Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 25, 2008 12:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Saint John Theatre Company

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - The performing arts community in New Brunswick has a new facility in Saint John, thanks in part to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Rob Moore, Member of Parliament (Fundy Royal) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, today announced funding for the Saint John Theatre Company, on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages.

Funding of $225,000 will allow the Company to complete the renovation of its 8 000-square foot permanent training and production facility as part of a three-year project to create its own home base. The company's new permanent facility houses multiple rehearsal and training rooms, a set construction workshop and loading bay, and costume and props storage, as well as administrative offices.

"Developing our cultural spaces, such as the Saint John Theatre Company, strengthens Canada's artistic potential and makes the performing arts more accessible for all," said Minister Verner. "The Theatre Company has made outstanding contributions to the arts for almost two decades, and we look forward to more to come."

"The Saint John Theatre Company has a prominent place in the cultural legacy of the city as well as the region," said Mr. Moore. "I am delighted the Government of Canada has recognized this and has invested in New Brunswick's rich culture."

"The company is now 18 years old and with this project, we're building an infrastructure that we can pass on to the next generation," said Stephen Tobias, President and Artistic Director of the Saint John Theatre Company. "The company is now bigger than the people involved, and developing this facility is becoming a magnet for new members, generating a bigger audience, and attracting new donors."

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Cultural Spaces Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program contributes to improved physical conditions for artistic creativity and presentation or exhibition. It is designed to improve access for Canadians to the performing, visual, and media arts, as well as to museum collections and heritage exhibitions.

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
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101