Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

April 29, 2014 10:26 ET

Let the Limelight Shine on the Saint John Theatre Company

Government of Canada provides funding to cultural projects in Saint John

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - April 29, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Live theatre and the performing arts will be on the radar of Saint John's residents and visitors this upcoming season, with the presentation of a variety of cultural experiences by the Saint John Theatre Company (SJTC).

The Company will receive a total of $16,300 to help promote and present two of its projects in the 2014-2015 season.

The announcement was made today by Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament (Saint John), on behalf of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Minister Shelly Glover.

An amount of $9,300 will be allocated to the Fundy Fringe Festival 2014 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program. The programming for this 10th edition includes musical performances of different genres featuring local artists, as well as several theatrical performances taking place at multiple venues. These activities will promote the work of 65 local artists.

An amount of $7,000 will be allocated to the SJTC Canadian Stage Series through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. This series of professional theatre presentations will take place at the BMO Theatre from September 2014 to May 2015 and is expected to include 12 performances of 4 different shows from 4 provinces, along with workshops and post-show artist talks.

Quick Facts

  • The Saint John Theatre Company aims to produce the highest standard of live theatre and the most diverse English-language theatre programming in New Brunswick, using highly skilled local and regional talent.
  • The STJC produces high-quality entertainment and training for audiences and theatre practitioners throughout southern New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Maine.
  • It seeks to develop its audience to appreciate a broad range of theatre experiences, to train and develop local and regional talent, and to improve the community through theatre.
  • The Company stages 6 to 10 productions each year, with its base of 200 volunteers, and reaches more than 10,000 people a year through its shows and community outreach projects.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support the Saint John Theatre Company in its efforts to promote and showcase local artists from the performing arts and live theatre sectors. We are pleased to partner with organizations that work hard to ensure that the arts, culture and heritage in New Brunswick continue to flourish and enrich the quality of life of Canadians."

-Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The Fundy Fringe Festival 2014 and the SJTC Canadian Stage Series are cultural events that will entertain Saint John residents and visitors. These presentations will bring local artists into the limelight and showcase their talents to a wide audience throughout the upcoming season."

-Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament (Saint John)

"For several years, the Saint John Theatre Company has been committed to increasing the professional component of our work. Two key initiatives have contributed greatly to the growth of the company, namely Canadian Stages, a series that has brought some amazing theatre productions to our community from across Canada, and the development of the Fundy Fringe Festival, which has created professional opportunities for local artists as well as for visiting theatre professionals. We are grateful that the Department of Canadian Heritage is supporting these initiatives. This support, combined with the support of other partners, has allowed the SJTC to become a significant engager of creative theatre professionals and to contribute tremendously to the theatre eco-system in southern New Brunswick."

-Stephen Thomas Tobias, Artistic Director, Saint John Theatre Company

Associated Links

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

Saint John Theatre Company

Fundy Fringe Festival

Presentation Series

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Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Gilles Theriault
    Manager, Communications
    Atlantic Region
    Department of Canadian Heritage
    506-851-3980

    Media Relations
    Department of Canadian Heritage
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