Welcome to the home page of Artword Theatre's summary of current and archived websites.
Artword is the creative team of Ronald Weihs, director and playwright, and Judith Sandiford, designer, artist, manager. We have produced original theatre since 1993. From 1993 to 1999 we also operated a facility (Artword Theatre and Artword Gallery) at 81 Portland St, and from 1999 to 2006 at 75 Portland St. in downtown Toronto Canada. In 2007 we relocated to Hamilton, where Artword Theatre continues to create, produce and tour theatre. In summer 2009 we bought a small building (15 Colbourne St. in the James North area) and launched our cafe-bar listening room Artword Artbar (2009-2019). That building is now sold. We will continue to develop and create new theatre in Hamilton. See links below for more information about all these projects. 

Current websites

Artword Theatre 2008-2009

Artword Archive

Artword's current websites:

For our current theatre projects:

Archive of our events 2009-2019 at
Artword Artbar

Reviews and opinions:
Artword Blog reviews and opinions


Office / mailing address since 2007:
166 Prospect Street S.,
Hamilton ON L8M 2Z4
c: 905-912-9083
Email: artword@artword.net

Fri July 3, 2009 at 8 pm, Sat July 4 at 3 & 8 pm Tobacco Troubadour Artword on the road! Three shows in the heartland of tobacco country at the Backstage Capitol Theatre 93 King St., Delhi, ON, 519-582-7272.

Sat June 27, 2009 at 8 pm "New Dance, New Music" Artword Theatre presents a one-night festival of performance collaborations, and improvisations, at The Pearl Company, 16 Steven St, Hamilton $10.
Sat May 23, 2009 at 8 pm "Theatre +..." a double-bill, at The Pearl Company, 16 Steven St, Hamilton $10. "One Night, the Rain", a theatrical adaptation of a short story "Maria dos Prazeres" by G.G. Marquez. 
Artword Theatre presents
"Langston Hughes vs Joe McCarthy". Is poetry subversive? In 1953 U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy thought so. Directed by Ronald Weihs, based on testimony and the poems of Langston Hughes.
2009 season Artword Theatre's spring 2009 season at The Pearl Company: three original new shows based on Hamilton themes:
April 15 to 26, 2009 Tobacco Troubadour, a new show based on the songs of musician J.P. Riemens, with script by Ronald Weihs, about growing up in tobacco country and its lively dance hall scene. Supported by The Ontario Arts Council.
March 25 to April 5, 2009 Sunamabeach, a new show by Charly Chiarelli, takes an irreverent look at Hamilton, directed by Ronald Weihs (Artword originated Charly's hit shows Cu'Fu? and Mangiacake!).

February 12 to 22, 2009
Rascals and Numskulls, a musical entertainment about the thrilling adventures of Robert Land, Hamilton's first white settler after the American Revolution. Written and directed by Ronald Weihs, performed by the Artword Theatre Ensemble, music by Gary Santucci. Artword's websites for 2009 shows:
Rascals and Numskulls
Sunamabeach and

Fri Feb 27, 2009 at 8 pm "Langston Hughes vs. Joe McCarthy" Artword Theatre presents a dramatic reading for Black History Month. With members of the Artword Theatre Ensemble, at The Pearl Company.
BACK December 4 to 7, 2008 !
You Are What You Do December
The critics and audiences loved the show so we're bringing it back for four shows.
Performances at The Pearl,16 Steven St, Hamilton. Thurs to Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:00 pm

Oct 16-26, 2008: Artword's first production at The Pearl Company, 16 Steven St. Hamilton. You Are What You Do, an original musical play celebrating the lives of working people, written and directed by Ronald Weihs. A theatrical collage of stories gathered from men and women about how work has shaped their lives. Thurs to Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:00 pm.
Artword @ The PearlArtword 2008-2009 season launch Sat Sept 13 at 8 pm at The Pearl Company, 16 Steven St, Hamilton.
Our recent hit If Cows Could Fly has been invited to the 2008 Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto, Sun Aug 31 at 1:30 & Mon Sept 1at 5 pm. in the Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, $15 advance, $18 door. Harbourfront Box Office 416-973-4000.
If Cows Could Fly is a musical play, written and performed by Allan Merovitz, directed by Ronald Weihs, about growing up Jewish in the Ottawa Valley.
If Cows Could Fly also runs one night in Hamilton at Beth Jacob Synagogue, 375 Aberdeen Avenue, on Thurs August 28 at 7 pm Regular $25, students under 18 and children $10, 905-522-1351.
ARTWORD THEATRE's past 2007-2008 season on the road:

March 2008: Rave reviews for Cows! Thank you, Ottawa! The reviewers loved our show (see If Cows Could Fly) The audiences came out in large numbers, despite the worst blizzard in decades on our final weekend (March 8, 9). Wow!
Artword remounts an Artword favourite, two days (February 15 & 16, 2008) in Hamilton and a 3-week run (February 21 to March 9, 2008) in Ottawa at the new Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre mainspace.  If Cows Could Fly is a musical play about growing up Jewish in the Ottawa Valley, written and performed by Allan Merovitz, with an on-stage Klezmer band (Henri Oppenheim accordion, Frank Rackow clarinet and Ronald Weihs fiddle).
Ghost Ship posterSeptember 30, 2007, 3:30 & 8 pm, in Toronto
Ghost Ship Artword mounts a new workshop production about the Senegalese migrants to Europe. Directed by Ronald Weihs, script by Judith Sandiford and Ronald Weihs, music direction and performance by Waleed Abdulhamid, performed by Seifu Belachew, Muoi Nene, Alexandra Semakula, Stella Umeh. At Trane Studio, 964 Bathurst St. Toronto. Funded by the Ontario Arts Council.

Artword Theatre Archives

1993-2006: Artword's website of all activity at our Toronto theatre facilities:
at 81 Portland (1994-1999) and at 75 Portland (1999-2006).
It was a busy decade and a half!

Artword Theatre's own productions, directed and/or written by Ronald Weihs, designed by Judith Sandiford.

Top Ten in 2006! John Coulbourn: "...forced to close the doors of Artword Theatre..." more...

Creative haven dies, but indies live on, 2006 Buzz: Our Loss Richard Ouzounian: more...

Jan. 26, 2006 "Going up against the house: Artword Theatre a new condo site. ..." by Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star more...

Jan 21, 2006 "Enter stage right: a condo boom" by Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail more...

Oct 24, 2005 Press Release: Artword Theatre has been given notice that it must wind up operations in its present location at 75 Portland Street by March 1st, 2006, to make way for a condominium development. more...

Artword founders Ronald Weihs and Judith Sandiford awarded a joint Harold Award, May 12, 2003: more