• Mandate

The mandate of this company is to produce work that doesn't necessarily fit into any easily definable mold. We want to provide off-the-beaten path artists with the opportunity to collaborate with other talented and committed artists - some well known, some from different disciplines - on work which will explore our shared humanity, through a fusion of voices, and offer new reflections of Canada in the 21st century.

As we shouldn't have to change the kind of artists we are in order to do creative work,
El Destino Productions will be a company that shifts shapes and creative personnel with each new project. A company which will strive to match sensibility to work. A company where creativity will be honoured and respected, and where we can create work which speaks to our own personal truths. Work not limited by (or to) our own race, sex, gender, politics, blah, etc., blah, etc., blah. Work that's neither snobbishly exclusive, nor patronizingly inclusive.

There is no such thing as colour blind casting. No one is blind to anyone's colour. So, rather than pretend we are, we will produce work that speaks to our shared humanity in the face of our ever evolving, colliding, co-mingling, sometimes cruel, sometimes poetic, potentially inspiring, differences. Work that comes from the kind of confidence and commitment that trusts it will find its audience, and knows it will trust the audience it finds. Work that is unafraid to use poetry, beauty, emotions, and simplicity to tell sometimes dark human stories. Stories that explore both the fusion, and collision of intersecting myths, cultures, races, traditions, and histories that is contemporary Canada.

Carol Cece Anderson
Artistic Director - El Destino Productions


Swan Song of María (A Tragic Fairy Tale) - Toronto Premiere

Next Stage Festival January 5 - 16, 2011 @ Factory Theatre 125 Bathurst Street

Next Stage Festival 2011 in association with

El Destino Productions & Threshold Theatre presented…

Swan Song of María (A Tragic Fairy Tale)

A play by Carol Cece Anderson

Directed by Mark Cassidy


Lili Francks & John Blackwood

(Afro-Cuban-Latin-Jazz pianist)

Hilario Durán


(The National Ballet of Canada's First Soloist)

Stephanie Hutchison



Dramaturge - Paula Danckert

Ballet Choreographer - Roberto Campanella

Ballet Consultant / Ballet Mistress - Evelyn Hart

Tap sequences by Choreographer - Debbie Wilson

Set & Costume Designer - Melanie McNeill

Lighting Designer - Beth Kates

Stage Manager - Meghan Speakman

In November 2009, the Black Theatre Workshop produced the critically acclaimed world premiere of Carol Cece Anderson's Swan Song of María (A Tragic Fairy Tale) at the MAI Theatre in Montreal. It played to many sold out houses, and received two MECCA Award nominations.

For more information on Swan Song of María go to:


Swan Song of María was developed with the support of:

  Canada Council for the Arts        Ontario Arts Council       Toronto Arts Council

   AfriCanadian Playwrights Festival    National Arts Centre    Black Theatre Workshop