Zuppa Theatre Co. is an ensemble theatre company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
We aim to make extraordinary experiences, prioritizing the live encounter of performer and spectator, and the consideration of new perspectives and ideas. We prioritize questions over answers, and the discovery of possibility over the depiction of what is. This compels us to experiment with new forms and grapple with relevant questions of our time. We attempt to do this as generously as possible, and have developed a unique collaborative process that favours the intuitive over the formulaic and thrives on the play between the imagined and the real.
Zuppa Theatre Co. is Ben Stone, Susan Leblanc, Alex McLean (Artistic Directors), and Stewart Legere (Artistic Associate).
The group has toured as close to home as Mosers River and as far afield as Boston, Vancouver, Bristol and Cardiff, Wales. Zuppa receives operating support from The Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, and The Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, and the City of Halifax.
The company has been the subject of audience and critical acclaim, scholarly articles, and has received numerous Robert Merritt Awards and nominations. Zuppa Theatre Co. is an affiliate member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT).
“They’re a rare beast – a contemporary theatre company that makes progressive, intelligent work that manages to also be challenging without being alienating, funny without being silly, innovative without being gimmicky. I’m always intrigued about what they do next.” — Matthew Austin, Mayfest (Bristol, U.K.)
“The Supercity’s most innovative theatre troupe.” — Leslie Lowe, The Coast
“Zuppa Theatre pushes out of that theatrical envelope.” — Kate Watson, The Coast
“Inspired physical theatre.” — Stephen Pederson, The Chronicle Herald
“Seamless works that are at some moments hilarious and other times transcendent. This unique quality makes Zuppa Circus a leading company in the ‘ensemble theatre’ movement and simply a wonderful troupe to see.” — Raymond Bobgan, Cleveland Public Theatre
“A collaborative, highly physical, devising-based company whose performances defy categorization (easy or otherwise) . . . They are charting new territory.” — Bruce Barton, Canadian Theatre Review
“Going to see a Zuppa Circus show is like being a child playing make-believe: anything is possible and profound observations arrive like fireflies in the dark.” — Laura Graham, The Chronicle Herald
“Zuppa Theatre delivers an unforgettable sensory experience.” — Elissa Barnard, The Chronicle Herald
“An audience at a Zuppa show invariably experiences that wonderful uplift as the whole experience imperceptibly builds to something more than the sum of its parts.” — Ed Thomason, Festival Antigonish
“The company strikes a perfect balance between lightness and poignancy, creating an experience that is alive with a sense of wonderment.” — Jennifer Johnson, Charlestown Working Theatre, Boston