Thursday, 2 May 2013

Conversations on Community Theatre

There’s clearly an enthusiasm in the community theatre sector to collaborate.  Nearly forty people came together in Aurora on a recent Monday evening for our first Theatre Ontario Community Theatre Discussion Forum to help articulate the challenges the sector is facing.

This Forum was co-hosted by the Association of Community Theatres—Central Ontario, and facilitated by Lucy White, Executive Director of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, and Carol Beauchamp, our Executive Director.

With participants representing theatres from Aurora, Beaverton, Caledon, Georgetown, Keswick, Markham, Newmarket, North York, Orangeville, Oshawa, Port Perry, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, and Tottenham, they explored the question “What challenges can we identify that we can collectively address to work towards a successful future?”

Primary challenges were identified, defined, categorized and named.  As this is the first of our series of Forums, we’re keeping the specific discussion “under our hats” for now—we want each Forum to start with an empty page in front of it.

But, as Lucy shared afterwards, “I guess it’s not surprising that all theatres share common challenges.”  Our long-term goal will be to build the partnerships that can address these challenges.

Our next Forum will be in Kingston at Theatre Ontario Festival on Saturday, May 18 at 2pm.  Join us in the Ontario Room of the Days Inn (the Festival Hotel.)  We’ve also begun conversations with the Eastern Ontario Drama League, QUONTA, and the Western Ontario Drama League about future Forums in each region.

Read more about our Theatre Ontario Community Theatre Discussion Forums on our website

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