About Theatre on the Ridge
Theatre on the Ridge is a not for profit, professional, collaborative company in which committed artists can produce high quality work in a broader scope of theatre and storytelling in the Region of Durham; and provide programs/services not currently available to audiences and theatre practitioners through existing community theatre. Theatre on the Ridge (formerly Theatre 3x60) was founded in 2013 by Joan Etienne and Carey Nicholson to serve the communities of the Region of Durham.
Our Mission Statement
Theatre on the Ridge is unique to the Durham region, in that it uses theatre as a tool to engage, to disturb complacency, and to provide growth to its participants. We support theatre as a place for refraction, reflection, revelation – to inspire a more responsive, responsible community that, through theatre, will realize the value of connections as they gain broader understanding and empathy.
Theatre on the Ridge is committed to problem solving, broadening perspectives, creating new opportunities, facilitating discussion and building bridges. We are committed to programs that support the growth of new theatre works, artists, audiences and the work of other theatre groups in Durham through engaging and educating new, emerging and experienced theatre practitioners and providing access to opportunities for skills development and performance.
Theatre on the Ridge aims to challenge the status quo. Productions will communicate stories that enable participants to think, feel and perhaps broaden their existing insights into the world and human nature. Heightened social awareness makes for stronger more compassionate communities.
Our Big Picture:
Increasing Community Access to Live Theatre
Theatre on the Ridge is committed to increasing community access to theatre by bringing theatre to alternative venues, taking theatre to the audience (ie. schools, community groups and events) and other such activities to support the creation of meaningful theatre experiences for the whole community.
Through our Save a Seat program, we will work with area theatre groups to leverage revenues raised through our own programs, patron donations and partner support to make theatre tickets available to individuals, groups and organizations otherwise unable to benefit from attending live performing arts.
Our Land Acknowledgement:
As a gesture of respect and a nod to a lesser known part of our local and regional history we wish to acknowledge the lands upon which we live, work and play. These lands in the Port Perry/Lake Scugog area are Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation traditional and treaty lands, located on the eastern extremity of the historic Western Hunting Grounds, and today constitute Treaty #20 and Williams Treaties Clause #2 lands, the former signed in 1818 and the latter in 1923. As one of the original peoples, let us be reminded of the lands and water upon which the Mississaugas have lived, utilized and cared for, generation upon generation.