BEING HERE: The Refugee Project

Streaming March 16 – 21, 2021

BEING HERE: The Refugee Project

Created by Joel Bernbaum

from Interviews Conducted by Joel Bernbaum


Starring (in alphabetical order)

Ghazal Azarbad

Austin Eckert

Evan Frayne

Kayvon Khoshkam

Adrian Neblett

Monice Peter

Celine Stubel


Director – Michael Shamata

Videographer & Video Editor – Candelario Andrade

Stage Manager – Jennifer Swan

Production Designer – Carole Klemm

Lighting Designer – Sophie Tang

Costume Designer – Jeff Chief

Composer & Sound Designer – Tobin Stokes

Assistant Stage Manager – Becca Jorgensen

Dialect Coach – Adrienne Smook

Videography of Joel Bernbaum by Damien Kent




BEING HERE: The Refugee Project is 90 minutes in length.

BEING HERE: The Refugee Project was commissioned and developed by the Belfry Theatre.

BEING HERE: The Refugee Project is produced with the co-operation of the

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The Belfry Theatre is a registered Canadian charity, 11921 5549 RR0001.

The Belfry Theatre is a member of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Arts Alliance of Greater Victoria.

The Belfry Theatre is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and engages professional Artists who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the terms of the jointly negotiated Canadian Theatre Agreement. 











Thank You

Belfry Theatre Staff

Kate Barry – Development Coordinator

Jane Broomfield – Front of House Manager

Helena Descoteau – Box Office Clerk

Mark Dusseault – Director of Marketing & Communications

Linda Findlay – Head of Wardrobe

Mike Ford – Director of Production and Operations

Ian Gibson – Audience Services Manager

Ivan Habel – Executive Director

Keith Houghton – Head Technician & Systems Administrator

Valerie Houle – Company Manager

Carole Klemm – Scenic Artist

Matty Cervantes Navarrete – Manager of Community and Artistic Connections

Patricia O’Brien – Financial Officer

Samantha Pelkey – Associate Producer and Indigenous Relations Manager

Peter Pokorny – Head of Props

Dale Pudwell – Head Scenic Carpenter

Michael Shamata – Artistic Director

Lara Shepard – Custodian

Gregory Smith – Technical Director

Susan Stevenson – Director of Development

BEING HERE: The Refugee Project  -Development History

BEING HERE was commissioned by the Belfry Theatre in 2017.

Workshop 1

December 14 – 21, 2017 in Vancouver, BC

Cast: Mariam Barry, Raylene Harewood, Kayvon Khoshkam, Baraka Rahmani, Hal Wesley Rogers, Donna Soares

Workshop 2

October 24 – 27, 2019 in Victoria, BC

Cast: Kelt Eccleston, Kayvon Khoshkam, Vjosa Mala, Tenyjah Mckenna, Celine Stubel

 Workshop 3

August 3 – 8, 2020 via Zoom

Cast: Sarah Afful, Austin Eckert, Raylene Harewood, Kayvon Khoshkam, E.B. Smith, Celine Stubel, Bahareh Yaraghi


Mackenzie Dawson, Paige Goodman, Jonelle Gunderson, Lauren Holfeuer, Jenna-Lee Hyde, Megan Zong.


This show was filmed in Victoria and Vancouver. Our thanks to the Arts Club Theatre and their exceptional staff who worked on BEING HERE: The Refugee Project.

Stephan Baeuml – Director of Production

Ted Roberts – Resident Designer/Technical Director

Dan Paterson – Newmont Stage Technical Director

Ace Martens – Pre-Production Manager

Jack Holmes – Facilities/Venue Rentals Manager

Kirsten McGhie – Head of Wardrobe

Dawn Padget – Production Administrator

Kevin Gault – Audio Technician

Lucas Hall – Lighting Technician

Darren Paine – Audio Technician

Biographies - Cast

Ghazal Azarbad

Hana / Eman / Eileen

Ghazal Azarbad is an actor, creator, and storyteller born in Mashhad, Iran and raised in Vancouver, BC. Selected stage credits include The Seagull, Wedding at Aulis, La Bête, Innocence Lost (Soulpepper); Shakespeare in Love, Taming of the Shrew (Bard on the Beach); It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Arts Club); and Entrances and Exits: An Improvised Farce (Howland Company/Bad Dog Comedy). Digital theatre credits include: Unexpected (Arts Club), Divine Darkness (Bard on the Beach), The Seagull (Soulpepper). Writing credits include: Dear Konstantin (Spotify/Apple Podcasts), REAL (Babelle Theatre), and Divine Darkness (Bard on the Beach). TV credits include: Charmed (CW), Kim’s Convenience (CBC), and WatchTV with Kelly & Kelly (CBC Gem). She is a graduate of the UBC BFA and the Soulpepper Academy; a Jessie Award nominee; and the recipient of the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award. 

