Who We Are
Tuesday Night Cafe (TNC) Theatre is a student-run, experimental Anglophone theatre company affiliated with the English department of McGill University. Our mission, broadly, is to give students the chance to learn and grow through theatre. We operate out of Morrice Hall in the Islamic Studies Building. This warm, wood-panelled, octagonal space creates a safe and intimate environment for our artists and audiences to collectively explore new ways of being through theatre. We are coziness meets cutting edge. We are cupcakes spiked with revolution. We are not for profit, and we are NOT for credit. We are for passion.
Tuesday Night Café Theatre is located on the unceded traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka (‘People of the Flint,’ also known as ‘Mohawk’). We know that an acknowledgement like this one can often constitute a dismissal. Our new mandate strives to avoid this danger.
Who You Are
Our theatre company is entirely operated by students. However, you don’t have to go to McGill to be a part of TNC; and you don’t have to be in a theatre program to direct a show for us, work backstage, or tread the boards as an actor. Twice a semester, TNC hosts ARTiFACT, an event which give Montreal’s student artists the opportunity to showcase their theatre/dance/comedy/music/art in a safe, non-oppressive environment. TNC also hosts fun annual events like the Twenty-Four Hour Playwriting Competition, geared towards students who have never tried theatre before and want to get their feet wet.
At McGill, most campus theatre companies devote themselves to lavish productions of household-name plays and big-budget musicals. That’s wonderful, but that’s not us. At TNC we crave:
- Experimental theatre
- Neglected plays
- Subversive productions of canonical plays
- Theatre that gives a voice to underrepresented groups
- Theatre that highlights Intersectionality
- Theatre that honours, troubles, and investigates Quebecois voices
- Productions which make the most of our unique, intimate space
- Productions which allow first-time directors to explore new creative opportunities.
Let’s upend the canon. Let’s make theatre representative of the complex identities that exist in our 2015 post-colonial environment. Let’s get intimate.
Tuesday Night Café Theatre believes in collaboration and consensus, as opposed to hierarchy and majority rule. We want every single student involved in a productions to leave a handprint on the finished product. The Executive operates based on consensus. For instance, we do not finalize our season until every single member of the executive agrees on the plays. During the production process, the Executive and the artistic teams must practice complete transparency as regards their various responsibilities. We the Executive are here to help you, the creative team, realize your vision to the fullest. We are available to move risers, help with technical work, find obscure properties, and so forth. Once a production ends its run, the Executive will invite the director, stage manager, and designers to voice their feelings about the process at a post-mortem, usually held the week after closing night.
At the end of each season, Tuesday Night Café Theatre send out a call for directors to submit proposals for the upcoming season. After the application deadline, the Executive interviews each director, and then constructs the season in a private meeting. During the interview process, the Executive takes a situational approach based on the immediacies of the application before us, without taking into account the applicant’s past history of working with TNC. At the same time, however, we try as much as possible to give new voices a chance to make magic in our space.
On Safe Space.
Tuesday Night Café Theatre considers itself a Safe Space. We make an effort to be transparent about the content of performances and artworks featured in our theatre, out of respect for diverse positionalities. For instance, in our calls for ARTiFACT artists we ask applicants to tell us if their work has any potentially triggering content.