Artist driven theatre dedicated to awakening the imagination. The Theatre Department is committed to engaging with Canada’s best Actors, Directors and Designers. Our intention is to produce simple elegant productions, of the world’s best language based plays, both new and vintage, with an emphasis on accentuating the power of theatre’s singular, live dynamic.

The Theatre Department is made up of Ron Pederson and Daniela Vlaskalic; two Toronto based artists who all have an extensive history in Canadian theatre. The collective was first formed in order to be able to produce the Toronto premiere of The Exquisite Hour by Canadian award winning playwright Stewart Lemoine. The tremendous success of that production, which received great critical acclaim, has encouraged us to work together again.

Ron and Daniela have already had an exciting career in the creation and establishment of theatre in this country and look forward to joining with other artists to continue bringing exciting live theatre to Toronto audiences.

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DANIELA VLASKALIC – Artistic Producer

Daniela Vlaskalic is an award winning actor and writer and has worked extensively across Canada. Selected credits include: Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (Belfry Theatre); God of Carnage, (Theatre Calgary); That Summer (Theatre North West); Drama (Alberta Theatre Projects; playRites ’11); Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure  (Theatre Aquarius); The Drowning Girls (Tarragon Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Belfry Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Citadel Theatre, MTC Warehouse.), How the Other Half Loves (Drayton Entertainment), Boston Marriage (Skeleton Key Theatre); Doubt (Canadian Stage); Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well, the Player Queen in Hamlet and appeared in The Taming of the Shrew. Vimy, Equus, Einstein’s Gift (Citadel Theatre); Arms and the Man (NAC, Citadel Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse); Cripple of Inishmaan (Theatre Calgary); The Blue Light (Fire Hall Arts Centre); Nora in A Doll’s House (Persephone Theatre); At the Zenith of the Empire (Teatro La Quindicina); Hippies and Bolsheviks, Picking up Chekhov (Alberta Theatre Projects; playRites ’06); Apple (Workshop West Theatre); Featuring Loretta (theatre riffraff, Magnetic North Festival 2003); Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Two Gentleman of Verona; (Free  Will Players); Twelfth Night, Strawberries in January, The Red Priest (Globe Theatre). She is also one of the co-creators of the multiple award winning play The Drowning Girls, (Dora nomination, Sterling Award, Betty Mitchell Award, SATA Award) which has also toured across Canada, is published by Canada Playwrights Press and received the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama.

RON PEDERSON – Artistic Producer

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Ron Pederson is an award winning Canadian actor, Improviser , and producer, as well as a director.  He has worked across the county with most of Canada’s major theatres including The Stratford Festival, The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Citadel Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, The Arts Club, The Vancouver Playhouse, The Young Centre, The Canadian Stage Company, The Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Murrile and The SummerWorks Festival. Ron is a former Co-Artistic director and founder of Toronto’s Award winning; The National Theatre of the World, an Artistic associate of Edmonton’s Teatro La Quindicina and a founding artistic producer of Toronto’s newest theatre company The Theatre Department. 

Ron is a 2011 Canadian Comedy award winner for Best Improviser, and a recipient of the RBC Arts Professional award for his work with the NTOW. He is a Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award Winner and a nominee for both Vancouver’s Jessie Richardson Award and Halifax’s Merritt Award for acting.  He is the recipient of the SummerWorks Festival Spotlight Performance Award for his performance in Extinction Song in 2012

His television credits include MadTV ( FOX, 3 Seasons Canadian Comedy Award Nomination Best TV Performance), INsecurity (CBC) The Late Late Show (CBS), SideKick (YTV), Degrassi (CTV).

 As an acclaimed improviser he has appeared with theatres and festivals in Chicago, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Halifax, Regina, Vancouver, Charleston SC, NYC, Los Angeles, Berlin, Norway, and Amsterdam .