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The Foster Festival Welcomes Six New Board Members

The Foster Festival Welcomes Six New Board Members

Posted Aug 13th, 2020

The Norm Foster Theatre Festival held its Annual General Meeting last night reporting to its supporters on the Festival's 4th season. Those in attendance (virtually) accepted the audited financial statements presented for the 2019 fiscal year, documenting a small surplus. The Board of Directors also welcome six new Board Members to the Festival's Board of Directors effective August 12, 2020

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The Foster Festival's NORMFLIX Series is here!

The Foster Festival's NORMFLIX Series is here!

Posted Jul 9th, 2020

The Foster Festival's Normflix Series, our new definition of Norm(al)! We are pleased to announce The Foster Festival's new NORMFLIX series. A three-part, online series that is sure to tickle your funny bone and will continue to deliver our trademark Humour with Heart that you have grown to love.

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The Foster Festival welcomes the return of Emily Oriold to take the helm as Artistic Producer

The Foster Festival welcomes the return of Emily Oriold to take the helm as Artistic Producer

Posted Jun 1st, 2020

The Foster Festival welcomes the return of Emily Oriold to take the helm as Artistic Producer.

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Announcing The Foster Festival's new definition of Norm(al)!

Announcing The Foster Festival's new definition of Norm(al)!

Posted Jun 11th, 2020

The Foster Festival's Normflix Series, our new definition of Norm(al)! We are pleased to announce The Foster Festival's new NORMFLIX series. A three-part, online series that is sure to tickle your funny bone and will continue to deliver our trademark Humour with Heart that you have grown to love.

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A Measure of Institutional Strength!

A Measure of Institutional Strength!

Posted May 28th, 2020

A Measure of Institutional Strength! Help us win $20,000 through the #GivingChallengeCA. 

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#GivingTuesdayNow, Together We Stand

#GivingTuesdayNow, Together We Stand

Posted May 5th, 2020

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of generosity and unity, a day to come together and give back in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.  

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A Message to our Patrons from The Norm Foster Theatre Festival

A Message to our Patrons from The Norm Foster Theatre Festival

Posted Mar 23rd, 2020

The Foster Festival is working to ensure our approach to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting repercussions on our patrons, our team members and our local community is handled with care and consideration.   Based on the guidance of the provincial and federal governments, along with the Chief Medical Officer of Canada, The Foster Festival is suspending all public events and performances, most notably, the 2020 summer season of plays to be held June 24 to August 22 at the Fir...

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Foster Features - Stone Mill Inn, one of our favourite places to stay in Niagara!

Foster Features - Stone Mill Inn, one of our favourite places to stay in Niagara!

Posted May 21st, 2019

Check out this Foster Festival Feature where we visit the Stone Mill Inn, one of our favourite places to stay in St. Catharines.

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Foster Features - Rockway Vineyards Golf Course, one of our favourite places to visit in Niagara!

Foster Features - Rockway Vineyards Golf Course, one of our favourite places to visit in Niagara!

Posted Apr 25th, 2019

Check out this Foster Festival Feature where we visit Rockway Vineyards Golf Course, one of our favourite places to visit in St. Catharines.

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Foster Festival's 2019 Adult Drama Club

Foster Festival's 2019 Adult Drama Club

Posted Jan 25th, 2019

The Foster Festival Adult Drama Club is back for our Scene Study Clinic at the Rodman Hall Art Centre...with some changes.

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Message From Norm Foster - 2019 Season

Message From Norm Foster - 2019 Season

Posted Dec 12th, 2018

Norm Foster is just as excited as we are for our 2019 Summer Season!

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Foster Festival Announces 2019 Line-up including First-Ever Musical Production

Foster Festival Announces 2019 Line-up including First-Ever Musical Production

Posted Oct 16th, 2018

The Foster Festival is proud to announce the line-up for the 2019 season, which will once again feature two World Premieres written by Norm Foster, highlighted by the Festival’s first-ever original musical, co-written with long-time collaborator Steve Thomas.

