9th Hour Theatre Company was founded in 2009 and became a registered Canadian charity in 2012. This June 18 marks the 5th anniversary of the premiere performance. 2015 marks the 5th overall season with having already presented over 15 productions and 135 individual performances, including 1 touring original verbatim theatre piece (Grain of Salt), 1 original adaptation (The Great Divorce), 2 multi-disciplinary artistic fundraiser shows (Telling The Story and Hear My Song), 10 box office productions (Eyes Upon the Cross, Children’s Letters to God, Crime and Punishment, The Secret Garden, My Name Is Asher Lev, Agnes of God, The Magician’s Nephew, The Screwtape Letters, and The Great Divorce in repertoire, and Narnia the musical), 2 regionally touring shows (The Gifts of the Magi and Freud’s Last Session), and a presentation of Jesus, My Boy by the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Company. Throughout the years, 9th Hour has worked with over 200 different artists and volunteers from across the country, children and adults alike, experienced theatre professionals as well as emerging or amateur artists. 9th Hour’s audience has grown since the first production, with last year’s season alone reaching over 6000 patrons. Post-show audience discussions have become a staple of 9th Hour by engaging the audience in respectful and open dialogue about the questions and ideas presented in each of the productions.
In addition to 9th Hour’s shows being critically well received, the company, as well as its works and artists, have been highlighted and interviewed in local and provincial media over the years, including twice on CTV Ottawa television’s “Morning Live” and a feature segment on the Ottawa CTV evening news, CBC radio’s “All in a Day”, CFRA talk radio’s “Late Night Counsell”, CHRI Family Radio, CKCU radio (Carleton University), CHUO radio (University of Ottawa), and the Ontario wide produced CBC radio show “Ontario Today”. 9th Hour Theatre Company was nominated last year by the Capital Critics Circle for ‘Best Professional Production’ and ‘Best Director’ of the The Screwtape Letters for the 2013-14 Ottawa theatre season, which was presented in repertoire with a 9th Hour original adaptation of The Great Divorce at the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre last summer. In 2013, our Production Stage Manager won the Prix Rideau Award for outstanding behind the scenes work in Ottawa professional theatre for My Name Is Asher Lev.
9th Hour has an artistic mandate to engage theatre and the performing arts in order to explore, examine, and express stories, ideas, and questions pertaining to faith. Artists and volunteers of any or no faith or religious background are welcome to work with 9th Hour, and as such, the various and diverse opinions, beliefs, and perspectives of all people are encouraged, respected, and appreciated.