Timeline History

  • 2013 – company founded by Joan Etienne and Carey Nicholson
  • 2013 – First Production: Vern Thiessen’s Vimy, Port Perry
  • 2014 – Incorporated as a not for profit organization
  • 2015 – Ontario Trillium Foundation Seed Grant for 1st Durham Minifest in 2016
  • 2016 – Ontario Trillium Foundation Seed Grants for Summer Stages Youth Camps, 3×60 Youth Collective, Port Perry Heritage Cemetery Walks
  • 2018 – Ontario Trillium Foundation Seed Grant for First Nations Youth Program in for Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation
  • 2019 – received Charitable Status
  • 2020 – created Something From Nothing new play workshops in response to the Covid 19 pandemic
  • 2020 & 2021 – Moved our summer season outdoors in response to the Covid 19 pandemic
  • 2021 – Funding from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Ontario Trillium Foundation to support adaptation and recovery from the Covid 19 pandemic
  • 2022 – Funding from Economic and Social Development Canada New Horizons for Seniors Program to support theatre based programs for community seniors.
  • 2022 – Funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation to create a summer season venue in partnership with Scugog Shores Museum Village, including semi-permanent performance tent, stage and technical equipment.
  • 2022 – Ontario Culture Days Creatives in Residence partner to create a new play based on the first Black resident of Port Perry in 1856.

Our Impact in the Community in 2020 and 2021

  • We kept theatre live, performing in parking lots in the summer months, and were able to provide employment to theatre artists through the Covid 19 pandemic
  • We created the Port Perry Snapshots Short Play Festival in celebration of the colonial sesquicentennial of Port Perry in 2021.

Our Impact in the Community In 2019

  • We have brought live theatre to more than 3,500 elementary and high school students through our community touring program.
  • We have introduced the work of local and national Canadian playwrights to audiences.
  • We have provided mentorship to area high schools and community theatres.
  • We have developed unique youth theatre training programs in Durham with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
  • We have been able to increase financial accessibility to local theatre to students and those of limited financial means.
  • We created Durham Minifest, an educational one-act play festival with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
  • We have worked with local heritage partners to create a dramatic cemetery walk program in Port Perry with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and digitized these programs with the support of the Ontario Arts Council.
  • We have created programming for the Ontario Black History Society

Our Impact in the Community Since 2013

  • We continued our repertory summer theatre festival in Port Perry, providing an “incubator” for emerging artists and an economic driver for local tourism and business partners in the community.
  • Through generous donors, we made theatre training available to 2 area youth who were able to work and perform with our professional company as apprentices.
  • Through sponsorship support, we made live theatre experiences available to over 200 youth who may not have other access to live performing arts.
  • We workshopped and premiered a new Canadian musical, Willow Quartet at our summer festival.
  • We continued our partnership with Scugog Lake Stewards and presented our original theatre for young audiences production, Monsters and Milfoil: A Tale of Lake Scugog at West Shore Retirement Village, to residents and the public.
  • We continued to provide roleplaying services to Durham Regional Police Services and Elder Abuse Ontario training programs.
  • We continued to provide employment and financial compensation for local theatre artists and practitioners through our programs and productions.