In May, Richard and I traveled to Montreal to attend the PACT AGM and Conference. It was an intense and stimulating few days, giving us the chance to connect with our colleagues across the country and spend some time visioning the Future of Canadian Theatre.
The Conference’s keynote was Surviving the Culture Change by Diane Ragsdale. You can read her pertinent, thought-provoking message, and find some follow-up discussion from last week’s Arts Summit in Vancouver here.
Last weekend, we held our annual summer Hootenanny, and it was a blast! Volunteers, staff, donors, and our creative collaborators all piled into Richard’s backyard for a BBQ. It didn’t rain, the cats provided much entertainment, there was a rousing game of croquet, there was oodles of food, we polished off a keg of beer and several bottles of wine, and much fun was had by all. The best part was the opportunity to get to know one another a little better. Thanks so much to everyone for coming out and frolicking with us!
It’s a good day here at Pi. Last night was Vancouver’s annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, an opportunity to celebrate the work of our peers. It was a great night and we’re proud to be part of this generous, talented community. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, and to the entire community for a fantastic season!
A special nod to our own Pepe Danza, who won Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition, Small Theatre, for his work on The 8th Land!
And this week, we received an anonymous donation. Such gifts are so welcome and appreciated, and do much to bolster our spirits and our budgets. Of course, it’s torture not knowing who to thanks, and the office is rife with speculation. We couldn’t do the work we do without the philanthropy of our donors. So, whoever you are, thank you so much for your support and generosity.