About Manitoba Theatre for Young People
"I find a lot of what happens at Manitoba Theatre for Young People so utterly compelling that I'm the child that wants to go and see it."
Robert Enright, CBC Radio, 2004
Manitoba Theatre for Young People has been creating and presenting professional theatre productions for children and families since 1982. Led by Artistic Director Leslee Silverman since its inception, MTYP has grown to become one of the most respected professional theatre companies in Canada, for children or adults.
MTYP's artistry has been applauded not only as a theatre for young audiences, but also as an innovative and highly creative theatre company: "It's the best of world theatre for children... a remarkable organization..." (Robert Enright, CBC Radio). Each season, MTYP presents touring companies from around the world, as well as contributing to the repertoire of Canadian theatre through the creation and development of new work.
The company has received numerous honours, including being the first English theatre to win the Canadian Institute of the Arts for Young Audiences Award in 1992. MTYP's 1994 production of Comet in Moominland was nominated for the prestigious Chalmers Award and, in 1998, Old Friends received this same honour. In 2003 Ms. Silverman received the first Arts Award of Distinction from the Manitoba Arts Council, recognizing the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements by a professional Manitoba artist. In 2007, MTYP's production of Comet in Moominland was invited to open the season at New York's prestigious New Victory Theatre and, that same year, the production won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production in the Theatre for Young Audiences category. In 2011 Leslee Silverman was awarded the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Acheivement, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts.
Located at The Forks in Winnipeg, MTYP's home is a 28,000 square foot performance facility featuring a fully re-configurable theatre, classroom studios, and production and wardrobe shops.
In addition to its mainstage season and touring activities, MTYP also plays a key role in the development and delivery of theatre-in-education programs that concentrate on using theatre as an educational tool to illustrate and express ideas about social issues. The company also operates a Theatre School where over 1,500 children and teens learn the art and craft of theatre and related disciplines, and an Aboriginal Arts Training & Mentorship Program which offers free classes in theatre and related disciplines to Winnipeg's Aboriginal youth.