Austin Eckert

Sabir / Omar

Austin is from Treaty 4 territory (Regina, Saskatchewan). Select Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, As You Like It, Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare in Love (Bard on the Beach), HAIR (Mayfield), Beauty and the Beast (Arts Club), MAMMA MIA! (WCT), Miss Understood (Frank). Select Television; Batwoman, The Flash, Supernatural (CW), Narcoleap (Telus/ CBC), Colony (USA), The Magicians (SyFy). Austin is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and was in the company of Spring Awakening at the Belfry.

Evan Frayne

Donald / Julian

Evan is a Victoria based, actor, director and educator. Last seen on stage in The Explanation with the Frank Theatre, he has worked with many companies including Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Touchstone Theatre, Blackbird Theatre, the Arts Club and the Chemainus Theatre Festival. Film and television projects include roles on Arrow, I-Zombie, When We Rise, Supernatural, Stargate SG-1 and others. Nominated for multiple Jessies for his work, Evan is a recipient of the Sam Payne Award, and holds a BFA in Acting, an MFA in Directing and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. Evan played Bob Cratchit in the Belfry’s 2017 production of A Christmas Carol.

Kayvon Khoshkam

Abbas / Mohammed / Sayid / Bruce

Black and Indigenous Lives Matter. Wear a Mask. Be Kind.

Check out Kayvon’s Podcast; The Vigilante Book Club @ClubVigilante


Adrian Neblett

Minkah / Joseph

Adrian Neblett was born in Montreal, Québec, and studied Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba, where a sign on a telephone pole seeking “African American” background performers reignited his passion for make believe. A local casting director, at a subsequent audition complimented his instincts, triggering a decades-long pursuit for the truth of each moment. TV: Wendy Williams: The Movie, Snowpiercer, The Flash, Supernatural, and others. Stage: Of Mice and Men (Hardline), Ruined, Deep into Darkness (Third Wheel), The Shipment (Speakeasy), Reframed (Electric Company Theatre) and more. IG/Twitter @ebonyskygod

Monice Peter

Sarah / Bonnie / Rima / Omar’s Mother

Monice Peter has performed across Canada with esteemed theatre companies, directors, and worked with noteworthy network television companies. She spent three seasons at The Stratford Festival and one season at The Shaw Festival. Notable credits include Sex by Mae West, The Aeneid by Olivier Kemeid, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by Adrian Mitchell and Julius Caesar where she played Portia.

This will be Ms. Peter’s first western theatre credit after the sad cancellation of ‘Da Kink In My Hair with The Arts Club. Monice is ecstatic to bring BEING HERE to life and to work with the Belfry. She would like to thank her family back home in Calgary for their continued support and encouragement and her sister Maryke and nephew Mattius for their hospitality.

Celine Stubel

Ann / Gerry

Celine is a Jessie Award winning Victoria-based actress. Theatre highlights include: The Last Wife, Venus in Fur, Proud, Speed the Plow, And Slowly Beauty, and A Christmas Carol (Belfry). Elsewhere: The Great Gatsby (Theatre Calgary), Oliver (National Arts Centre), Fire, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Blue Bridge), Angels in America, The Graduate, (Arts Club Theatre), Electric Company’s Studies In Motion (Citadel and Canadian Stage,) Tyland, (ATP), Legoland, (Atomic Vaudeville), All’s Well That Ends Well, (Bard on The Beach), Unity (1918) and My Three Sisters (Theatre SKAM). Film and TV credits include: All in Madonna, Encore, The Cameraman, The Gourmet Detective, Motive, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Arrow, and Eadward.

Biographies - Creative Team

Joel Bernbaum – Playwright

Joel Bernbaum is an actor, director, playwright, journalist and the founding artistic director of Sum Theatre. He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and Carleton University, where he did his Master’s Thesis on Verbatim Theatre’s Relationship to Journalism. Joel’s produced plays include Operation Big Rock, My Rabbi (with Kayvon Khoshkam), Home Is a Beautiful Word and Reasonable Doubt (with Yvette Nolan and Lancelot Knight). Joel is currently a PhD student at the University of Saskatchewan, investigating the potential of theatre to strengthen cities. He is proud to be the first Urjo Kareda Resident from Saskatchewan and the first Trudeau Foundation Scholar from the U of S. Joel resides in Saskatoon with his 5-year old son, Judah – but his heart still lives at the Belfry.

Candelario Andrade – Videographer & Video Editor

Candelario Andrade is a video editor and media designer for theatre, dance and performance arts. Recent streaming credits include: Body Parts (Tara Cheyenne Performance); Bard Beyond the Beach (Bard on the Beach) and Pathetic Fallacy (The Chop -with Milton Lim). Recent theatre credits: Anywhere But Here (Electric Company); House and Home (Firehall); Anon(ymous) (Studio58). For the Belfry: Griffin and Sabine; Forget About Tomorrow. As video editor he has worked for Knowledge Network, VIFF and several short films and animations for visual artist Cindy Mochizuki. Cande is a faculty teacher at Studio58 and co-artistic director of Rough House productions.

Carole Klemm - Production Designer

Carole is a Victoria based designer and scenic artist whose recent work includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime for Theatre Inconnu and Emerald City for William Head on Stage. Her set designs for the Belfry include: Taking Off, Helen’s Necklace, Big Mama, Mesa, The Cmplt Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), Trying, Skylight, Knock Knock, The Sum of Us and Atlantis.

She has designed and painted for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Theatre SKAM, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Pacific Opera Victoria, Victoria Shakespeare Festival, Blue Bridge Theatre, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Western Canada Theatre Company and others.


Sophie Tang - Lighting Designer

Sophie Tang is a Jessie Award Winner and Nominee, as well as an Ovation Award Nominee. She holds an MFA theatre design degree from UBC and a BFA theatre production and design degree from SFU. Recent credits: East Van Panto: Panto Come Home! (Lighting)- Theatre Replacement, The Human Voice (Lighting)- City Opera, 12 Dates of Christmas (Lighting)- Arts Club Theatre, Straight White Men (Lighting)- ITSAZOO Productions, Little Volcano (Lighting)- Veda Hille X Theatre Replacement, Peter Pan (Lighting) – Carousel Theatre, Kuroko (Set) – Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre. Up Coming: Tomorrowlove (Lighting and Projection)-Studio 58. Portfolio website:


Jeff Chief - Costume Designer

Jeff is a Plains Cree costume designer from Saskatchewan. He designed the costumes for the Belfry’s production of The Ministry of Grace last season. Other Costume Designs include Kronborg – The Hamlet Rock Musical (Confederation Centre of the Arts); Honour Beat (Theatre Calgary); Hedda Noir (Theatre NorthWest); Le Wild West Show de Gabriel Dumont (National Arts Centre); Ipperwash (Blyth Festival); In Care (GTNT); Popcorn Elder (SNTC/Dancing Sky Theatre); Dreary and Izzy (Theatre NorthWest); Othello (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan); Where the Blood Mixes (Western Canada Theatre); Migration (Red Sky/Black Grace); A Man A Fish, God of Carnage, The Berlin Blues (Persephone Theatre).


Tobin Stokes - Composer & Sound Designer

Tobin Stokes composes for opera, concerts, theatre, film, and dance. He writes opera libretti, choral texts, song lyrics, and short plays. His opera, Fallujah, premiered with Long Beach Opera and New York City Opera in 2016. Pauline, an opera collaboration with Margaret Atwood, premiered in 2014. Tobin has composed music for dozens of films. His most recent series, The Wild Canadian Year, was recorded with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. For theatre, he composes and works in sound design. Tobin’s choral music is performed around the world, and his orchestral music and other operas have been commissioned and premiered in Canada. His orchestral music has been recorded in Moscow and Bratislava.

Jennifer Swan - Stage Manager

Born and raised on Lekwungen territory, also recently known as Victoria, she is thankful to the Songhees and Esquimalt nations, on whose land she has the immense privilege and joy to be living. Jennifer has been a part of the Belfry since 1999, and it remains one of her favourite places to be. When not stage managing, she is lucky to also work in theatre administration, and has been fortunate this year to find work as the Associate Producer for Electric Company Theatre, and as Interim General Manager for Neworld Theatre, both in Vancouver.

Becca Jorgensen - Assistant Stage Manager

Becca is a Victoria born and raised stage manager and marathoner. She is thrilled to be back and creating with the Belfry for her 4th season. For the Belfry: The Ministry of Grace, Every Brilliant Thing, Bears, Griffin & Sabine, Bed & Breakfast, A Christmas Carol. Other favourites elsewhere: Busted Up! A Yukon Story (OpenPit), The Piano Teacher (Arts Club), Garden of Alice, La Bohème, Il Trittico (POV), Mamma Mia!, Kim’s Convenience, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands (Chemainus Theatre Festival), Gruff (Kaleidoscope). She is a graduate of the University of Victoria, and proud auntie to Audrey, Clara, and Ellie Mae.


Playwright's Notes - Joel Bernbaum

“A country, this is the the feeling of safe. When you you close your eyes, in the night, and whe-you you BELIEVE or you you be sure that, in the morning, you can find yourself in safe place.”

-Hana, Act 1, Scene 21 


This project has changed my life.

Thanks to the generosity of the Belfry Theatre, I had the opportunity to travel across Canada and sit with hundreds of people who openly shared their life stories with me. 

As I sat and listened, I could not help but realise that for my entire life I have taken my country and my upbringing for granted. The situations faced by refugees in so many countries around the world put my privilege as a white middle class Canadian into perspective. My family is not wealthy, but I have never felt unsafe in my home.

The resulting play (on film) that you will see is a type of theatre called “verbatim theatre.” This is a term for theatre where the script for the play is constructed out of transcripts. These transcripts can be of interviews, court proceedings or tribunals. There is no one right way to make verbatim theatre – it is an art after all – but due to my training as a playwright and journalist I believe in a certain way to construct a verbatim theatre script.

For this project (just as you may have seen in our production of Home Is a Beautiful Word seven years ago) every word you hear spoken by the actors was spoken to me in an interview. The interviews were then carefully transcribed, including every “um” and pause to accurately record the conversations I had. The actors worked from these transcripts to discover the real people they are channelling in the play. All names have been changed to protect the anonymity of the interview subjects, and any of the interview subjects that wanted to were offered the chance to approve their transcribed interview. 

This project is four years in the making and has had many iterations. The one you will see not only includes the voices of refugees, but also the people who help them. As we hear, the relationship between these two groups can be both challenging and rewarding. To the people across Canada sponsoring and assisting refugees, thank you for the work you do.

I am so appreciative of Michael, Ivan and the entire staff at the Belfry Theatre for their continued work in making Being Here a reality, even in this unprecedented time. Although I live in Saskatoon and work for a theatre company there, The Belfry Theatre remains my “home theatre.” I am grateful to each and every one of the interview subjects for trusting me with their stories. Even though only a portion of the interviews were used, each and every person’s story had an impact on me.

I hope that this play takes you a little further down your path of understanding all the people you hear from. At the end of the day we are all people living here together, and it is up to us to do the work of creating the country we share.


Artistic & Executive Director's Notes


Artistic Director's Notes

Little did I think four years ago, when I asked Joel Bernbaum to create a theatre piece about new Canadians arriving in this country, that I would find myself on a film set, directing a documentary. But I suppose the past 12 months has found all of us doing things we never imagined—and never believed ourselves capable of—!

Friday, March 13—part way through the first week of the 2020 SPARK Festival—the Belfry Theatre ceased all public performances. Life since then—both professionally and personally—has been one long improvisation—as it has for every other profession and every other person. We have done our best to maintain a presence—creating “theatre” on ZOOM—a platform most of us had never even heard of before the pandemic arrived. I am profoundly grateful to the audiences who attended these novice attempts—as well as the artists involved in our online readings of Two Rooms by Mansel Robinson, East of Berlin by Hannah Moscovitch, Bluebirds by Vern Thiessen, and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, plus our online editions of The Flame storytelling event. While this wasn’t theatre as any of us had previously known it—you generously accepted it for what it was—attending in ever-growing numbers—and using the “chat” feature to provide the artists with “type-written applause”—!

In January, we presented our first online SPARK Festival—starting with a presentation of the Musical Stage Company’s Uncovered, and followed by three evenings of new work by local artists—including plays, film and dance.  Again—attendance was heartening—and the results were well worth the effort. Through all of this—I have been joined at the hip with Keith Houghton, the Belfry’s Head Technician and Systems Administrator, who managed to make our fledgling efforts look and work as much like theatre as possible—! A huge “thank you” to Keith for being my creative partner through the past six months.

And now this remarkable play—based on interviews that Joel conducted across the country—from Charlottetown to Victoria. During the four years of its development, it has changed focus, changed titles—and now at last minute—it has actually changed form—! Given that it was created as a piece of “verbatim theatre”—in which every word in the script was drawn from those revealing interviews—it was already documentary in style. So as thrilling as it would have been to float these ideas across the footlights—live—in the intimacy of the Belfry—it lends itself—and hopefully even gains something—from the intimacy of the camera.

BEING HERE: The Refugee Project is, to my knowledge, the first real examination, in any medium, of the complex, surprising and sometimes challenging relationships between people forced to leave their homelands and the Canadians compelled to help them.

Joel Bernbaum has been an inspiration to me for many years. His enthusiasm, honesty, and unimpeachable ethics are the reasons why the people he interviews feel safe sharing their stories—the stories that make this play and this film what it is. Joel’s beautiful verbatim play about homelessness in Victoria—Home Is a Beautiful Word—will always be one of the most important pieces of theatre on which I have had the privilege of working—as well as one of my favourites.

The acting requirements in verbatim work are specific and unusual. Given the extreme detail of the text—including as it does, every “um,” “er,” hesitation, and sudden change of thought—together with the fact that these are real people—the actors are encouraged to be “vessels”—allowing the words and the thought patterns to reveal the character of each person—as opposed to making “acting choices.” We were blessed with exceptional actors, who dedicated themselves to these individual voices, honouring their words, and allowing them to flow through them. Thank you, Ghazal Azarbad, Austin Eckert, Evan Frayne, Kayvon Khoshkam, Adrian Neblett, Monice Peter, and Celine Stubel—your work is beautiful—and it was a joy working with you on this project.

I also want to express my enormous gratitude to our film crew—Candelario Andrade, our Camera Operator and Editor; Sophie Tang, our Lighting Designer; Greg Smith (Victoria), Darren Paine and Kevin Gault (Vancouver), our Sound Operators; Keith Houghton (Victoria) and Lucas Hall (Vancouver), our Lighting Board Operators; and Jennifer Swan, the Belfry’s Stage Manager, who acted as Assistant Director—and a myriad of other positions she needed to assume from moment to moment throughout the shoot—!

Michael Shamata

Executive Director's Notes

Welcome to a truncated and unusual season for the Belfry. Over our 43-year history the Belfry has been through a number of challenges which could have resulted in very different outcomes than the well-loved success that we have become. This past year has been another challenge – one that is not yet over and remains unpredictable. What we can predict however is that our desire to produce outstanding experiences for you, our dedicated audience and loving supporters, remains at the heart of who we are and what we wish to accomplish.

The journey to this point – almost exactly a year to the day we announced the suspension of performances – has been fraught with uncertainty, change, ideas kept and discarded, stress and worry. Most of all this past year has been about our concern for you, our patrons, and how we can best bring you the theatre you love, and we love to make for you.  So, we have arrived here – a new approach to the theatrical experience that in some measure fills the gap of an extended delay before we are able to gather again as community to share the experience of live performance.

This and the programming yet to come is all because of you: our loyal audiences, our generous donors, sponsors, and grant providers.  It is our responsibility to you to produce the very best theatrical experience possible to honour that loyalty and generosity. We look forward to presenting you with more on-line programming and to eventually welcoming you again into your beautiful theatre.

Ivan Habel


The Belfry Theatre gratefully acknowledges the financial support of The Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council and the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch, the Capital Regional District Arts Development Office and the City of Victoria.

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Marymax Fund†

The Mclean Foundation

Elizabeth McPherson Fund for the Arts†

Provincial Employees Community Services Fund

The Stewart Fund (through the Vancouver Foundation)

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Belfry Legacy Circle Sponsor

Dr. Perry & Annamaria Bamji

Richard Brownsey & Glynis Leyshon

Jane Francis & Dave Skilling

Barbara Greeniaus & Bill Israel

Bruce & Barbara Housser

Judi James

John & Anne Keay

Robert & Ann Myers

Joan Peggs

Cindy Petrowski & Phil Marsh

Ross Richardson

John & Suzanne Stewart

Judy Stewart

Julie & John Richard Swenson

Plus, a further seven anonymous members

We invite you to join the Belfry Legacy Circle by making a planned gift or bequest. Gift planning is an inspired, meaningful and deeply personal way to secure the future of the Belfry Theatre. The support of visionary philanthropy ensures that the Belfry will continue to flourish as Greater Victoria’s premier contemporary theatre company.

Consult your professional advisors about the many forms through which you can achieve tax advantages of charitable donations and bequests. Please inform us if you have included the Belfry in your estate plans, so we can acknowledge your support during and/or after your lifetime, according to your wishes. Contact: Susan Stevenson, Director of Development, 250-385-6835 ext. 229 or

The Belfry acknowledges the generous recent and past gifts from the estates of

Helena Balczewska

Roger J. Bishop

Shirley Mae Dawson

Marguerite Kathleen Friesen

David Neil Lee

Maria Luisa Macrae

Grace Mersereau

Margaret Seens

Alan Geoffrey White


In Memory of Eric Adler

In Memory of Violet Armstrong (2)

In Memory of Annamaria Bamji from Lady Jane

In Memory of my sister Beth, from Casey

In Memory of Agnes and Arnold Davies

In Memory of my brother Gerry Emery

In Memory of Michael Fallis (2)

In Memory of Antonietta Forte

In Memory of Jean Elizabeth Kõdar

In Memory of Nikki & Bruce MacKenzie from the family

In Memory of Ronald Adam Polstein

In Memory of Jacqueline Price

In Memory of Jack & Lisa Valikoski

Belfry Theatre Donors

Ronald & Juliana Polstein

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Carol Jane Johnston *

Chris Jones & Catherine Wright

Peter & Arden Kagis

Robert & Sydney Kalef

Harriet Kendrick *

Bruce & Gwyneth Kingham *

Kim Knight *

George Kyle

Yvonne Lawson

David A. Leach

Brian Linds & Jan Wood

Lynn / Susan

Sang-Kiet Ly

Katherine Joan Maas *

Joan MacLeod

Ken & May Mah-Paulson *

Tom & Marilyn Mahan

Ronald Manzer

Margaret Martin *

Sandra Diane Martyn

Sandy Mayzel & John Gould

Pauline & David McDowell

Barbara McLauchlin

Lois McNabb *

Fay Melling

Barbara Menzies *

Rob Mitchell and Eloise Spitzer

Joanne Moon *

Catharine & Anthony Moses *

Jack & Marilyn Mulkins *

Earl & Roxanne Naismith

Kris Ovens *

Jo Owens *

Anne Park Shannon

Nancy & Keith

Julie & Bill Pearce

Gordon Phillipe & Anne Holtzman *

Michael W. Pidgeon

Adrienne Radford *

Peter Richards

Penny & Mel Rinald *

D. Rothschild

Esther Sangster-Gormley

Peter Seward

Kathryn Sihota *

Marie Skinnider *

Ann Smith *

Kathy St. John

Linda Stead

Catherine A. Stephenson

Megan Stone *

Jan & Don Storch *

Henry & Marian Summerfield *

Lynn Thomson *

Jeanette and Stephen Titus

David & Dorothy Torontow *

Beverley Tracey *

Bob & Vicky Turner *

Andrew and Joanne Turner

Anne Underhill *

Matt & Jean Valikoski *

Nick van Der Westhuizen *

Margaret Walker *

Donald & Adelina White

Lorita Whitehead

Carolyn Whitfield *

Jim & Anne Williams *

Bill Williamson *

Anonymous (19)

Our thanks to the 155 Believers ($75 – $149), 211 Friends (up to $74), plus 1,399 additional supporters who donated the value of their tickets.

* Also donated the value of their cancelled tickets.

† Through the Victoria Foundation

As of February 12, 2021

Belfry Theatre Donors – Capital

The Belfry Theatre thanks our generous donors who contributed to the 2020 / 21 Capital Retrofitting Project. Their support made it possible to install a wheelchair elevator and washroom backstage, making our stage and dressing rooms accessible to all artists, visitors, volunteers and staff.

Andrew Sheret Limited

The Barraclough Foundation

British Columbia Arts Council

Charis and Brian

Donna Christie & Richard Shapka

Alex & Samantha Currie

Government of Canada

The Hamber Foundation

Jill Kean

Mary McAvoy

Peninsula Co-op

Cindy Petrowski & Phillip Marsh

Nicola Ruth Rendell

Milton Schlosser & Paul Harland

Rotary Club of Victoria

Victoria Foundation

Patricia M. Young

Anonymous (6)

Plus 3 Name a Seat donors