Toronto Workshop Productions (TWP), in Toronto, Ontario, was founded by George Luscombe in 1959. The professional company was the result of the amalgamation of ‘Basya Hunter’s Arts Club Theatre’ and Luscombe’s own ‘Workshop Productions’. The theatre built in 1967 was a 300-seat auditorium from a converted tram-shed off Yonge Street.
Toronto Workshop Productions has been languishing for years, and haemorrhaging money. An emergency meeting with the Ontario Arts Council had dramatically underlined the importance of revitalizing the artistic direction of Toronto Workshop Productions. In March 1986 the company had worked out an arrangement whereby Robert Rooney would take over as artistic director in July, at which time George Luscombe would become the theatre’s artistic director emeritus at a slightly reduced salary. The plan called for the two men to share administrative duties, with Rooney would take responsibility for the choice of repertoire and the formulation of artistic policy and Luscombe concentrating on teaching and directing the occasional production. However, immediately prior to Something in the Air, George Luscombe was removed by the board, and Robert Rooney took over as Artistic Director.
The theatre space is now the home of Buddies in Bad Times.
The company’s archives are at the L.W. Conolly Theatre Archives of the University of Guelph, Ontario.