Nightwood Theatre
346 pages, 6 x 9
b&w photographs throughout
Release Date:01 Jan 2010

Nightwood Theatre

A Woman’s Work Is Always Done

Athabasca University Press
Nightwood Theatre is the longest-running and most influential
women's theatre company in Canada. Since 1979, the company has
produced works by Canadian women, providing new opportunities for women
theatre artists. It has also been the "home company" for some
of the biggest names in Canadian theatre, such as Ann-Marie MacDonald.

In Nightwood Theatre, Scott describes the company's
journey toward defining itself as a feminist theatre establishment,
highlighting its artistic leadership based on its relevance to diverse
communities of women. She also traces Nightwood’s relationship
with the media and places the theatre in an international context by
comparing its history to that of like companies in the U.K. and the

Shelley Scott is an Associate Professor and Chairof the Department of Theatre and Dramatic Arts at the University ofLethbridge. She is President of the Canadian Association for TheatreResearch and has published in Canadian Theatre Review, ModernDrama, Theatre Research in Canada, and the recent monographThe Violent Woman as a New Theatrical Character Type: Cases fromCanadian Drama.

Acknowledgements  7

Preface  9

Introduction  15

Context, Creativity, Collectivity  51

Chapter 1. The Beginning of Nightwood Theatre,1979–1988  51

Chapter 2. Breaking Away and Moving On, 1989–1993 109

Chapter 3. New Leadership Models, 1994–2000 and2001–2009  159

Chapter 4. Nightwood and Feminist Theory 201

Appendix. A Nightwood Chronology  225

Notes  295

Bibliography  321

Index  333

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