A Brief History
Founded by Rahul Varma and Rana Bose as a South Asian company in 1981, today, Teesri Duniya Theatre is one of the handfuls of culturally inclusive companies in Canada, and the only one in Quebec, producing plays by visible minorities, First Nations, as well as dominant cultures.
95% of our productions are ground breaking premiers directed by leading directors including India’s iconic director Lt. Habib Tanvir. Majority of our directors are women. Our productions range from Counter Offence and GG winner Reading Hebron (1990s) to My Name is Rachel Corrie, and GG-winning First Nations play Where the Blood Mixes (2012) to dance-theatre The Encounters to international hit Bhopal. Teesri has launched careers of a large number of visible minority artists and playwrights. New plays and playwrights are at the heart of Teesri’s vision. We exist to produce bold, ground breaking and culturally diverse plays that provoke conversation.
In 1988, artistic director Rahul Varma and Kapil Bawa founded alt.theatre: cultural diversity and the stage (1988), which is Canada’s only magazine dedicated to news and views about the intersections between politics, cultural plurality, social activism, and the stage. Past editor-in-chief continues to serve on the editorial board while current editor-in-chief is Nikki Shaffeeullah. Through alt.theatre, we collaborate with the academia and theatre research. Our plays and writings are widely published and anthologized, and we participate in university-based research projects.