Greatly impacted and inspired by my six years of regularly attending the Vancouver Cold Reading Series – which continues to provide a supportive and strong community for artists to meet, create, and share their work – I founded the Toronto Cold Reads (TCR) in 2003. Toronto Cold Reads is a cold reading series that features and develops new scripts written by local playwrights, read by professional actors in front of an audience. It is a community for committed artists to take risks in a supportive and professional environment.
TCR has assisted in producing two shows, with many of the pieces first read at TCR going on to professional production: five pieces that were initially read at TCR premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival or SummerWorks. Many of our previously budding writers are now established professionals.
Playwrights that have had their pieces read at TCR include established authors: Damien Atkins; Bobby Del Rio; Paul Dunn; Brendan Gall; Richard Greenblatt; Kate Hewlett; Allison McWood; Adam Pettle; Drew Hayden Taylor, and Danielle Younge-Ullman.
To learn more about Toronto Cold Reads, click here.