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Welcome Message from our Honourary Chair, Allan Stratton


What a gift to be part of Theatre Ontario Festival 2018!

 All year, hundreds of thousands of people have come together to share their love of theatre, an art form rooted in community and storytelling. Together, local audiences, organizations, designers, tech crews, stage managements, directors, playwrights, and performers have created collective and individual memories to last a lifetime. I was fifteen when I saw Peter Dearing’s London Little Theatre productions of Mother Courage and Marat/Sade: half a century later, they remain part of my life, images as vivid as family.

This week we celebrate some of this season’s finest theatre. We present our love’s labours to people far from home, and enter worlds created beyond our regional borders. We do it fresh, too, for no matter how well honed, every performance is different, shaped by its audience and the moment. What could be more exciting?

So, here’s to us, strangers and friends, brought together by the joy, passion and hard work that is theatre.