Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

February 20, 2015 11:56 ET

Saint John Theatre Company to Present Canadian Stage Series in 2015 and 2016

Government of Canada provides funding for theatre series

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - Feb. 20, 2015) - The Saint John Theatre Company will present its popular theatre program the Canadian Stage Series in 2015 and 2016, thanks in part to financial support from the Government of Canada.

The theatre company received an investment of $12,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund to offer audiences a series of professional theatre performances at the BMO Theatre from October 2015 to June 2016.

Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament (Saint John), announced this funding today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The Canadian Stage Series offers audiences smaller, more intimate and challenging theatre pieces based mainly on works from Atlantic Canada.

Quick Facts

  • The Saint John Theatre Company is a professional performing arts organization that presents English-language theatre in southern New Brunswick. It also offers training, development and exposure to theatre practitioners.
  • The 2015-2016 Canadian Stage Series will explore the themes of comedy, Shakespeare and Christmas. A music series, featuring mainly jazz and folk, will highlight Maritime artists.
  • The series will include 15 performances of six different shows from three provinces, post-show talks with artists, workshops and school performances.

Quotes

"Our Government is pleased to partner with organizations such as the Saint John Theatre Company, which provide Canadians with access to diverse artistic experiences right in their own communities. We know that such cultural opportunities contribute to the quality of life and the economy of a community."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"For people who live in and visit southern New Brunswick, the Saint John Theatre is a vital cultural space to experience professional live theatre. The Saint John Theatre Company also does great community outreach work that nurtures an appreciation of the arts."

-Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament (Saint John)

"The Canadian Stages Series is a vital link between our relatively isolated southern New Brunswick theatre eco-system and the many diverse, challenging and interesting theatre projects that tour our country. Canadian Heritage funding is crucial in helping our company expand audiences at the BMO Studio Theatre while broadening the viewing experiences for our theatre practitioners in this region of the province."

-Stephen Tobias, Executive Director, Saint John Theatre Company

Associated Links

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

Saint John Theatre Company

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

    Gilles Theriault
    Manager, Communications
    Atlantic Region
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    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
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