imago Theatre is a catalyst for conversation, an advocate for equal representation and a hub for stories about unstoppable women.

Our Manifesto

We are arms open, heads flung back, spinning catalysts.

We are kaleidoscopic words that ripple and tear down walls.

We are daring feminists, creators and mentors

And we won’t stop

Advancing 1 We advance Her Side of the Story through theatre that advocates for equal participation and representation for women and marginalized groups. We advance equality, social justice and Her Side of the Story through post-show talkbacks that encourage meaningful conversation and exchange.

Developing 2 We develop Her Side of the Story through ARTISTA, our free theatre arts mentorship program for young women, and also by providing mentorship opportunities and artistic residencies for emerging and established theatre artists from a variety of disciplines (acting, playwriting, directing, artistic direction and arts administration.)

Democratizing 3 We democratize access to Her Side of the Story through our Pay-What-You-Decide initiative and by ensuring that all our events take place in spaces that are physically accessible to all.

Telling 4 We tell Her Side of The Story through theatre about unstoppable women with urgent stories that challenge and galvanize audiences.

Her Side of the Story.

History

Imago Theatre was created in 1987, making it one of Montreal’s longest running independent English-language theatre companies. Founded by Andrés Hausmann, the company started out producing a series of socially relevant and innovative works in both English and French, calling upon the talents of some of Quebec’s leading anglophone and francophone artists. Repertory productions included Milan Kundera’s Jacques and his Master, Beckett’s Shorter Plays, and Quartet by Heiner Muller and new works such as the collective creation, IncandescentBivouac by Louise Arsenault and Confidences by Richard Simas.

In 2000, Clare Schapiro was invited to take the reins, bringing to Imago her 20 years of experience in the performing arts, principally as founder and director of Montreal’s Créations Etc. (1978-1990), a unique bilingual theatre company developing and producing original works by young people, and as co-founder of Théâtre 1774 (1988-1993), whose works then addressed Montreal’s linguistic identity and the important role of language in our society. During her years as Artistic Director, Clare revitalized the company by securing stable operating funding and focusing the programming on presenting Canadian writers such as Bryden MacDonald, Elyse Gasco, Michael Mackenzie, Greg MacArthur and Carole Fréchette.

In 2013, Imago welcomed Micheline Chevrier as its new Artistic and Executive Director. Micheline brings with her over 30 years of theatre experience having directed and taught across the country and abroad, as well as worked as Associate Artistic Director at Theatre New Brunswick, Associate Dramaturg at Playwright’s Workshop Montreal and Associate Artist at Canadian Stage in Toronto. She was Artistic Director of Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company from 1995 to 2000. Under her leadership, the company has refocused its mandate (presenting the feminine perspective), expanded its artistic activities, and forged new relationships with companies, both local and national.

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1. We advance Her Side of the Story through theatre that advocates for equal participation and representation for women and marginalized groups. We advance equality, social justice and Her Side of the Story through post-show talkbacks that encourage meaningful conversation and exchange.
2. We develop Her Side of the Story through ARTISTA, our free theatre arts mentorship program for young women, and also by providing mentorship opportunities and artistic residencies for emerging and established theatre artists from a variety of disciplines (acting, playwriting, directing, artistic direction and arts administration.)
3. We democratize access to Her Side of the Story through our Pay-What-You-Decide initiative and by ensuring that all our events take place in spaces that are physically accessible to all.
4. We tell Her Side of The Story through theatre about unstoppable women with urgent stories that challenge and galvanize audiences.