OUR THEATRE

ABOUT US

As a not for profit, professional, collaborative company, we are grateful to our many patrons for their on-going support, not just by attending our productions, but also in myriad other ways.

2022

Adapting to the pandemic and moving forward

We have continued to improvise, adapt and overcome for two years now and will continue to enrich lives through LIVE theatre, on and offstage in any way we can for as long as we can.

​Coming into 2022, we have experienced the roller coaster that has been live theatre production throughout the pandemic with ongoing lockdowns and re-openings, capacity restrictions and safety protocols. We are ready to move forward with an eye on a new normal and a return to live theatre. We are strengthened by what we have learned and what we have incorporated into our practices. This has been a time of learning, growing and a time to take stock to continue with a new sense of purpose. We’ve already updated our mission statement, and policies as part of our renewed, pro-active commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and a new strategic plan is on the way.

OUR STORY

Theatre on the Ridge, (formerly Theatre 3×60) was founded in 2013 by Joan Etienne and Carey Nicholson, and is a not for profit, professional, collaborative company in which committed artists can produce high quality work in a broader scope of theatre and storytelling in the Region of Durham. We provide programs/services to audiences, theatre practitioners and the communities of the Region of Durham.

Our Beliefs

We believe in the power of theatre as a universal language and medium of entertainment, self-expression and communication to broaden understanding and empathy between individuals and communities.

Our Mission

We commit to telling our individual and collective stories through high calibre productions, the creation of new plays and the development of new artists. We tell these stories in live and digital formats and are adaptive and attentive to the impact of heritage and change. We increase accessibility to theatre and, through our stories, contribute to our community’s sense of well-being and connection.

Our Values

#1

Supporting and inspiring the whole community, including youth, through dedicated programs and activities.

 

#2

Taking artistic risks through the support of new artists and the production of challenging, new and thought-provoking works from diverse perspectives.

 

#3

Enriching and growing theatre through collaboration, education and accessibility.

 

#4

Recognizing and supporting the financial, cultural and holistic worth of our contributors, participants, artists and personnel.

 

#5

Engaging with and giving back to our community by sharing our history, challenges and stories through theatre.

 

Our Promise

Theatre on the Ridge aims to challenge the status quo. Productions will communicate stories that enable participants to think, feel and perhaps broaden their existing insights into the world and human nature. Heightened social awareness makes for stronger more compassionate communities.

 

​Our Big Picture:
Increasing Community Access to Live Theatre

Theatre on the Ridge is committed to increasing community access to theatre by bringing theatre to alternative venues, taking theatre to the audience (ie. schools, community groups and events) and other such activities to support the creation of meaningful theatre experiences for the whole community.

We will work with community partners and sponsors to leverage revenues raised through our own programs, donations and partner support to make theatre tickets available to individuals, groups and organizations otherwise unable to benefit from attending live performing arts.

 

Our Land Acknowledgement:

Theatre on the Ridge acknowledges that we are situated within the Williams Treaties and the traditional territories of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, which includes the Algonquin, Ojibway, Mississauga, Chippewa, Odawa, Delaware and Potawatomi peoples. We recognize that land acknowledgements are not enough. We must pursue truth, reconciliation, decolonization and allyship in an ongoing effort to make right with all our relations. In our work here, we seek to honour the generations of Indigenous Elders and knowledge keepers who have gone before us, as well as those yet to come