Who we are
Located in its multi-venue home the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto's Distillery Historic District, Soulpepper is Toronto’s largest not-for-profit theatre company. Founded and guided by artists, Soulpepper has an integrated mission which includes: industry-leading youth outreach initiatives; the Soulpepper Academy, Canada's only multi-year paid professional training program for theatre artists of all disciplines; and a year-round diverse repertory season which is grounded in the classics and committed to the creation of new works, new forms and innovative practices.
Where we came from
In 1998, Soulpepper debuted a two-production summer season, with the twelve founding artists undertaking all operations, including fundraising. The company's ensemble approach to artistic rigor garnered enthusiastic response from audiences, artists and critics alike. With a focus on youth outreach and artist training, Soulpepper's activities grew year-over-year to fill a vital need in Canada's largest theatre market. In 2005, Soulpepper completed a $15 million capital campaign and migrated from Harbourfront to its new home in the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. With the support of generous donors and partners, Soulpepper now operates year-round, with an annual budget of $11 million.
Where we’re going
In June of 2015 Soulpepper announced a five-year strategic initiative to expand the scope of the company’s mission to commission, nurture and develop innovative new cross-disciplinary work and diverse emerging artists. To support Soulpepper’s growth in activity and programming, the company launched a $10 million Creative Capital Campaign to foster investment in artistic growth and risk taking.
We believe Soulpepper’s future lies in delivering cultural enrichment, organizational innovation and civic engagement. We strive to present an eclectic repertoire that looks to our collective cultural inheritance while focusing on the creation of original work. We create work that listens to the world while focusing on our national voices, including the voices of our First Nations and the myriad cultures that have collectively defined the vibrant artistic life of this country. We are committed to taking our best work to national communities large and small, and to representing Canada on the world stage through live performance and through broadcast and digital platforms.
As we look forward in our 20th season, Soulpepper remains committed to its founding values: the highest level of artistic excellence on our stages, deep engagement with Canadian communities and stories, and an ingrained culture of inclusion, diversity and respect for the many voices and stories that characterize our country today.
STATEMENT OF SUPPORT
The artists and staff of Soulpepper and the Young Centre for the Performing Arts acknowledge the original caretakers and storytellers of this land - the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe, and the Wendat First Nations. We commit to honouring and celebrating their past, present and future.
Soulpepper believes all people have a right to express their individuality, to experience creative freedom, to feel safe at all times, and to be treated with dignity and respect.