Expect Theatre is located in the historic Distillery District in downtown Toronto. Founded by Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley in 1996, Expect is an award-winning, Toronto-based company that is dedicated to producing cutting-edge, original, multi-disciplinary productions, films, podcasts, and educational programs that explore contemporary Canadian life.
The company’s creations incorporate elements such as site-specific spaces, verbatim theatre, integrated arts, and audience/performer interaction. Expect has been nominated for five Dora Awards in the General Theatre category, is a Dora winner for Outstanding Choreography, and has been shortlisted twice for the Toronto Arts Foundation Awards.
The company has been widely covered in the national media including CBC TV, CBC Radio, CTV, The Globe & Mail, and The Toronto Star. One of Expect Theatre’s most notable productions, their 2003 multi-media theatrical production ROMEO/JULIET REMIXED, was nominated for five Dora Awards including Outstanding Production, and won for Outstanding Choreography. In 2007, Expect won the inaugural Harbourfront FreshGround Commissioning Program for their interactive theatre piece, STATIC, which also premiered in the New World Stage Festival at Harbourfront Centre. Their short film AWAKE, has appeared in film festivals all over the world including the California International Shorts Film Festival, Garden State Film Festival, Chelsea Film Festival, and London Lift-Off Festival.
In 2016, Expect launched PlayME Podcast, Canada’s National Digital Theatre. PlayME transforms top Canadian theatre scripts into digital audio plays for an international audience. To date, over half-a-million people in over 80 countries around the world have listened to PlayME.