About Theatre Gargantua
Our History & Process
Celebrating 25 Seasons of Dynamic, Original, Canadian Theatre
Theatre Gargantua is one of Canada’s leading multi-disciplinary theatre companies. Under the direction of Jacquie P.A. Thomas, the company has been devising dynamic physical theatre for 25 years. Thomas founded the distinct Toronto company in 1992, after travelling extensively in Europe and North America and working with a diverse group of theatre-makers including the National Theatre of Greece, the Gardzienice Theatre Association in Poland, and the Peking Opera.
The creation techniques of these international companies inspired the unique way in which Gargantua develops original productions. We create in a unique 2-year cycle – beginning with an inspired concept and distilling it into a richly layered work through several exploratory workshops and presentations. Each of Gargantua’s productions, while being diverse in terms of subject, writing and performance styles, melds daring physicality with striking designs, underpinned by original live music and the innovative use of technology.
To date, Gargantua has garnered dozens of nominations, awards and recognitions for categories including Outstanding New Play, Direction, Sound Design, Set Design and Light Design. Important milestones include; extensive touring to the U.K with residencies at the Royal Exchange in Manchester and the Riverside Studios in London; headlining the Portland International Performance Festival in Oregon; multiple Canadian tours; and the presentation of the company by Mirvish Productions at Toronto’s renowned Royal Alexandra Theatre. Theatre Gargantua has also produced a film adaptation of Raging Dreams, which was purchased by WTN. In 2004 Artistic Director Jacquie Thomas and Associate Artistic Director Michael Spence were honoured with Harold Awards, a distinction for Toronto independent theatre-makers, and in February 2013, Thomas received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Canadian culture.
25th Anniversary Season Dedicated to the Memory of Founding Board President George Thomas
George was a long-serving arts volunteer as the first President of the Board of Theatre Gargantua. He helped establish the company in 1993 under the artistic vision of Jacquie Thomas, his daughter. He passed away in July 2017 and in honour of the contributions he made to the establishment of the company, Theatre Gargantua is dedicating its 25th Anniversary Season and upcoming works to his memory.
George Thomas Tribute