Johnny Wideman

Johnny Wideman received his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Waterloo, ON and the University of Sussex, UK, where he focused on politically oriented theatre and practitioners. As an artist and activist, Wideman strives to use theatre as a tool for social discourse and change, writing plays to create an environment for dialogue so that the audience is left feeling the need to digest together.

In June of 2011, Wideman started his own theatre company, Theatre of the Beat: a travelling theatre company that aims to produce original, thought-provoking theatre which educates, challenges and inspires a diversity of communities on socially relevant topics. What started simply as an outlet for his plays has quickly grown into a internationally known touring theatre company. Theatre of the Beat has produced five of Wideman's plays and have performed in nine provinces and two states in theatres, churches, universities, and prisons.

Wideman's plays have been performed at the Berkeley Street Theatre (Toronto, ON), Buhler Hall (Gretna, MB), Eckhart-Grammate Hall (Winnipeg, MB), The Bronson Centre (Ottawa, ON), Ted Daigle Auditorium (Fredericton, NB), The Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre (Saskatoon, SK), TaDa Festival (Wakefield, QC), The Bank Theatre (Leamington, ON), Hagey Hall Theatre (Waterloo, ON), The Humanities Theater (Waterloo, ON), Mackenzie Hall (Windsor, ON), Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts (Kitchener, ON), John S. Umble Theatre (Goshen, IN), Ramseyer Theater (Bluffton, OH), Nineteen on the Park Theatre (Stouffville, ON), and in the Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver Fringe festivals.

His works include:

  • This Prison or: He came Through the Floor (2010). Produced thirty times.

  • Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft (2012) .Produced thirty-six times.

  • Forgiven/Forgotten (2013). Produced forty-six times.

  • Selah's Song (2014). Produced once at Nineteen on the Park.

  • A Bicycle Built for Two (2014). Produced twenty-six times.