Be a Part of the Evolution of ECT. The cultural landscape of the Niagara region is changing and so are we. With the opening of the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines, alongside the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, investment in this cultural change is clearly sizable. The Essential Collective Theatre Company has been strategically planning for a few years with this new performance venue in mind, to share Niagara’s stories with an even larger audience than our current home permits. We at ECT have dubbed this season our “Season of Change” not only in leadership with our new Artistic Director, Monica Dufault, but an ambitious growth in our artistic productivity and capacity. Our exciting plans continue as we launch ECT’s first major fundraising campaign since we’ve become a registered charitable organization and prepare for future performances in a larger, more expensive and state-of-the-art world-class venue. The Essential Evolution Campaign offers up an opportunity for YOU to help support a company who values not only Niagara’s emerging and established playwriting talent, but the importance of presenting its unique stories to audiences in Niagara and beyond.
Why is supporting Essential Collective Theatre so important? As Niagara’s Essential Theatre we are driven by a mandate to develop and present Niagara stories through playwriting and performance. The forgotten art of storytelling to the next generations and the creation of an archive is exactly what ECT is doing every season, through the shows that are programmed and presented as part of our regular performance schedule as well as the community engagement initiatives tailored to the development of new works. By supporting ECT you’re offering employment opportunities for many, both directly and indirectly, while making a larger investment that makes living in St. Catharines and Niagara better with the arts.
In celebration of the 10th Annual Wine & Reading, ECT is not just celebrating Niagara’s playwrights, but all of Niagara’s arts including singer/songwriters and visual artists as we expand this event to be the biggest and best it has ever been.
Join us the evening of Thursday May 21, 2015 at Hernder Estate Wines with an audience of theatre-goers, wine-lovers, members of the arts and business communities, as we showcase visual artists and musicians intertwined between two readings of scripts in progress.
Along with the Play Readings, musical performances and visual art on display, we’ll have nibblies for you to indulge in, a selection of wine & beer from Hernder Estates (cash bar), and the opportunity to enjoy an evening of mingling and networking!
Performers and Play Selection to be announced soon! Grab your ticket for $25 in advance, or $30 at the door.
Wine & Reading, a signature event of ECT’s, aligns with the mandate of the company to support new Niagara play development and mentor local emerging artists. The event is the showcase of two works in progress from emerging Niagara playwrights who have been chosen for the opportunity to have professional actors and dramaturge explore their play, offer feedback in workshops prior to the event night, and then have a segment professionally read to an audience to receive even further feedback as they continue to develop their work.