Company History

Aim for the Tangent Theatre is a Toronto based theatre company with an interest in providing creative opportunities and mentorship for emerging artists, and finding innovative ways to tell old stories through the development of new work.  

Aim for the Tangent Theatre officially debuted in 2012 to great success with The Wakowski Bros. in the Toronto Fringe. Garnering 4, 4 ½, and 5 star reviews, it picked up numerous accolades including “Outstanding Production” (NOW Magazine), “Critic’s Pick”, and “Best of Fringe Uptown” – continuing on to an extended run at the Toronto Centre for Performing Arts.

Later that summer, the company staged a three night public performance of a workshop production of Mature Young Adults, a play which had been previously published and then extended and workshopped by the company. This winter, the company has been involved in further workshops, developing the religious farce Genesis and Other Stories by Rosamund Small, with help from the Paprika Festival. As well, Artistic Director Wesley J. Colford has been developing a new play, The Muse Sarcophagus, which was supported by the company through informal readings last fall. In August, the company will take Mature Young Adults to the Atlantic Fringe Festival in Halifax, in anticipation of a future Toronto run.

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     Wesley J. Colford, Artistic Director

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Wesley J. Colford is an emerging actor/playwright and Artistic Director of Aim for the Tangent Theatre. Originally from Sydney, Nova Scotia, he is currently based in Toronto having completed studies at Sheridan College and George Brown Theatre School. In the past four years, Wesley has written five full-length plays (including two musicals), nine one-acts, eight short plays for children, and has been produced in three provinces. His most recent success includes the hit Toronto Fringe Vaudeville Musical, The Wakowski Bros., which was honored with rave reviews, a sold out run, and inclusion in the 2012 Best of Fringe. It will receive its professional premiere at Talk is Free Theatre in Barrie, ON in 2014.

As an actor, he has recently been seen in Genesis & Other Stories  (Toronto Fringe Festival), The Seagull  (Upstart Theatre), Performing Occupy (Docket Theatre), and Tam Lin (Toronto Fringe/Epona Productions).     

Other plays include: Excuse Me, Would You Like to Buy a Bar? (Toronto Fringe Festival  2011, winner of Tarragon Theatre’s “Under 20 by Under 20’s Playwriting Competition”), Mature Young Adults, (published in the anthology: Out on a Limb: Short Plays by New Playwrights, edited by Kit Brennan, Signature Editions, 2011), and My Friend’s Best Friend’s Boyfriend  (New Ideas Festival 2013).

In May 2013, he received a Professional Development grant from Theatre Ontario to study producing and Artistic Direction under the mentorship of Jacob Zimmer  at Small Wooden Shoe.

Wesley is a proud alumni of the Summerworks Leadership Intensive Program and is a member of both the Playwright’s Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) and the Playwright’s Guild of Canada.

He is represented by Pam Winter at the Gary Goddard Agency in Toronto.

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