The term "feminist killjoy" was coined by queer scholar Sara Ahmed. Through it, she reclaimed the negative stereotype of feminists ruining the fun, stating that "apprehending the world from a feminist point of view is apprehending more, not less. Living a feminist life helps to create a more complete picture..."


Killjoy Theatre is a feminist collective that develops and produces new work by female and non-binary artists. Based in Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish Territories, our approach to new play development is intersectional and artist-driven. We create an anti-oppressive, inclusive space where writers have agency over their own dramaturgical process.

We support projects while fostering the careers of their authors: we invest in a play from inception to production, and work to establish each playwright as a professional in the theatre community.

We develop plays over a two-year cycle, including a first phase of workshops and readings, then a second phase culminating in full productions.

Co-founded by Anais West and Alexandra Lainfiesta, Killjoy produced its inaugural reading series under its former name, The Virago Play Series, in 2018. This first phase received support from Canada Council, the BC Arts Council and Playwrights Theatre Centre. Moving into phase two, The Killjoys are partnering with the rEvolver Festival to stage their first series of productions in 2019.

We stand in decolonial solidarity with the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl ̓ ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations on whose traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories we live and work.