Tioram Arts Projects is a division of Tioram Enterprises Inc. established in 1983. It grew out of a perceived need to bring high quality stage productions to centres outside the major cities. The name Tioram (pronounced “Chee-rum”) derives from Tioram Castle, the seat of the MacDonalds of Clanranald, on a tidal island in Loch Moidart on Scotland’s West Coast.
Initially, TAP toured from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, performing its highly popular MASS APPEAL from September through to Christmas. The production initiated a scheme whereby it was slotted into the schedule in several regional theatres as part of their season, a scheme adopted by most Canadian theatre companies.
TAP also appeared for several weeks to great success in a converted church, in Whitby, just outside Toronto, and was the opening show of the Festival of Comedy, established in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, some years later.
The Company was founded by experienced Canadian actor, Dan MacDonald, who played in and directed many of the early efforts. Mr. MacDonald is also an accomplished director and writer, as well as a busy actor. Apart from his entertainment tasks, he has also been very active in the political sphere of show biz, having been the First President of the stage actors’ union, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (CAEA) – and instrumental in its founding as an entity separate from the American international union – and the First President of the ACTRA Performers’ Guild, the union responsible for collective bargaining for performers involved in the electronic media. He also served as President of Performing Arts Lodges of Canada, an organization dedicated to assisting in the provision of health services and affordable housing to older members of the entertainment industry.
Other sections of Tioram Enterprises Inc have kept Mr. MacDonald busy including Tioram Arts Development which has been involved in bringing new scripts forward for the past several years. While Tioram Arts Projects has had sporadic bursts of activity, other enterprises have claimed more and more of Mr. MacDonald’s time in recent years.