Nova Scotia’s KAZAN CO-OP has produced award-winning theatre in Halifax, Ottawa, and Toronto. Founded in 2011, KAZAN has been nominated for 26 Robert Merritt Awards, winning five. Productions include Communion, I, Animal, His Greatness, and The Best Brothers by Daniel MacIvor, Alone by Sherry Lee Hunter, Heaven Above/Heaven Below by Linda Griffiths, Concerto Suite from Frida by Hilary Blecher and Robert Xavier Rodriguez, Going On by Liz Richardson, The Weekend Healer by Bryden MacDonald and The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno. KAZAN’s upcoming production is Unconfined by Liz Richardson.
KAZAN is a registered not-for-profit theatre cooperative working with professional actors, directors, playwrights and designers. The company is dedicated to producing compelling, contemporary theatre that often relates to the challenges of mid-life and its enduring possibility for change.
KAZAN’s founder and artistic director Kathryn MacLellan has been an active member of the local and national theatre community for over 35 years, and is the recipient of the 2015 Halifax Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Theatre. Her partner is her sister Janet MacLellan, an award-winning costume and set designer. The co-op additionally includes an eight person board of directors drawn from the artistic and business communities.
KAZAN’s previous performance space The Waiting Room was an intimate venue redesigned within an industrial building at 6040 Almon Street in Halifax; the building was demolished to make way for new development in 2019. KAZAN presented The Realistic Joneses at Park Place theatre in 2019; Unconfined will be presented at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Windsor Foundation Theatre) in 2022.
KAZAN’s motto: “Be in the room.”