Press Release - Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant for Resilient Communities awarded to Theatre Orangeville

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Orangeville, ON – On Friday April 21st, 2023, Theatre Orangeville hosted an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Recognition event. Local MPP Sylvia Jones was on hand to congratulate Theatre Orangeville on being awarded a $138,500 Resilient Communities Fund grant to support the continued recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

“Theatre Orangeville is an important part of the community in Dufferin. This grant will ensure that the theatre will continue to thrive as they provide local professional theatre and make a positive difference for the people of Dufferin-Caledon,” said Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin-Caledon.

Left to Right: Ingrid Watt (Development Manager, Theatre Orangeville, Mike Walker (Ontario Trillium Foundation), Sharyn Ayliffe (General Manager, Theatre Orangeville), Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin-Caledon and David Nairn (Artistic Director, Theatre Orangeville) photographed on the Theatre Orangeville stage, which is currently set for our new production of The New Canadian Curling Club, at a recognition event on Friday April 21st, 2023.

The pandemic was a difficult time for the performing arts, especially the progression of living virtually. For performing arts, where being in front of live audiences is the heart of any theatre organization, living virtually raises substantial obstacles to inspiring audiences, supporting local economies, and remaining an integral part of the community.

With the help of this Resilient Communities Fund grant, Theatre Orangeville will invest in infrastructure to strengthen viability, community engagement and generate revenue, all in the face of social change.

In the wake of the pandemic, through creativity, innovation, and perseverance, Theatre Orangeville acquired the skills to create virtual theatrical programming. What started as filming theatrical productions for virtual dissemination evolved into a hybrid approach combining in-house audiences with live recording - ensuring our connection to artists and patrons while providing broad access to artistic work, via a virtual library of productions. Making live performances available for viewing on-demand allows the theatrical set and artists' delivery to live on in a virtual format after the curtain closes.

Continuing to invest in live-streaming capabilities will facilitate the further development of skills and knowledge, specific to the successful delivery of theatrical programming while maintaining the immediacy of live-theatre and the creative integrity of the production and artists.

Theatre Orangeville is a non-profit professional theatre company whose artistic vision guides every aspect of what we do. To enrich the community with a high quality, professional theatre experience, that showcases the development of new Canadian works; to provide youth with unique opportunities to transform their lives through the performing arts; to provide vibrant, engaging and creative opportunities that grows the cultural experience through community partnerships; and nurture diversity, promote acceptance and celebrate all abilities.

The OntarioTrillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one ofCanada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grant-making inOntario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF investedover $110M into 1,022 community projects and partnerships. Visit to learn more.

Please contact Amanda Doerrie (Marketing & Public Relations) at Theatre Orangeville for more information.

Media Inquiries:

Amanda Doerrie

Marketing Strategist / Content Creator

519-942-3423 x 2804

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