Annual Fund – Fall 2023

Thank you for attending the Belfry. We hope you enjoyed what you saw on stage. We would like to share some testimonials about the work we do offstage, and hope they encourage your further support.

Please make your charitable gift or monthly pledge today. We thank you for making our productions and programs possible.

With Gratitude,

Michael Shamata
Artistic Director

Isaac Thomas
Executive Director

“I am in awe of the many impressive initiatives that the Belfry has introduced. From its commitment to Indigenous programming, B4Play, training programs, to Pay What You Want pricing, the Belfry is ahead of so many other theatres.”

Anne Trites (former Professor, Yale School of Drama)

PHOTO – Sheldon Elter and PJ Prudat in The Ministry of Grace by Tara Beagan/ Photo by Angela Funk

“As a recent graduate of the University of Victoria, the experience given to me by the Belfry has been invaluable to my professional development. It is rare for someone my age to have the opportunity to work so closely with world-class artists and professionals.”

Branden Sugden (Emerging Artist and Administrative Intern)

PHOTO – Anton Lipovetsky (Kemp) and Nicola Lipman (Grace) in Vigil by Morris Panych / Photo by Peter Pokorny / Ken MacDonald – Set & Costume Designer / Luc Prairie – Lighting Designer

PHOTO – Amira Anderson (Mayme) and Jenny Brizard (Esther) in Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage / Photo by David Cooper

“My sincerest thanks to you for providing the life-giving gift of theatre to those in financial need.”

Patron Feedback

“Warm thanks! It’s great you’re doing PWYW to make theatre more accessible. We wouldn’t have been able to come otherwise.”

Patron Feedback

You transform people’s lives:

Emerging Artist Enhancement Program—offering
paid apprenticeships to young directors, designers,
and other up-and-coming theatre practitioners in our community.

Arts Leadership Training Program—providing
seminars, internships, and networks for future arts
leaders from marginalized communities.

Belfry 101—introducing high school students to the
world of professional theatre, and examining the social issues explored in the season’s productions.

You create new plays:

New Play Development—commissioning new plays and facilitating their development through dramaturgical feedback, workshops and play readings.

New Incubator Project—offering space and support to local artists and theatre companies exploring new areas of creative activity.

Creators’ Circle—providing local playwrights and theatre makers with constructive feedback and an artistic community.

You ensure accessibility:

Pay-What-You-Want—flexible prices for subscriptions and single tickets makes it possible for everyone to attend—and broadens our audience demographic.

VocalEye Performances—describing the action and the visual elements of our productions makes the Belfry accessible to those with low or no vision.

Hearing Assist Devices—using either our infra-red or our new loop hearing assist system makes our productions accessible to those who are hard of hearing.

Help Us Reach Our Goal

Annual Goal – $280,000

COVER PHOTO – Chelsea Rose, Anton Lipovetsky, Hannah Mazurek, Linda Kidder, and Jonathan Gould in I Think I’m Fallin’: The Songs of Joni Mitchell / Photo by David Cooper / Cory Sincennes – Set and Costume Designer / Alan Brodie – Lighting Designer / Keith Houghton – Assistant Lighting Designer