Our Company

Cart Before the Horse Theatre was founded by Megan Carty and Paul Griffin in January 2014. With an innovative approach to process as well as performance the company’s first production – The Shape of a Girl by Joan Macleod – won the ‘Spirit of the Capital’ Award from Ottawa’s mayor after its sold-out run sparked a dialogue about important issues amongst young people in the community.

Cart Before the Horse continued to produce contemporary plays that explored the lives of young Canadians. Their 2016 production of Judith Thompson’s Perfect Pie was nominated for three Prix Rideau Awards winning for Outstanding Direction and their 2017 production of girls!girls!girls! by Greg MacArthur went on to win the Zonta Award for Emerging Female Theatre Artists.


Cart Before the Horse Theatre has partnered with various organizations including: Epilepsy Ottawa, The Ottawa Bullying Prevention Coalition, KidsCan and Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre. Their most recent collaboration with NatureLab helped them to offset the carbon emissions of their touring production of Lungs by Duncan Macmillan. Directed by Paul Griffin and featuring Megan Carty and Matt Hertendy, Lungs took home the Outstanding Ensemble Award at both the Ottawa and Fundy Fringe Festivals as well as two Prix Rideau Awards.

Their next exciting creative adventure has landed them in Smiths Falls, Ontario where they will help produce the town’s first summer theatre season: ‘X Marks the Spot’!

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