Founded in 2005, Pat the Dog Theatre Creation (patthedog.org) is a catalyst for new play development specifically mandated for regional theatre creation in Ontario. We work with regional theatre creators from their first spark of inspiration thorough to the final production. This includes profession development supports for regional artists and regional audiences in their home communities. To do so, we produce two festivals: PlaySmelter Northern New Works Festival which runs annually in Sudbury since 2012 and is committed to presenting original new works of professional theatre created by Northern artists for Northern audiences, and Femme Folks Fest which debuted in Waterloo Region in 2020. FFF is committed to presenting new works platforming regional women identified or presenting in Southwestern ON.