Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 17, 2008 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Cooperative de Theatre l'Escaouette

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - The Cooperative de theatre l'Escaouette will offer theatrical performances from New Brunswick and elsewhere, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Rob Moore, Member of Parliament (Fundy Royal) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Cooperative de theatre l'Escaouette.

The $25,000 in funding will help the Escaouette theatre present performances by companies from New Brunswick and Ontario. The Escaouette will also offer various outreach and development activities and present the Festival a haute voix, an event offering public lectures by professional artists, playwriting workshops, and activities for emerging artists and playwrights.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Cooperative de theatre l'Escaouette, as well as the creation and presentation of professional theatre performances in Acadia," said Minister Verner. "The Escaouette theatre increases access to the arts and promotes the diversity and richness of our culture."

"The Cooperative de theatre l'Escaouette plays an important role in the cultural development of this region," said Mr. Moore. "Thanks to the Escaouette theatre, audiences can appreciate Acadian theatre works and performances from many Canadian theatre companies."

"Support we receive from Canadian Heritage and its Arts Presentation Program enables the Escaouette Theatre to present, every year, some of the best theatrical creations in Canada," said Marcia Babineau, Artistic Director of the Escaouette Theatre. "The presentation of companies from New Brunswick and elsewhere contributes to community life."

Established in 1979, the Cooperative de theatre l'Escaouette's mission is to present Acadian realities in new ways by creating and presenting original works of theatre. Every year, the Escaouette theatre presents creations of its own and from invited theatre companies. It also offers training and development activities for playwrights and performers.

The Government of Canada has provided this support through the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to give Canadians more access to direct experiences of the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentation of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101