Tree of Life Theatre Company was founded by premier co-artistic directors Naomi Peltz and Sarah McGowan, in loving memory of Alexis Butler. Upon Alexis's passing, Naomi and Sarah were overwhelmed with the wish that they had given back, and the regret that they would never have the opportunity. From this feeling, a seed was planted and as roots began to grow, so did the company. Naomi and Sarah decided to take their passion for theatre and combine it with their desire to give back, extending it to the Toronto Community as a whole. The company's mandate was developed to ensure that a portion of all proceeds would be donated to a charitable initiative, the first of which was ReThink Breast Cancer, in honour of Alexis.