ARC TURNS 20 in 2020 - AND WE’RE RAISING $20 000 TO JUMPSTART THE NEXT 20...
This is our 20th anniversary. And it’s going to be an EPIC year…
You know ARC. We’ve grown up together. Since 2000, we’ve become known as a scrappy little independent theatre company that consistently surprises, provokes, and punches well above our weight.
ARC is a truly unique theatre company. ARC's core team of Resident Artists - performers, directors, and designers - works closely on every project, building a deep sense of trust and creative play. It allows for a truly collaborative room, where each artist feels fully activated, invested, and heard. Though many of ARC's Resident Artists are busy contributing to the country's wider theatre landscape, they value their membership in this company because the artists choose the work they do. Each project is a carefully curated labour of love for us. Essentially, the artists are responsible for choosing the work we make, how we make it, and how to create a meaningful connection with the communities in which we make it.
The past 20 years have been a steady ramping up of operations for ARC. Our Resident Artists are now consistently named among of the best ensembles in the country. In just the past 5 years, ARC has been nominated for 14 Dora Mavor Moore awards, winning in 2016 for POMONA. This past year led to the company receiving a modest but important amount of stable annual funding from the city of Toronto, in recognition of our company’s past artistic excellence and future structural viability.
And you’ve been with us all along. Whether you’ve come out to see the shows, chosen to donate to our company, or simply kept up with us from a distance out of curiosity.
We couldn’t have gotten here without you. Thank you. From all of us.
And listen: the best is yet to come. In fact, our 20th year will be our biggest year ever. Here’s a sneak peek at what we’ve got planned:
OIL by Ella Hickson. February/March, 2020. OIL is an ambitious, five-part play that is epic in every sense. Its narrative spans over 200 years, leaping from the dawn of the industrial age to a futuristic post-petroleum world - and beyond. Our production will be the North American premiere.
An Evening in Support of CASA. March 2, 2020. ARC teams up with the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Women’s Caucus and Ergo Arts to perform a selection of work by female-identified South African playwrights, and to raise funds for the CASA Award - an initiative designed to give meaningful artistic and financial women making plays in South Africa.
World Theatre Day. March 27, 2020. In so many ways, the world is right here. ARC celebrates the confluence and collision of cultures and viewpoints that is unique to Toronto. Join us as we present five pieces in development by five young Toronto artists. There will be food. And dancing. Let’s party, shall we?
THE ASK: YOUR GIFT OF JUST $100 WILL HELP LAUNCH ARC INTO THE NEXT 20 YEARS.
100% of your donation goes toward supporting ARC’s ensemble of Resident Artists and their work in the community.
A gift of $100 (or a recurring plan of $10/mo) gets you a subscription to our insider email newsletter, THE BRIDGE, featuring exclusive content like behind-the-scenes interviews and special offers.
A gift of $200 (or a recurring plan of $20/mo) gets you two guaranteed tickets to OIL and a subscription to our insider email newsletter, THE BRIDGE, featuring exclusive content like behind-the-scenes interviews and special offers.
A gift of $500 (or a recurring plan of $50/mo) gets you 2 VIP tickets to opening night, two tickets to our World Theatre Day celebration, and a subscription to our insider email newsletter, THE BRIDGE. A gift of $1000 (or a recurring plan of $100/mo) gets you all that, plus a limited edition framed ARC 20th anniversary poster celebrating ARC’s past productions, and signed by the company.
However - and this part’s important - every little bit helps. Got a fiver in your pocket you’re willing to part with? We’ll take it. It all goes toward the continued creation of work that is innovative, rigourous, energizing, and bold. And tax receipts are available for gifts of $20 or greater.
So. Thanks again for your support. Seriously.
Now — let’s dive into the next 20 years together…