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St. Catharines: The Norm Foster Theatre Festival reports a surplus for 2019

Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Norm Foster Theatre Festival held its Annual General Meeting last night reporting to its supporters on the Festival’s 4th season.  Those in attendance (virtually) accepted the audited financial statements presented for the 2019 fiscal year, documenting a small surplus.

The Board of Directors also welcomed six new Board Members to the Festival's Board of Directors effective August 12, 2020: Rhiannon Barry, Brandon Currie, Lori Littleton, Debbie MacGregor, James O’Brien, and Jennifer Wallace agreed to serve as Board Directors, and join Glen McCann, Debbie Slade, Robin McPherson, Annalisa Medina, Tom Arkell, Alison Buchanan, and David Hulley. These appointments bring The Foster Festival's total board membership to 13.

"We are excited to welcome these six new members to our board of directors. They bring decades of experience in key areas, such as finance, strategy implementation, and artistic leadership, that are vital to our future operations and strategy,” said Glen McCann, Board Chair. “Their expertise in each of their disciplines will bring energy to our board and strengthen The Foster Festival's commitment to our community.

Addressing the meeting, Artistic Producer Emily Oriold noted that the past four years have truly been a period of expansion.  She thanked everyone who bought tickets, made contributions, provided sponsorship, and advocated for government funding to make Niagara culturally vibrant.  “It takes a village to support artistic excellence, creativity, financial health, and outreach – quite simply, to ensure a framework for the future.” she said. 

"I would also like to add a special thank you to Norm Foster for his profound work. His heartfelt plays are the foundation of this Festival. It has been an absolute honour and privilege to work alongside Norm these past five years," Oriold added.

The 2020 Executive Committee will be elected at the next meeting of the Board of Directors which is being held in September.

Currently in its fourth year on the stages of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, The Foster Festival presents three outstanding Foster plays per summer season. With the suspension of the 2020 Summer Season due to COVID 19, The Foster Festival had to pivot quickly offering a three-part online series titled NORMFLIX. The series includes the Ask A Legend Series, the Artist Series and our Tic, Tac, Foes Series.  

The Festival is also planning an exciting theatrical experience for the Holiday Season. Details will be announced in October. 

A copy of the Foster Festival’s Annual report can be found on the website here.