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Soulp epper Theatre. Alex Rose. History. Soulpepper Theatre was founded by a group of 12 actors, including Martha Burns, Ted Dykstra and William Webster. The actors wanted to bring a major theatre company in Toronto now that Masterclass Theatre was closed.

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Soulp epper theatre

SoulpepperTheatre

Alex Rose


History

History

  • Soulpepper Theatre was founded by a group of 12 actors, including Martha Burns, Ted Dykstra and William Webster.

  • The actors wanted to bring a major theatre company in Toronto now that Masterclass Theatre was closed.

  • The actors were able to garner the Masterclass charity number and begin laying the foundation for a theatre company.


History continued

History continued

  • After being denied theatre space by Mirvish, Don Shipley offered a summer space in 1998 at Harbourfront.

  • Don Carlos and The Misanthorpewere the opening plays for the theatre’s first summer.

  • In order to find the money the fit the $400,000 operating budget, actors went so far as to sell hot dogs.

  • The company has since moved from Harbourfront to the new Young Centre for the Performing Arts.

  • They also now do more than 400 performances a year.


Mandate

Mandate

  • The Soulpepper Theatre Company has what is known as a tri-mandate.

  • The three corners of the tri-mandate are as follows:

  • 1. Performing great classical theatre

  • 2. Artist Mentorship

  • 3. Youth Outreach

  • This has been their mandate since they opened.


Soulp epper theatre

Size

  • The Soulpepper Theatre company has been in two venues since its inception.

  • It was at the Harbourfront venue from 1998 until 2006 when the Young Centre for the Performing Arts opened in the Distillery district.

  • The Young venue is made up of Tank Houses 9 and 10.

  • The centre holds 4 performance theatres, seating approximately 100 each.


Operating budget

Operating Budget

  • In 2008, Soulpeppers Revenue came from 4 different sources.

  • 1. Box Office = 44%

  • 2. Donations and Sponsorships = 43%

  • Government Grants = 9%

  • Other = 4 %


Facilities

Facilities

  • At present, the Soulpepper Theatre Company has one main facility.

  • This facility is the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.

  • The Centre has 4 theatres in 2 buildings which are connected by a lobby area.


Season offerings

Season Offerings

  • For the 2009 season, Soulpepper is offering 11 shows throughout the course of the year.

  • Travesties by Tom Stoppard

  • GlengaryGlenrossby David Mamet

  • Loot by Joe Orton

  • Awake and Sing! By Clifford Odets

  • Of the Fields, Lately by David French

  • Billy Bishop Goes To War by John Gray

  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? By Edward Albee

  • The Guardsman by Ferenic Molnar

  • Antigoneadapted by Evan Webber

  • Parfumerieadapted by Adam Pettle

  • Civil Elegies by Dennis Lee


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