Upcoming Events

The Reading Group goes VIRTUAL:


In these challenging, isolating times, more than ever we are craving – connection, inspiration, art, stories, community, SO we will be taking The Reading Group ONLINE for the time being. 

Join us for our next VIRTUAL session of The Reading Group:

Up Next: TBA
When: Monday April 27th at 7pm
Location: WHEREVER YOU ARE with internet access! Join us on ZOOM, a free online video conference site/app where we can VIRTUALLY gather and read a play together. Click on our Reading Group ZOOM event link on the night here.

In the mean time, if you are interested in attending The Reading Group:

We look forward to reading with you soon.

Keep posted with what The Reading Group is up to by following our hashtag #TheReadingGroupHC

“Murder at the Winterhouse Theatre” (An Improvised Online Mystery)


The year is 1927 and Vaudeville is on its way out, which will leave The Winterhouse Theatre (and its staff) penniless if they can’t find an act to turn things around. It looks as though they might be saved when twin singing sensations; The Lavender Ladies agree to perform, but things go awry when one half of the duo is brutally murdered on the night of their show.

From Monday April 6th to Friday April 10th, tune in to The Howland Company’s Instagram Live account nightly at 8PM and follow our detectives Agatha and Christie (Liz Johnston and Ruth Goodwin) as they attempt to discover who murdered Violet Marchand on the 5th Floor of The Winterhouse Theatre in downtown Toronto.

Based (loosely) on true events, Murder at The Winterhouse Theatre is created by Entrances and Exits (Best of Toronto Fringe) creators, Ruth Goodwin and Liz Johnston. Murder at the Winterhouse Theatre will feature acting members of The Howland Company including, Alex Crowther, Hallie Seline, Cam Laurie, Danny Ghantous, Paolo Santalucia, James Graham, Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster as well as some exciting guest artists from across Canada.

Follow us on instagram here and make sure you tune in April 6-10 at 8pm nightly to watch the mystery unfold!

Howland Company Workshops:

We’ve had the pleasure of working with some fantastic Toronto theatre professionals over the last few years. We had the honour of exploring the late actor/director Ker Well‘s powerful movement-based performance methods, Second City’s Katherine Ashby led us through a side-splitting day of actor’s improv, and we worked as script developer lab-rats with director and performance creator Philip McKee as well as with Toronto playwright Susanna Fournier.

Over the past few years, we have been joined by Holger Schott Syme: Chair – Department of English and Drama, at the University of Toronto Mississauga, working on an exciting new translation of Ödön von Horváth’s Casimir and Caroline which culminated in a staged workshop presentation at the University of Toronto’s Luella Massey Studio Theatre. We have since developed the script further with company member Paolo Santalucia and will be producing the North American premiere of this full production at Crow’s Theatre January 14th to February 9th, 2020. There was also a reading with The Howland Company of the new performance text in development by Fournier, take rimbaud. We workshopped the piece as part of our RBC Emerging Theatre Company Residency at Canadian Stage with a public showing.




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