PANELS, parties, and new play readings

 Presented by Ottawa Fringe.

Opening night PARTY

10:00pm at Arts Court Studio

Help kick off the 2017 undercurrents festival!

Join us following the opening night performance of Brotherhood. Admission is free.

friday beers and panel discussions

FEBRUARY 10 & 17
5:00-7:00pm at Arts Court Studio

Join us each Friday for a 5 à 7 with Ottawa's theatre community, featuring panels and discussions focused on the local industry. Admission is free. Beers are just $3.

Feb 10 - Ottawa Theatre So White: a discussion about art, inclusivity, and privilege
Ottawa is a culturally vibrant and diverse city – but the makeup of our population is rarely mirrored on local stages. How can we make Ottawa’s theatre spaces more inclusive? What steps can we take to create positive change for underrepresented communities? It’s time to stop talking about inclusivity and to start being inclusive.
A discussion aimed at creating better allies. Moderator: Mahalia Golnosh Tahririha

Feb 17 - Death of the Critic: how the changing media landscape affects independent artists
Ottawa currently has no paid, professional theatre critics, and local arts coverage has been dwindling. But reviews are only one part of the equation. In this world of shrinking media, how do we get attention? And what role do we have in developing new critical voices? Moderator: Chris Hannay


Each Arts Court Theatre show features a Talkback with the show's creators immediately following one performance.

Check the SCHEDULE for to find out when each takes place. Admission is free.


7:00-9:00pm at Arts Court Studio

A staged reading of plays-in-progress. A short discussion will follow each reading.

New Play Tuesday offers an exclusive first look at Ottawa's latest work in its early stages. Admission is free


11:00pm at Arts Court Studio

Say goodbye to the 2017 festival and dance until they kick us out of Arts Court.

Hosted by DJ AL Connors. Admission is free.