ATGT

about the company

ACTS TO GRIND THEATRE (ATGT) is a registered not-for-profit company incorporated (July 2016) in Quebec.

Based in Montreal the performing arts organization produces theatre in both official languages, English and French.

Founded by a diverse group of like-minded professional artists, from Montreal, who wish to have a direct hand in the process of creatively taking the page to the light of stage.

Connection

To create a platform that connects the performing arts with the community, to be enjoyed by the widest possible audience.

Engagement

To engage, inspire, entertain and challenge audiences with theatrical productions in both official languages, with a wide range of storytelling from modern classics to new works.

Collaboration

To collaborate with professionals to create an atmosphere that empowers artists to do their finest work. Our standards reflect our commitment to excellence in every area of production.

Celebration

To celebrate the essential power of theatre to illuminate our common humanity.

Mission

mandate

Acts to Grind Theatre (ATGT) is founded and managed by a group of local performing artists in the Greater Montreal region. These like-minded individuals from varied backgrounds collaborate to create theatre productions for the diverse community of our fair city.

The aim of Acts to Grind Theatre is to engage its audience through compelling productions that provoke, question, challenge and entertain. As our name implies, we have a specific motivation behind the initial selection of each play we produce, and we strive to take each play and grind it act by act to sharpen and polish it until we achieve the best possible interpretation ready for the stage.
And also, we couldn’t resist the pun.

Our major area of focus is on the creation, development and production of works by the finest playwrights for an adult audience. Selecting material that is uplifting, insightful and thought provoking and that stimulates while entertaining the audience  is paramount to achieving our vision.

A member of a minority community in Quebec, ATGT is principally an Anglophone theatre company, producing and promoting English-language theatre works. ATGT has occasionally crossed the language divide with our productions. Presenting work with a bilingual (French-English) cast creates another great opportunity for local talents while expanding our audience.

ATGT has on occasion produced outside of our local region. When and where the opportunity has presented itself, we have taken our work that originated here and exported it to other regions and provinces. This not only broadens our audience, but also enhances the artists’ experience.

Since its inception, our productions have led many artists to expand their professional development. ATGT provides commissioned professional training for our artists to hone their craft in order to facilitate and enhance their creative goals. Many artists have sought to return to the team thereby creating an ATGT family of diverse and talented individuals. Creating more opportunities for local artists to engage their talents while providing paying work is always at the forefront of our selection decision process.

Whether facilitating the development of contemporary new works or the rethinking of the modern classics, Acts to Grind Theatre always strives to consistently deliver productions of the highest quality.

core values

ARTISTIC GOALS

We collaborate to create an atmosphere that empowers artists to present their best selves. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in every aspect of each production. We are proud of our record with artists who want to return, and we’ve cultivated a loyal audience that expects to be engaged, challenged and entertained.

COMMUNICATION

We aspire to work as a team within and between each department, respecting our colleague’s time, talent and resources by striving to meet our common objectives. How we collaborate with each other matters.

COMMUNITY

We are proud of our pursuit of artistic professionalism and we encourage ongoing training and the enhancement of our talents and knowledge of our craft. We strive to create opportunities that attract and cultivate highly skilled talent in all areas of our company.  Including both emerging and veteran artists in a professional exchange of new and old methods keeps our work vital and fresh and ensures continuity.

COURTESY

We will go above and beyond to make all who work within the production team feel welcome, safe and supported while being challenged to achieve their professional artistic goals. We ensure that our audiences are equally respected and made to feel welcome and safe when attending our presentations. We nurture an atmosphere of civility and mutual respect within a harmonious and collaborative work environment.

DIVERSITY

We are committed to a space that encourages inclusion and that best reflects our community. We promote collaboration and creativity that enables artists to be fully expressive. We respect varied backgrounds and work and life experiences by pursuing projects that attract under-represented talent. We create opportunities and celebrate artists from the Greater Montreal region, across the country, and around the world.

FINANCIAL

We value our audience and founding company members by being responsible with our finances. We create theatre with pride while respecting our current economical boundaries. We make accessible theatre that encourages all types of audiences to come out and participate in this live art form.

TRAINING

We are proud of our pursuit of artistic professionalism and we encourage ongoing training and the enhancement of our talents and knowledge of our craft. We strive to create opportunities that attract and cultivate highly skilled talent in all areas of our company.  Including both emerging and veteran artists in a professional exchange of new and old methods keeps our work vital and fresh and ensures continuity.

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