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Peter and the Starcatcher kicks off Shaw Festival’s 54th season

- Previews of the whimsical adventure set sail April 8 at the Royal George Theatre -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 8, 2015) — The Shaw Festival’s 2015 season launches today with previews of Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher, the theatrical prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy. Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell helms the voyage from London to unknown enchanted shores in this story of how Peter became Pan. Designer Judith Bowden’s costumes and jungle-gym set, along with Kevin Lamotte’s lighting, transform the Royal George Theatre into this story’s many fanciful locales – from a pirate ship to a grotto full of memorable mermaids. The production also features movement by Valerie Moore and musical direction by Ryan deSouza. Peter and the Starcatcher is an adventure for the young, the young-at-heart and those determined never to grow up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tim Jennings to join the Shaw Festival as Executive Director

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 7, 2015) — Andy Pringle, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Shaw Festival, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Jennings as the next Executive Director of the Shaw Festival. Jennings will succeed Elaine Calder, who is retiring in September of this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Valerie Planche wins 2015 Gina Wilkinson Prize

- Annual prize honours a female Canadian theatre artist transitioning to directing -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (March 10, 2015) — The committee of the Gina Wilkinson Prize is pleased to announce the 2015 recipient of the annual prize is Valerie Planche of Calgary, Alberta. The announcement came on March 10 – Gina’s birthday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival thanks its local supporters with Niagara Neighbours special pricing

- Niagara Region, Hamilton and Burlington area residents eligible for discounts –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (March 4, 2015) — The Shaw Festival’s Niagara Neighbours program provides local residents with special offers to see world-class theatre in their own backyard. From now until April 13, tickets for select performances are available starting at $42 ($22 for students). Read the rest of this entry »

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Short-listed Gina Wilkinson Prize nominees announced

- Recipient of fourth annual prize to be announced March 10 -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (March 3, 2015) — The committee for the fourth annual Gina Wilkinson Prize is pleased to announce the 2015 short list of nominees: Kelli Fox, Sara-Jeanne Hosie, Nancy McAlear and Valerie Planche. Established in memory of director Gina Wilkinson, who was a beloved actor and director across the country and valued Shaw Festival company member, the annual national prize is intended to honour and assist a Canadian female theatre artist making the transition from one theatre discipline to directing. This year, the Gina Wilkinson Prize has grown from $2,000 to $5,000 thanks to ongoing interest by donors inspired by Gina’s legacy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival Board of Governors welcomes new members at Annual General Meeting

- Six Governors retire from binational Board –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (February 6, 2015) — Board Chair Andrew M. Pringle announced the appointment of Lord Mayor Pat Darte and Arlene Carson to the Board of Governors during the Shaw Festival’s Annual General Meeting earlier today. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival announces operating surplus at Annual General Meeting

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (February 6, 2015) — Earlier today, patrons, board members, staff and the public gathered at the Festival Theatre to celebrate the artistic and financial successes of the Shaw Festival’s 2014 season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Box Office phones lines open January 10 for 2015 Shaw Festival ticket orders

- Online, fax and mail orders accepted beginning January 7 -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (January 5, 2015) — Shaw Festival Box Office staff will be ready to take ticket orders over the phone for the 2015 season starting Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 9 a.m. Online ticket sales at shawfest.com, by fax or by mail begin Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Order before January 31 and save – prices will increase after February 1. The Shaw offers special pricing for students, seniors and those under 30. For more ways to save, visit shawfest.com. The Shaw Festival Box Office can be contacted at 1-800-511-SHAW (7429) or locally at 905-468-2172. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade) in Niagara‐on‐the‐Lake beginning January 10. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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