A NOTE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Dear STF Community,
In 2020 we pivoted and restructured the Festival to bring you “undercurrents” as films instead of live-performances and a week long virtual festival with Masterclasses. Behind the scenes we also developed 4 new works (2 musicals, 2 plays) by creative local artists with incredible support from two very esteemed Dramaturges (Emil Sher and Judith Thompson).
Normally, at this time of year we would be rehearsing and working around the clock to bring you the best possible performances at the end of July. With so much uncertainty about the opening of the province this past spring and through consultation with our Board of Directors, we decided it was best to not present a 2021 Festival and instead to plan for 2022.
This has given us the opportunity to work on building a stronger team, to dive into what we have been successful with and also look at the kinds of challenges we encountered over the past 5 years. This work has given us a clearer idea of our goals for the next five years and what we’d like the Festival to look like in future years. We have been happy to have the time to rest and reflect so we can move forward with a renewed spirit and excitement for the years to come.
We remain committed to continuing the kind of focus we have had in the last 5 years in bringing you performances in surprising ways and in non-traditional theatres. We will continue to focus on: Presentations, New Work Development, Masterclasses, and Dialogue/Exchange. These will look different from year to year but that’s the joy of a multi-disciplinary festival - we have the option of programming theatre, dance and music.
As a Festival, we have been thinking a lot about how important a culture of care and compassion is in the work we do. As we look forward to planning for the next few years, we are wondering how the festival can support the community and you. If you feel like dropping us a line with some suggestions - please do at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have taken all suggestions from the survey we did in 2020 to heart and found that practice very helpful as we plan forward.
Finally, if you feel like you would like to be involved in the festival in the years to come drop us a line and direct your message to Donna Marie. We will be looking for interested people in creative and admin positions and people that feel they can contribute to the growth of the Festival.
Thank you for being a supporter of Superior Theatre Festival - we are grateful for you and we hope to continue to be a part of your lives as we continue to grow within this community that we love.
Donna Marie Baratta
Superior Theatre Festival
is a professional multidisciplinary arts festival that launched in Thunder Bay, Ontario which activates a variety of indoor and outdoor sites, most notably the Spirit Garden at Prince Arthur’s Landing. The festival is facilitating collaborations between artists from Thunder Bay and other parts of Canada, showcasing a variety of theatrical options and mentoring a Young Company.
Superior Theatre Festival advances the appreciation of the arts by showcasing high-caliber contemporary work, programming work that celebrates our Northern Voice and creating enriching opportunities through arts education and dialogue.