“The Howland Company is one of the city’s most exciting indie companies.”
– NOW Magazine
“The Howland Company is incredibly reliable in putting out thoughtful, well-produced material. Their work never disappoints.”
– My Entertainment World
“There’s no finer ensemble of young actors in the city than The Howland Company. Their willingness to live in the silences, to throw their bodies and minds into the work, to embrace the theatrical power of a soliloquy in the midst of a naturalist show: all exceptional and truly awesome.”
– Holger Syme
The Howland Company strives for innovation on and off the stage. We are an artist-led and art-driven theatre company, dedicated to the production of electric stories that speak to the world and the times in which we live. Through an agile, collective-leadership model, Howland aims to build new operating structures that empower its artists with agency, skills, and growth opportunities. We seek to challenge and inspire our audiences through productions, training and community initiatives, fostering a new wave of theatre makers and theatre goers.
The Howland Company has launched a new interview series that you can watch LIVE from home.
Kicking off Pride Month, Howland’s “Sixty-Seven Questions with Theatre Artists” features sixty-seven sometimes serious, sometimes silly, always unfiltered questions with artists we think you should know more about.
For the month of June, we put some of Canada’s exciting queer theatre artists in the hot seat with unedited, rapid-fire questions, talking about who they are, their artistic work, and what’s keeping them inspired.
Howland is thrilled to welcome our newest member Qasim Khan to the company. Qasim is a Dora Award-winning theatre artist who has performed on stages all across Canada, including Canadian Stage, the Charlottetown Festival, National Arts Centre, Citadel Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Musical Stage Co., Theatre Passe Muraille, Videofag, and Theatre Direct. He is a company member at the Stratford Festival, where, among many parts, he originated the role of Adam in Erin Shields’ Paradise Lost which he most recently revived at Centaur Theatre in Montreal. He is a graduate of the Soulpepper Academy, where he remains an ongoing company member, and a graduate of the University of Toronto/Sheridan College joint Professional Acting program. He is the recipient of the John Hirsch Memorial Award from the Stratford Festival and in 2013 he was appointed an International Actor Fellow of Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
Qasim is an artist who inspires us and we have been big fans of his work for a long time. We are truly honoured to have him join us as a member of The Howland Company and are excited to move into this next chapter with him as a core collaborator. Get to know him more in our Q+A with Qasim and Howland here.
“I cannot describe how thrilled I am to finally connect with The Howland Company! I’ve been following the company since its inception, and this group of artists and their work is one of the most exciting additions to our theatre community, so it’s a real privilege to get to be a part of this. Not only are they all talented and skilled at what they do, they are also the warmest group of individuals, and are being so patient and kind with me as I play catch up to what is shaping up to be a very exciting time for us.” – Qasim Khan
The Howland Company is an independent Toronto theatre company, lead by a shared collective artistic leadership, who debuted on the scene with their “Best of Toronto Fringe” hit and three-time sold-out production of 52 Pick-Up. Since establishing themselves in 2013, the company has developed a new adaptation of Ödön von Horváth’s Casimir and Caroline, and Susanna Fournier’s new performance text take rimbaud, and has produced projects like their innovative and intimate production of The Glass Menagerie, and a sharp and disturbing award-winning “Patron’s Pick” production of Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons (Toronto Fringe).
In 2018, they produced the Toronto Premiere of Punk Rock by Simon Stephens, which was honoured with two Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominations (Outstanding Ensemble & Outstanding Costume Design), another “Best of Toronto Fringe” Hit Entrances and Exits, and they closed the season with the critically acclaimed Toronto Premiere of Sarah DeLappe’s Pulitzer-nominated play The Wolves, produced in partnership with Crow’s Theatre. The Wolves won the “Outstanding Production” award (Critic’s Pick Awards) and the “Best Ensemble Performance” Award (Toronto Theatre Critics Association Awards).
In 2020, The Howland Company was thrilled to follow the buzz of their last season with the North American Premiere of Ödön von Horváth’s Casimir and Caroline, a new adaptation by Paolo Santalucia, Holger Syme and The Howland Company of this modern classic, based on an original translation by Holger Syme, at Crow’s Theatre, which won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for “Outstanding Ensemble” and “Outstanding Costume Design” and was nominated for “Outstanding Direction”.
The Howland Company works and performs in Tkaronto, the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. This territory is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and is covered by the Dish With One Spoon treaty, and more recently by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.
Members of the Howland Company come from territories across Turtle Island and the globe.
The Howland Company acknowledges that as uninvited settlers on this territory we hold a responsibility to know the history of the lands we live upon, and to actively work towards becoming better treaty partners.
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