A Brief History
Founded in 1981 by Rahul Varma and Rana Bose, Teesri Duniya Theatre is one of the very few culturally-inclusive companies in Canada. It is also one of its kind in Quebec due to our production of plays by visible minorities, First Nations, as well as dominant cultures. 95% of our productions are groundbreaking premiers directed by leading directors, including India’s iconic director Lt. Habib Tanvir. We pride ourselves on the fact that most of our directors are women. Our productions range from Counter Offence, GG winner Reading Hebron (1990s), My Name is Rachel Corrie, and GG-winning First Nations play Where the Blood Mixes (2012) to dance-theatre such as The Encounters and international hits like Bhopal and State of Denial. We are also proud to have launched the careers of many visible minority artists and playwrights. New plays and playwrights are at the heart of Teesri’s vision. We exist to produce bold, groundbreaking and culturally diverse plays that provoke conversation.
Our moniker is “change the world one play at a time”, which underscore the fact that the world we live in, needs a change for the better and theatre can play a pivotal role in it through representation, engagement and dialogue. Our vision is to create a stage that triggers critical thinking, connects communities, reflects our country and invites social-action. We have a demonstrated commitment to giving voice to Quebecers of Asian, African, Middle Eastern, Latino, mixed-race, First Nations, and European origin and create cross-cultural bridges. We have a demonstrated commitment to give agency to women of all cultures and age groups. Our plays are situated at the intersection of culture, class, and gender while always remaining rooted in concerns of social justice and secularism. Our company produces plays that facilitate dialogue, develop communities, represent diversity and invite engagement.