until the next breath

a Catalyst Theatre Production
Presented by
National Arts Centre English Theatre’s
Grand Acts of Theatre
Marking this Moment

*please note the event is now sold out. Scroll down for information about volunteering*

it begins and ends our lives,
and in-between, it sustains us,
as we reach out to connect –
to touch, and be touched, by others.

but what happens in the face of a virus that isolates us,
deprives us of touch,
and threatens to steal our breath away?

in this pause between inhalation and exhalation –
afloat between what was and what will be –
how do we take our next breath?
how do we live?
how do we thrive?

50 performers join Catalyst Theatre on a musical journey that invites audience members to breathe through fear and uncertainty and dance into the beautiful unknown.

This is a live, in person, COVID safe event! 


“Grand Acts of Theatre will offer new, large-scale works by fantastically inventive artists to capture the public’s imagination with artistic statements on a grand scale, inspired by these current times. The artists are excited to engage with live audiences again, are ready to practice their craft with safety in mind, and looking forward to going even further, connecting with online audiences through digital technology. We cannot wait to see what these incredible companies will create.”   

  – Jillian Keiley, NAC English Theatre Artistic Director


As the performing arts sector continues to face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Arts Centre has responded with Grand Acts of Theatre, an initiative to bring Canadian artists and audiences together. Eleven of Canada’s most innovative theatre companies have been engaged to create and perform large-scale, new works in response to these times, which will be performed outdoors in front of live audiences in various Canadian locations, filmed, and later shared online. For more information on Grand Acts of Theatre and the companies involved please visit the NAC’s website

The National Arts Centre Foundation wishes to thank RBC Foundation as Presenting Partner of Grand Acts of Theatre.

Grand Acts of Theatre is made possible thanks to the support from The Jenepher Hooper Fund for Theatre at the National Arts Centre Foundation, established as a result of a generous gift from the estate of Jenepher Margaret Hooper.

October 4, 2020

Creative Team

How It Works

until the next breath will be a free event, open to those who have reserved a ticket in advance. Only those lucky few will receive the secret location of the event. We are committed to adhering to the strict COVID guidelines presented by AHS.

The event is now SOLD OUT! But we still have a few volunteer spots available. Please contact please contact Jessica for more info about volunteer opportunities.

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Creative Team

Direction, Book, Music & Lyrics - Jonathan Christenson

Production Designer - Bretta Gerecke

Choreographer - Laura Krewski

Sound Designer & Music Producer - Matthew Skopyk

Music Director - Stephanie Urquhart

Stage Manager - John Raymond

Assistant Stage Manager - Andrea Rivera