About Delinquent Theatre

Delinquent Theatre is based on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. We are an independent theatre company that creates, develops, and produces new Canadian plays.  Our work explores the figure of the Delinquent as the resilient other – telling narratives of survival, ingenuity, and subversive action in the face of a hostile status quo. We strive to create working spaces that challenge and re-examine traditional hierarchies in order to allow artists to grow and thrive.  We ask ourselves and our collaborators to imagine new ways of working instead of re-creating the systems we know, in order to respond to the needs of each production’s ensemble, and to push our work forward into new and uncharted territory.  Delinquent Theatre is run by Christine Quintana and Laura McLean as co-Artistic Producers, and is funded on a project basis with no operational funding.

Since incorporating in 2012, the company has had a strong focus on pursuing presentation opportunities at festivals like the rEvolver Festival and Gabriola Island Theatre Festival, and presentation opportunities like Presentation House, Talk-is-Free Theatre in Barrie ON, and The Cultch. Over the course of 3 years the company developed Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical, which started as a 10-minute short and went on to a national tour and a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical (Small Theatre).

Following that large-scale production activity, the company has been working hard to thoughtfully incubate new work for presentation and touring. Never The Last, an interdisciplinary collaboration between violinist Molly MacKinnon and playwright Christine Quintana, has been developed at the 2016 rEvolver Theatre Festival, the 2016 Banff Playwrights Lab, the 2016 Gabriola Island Theatre Festival, a 2017 residency at the Anvil Centre, and a 2018 workshop at Tarragon Theatre, and premiered at the Annex Theatre as part of the See More Theatre series, garnering 5 Jessie Richardson Award nominations and one win. Our 2016/2017 Playwrights in Residence unit yielded a script that moved ahead to further development and production with us: Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen’s The Seventh Fire, which is set to premiere as an immersive audio experience in January of 2023.

Production History

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (2008)

Spring Awakening (2009)

Our Time (2011)

Oh My God! (2011)

Remember, Remember (2011)

Parked: an indie rock musical for Novelty Instruments (2011)

FLOP! (2012)

STATIONARY: a recession-era musical (2012/2013)

The Story of You and Me (2013)

Our Time (2014)

Playwrights In Residence Program (2014)

STATIONARY: a recession-era musical (2015)

Our Time (2015)

Never The Last (2016)

Playwrights In Residence Program (2016/2017)

Never The Last (2019)

The Seventh Fire (2023)