Artist driven theatre dedicated to awakening the imagination. The Theatre Department is committed to engaging with Canada’s best Actors, Directors and Designers, to produce simple elegant productions, of the world’s best language based plays, both new and vintage, with emphasis on accentuating the power of theatre’s singular live dynamic.

Ron Pederson - Artistic Producer

Ron Pederson - Artistic Producer

Ron Pederson is an award winning Canadian actor, comedian, director and producer. As an actor has appeared across the county with most of Canada’s major theatres including The Stratford Festival, The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Citadel Theatre, The Arts Club, The Vancouver Playhouse, The Canadian Stage Company, The Tarragon Theatre , Theatre Passe Murrile and The SummerWorks Festival. Ron is the former Co-Artistic director and founding member of Toronto’s Award winning; The National Theatre of the World, an Artistic associate of Edmonton’s Teatro La Quindicina and a founding co-producer of Toronto’s newest theatre company The Theatre Department.

Ron is a multiple Canadian Comedy award winner, a recipient of the RBC Arts Professional award for his work with the NTOW. He is a Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award Winner and a nominee for both Vancouver’s Jessie Richardson Award and Halifax’s Merritt Award for acting. His television credits include MadTV ( FOX, 3 Seasons), INsecurity (CBC) The Late Late Show (CBS), SideKick (YTV), Degrassi (CTV). As an acclaimed improviser he has appeared with theatres in Chicago, NYC, Los Angeles, Berlin, Norway, and Amsterdam .

Imagination at play. Inspiration live!

The Theatre Department is made up of Ron Pederson and Daniela Vlaskalic; two Toronto based artists who all have an extensive history in Canadian theatre. The collective was first formed in order to be able to produce the Toronto premiere of The Exquisite Hour by Canadian award winning playwright Stewart Lemoine. The tremendous success of that production, which received great critical acclaim, has encouraged us to work together again. Ron and Daniela have already had an exciting career in the creation and establishment of theatre in this county and look forward to joining with other artists to continue bringing exciting live theatre to Toronto audiences.

The simplest of storytelling devices open up a rich world in adventures and home truths.
— Now Magazine - NNNN
Best of the Fest! Outstanding Ensemble
— Now Magazine - Summer Works 2014
Daniela Vlaskalic - Artistic Producer

Daniela Vlaskalic - Artistic Producer

Daniela is an award winning Canadian actor, writer and producer. As an actor she has appeared across the county with several Canadian theatre companies including; The Stratford Festival, The NAC, The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Calgary, ATP, The Citadel Theatre, The Globe Theatre, The Vancouver Playhouse, The Canadian Stage Company, The Tarragon Theatre, The Belfry Theatre, Magnus Theatre and many, many others. Recent Film & Television credits included: Private Eyes (Global), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC) and The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (Muse Productions). As a playwright, Daniela has co-written several plays: The Last Train, Comrades, A Foolish Boy and the multiple award-winning play; The Drowning Girls (Dora nomination, Elizabeth Sterling Award, Betty Mitchell Award, SATA Award). The Drowning Girls has received multiple productions nationally and internationally, is published by Canada Playwrights Press and received the Gwen Pharis Ringwood literary award for Drama. As a producer Daniela has produced several plays with The Theatre Department including: Pith! The Exquisite Hour, and The Bull, The Moon and the Coronet of Stars.

Born in Thunder Bay, Daniela has lived in three different provinces and travelled around the world. Her comedy/travel podcast Every Place is the Same, produced by Drumcast Productions brings together her love of travel and a good challenge.

Past Productions