Future Intended: Centre stage in Hamilton

With such a rich heritage of live theatre in Hamilton, it certainly does feel as though “all the world’s a stage”! Here are just a few examples of programs and organizations supported through HCF grants that enhance Hamilton’s tradition of live theatre.

Operating support for community theatre is key to a thriving performing arts culture. Through the Alfred & Joan Robertshaw Memorial Fund, we’re proud to support the day-to-day operations of a number of local theatres including Theatre Ancaster, Hamilton Theatre Inc., Players’ Guild of Hamilton Inc., Village Theatre Waterdown and Theatre Aquarius. Read more about the Robertshaws’ love story and community theatre legacy here.

The professional development of a new generation of artists in Hamilton is essential to sustaining our city’s cultural renaissance. The Artistic Leadership and Entrepreneurial Training Program is an arts education initiative from Hamilton Festival Theatre Company that does exactly that. Participants work with theatre artists and mentors to develop their skills and their own works, attend a diverse range of performances, and help mount the annual Frost Bites Festival.

Students in elementary and secondary school get a taste of the Bard through this program that turned 20 last year. But the experience is also designed to enhance confidence and communication skills. Through the work of Shakespeare, students develop soft skills that help them in future endeavours, both in their personal and professional lives.

The performing arts should be enjoyed by everyone. Theatre Aquarius makes good on this idea by providing 160 no-cost registrations for various education programs to youth who would otherwise be unable to afford them. These programs help participants develop life-skills and self-expression, working to increase diversity and instil a passion for the arts.

After last year’s Connect Theatre Project presentation of Guys and Dolls, Dundas residents are in for another special treat this summer. Local youth will flex their creative muscles for a production of Mamma Mia! No Dundas high school currently runs a musical theatre program so this project, rehearsed and performed at Dundas Baptist Church, provides an opportunity for young people to feel empowered and engage in a large-scale and high-quality Broadway musical.

Future Intended is an ongoing series that spotlights some of our most recent granting in categories like physical activity, Indigenous communities, literacy, food, the environment and more.