Expect Theatre is located at the historic Distillery District in downtown Toronto. Founded by Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley in 1996, Expect is an award winning, Toronto-based company dedicated to producing cutting edge, original, multi-disciplinary productions that explore modern urban life. The company’s creations incorporate elements such as site-specific spaces, verbatim theatre, integrated arts, film and podcasts. The company works to blur the lines between artistic disciplines, professional and emerging artists, and mainstream and community audiences. 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.
Some of Expect’s notable productions include: “ROMEO/JULIET REMIXED” (nominated for five Dora Awards including Outstanding Production, and won for Outstanding Choreography); “STATIC” (inaugural Fresh Ground Commission from Harbourfront as part of World Stage); CBC’s “Tunnel Runners” (National CBC Radio commission); “AWAKE” (received 4/4 stars in the Toronto Star and NOW Magazine, was a NOW Critic’s Pick, and was the second highest grossing show at the Fringe Festival); “Burusera” (a commission by Watermark Theatre for Canada 300, that toured on National 21-city tour and is being published by the Playwrights Canada Press as part of a short play anthology). EXPECT has also been short–listed twice for the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Award for the Arts for Youth Award in 2009 and 2013.
In 2014, Expect launched Beats + Intentions, an emerging arts ensemble for performers in Toronto. Beats+Intentions is a pre-professional training and collaborative creation and performance program that fosters diverse artists in a variety of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, spoken word and video. Each year we perform an original creation at Nuit Blanche.
In January of 2016, Expect Theatre launched the PlayME Podcast, a new initiative designed to capitalize on the growing mainstream popularity of podcasts in order to create Canada’s National “Digital Theatre.” PlayME transforms new and under-produced theatre scripts into contemporary radio plays for a national and global audience. To date, PlayME is listened to in over 40 countries around the world.