Geordie Theatre, one of Canada’s largest theatre company for young audiences (TYA), will celebrate its 40th season in 2020-21; I am privileged to serve on the Board of Directors since last year.
For any artistic organization to turn 40 would be a feat worthy of special recognition in and of itself. However, more than this, literally millions of young people and families have benefited from Geordie’s groundbreaking artistic work over the past four decades. Led by Artistic Director, Mike Payette and Managing Director, Kathryn Westoll, Geordie pursues a mission of ensuring that all children and teens have access to professional English-language theatre, regardless of their individual circumstances or challenges.
Living in remote regions of Eastern Canada, confronting mental or physical challenges, and simply looking or feeling different than others – Geordie tackles these issues and many more head on through its signature programs:
•2Play Tour – Canada’s longest and farthest-reaching TYA tour, which travels more than 28,000 kilometers every year to all regions of Quebec as well as parts of Ontario and the Maritimes.
•Mainstage Productions – Award-winning professional productions in downtown Montreal. (Simply, some of the best theatre you will ever see. Period.)
•Geordie Theatre School (GTS) – Where children and teens learn confidence, creativity, and craft from theatre professionals and which ensures access to its classes through a comprehensive bursary program.
I'm really excited to be on the board of Geordie Theatre because I think the kind of opportunities offered by Geordie are so rare -- and so important. As an educator, I'm shocked by the number of students I encounter who have had no opportunity to engage with or experience live performance. Geordie has a key role to play in giving young people a chance to see theatre -- but also to be part of the creative process. That experience was so important to me growing up -- and I'm grateful that Geordie is filling this important role for so many kids today.
Please join me in celebrating Geordie Theatre’s 40th anniversary season by making a donation of $40.
Thank you in advance. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or would like to learn more about other ways you can support Geordie and theatre for young audiences.