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Shaw Festival welcomes new Senior Communications Manager

- Laura Hughes joins Marketing, Communications and Sales team –

Media Bulletin #2

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (December 15, 2014) — The Shaw Festival is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Hughes as its Senior Communications Manager. Joining The Shaw on January 5, 2015, Ms. Hughes will be responsible for the creation and execution of the Festival’s media relations strategy, while working with domestic and international media to promote The Shaw as a premiere theatre destination. Ms. Hughes takes over from Odette Yazbeck, the Festival’s longtime Public Relations Director, who recently started in her new role as Annual Fund Director on December 1. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival celebrates the season

- Seasonal festivities bring joy, good cheer and support local community initiatives -

Media Bulletin #1

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (December 4, 2014) — It’s beginning to look, and feel, a lot like Christmas and the Shaw Festival is ready to revel in the holiday spirit.

The Shaw will once again take part in the annual Santa Claus Parade – officially kicking off the holiday season in Niagara-on-the-Lake – on Saturday, December 13. Always festively festooned, the Shaw Festival’s float is sure to bring smiles to the young and young-at-heart lining Old Town’s parade route beginning at 11 a.m.

In the spirit of the season, The Shaw and members of the Ensemble will take part in fundraising initiatives benefiting local community groups: Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival takes the drama out of holiday gift giving

- Gift of live theatre creates memories that last a lifetime –

Media Release #24

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (November 20, 2014) – This holiday season, treat someone special to the gift of great theatre in the heart of Niagara wine country and create unforgettable experiences in 2015.

The Shaw Festival has something for everyone on your holiday gift list. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival Film Series screens TIFF official selections and docs

- Annual Niagara-on-the-Lake film festival celebrates its 10th year –

Media Bulletin #9

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (November 20, 2014) – The annual Shaw Festival Film Series, one of the most highly anticipated winter social events in Niagara-on-the-Lake, begins screening the best of Canadian and international feature films and documentaries on Saturday, December 6 at 3 p.m. in the Festival Theatre. The 10th year of the Shaw Festival Film Series kicks off with director Matthew Warchus’s hilarious and inspirational comedy-drama Pride. The Film Series continues until February 21, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival announces principal casting for 2015 season

– New and noteworthy names, familiar faces and returning favourites seen in extraordinary roles –

Media Release #23

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (October 29, 2014) – The Shaw Festival today announced principal casting and creative team details for its 54th season.

“I am very happy with our casting for the 2015 season,” said Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell. “It’s a vital and engaging combination of fresh faces, younger ensemble members stepping up and taking on leading roles, well-loved actors returning to The Shaw and core ensemble members taking on surprising new challenges.”

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Nominations for fourth annual Gina Wilkinson Prize now being accepted

Ongoing donations and generous gift increases annual prize to $5000

Media Release #22

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (October 15, 2014) — Nominations for the fourth annual Gina Wilkinson Prize (Gina’s Prize) will be accepted starting October 15, 2014. The prize is intended to recognize an experienced female theatre artist transitioning from one theatre discipline into the discipline of theatre direction. The annual Gina’s Prize pays tribute to Canadian actor, playwright and director Gina Wilkinson and her unyielding dedication, vision and indomitable spirit that imbued her work and her life. The recipient will be chosen from nominations brought forward by members of the Canadian theatre community. This year’s nomination deadline is December 15, 2014, with the award recipient announced on March 10, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

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Registration for Shaw Theatre School on now

Interactive ten-week program conducted by Shaw Festival professionals back for its sixth year

Media Release #21

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (October 7, 2014) — Register your budding performer now for the Shaw Theatre School in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Beginning Saturday, October 18, students in grades 3 to 12 will explore their inner creativity, develop self-confidence and foster theatrical and presentation skills through engaging drama activities. The ten weeks of age-appropriate classes are led by members of the internationally renowned Shaw Festival company and concludes with a final performance for family and friends on December 20. Also available for teens: Sew with the Pros beginner, intermediate and advanced classes. Call the Shaw Festival Box Office at 1-800-511-7429 (local 905-468-2172) to register. No previous experience is necessary. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival Takes Part in Annual Cross-Canada Culture Days

- Participants can take a peek behind the Shaw Festival’s curtain or enjoy a live musical interlude -

Media Release #20

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (September 23, 2014) — Celebrate arts and culture with a visit to the Shaw Festival during the fifth annual Culture Days celebrations. As part of the annual national celebration, The Shaw presents the Shaw Festival Backstage Tour, a one-hour tour through the Festival Theatre on September 26 and 27, as well as a morning Coffee Concert performed by members of the Festival’s Orchestra on September 28. Read the rest of this entry »

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Executive Director Elaine Calder to retire from the Shaw Festival in September 2015

- Veteran arts executive to retire after 30-year career –

Media Release #19

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (September 12, 2014) — Executive Director Elaine Calder announced to the Shaw Festival company today that she will be retiring towards the end of the 2015 season and moving to her new home in Victoria, B.C. to be closer to her family. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cabaret singing contest winner announced

- Song choice beloved by winner –

Media Release #18

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (August 21, 2014) — The Shaw Festival is pleased to announce the winner of the Sing Away to Cabaret contest. Alisha Ruiss wowed the esteemed panel of judges — Deborah Hay and Juan Chioran, the Shaw Festival’s own Sally Bowles and Emcee; Shaw Festival Music Director Paul Sportelli and Jazz FM’s Heather Bambrick — with her rendition of Cabaret. Read the rest of this entry »

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