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We offer theatre in French to hundreds to children that would otherwise not have access. Every year, your donations allow our company to offer discounted rates on shows for young audiences. In 2012, the company offered three free shows of its production for young audiences Le portrait Gooble to disadvantaged schools. We were also able to present shows to a dozen hard-to-reach schools from the province’s northern and eastern areas for the same price charged to schools from the Vancouver region, despite the additional travel costs. Thanks to our donors, approximately 2000 students were given access to enriching and highly-educational theatrical experiences.
We develop original work from local authors. Théatre la Seizième supports the creation of French-language dramaturgy in Vancouver thanks to its author-in-residence program. These works allow our community to forge a common heritage and showcase our talent and ideas to theatre-goers across the country. Since 2001, 10 works have been developed and performed through the author-in-residence program.
We sell happiness at a reasonable price. We know to what point theatre contributes to our community’s well-being, development and feelings of belonging. A recent study published by the London School of Economics states that, for its participants, going to the theatre represented the third-highest source of happiness! For this reason alone, we feel that, in the best of all worlds, everyone would have access to the theatre, regardless of their income. Your donations allow us to offer theatre tickets that are amongst the most affordable in the city, with subscriptions starting at only $60 and student tickets at only $8 on performance nights.
We invest in the future. To compensate for the fluctuations in government funding, Théâtre la Seizième started an endowment fund in 2005, managed by the Vancouver Foundation. This permanent investment, maintained in part by your donations, exists to establish sound and safe long-term financial resources for the company. The investment income earned through the endowment fund contributes directly to the creation of artistic works. And for every dollar invested, Heritage Canada contributes approximately 80 cents to the fund.