The Big Smooch

Clay & Paper Theatre is Fundraising with THE BIG SMOOCH

We would love to see you at our fundraiser, THE BIG SMOOCH on Saturday, February 18th. But if you can’t make it, please consider donating  online to Clay and Paper Theatre through Canada Helps: (A charitable receipt will be issued.)   We will also be launching a Go-Fund-Me Campaign in the coming weeks to make our fundraising more visible. We are grateful for the love and friendship you have consistently shown us. Clay and Paper Theatre is only as strong as the community we serve. We hope that you can help us at this time.
Clay and Paper Theatre, like many small not-for-profit arts organizations, is experiencing an urgent and alarming crisis in affordable and sustainable rental spaces. The hard reality for Clay and Paper Theatre is that in the last year we have gone from spending 30% to 60% of our basic operating funds on rent.  This is a difference of $16,000 for us. And for a small but mighty hearted theatre company as ours, it is a huge blow. It means $16,000 less for artists and facilitators. In other words, it means $16,000 less for programming on signature events, like Day of Delight and Night of Dread.

Please help us bridge the gap.

For more details on THE BIG SMOOCH:


The Clay & Paper Theatre Studio
300 Campbell Ave, Suite 212
(South West corner of 1485 Dupont St and Campbell Ave, west of Lansdowne)
Doors open 7:30pm; Variety show: 8pm Dancing: 10pm
Bar and merchandise available
For any enquiries: 416-708-3332



Clay and Paper Theatre
300 Campbell Ave., Unit 212
M6P 3V6
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416.708.3332
* Please note that as of January 2017, we will be changing our email address from to The current address can only be used until the end of December 2016, and our new account will immediately take over in the New Year. Thanks!


Clay & Paper Theatre presents…

The 17th Annual NIGHT OF DREAD

Saturday, October 29th, 2016
Dufferin Grove Park

Pay-What-You-Can ($10 Suggested)

Join Clay & Paper Theatre on Saturday, October 29th for the 17th annual Night of Dread, when we will parade our private and collective fears through the darkened streets of Toronto. Night of Dread, is an unforgettable evening of pageantry, music and masquerade, towering puppets, stilt dancers, fire-spinners and fearful masks. The interactive parade begins in Dufferin Grove Park at 6pm. Admission is PWYC ($10 suggested) and all are welcome.

The hour-long procession IMG_3394then returns to Dufferin Grove Park for an evening of ceremonial festivities that allow us to call on, mock and banish the fears that unite and divide us in these times. Each year we select a “Big Fear of the Year” as a theme, which will be unveiled after the parade through wonderfully choreographed theatrics and music.

In the week leading up to Night of Dread we will be hosting a series of programmed workshops in the rink house focusing on Mask Making and Shrine Building! There are workshops for all community members, and are 100% accessible. Please visit the workshop_page for more info.

This much-loved community celebration incorporates international folk and theatrical traditions, drawing inspiration from festivals of death and remembrance around the world. Come and dance in the streets with our city’s finest musicians, puppeteers, dancers and stilt walkers – together we’ll laugh at our fears, waltz with death, eat the bread of the dead, and remember those who have gone from our midst.


Black & White & Dreadful

Masks or puppets to wear are also available to the public in the Rink House from 4:00 – 6:00pm. Everyone is invited to participate in the parade!

Parade Assembly – 4pm to 6pm
Parade – 6pm to 7pm
Fear of the Year Scenario – 7pm
Mockery (Post Scenario Events) – 7:15pm to 9:00pm
Live Band at the Music Tent – 7:45pm

Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin St., South of Bloor St. W., across from Dufferin Mall)


Parade begins in Dufferin Grove Park and we have Toronto Police escorts throughout

– North on Gladstone to Bloor

– West on Bloor to Brock

– South on Brock to Lindsey

– West on Lindsey to Havelock

– North on Havelock to the South entrance of the park

And we’re back at Dufferin Grove!


Call for Submissions – Too Short to Suck: Too Little Time to Die


Deadline: February 19, 2016


Too Short to Suck is an evening dedicated to works-in-progress. The second edition of Too Short to Suck will be held March 11, 2016. This is an evening where people can perform in a low-pressure environment for an encouraging audience and experiment with new ideas.

– performances must be in the categories of puppetry, object theatre, street theatre or circus arts
– 250 word max description of your project
– 100 word bio or you/your group

It is the fervent desire of Clay & Paper Theatre to encourage people to abandon propriety, escape the mundane, astonish the innocent, and perplex the sophisticated. With this in mind, shows that are scrappy and have something to say are more exciting to us than polished shows that are vapid. If you have a show that can change the world in under 10 minutes, you’re our kinda creative rabble-rouser!

Please send your questions and/or submissions to Kristi at by February 19, 2016.

Cranky Movie Performance and Demo!


David Anderson in Yaroslava, Russia, 1989

A rarely seen street theatrical device, the CRANKY MOVIE will be demonstrated this WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2nd, at the Clay & Paper Studios. The fantabulous Mister David Anderson will be putting on a performative demonstration the likes of which have nary been seen on these Toronto City streets in o’er a decade.

Join us for an evening of learning, laughing, and raucous-theatrics from one of the proper Masters in CRANKY MOVIE un-technology! David Anderson has been a street performer for over 45 years, and has graced the international common “stage” countless times throughout. Although his methods may seem mad, his insights are true.

Where: 35 Strachan Avenue
When: 6:30pm – 8pm

We even have snacks!

E-mail our Production Manager, Sandra Mannila, at to RSVP!

Miniature Theatre Workshop – Open Call!

Miniature Theatre Workshop

Hosted by Roberto Sainz De La Pena Montenegro

Wednesday, September 16th from 1-4PM

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Join us tomorrow afternoon for a workshop in miniature theatre with our visiting artist and puppeteer, Roberto. Miniature theatre, or toy theatre, was originally conceived in early 19th century Europe and quickly took hold as a popular and accessible form of home and street entertainment. In recent years it has a seen a revival amongst puppeteers and actors across Europe and the Americas, especially in Roberto’s hometown of Valparaiso, Chile. The workshop will go over the basics of design, construction, story-telling and movement.

The workshop has the capacity for 6 people. It is free and open to the public.

A little bit about Roberto…

Hailing from the puppet-enthused city of Valparaiso, Chile, he has come to Canada to share in his love of puppetry with Toronto’s own puppeteering community, and introduce to us the art of miniature theatre. He spends his days in Toronto volunteering with us at Clay and Paper, or performing his one man show, Pesadillas, in our city parks. Roberto is an actor, teacher, and puppeteer who works with Teatro Lambe Lambe in Santiago.