Soulpepper advances the development of new work through play development, commissions of original adaptations and translations, devised creation, and other artistic incubation. Soulpepper has become one of the most active commissioning bodies in Canada, recently winning the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play (Of Human Bondage - 2014) and Best New Musical (Spoon River - 2015). Soulpepper’s repertory model allows for resident artists to be involved in workshops and readings. Studio workshop presentations and cabarets allow the opportunity for audience feedback at various stages of the development process. Soulpepper’s dynamic programming allows for the company to nurture a script through development and onto the stage in a more streamlined and timely fashion.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have been produced around the globe, in Canada, Europe, Asia and the US, but my experience with Soulpepper has been – and continues to be – the best experience I’ve had as a playwright in my entire career. Quite simply, Soulpepper’s commitment to new work puts regional theatres of similar sizes to shame. Soulpepper is generous with their commissions, dedicated to detailed development, rigorous in their dramaturgy, and respectful of the playwright. Their long rehearsal process and commitment to a company of artists shows an unparalleled vision to creating a piece of the highest artistic standards. They are at the vanguard of how new plays should be developed, produced and promoted.” – Vern Thiessen, Governor General’s Award Winning Playwright

Soulpepper is a Recommender Company through the Ontario Arts Council’s Theatre Creators Reserve program.


In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, Soulpepper has launched Project imagiNation, Canada’s largest theatre commissioning project of new work by Canadian artists.

Soulpepper will commission between 30-40 of Canada’s leading artists and artistic companies – representing all geographical regions, cultural backgrounds and artistic practices – to propose, develop, and present new theatrical work. Project imagiNation invites artists to develop ideas for new work that re-imagines or represents Canada, or adaptations / transformations of classical works from a Canadian experience.

Commissioned artistic collaborators as of May, 2016 include: 2B theatre company; Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland; Peggy Baker; Marie Brassard; Cliff Cardinal; Leah Cherniak; Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster and Rong Fu; Shirley Horn; Ravi Jain, Ken MacKenzie and Anthony MacMahon; Travis Knights; Diego Matamoros, Richard Feren and Lorenzo Savoini; Soheil Parsa and Guillermo Verdecchia; Old Trout Puppet Workshop; One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre; Mike Ross and Sarah Wilson with Lorenzo Savoini; Jason Sherman; and Pamela Mala Sinha. Projects will be conceived over the next few years with the first world premieres to Soulpepper audiences in 2017!

Support to Project imagiNation is provided by a transformative gift from Kevin and Roger Garland and the Garland imagiNation Fund, and corporate partner BMO Financial Group.