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Bustle & Beast is an award-winning Canadian Independent theatre company driven by an insatiable curiosity in examining what it means to be human. This means embracing both the ugly with the beautiful. Believing that art and performance spark passionate engagement between our audiences and our artists, we present fearlessly challenging plays that question our perceptions about what we *think* we know, creating unforgettable theatrical experiences.  Through the plays we produce, our work elevates and celebrates women's voices in theatre. 

We strive to forge and foster new creative partnerships across Canada, and around the world. 

Core Values:


  • We are committed to artistic excellence.


  • Our art gives voice to and celebrates the diverse society in which we inhabit.


  •  We are committed to the inclusion and recognition of all of our collaborators regardless of race, age, culture, ability, ethnicity or nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status.


  • Theatre is a tool of empowerment for both the individual and for the community.



          To read about our commitment to the 35//50 initiative, please click HERE.  






Brenley Charkow is an award-winning Canadian director, dramaturge and producer. Recent directing credits include Seagulls (Shaw Festival); At the End of The Day (Toronto Digital Fringe); Look Up (Shaw Festival); The Storm Left Behind (Brock University); The Ballad of Peachtree Rose (Workshop West); the North American premiere of Scorch by Stacey Gregg (Theatre Passe Muraille/ The Playhouse); Blood: A Scientific Romance (Maggie Tree); Sister Act! (Storybook Theatre), Spelling Bee (Concordia University); the Canadian premiere of Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day (Studio Theatre), If We Were Birds (Bleviss Laboratory Theatre) and Tom at the Farm (Bleviss Laboratory Theatre). Assistant directing credits include The Devil’s Disciple (Shaw Festival); the Canadian premiere of The Humans (CanStage/Citadel Theatre), Mamma Mia (Citadel Theatre/ Ashlie Corcoran), Parade (Studio 180 and The Musical Theatre Company), Hair (Grand Theatre).


Brenley holds an MFA in directing from the University of Alberta. She served as the Artistic Director of the New Works Festival at the University of Alberta and was the Associate Artistic Director at Workshop West Playwrights Theatre from 2017-2019. Brenley participated in the 2020-2021 Neil Munro Directing program at the Shaw Festival. She is the Artistic Producer of Bustle & Beast Theatre.


Brenley Charkow
Artistic Producer

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