Through our theatre trips and occasional special events, FET supports English Theatre’s special projects and new play development activities.
English Theatre projects which have been partly supported by FET contributions have included:
•the appointment of an education intern
•the training of an assistant director from Newfoundland
•the NAC/Ottawa International Children’s Festival co-production of The Odyssey
•catering for the cast and crew of The Snow Show
•The Renaissance Fair: a celebration of Shakespeare’s Birthday
•Shakespeare in the Schools
•the March Break program, developing theatre skills for talented under-privileged youth
•the Magnetic North Festival (annually 2008-2016)
•Family Day, English Theatre's special event for families in February
•the provision of interpreters for deaf and blind actors contracted for productions
Some of FET's most successful fundraising events were devoted to costume sales. These events occurred when invited by the NAC Wardrobe Department to sell their surplus costumes. Several thousand dollars were raised in just a few hours due to the enthusiastic response from the general public and community theatre organizations.
English Theatre: New Play Development Program
A special fund was created in 2005 to acknowledge Marti Maraden’s achievements over eight years as Artistic Director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre. Since that time we’ve continued to honour special people by making further contributions to the fund.
Peter Hinton, to recognise his being awarded the Order of Canada (2009)
Victoria Steele, to recognise her 19 years as Managing Director of the NAC's English Theatre (2010)
Peter Hinton, to honour his initiative and vision in mounting many productions created and performed by Aboriginal artist's (2012).
We also continue to donate to the New Play Development Fund to honour the memory of past members who gave exceptional service to our organization. In this way we remember with much affection and appreciation the work of
Joan Fulthorp Jubb.