Each year, the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, the Playwrights' Guild of Canada, and the Association des théâtres francophones du Canada commissions a Canadian World Theatre Day message. This year's message was written by Mélanie Léger and translated by Chantal Bilodeau (PDF).
This year’s international message was from South African playwright, designer, director and installation maker Brett Bailey.
Echoing a wish from a favourite World Theatre Day reflection (written in 2012 by Travis Bedard on 2amtheatre.com), we wish you work that you are proud of, done for people who can see the you in it. We wish you moments of inspiration that wake you from a stone cold sleep with a need to share it. We wish you connections to people who inspire you and challenge you to become the you you told yourself you would be some day. We wish you the words, the color, the texture, the sounds, the movement that finally helps you say the things you’ve been needing to say, and the space to say it in."