The Purple Stage is a professional neuro-diverse community theatre project. It’s a space for artists with diverse needs and abilities to take their work to the next level! The Purple Stage grew out of Purple Carrots Drama Studio. (purplecarrots.ca)
By creating original performances in an extended rehearsal process, The Purple Stage provides meaningful job opportunities to the artists in our communities, and shares our work with the public.
Drawing inspiration from the artists' own lives and ideas, we create an original theatre piece together, featuring song, dance, movement, acting, visual art, video and more.
We are fundraising for our third in-person theatre project, set to begin this fall! We have support from the Toronto Arts Council, but we need a some funds to get this project off the ground, and make it accessible and comfortable for all.
Your donations will go directly to paying the neurodiverse artists who will be creating and performing this piece, as well as the directing team.
Our first project was an original show Here We Are, which premiered in December 2019 at Array Space in Toronto. In this project, six Purple Carrots alumni shared their dreams, wishes, fantasies and realities in a roller-coaster performance of song, poetry, rap, dance and scene work. We had a sold-out run and the show was very well received by our community. This project was generously supported by community donations, as well as the Toronto Arts Council.
Our second project was created at the beginning of 2021, a film titled ARE YOU MY FRIEND? We were in the harshest of COVID lockdowns, we could not gather. We worked hard over Zoom, we shared our feelings and ideas about friendship, and we made a really wonderful time capsule of this strange time in our community. A version of this film will be shown at the Pegasus Incredible Film Festival in the fall.
Thank you so much for your support. You are empowering the artists in our community to share their ideas with the world, in the way they want to do it.
(photo credit: Greg Wong)