This year marks our 12th annual PlaySmelter Northern New Works Festival!

Since 2013, PlaySmelter has platformed and presented our stories. We’ve always known that our stories and voices demand a stage. This year at PlaySmelter’24 we are over-the-moon to bring together in celebration our partner Festivals in Northern ON and host them in Sudbury. These good folks share our vision and hunger for new works by Northern ON creators and include a brand-new Northern Festival we have been mentoring that is making its’ debut this year in Timmins. Joining us live and in-person are the Artistic Directors from Fringe North (Sault Ste. Marie), Superior Theatre Festival (Thunder Bay) and the new Tamarack Festival (Timmins).

We open our 2024 PlaySmelter with an All Artist Opening Reception inviting all Northern artists to greet and meet these lovely folks. Come early! You don’t want to miss our special announcement! We’ve been saving it for our Opening Night Reception.

We know that theatre is a place of discovery. Good theatre is not a provider of answers but an invitation to question. We work hard to create plays that invite audiences to be provoked, challenged, inspired and entertained. That’s what every night of PlaySmelter is all about – a collaboration between writers, performers and you – our audience. Your contribution is vital. Without an audience, theatre would not have that electric, exciting connection – it would not be ‘live.’ For 2024 we are delighted to present five fresh, new works created by Northern ON artists, including two from our Northerner’s in Residence.

We close every night with a very special event from our sister festival, Femme Folk Fest’24: The Femme Projection Parade, curated and presented by The COVERT Collective. Every night, on the upper walls of theatre will be a projections of femme created visual art. This spectacle is not to be missed and happens nightly starting at dusk.

Don’t forget to watch our socials: Instagram @patthedogpdc + Facebook @PatTheDog.Playwright – for all Festival updates!

Listen to CBC’s Morning North with Markus Schwabe interview PlaySmelter Artistic Director Lisa O’Connell, Fringe North Artistic Director Tova Arbus and Tamarack Festival Artistic Director Jessie Beregeron.

Listen to Jake Deeth’s interview on CBC’s UP NORTH, May 2, 2024.

  • "Super Dan Aubin" wearing our colours.


Pat the Dog Theatre Creation and the PlaySmelter Festival would like to acknowledge that we are in Robinson-Huron Treaty territory and the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnaabeg.