To nurture Atlantic Canadian theatre artists by: 1. Fostering the development of new plays and theatre works 2. Producing and presenting theatre projects 3. Acting as a host and catalyst for the growth of other theatre organizations in our community 4. Producing professional theatre of a high standard 5. Encouraging emerging theatre professionals 6. Providing education and professional development opportunities 7. Presenting theatre from outside Atlantic Canada that supports the development of artistic practice locally 8. Curating with a lens that includes underserved voices 9. Operating in a fiscally sustainable manner 10. Engaging in clear and transparent relationships with all collaborators
Honesty - In what we say and what we do Transparency - Clear communication serves our relationships Risk taking - Seeking opportunities to challenge ourselves and artistic practice Accountability - Ensuring that we honour our commitments Attention and care - With attention to detail and consistency we protect the mandate and the artists we serve Openness to new perspectives - We embrace differences Growth - We continue to push ourselves and support our community Collaboration - We believe in the power of working together Respect - We listen with empathy and treat everyone with dignity Fiscal responsibility - We make decisions that prioritize organizational health
Eastern Front Theatre is a catalyst for Atlantic Canadian theatre projects. We aim to work as advocates for theatre makers in our community. By supporting artists at the stage they are in, with the assistance they need, we deepen artistic impact. We grow and adapt with our community as it changes and progresses. We measure our success with the relationships we foster.
Eastern Front Theatre was founded in 1993 as a Dartmouth based company supporting the work of Atlantic Canadian playwrights. The original founders, Gay Hauser, Wendy Lill, and Mary Vingoe, brought a wealth of experience and nationally recognized talent to the company. They led the organization for nearly 10 years. Eastern Front Theatre was the resident theatre company at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth from 1999 to 2009. In 2009, Eastern Front Theatre relocated to Halifax where Neptune Theatre’s Scotiabank Stage became its home performance venue.
Over the last 27 years, the company has championed countless Atlantic Canadian artists and stories through commissions, workshops, our annual theatre festival, and our playwrights unit. Eastern Front Theatre has produced or presented over 200 original Canadian plays, 32 of which were World Premieres. Eastern Front has four Governor General Award nominations, one Nova Scotia Masterworks nomination, and 16 Robert Merritt Awards (out of 68 nominations).
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