World Theatre Day

Each year PACT celebrates World Theatre Day. Created in 1961 by UNESCO, World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on March 27 by theatre communities around the globe. The impetus behind World Theatre Day is to honour and further the goal of UNESCO's International Theatre Institute (ITI) to celebrate the power of theatre as an indispensable bridge-builder for mutual international understanding and peace as well as to promote and protect cultural diversity and identity in communities throughout the world.

Together with l'Association des théâtres francophones du Canada (ATFC) and the Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC), PACT has once again commissioned a message to promote and celebrate World Theatre Day from a distinctly Canadian perspective.

The 2016 Canadian World Theatre Day message was written by Sky Gilbert.

At Buddies, Mr. Gilbert wrote and directed his own hit plays: The Dressing Gown (published by the Playwright's Union 1989), Playmurder (published by Blizzard in 1995), Drag Queen's on Trial (published by Playwright's Canada Press in 1996), Ban This Show (about the controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe) , Pasolini/Pelosi and Capote At Yaddo (published by Coach House Press). In 1990 Sky received the Dora Award (Toronto's "Tony") for playwrighting for his play The Whore's Revenge and in 2012 he received a Dora for his play The Situationists. In 2014 the City of Toronto named a street after him: Sky Gilbert Lane. Since leaving Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in 1997, Sky has worked at The School of English and Theatre Studies at Guelph University where he is now an Associate Professor.

The 2016 Canadian World Theatre Day Message

(English version)



The 2016 Canadian World Theatre Day Message

(French translation)