2016: YEAR 1
Our Launch Party included Susan Dunstan (Broadway company of Come from Away) and Danny Johnson. We then produced Night Wings by Eleanor Albanese (a Thunder Bay playwright), which involved actors from Thunder Bay and Edmonton speaking not only their text but also closed captioning within each performance. This was followed by a community art-making project by Betty Carpick (connected to Night Wings), Moez Surani (a celebrated poet from Toronto) and a presentation of Jon Lachlan Stewart’s show Big Shot from Montreal. Our inaaugeral festival also included Community Breakfast and talk-backs after the shows
2017: YEAR 2
In our second year, our core programming included Salt-Water Moon by David French. Overall, we had a greater representation of disciplines in the Festival. We introduced dance into the festival along with our Indie Stream to showcase local and regional talent. This included: Rain (short play) by Cathi Grandfield, One for Norma (short play) by Cathi Grandfield, In Memory of Dane Gerrous (short play) by Carole Sauve, Golf Lessons (short play) by Jane Crossman, Scrabble (short play) by Susan Rogers, The Moose’s Ransom (short play) by Carole Sauve, A Family Story (short play) by Taina Chahal, Speechless (staged reading) by Cathi Grandfield, Maelstrom (Dance) by Mikaela Demers and Will Hamilton, Scratchlings by Mothlight, Stories and Songs (Sean Jesseau and Mario Potestio), The Angies (a Rolling Stones, all female, tribute band), and Sunday Wilde and Reno Jack (Beat poems and songs). Instead of a Young Company this year we had a full one-week intensive where a group of 16 youths devised their own show and presented it during the Festival. as part of our Youth Summer Theatre Program Initiative. We finished off with an extended program of events; 41/2 Ignoble Truths by Thomas McKechnie, and Eating With Lola by Catherine Hernandez.
2018: YEAR 3
This year, STF partnered with Lakehead University, the City of Thunder Bay, Fay Gleeson Dance Centre and the Urban Abbey. Our Core Program included: James and the Giant Peach with local actors and our STF Young Company,, Between Two Breaths, a devised piece with Thunder Bay actors and directors from around the world - in collaboration with World Wide Lab., what it’s like with adelheid dance projects (Heidi Strauss), and TBSO with Raine Hamilton and Zachary Lucky - Live at the Waterfront. In addition, we had a series of talks, symposiums, workshops including: A post-show discussion with members of World Wide Lab, a post-show discussion with the cast and creative team of James and the Giant Peach and a post-show discussion with cast of what it’s like. We also had Actor/Dancer workshops with World Wide Lab Members and Heidi Strauss.