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Theatre North West in Prince George

Prince George is situated 500 miles north of Vancouver and has a population of nearly 100,000.

Corker photograph courtesy of Theatre North West

For the past 17 years, Theatre North West has connected enthusiastic audiences with professional live theatre. The theatre boasts the highest per-capita subscription rates in Canada. “Our town is crazy for theatre,” says Artistic Producer Samantha MacDonald, “and community support is an essential part of our success.”

Theatre North West operates under the Canadian Theatre Agreement. All actors and designers are professionally trained and fully qualified. Each season, the search for Canadian talent unfolds in a series of audition tours. “It’s our spring ritual,” explains Samantha MacDonald “we meet with actors from across the country.”

Prince George is a diverse community, with a university, a college and a large population of wage earners. Audience development requires programming with broad appeal. Outgoing Artistic Director Ted Price favours Canadian plays that are “overlooked dramatic gems.” In May, 2011 Ted left Theatre North West to return to free lance work. He co-founded the theatre with General Manager Anne Laughlin in 1994.

Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun photograph courtesy of Theatre North West


Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun
was written by Canada’s most successful playwright, Norm Foster. The play revolves around a relationship between a man with an intellectual disability and an unemployed woman, unexpectedly pregnant. Director Ted Price calls the play “an affirming and positive story” that deals with important social issues. The comedic-drama asks: What are our obligations to each other?


The Rez Sisters photograph courtesy of Theatre North West


Prince George occupies the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’Enneh (People from the Confluence of Two Rivers). Indigenous Peoples make up about 11% of the population and are housed on four reserves in the area. The Rez Sisters by Cree Canadian Tomson Highway is an award-winning play written in 1986. The seven strong “sisters” dramatize the ongoing issues on Canadian reserves with humour and pathos.

To be successful, professional theatre in smaller centres requires support. Each year in Canada, fewer companies are founded. Theatre North West greatly appreciates the assistance of the BC Arts Council.

 

Theatre North West is funded in part by the BC Arts Council, supporting artists and arts organizations in communities across BC.