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Artists in Residence

DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT)

DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) is an international award winning company founded in 2006 in Florence, Italy by Artistic Director Daniele Bartolini. Based in Toronto, Canada since 2013, DLT is dedicated to innovative and experimental multi-disciplinary artistic practices, specifically a form they call Audience Specific Theatre, a highly interactive creation where the role of the audience is shifted from viewer to actor. The audience has always played a pivotal role in their work and DLT has continuously explored the relationship between artist and spectator. Their work is site-specific and often urban-immersive, where the downtown or neighbourhood of a city is turned into a stage to be explored by the participants of the experience. Productions have grown from theatre shows and installations to fully interactive, urban-immersive creations designed to give a single audience member, or intimate groups of participants, who are given an active role inside a dramatic structure.

About DLT Artistic Director, Daniele Bartolini

An award-winning director, playwright, producer, installation artist and performer, Daniele Bartolini was born in Florence, Italy and is now based in Toronto, Canada. He is the Artistic Director of DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) and his creations have been presented in Canada, England, Germany, Italy and India.

Daniele’s recent highlights: The Curious Voyage (intercontinental 3 day long interactive journey between Barrie, Ontario and London, England, TIFT) Haunted Weather for a Stranger – First Experiment (Barfuss Theater Berlin; Germany), An Italian Christmas Carol (Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, Canada) The Invisible City (SummerWorks Toronto, Canada), Off Limits Zone (Luminato Festival Toronto, Canada) Unfinished (Khoj New Dehli, India)

Daniele is a recipient of the RBC Newcomer Art Access Prize and finalist of the Telus Newcomer Artist Award. The Stranger received a nomination for the Critic’s Award “Premio Rete Critica” from the Italian theatre Magazine PaneAcquaCulture for the edition at the Kilowatt Festival. Daniele Bartolini and DLT are the artists in residence at Villa Charities Inc.

Visit the DopoLavoro Teatrale official website here.

Theatre Classes for Children and Adults

We are excited to offer a range of theatre classes at the Columbus Centre, taught by internationally acclaimed DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) company core members, Danya Buonastella and Daniele Bartolini.

DLT proposes a methodology of teaching that uses games to engage with theatre and embraces improvisation, comedy, Greek Tragedy, Shakespeare, physical theatre and spoken text. No previous acting experience is required.

Students will be offered the opportunity to perform publicly at the end of every term.

Click here for more information on our Theatre Programs.