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Theatre Collingwood Grant (Posted On: Tuesday, April 19, 2011)

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Theatre Collingwood builds infrastructure thanks to Ontario Trillium Foundation. Building a healthy and vibrant cultural community in rural Ontario requires the support of many stakeholders.  Theatre Collingwood proudly announces a significant grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation of $125,500 over three years to assist the professional non-profit producing theatre company in its continuing efforts to build its infrastructure.

“The staff and volunteers at Theatre Collingwood deserve our heartiest congratulations for their enthusiasm in promoting Collingwood’s cultural community,” said Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson.  “Families in Southern Georgian Bay are grateful for their efforts to enhance and expand our artistic community.”

The grant will assist in “increasing reach and revenue sources by expanding programming and hiring a fundraiser”.  The company has identified two pillars necessary for its continued growth.

The first pillar is developing regional support. By engaging a broader audience, as well as energizing new individual members and corporate donors, Theatre Collingwood will build a sustainable future. Theatre is acknowledged as a tourism and economic driver, resulting in measurable financial spin-offs for Collingwood and the surrounding region.  A full time development manager will be engaged, responsible for expanding revenue sources and increasing the donor base.  The Foundation’s contribution will also assist in expanding programming for youth, the second pillar that has been identified.

When Steven Thomas took the artistic helm of this professional company 14 years ago, his dream has been to launch a Drama Training Program for both young people and adults. 

“Theatre as an art form, offers a diverse, creative outlet for a young person to explore performance, technical arts and administration,” says Thomas.  “There is creative talent in each one of us.  Our goal is to provide the building blocks for young people to learn the tools and techniques and inspire them to express themselves in their area of interest.”

A leading grant maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. It is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Theatre Collingwood is thrilled to be one of 428 not-for-profit and charitable organizations to be awarded a grant at the close of the 2010-2011 fiscal season.

Theatre Collingwood’s all-Canadian summer theatre season themed, CELEBRATE 2011! includes: Separate Beds by Maryjane Cruise, Leisa Way starring in Rhinestone Cowgirl: A Tribute to Dolly Parton and the world premiere of the new multicharacter comedy, Fair Play, by Dan Needles.  For further information regarding Theatre Collingwood, please contact (705) 445-2200 or visit the website.

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