Gailey Road Productions

Where research meets theatre and theatre meets research.

Image credit: benjamin lee hicks

Welcome to Gailey Road, where research meets theatre and theatre meets research. Founded in January 2007 by Artistic Director Tara Goldstein Gailey Road is an independent theatre company based in Toronto. Since 2007, we have worked with over 65 writers and 95 theatre artists and artist-researchers.

First image: Credit: Out at School benjamin lee hicks (2019)
Second image: Credit: The Love booth benjamin lee hicks (2022)



Home of Her Heart

Image credit: benjamin lee hicks

At age 10, Luisa is separated from her birth country and family when she is adopted and transported from Colombia to Canada. Seven years later Luisa still has questions. Why did her mamá die of pneumonia when antibiotics could have saved her? Why did her papá disappear? When a long-awaited trip to Bogotá is suddenly cancelled, Luisa leaves Toronto without permission to return to the orphanage she last knew as home. Determined to find answers and reconnect with her birth family, Luisa risks alienating her adopted family to make a place for herself in Bogotá, the home of her heart.
At age 16, Nana Lottie flees Nazi Germany through the Kindertransport Program, where she comes to England to wait for her parents to rejoin her. Caught up in the brutal violence of the Shoah, they never come. After losing her entire family, Lottie needs to find a way to carry on.
Spanning borders from Colombia to Canada, Germany to England, a grandmother and her granddaughter, both survivors of state violence, search for family and a place to call home.

Recent Work

The Love Booth and Six Companion Plays

By Tara Goldstein with Alec Butler and Jenny Salisbury

The Love Booth and Six Companion Plays
is a set of seven short plays that share stories of a variety of queer lives and queer activism in the 1970s and early 1980s.

The title play The Love Booth tells the story of how two lesbian activists and one masked gay psychiatrist pushed the American Psychiatric Association to take homosexuality off its Diagnostic Statistical Manual in 1973 so that homosexuality was no longer considered an illness that needed to be cured.

Out at School

Gailey Road’s verbatim audio-play

LGBTQ Families Speak Out (2014-2020) is an arts-based testimonial research project that features interviews with LGBTQ families across Ontario sharing their experiences in public schools. The study includes:

  • an archive of approximately 300 video clips from the interviews available at 
  • a verbatim audio-play, called Out at Schoolwhich includes direct conversations and monologues from the interviews and three original songs.

    The play is divided into 3 parts, with each part ending with an original song composed and sung by Canadian queer folk musician Kate Reid. Each of Kate’s songs are based the testimonies and stories the families shared in the interviews.

    Where research meets theatre and theatre meets research.

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