2022 - Adapting to the pandemic and moving forward
We have continued to improvise, adapt and overcome for two years now and will continue to enrich lives through LIVE theatre, on and offstage in any way we can for as long as we can.
Coming into 2022, we have experienced the roller coaster that has been live theatre production throughout the pandemic with ongoing lockdowns and reopenings, capacity restrictions and safety protocols. We are ready to move forward with an eye on a new normal and a return to live theatre. We are strengthened by what we have learned and what we have incorporated into our practices. This has been a time of learning, growing and a time to take stock to continue with a new sense of purpose.
We've already updated our mission statement, and policies as part of our renewed, pro-active commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and a new strategic plan is on the way.
About Theatre on the Ridge
Theatre on the Ridge, (formerly Theatre 3x60) was founded in 2013 by Joan Etienne and Carey Nicholson, and 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. We provide programs/services to audiences, theatre practitioners and the communities of the Region of Durham.
We believe in the power of theatre as a universal language and medium of entertainment, self-expression and communication to broaden understanding and empathy between individuals and communities.
We commit to telling our individual and collective stories through high calibre productions, the creation of new plays and the development of new artists. We tell these stories in live and digital formats and are adaptive and attentive to the impact of heritage and change. We increase accessibility to theatre and, through our stories, contribute to our community’s sense of well-being and connection.
#1 Supporting and inspiring the whole community, including youth, through dedicated programs and activities.
#2 Taking artistic risks through the support of new artists and the production of challenging, new and thought-provoking works from diverse perspectives.
#3 Enriching and growing theatre through collaboration, education and accessibility.
#4 Recognizing and supporting the financial, cultural and holistic worth of our contributors, participants, artists and personnel.
#5 Engaging with and giving back to our community by sharing our history, challenges and stories through theatre.
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.
We will work with community partners and sponsors to leverage revenues raised through our own programs, 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.