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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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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.
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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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