Founded in 1997, this artist-created classical repertory company began by presenting theatrical masterpieces of the 20th century. They’ve now commissioned a slew of successful plays, such as Spoon River, that have since toured abroad to great acclaim. Education and youth outreach are key parts of their mandate. The highly respected—and award-winning—group recently staged Kim’s Convenience (later turned into a TV show because it was so well-received) and Rose, a new musical based on Gertrude Stein’s The World Is Round.