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Review Foster Festival - Renovations For Six by Norm Foster

Review Foster Festival - Renovations For Six by Norm Foster

Posted Aug 18th, 2018

The Foster Festival closes its third season with the world premiere of Renovations for Six, one the funniest and most ingenious plays by Canada’s most produced playwright I have yet seen.

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Canadian playwright Norm Foster awarded Key to the City

Canadian playwright Norm Foster awarded Key to the City

Posted Jul 23rd, 2018

On Friday, ahead of the world première of Foster's latest play, Come Down From Up River, St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik presented the acclaimed Canadian playwright with the Key to the City.

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Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone wins Established Artist Award at 2018 City of St. Catharines Arts Awards

Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone wins Established Artist Award at 2018 City of St. Catharines Arts Awards

Posted Jun 5th, 2018

The arts community came together Monday evening to celebrate their own at the annual City of St. Catharines Arts Awards. Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone wins the 2018 Established Artist Award!

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Foster Festival Takes Top Prize!

Foster Festival Takes Top Prize!

Posted Nov 17th, 2017

Foster Festival Takes Top Prize at Ignite Niagara Pitch Series!

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Norm Foster hard at work writing two new World Premieres for our 2018 Season!

Norm Foster hard at work writing two new World Premieres for our 2018 Season!

Posted Sep 19th, 2017

Norm Foster is hard at work writing his next two World Premieres for The Foster Festival's 2018 Season!

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Review Foster Festival - Lunenburg by Norm Foster

Review Foster Festival - Lunenburg by Norm Foster

Posted Aug 16th, 2017

Lunenburg keeps up the high artistic standards of design, acting and direction that have characterized all the plays so far at the Foster Festival. Foster has created three complex roles and they have each been ideally cast.  Peter Krantz and Catherine McGregor, both longtime veterans of the Shaw Festival, are not appearing at that Festival this year.  Instead, they are making their Foster Festival debuts as Charlie and Iris. 

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Review Foster Festival - Old Love by Norm Foster

Review Foster Festival - Old Love by Norm Foster

Posted Jul 17th, 2017

In Old Love Foster has created a play with wonderfully juicy roles for two actors. Real-life couple Booth Savage and Janet-Laine Green give wonderful performances.

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Review Foster Festival - Screwball Comedy by Norm Foster

Review Foster Festival - Screwball Comedy by Norm Foster

Posted Jun 26th, 2017

The Norm Foster Theatre Festival, the only theatre festival in the world devoted to a Canadian playwright, has opened its second season with the world premiere of Foster’s Screwball Comedy. Screwball Comedy may be atypical of Norm Foster’s usual style but it provides a fantastic showcase for four talented actors and provides one of the best translations of screwball movies to the stage.

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The Foster Festival announces Wise Guys Charity Fund as Lead Sponsor for the Festival’s Local Heroes initiative!

The Foster Festival announces Wise Guys Charity Fund as Lead Sponsor for the Festival’s Local Heroes initiative!

Posted Jun 7th, 2017

The Foster Festival was joined by Wise Guys Charity Fund on June 6th to receive a major donation to launch the Festival’s newest charitable initiative, inspired by CompassionateSTC.

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The Foster Festival On Target with Penny Wolfgang in Buffalo, NY

The Foster Festival On Target with Penny Wolfgang in Buffalo, NY

Posted May 9th, 2017

Foster Festival Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone and Executive Director Emily Oriold were On Target with Penny Wolfgang this past weekend in Buffalo, NY to talk about The Foster Festival and all there is to discover in the heart of Niagara!

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The Foster Festival on 7 Eyewitness News

The Foster Festival on 7 Eyewitness News

Posted Apr 28th, 2017

Feature Reporter Mike Randall from 7 Eyewitness News in Buffalo stopped by The Foster Festival in the heart of Niagara to discuss our upcoming Second Summer Season of celebrating Canada's most popular Playwright, Norm Foster.

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Emily Oriold Named Recipient of Business Link's 40 Under Forty Award 2017

Emily Oriold Named Recipient of Business Link's 40 Under Forty Award 2017

Posted Apr 18th, 2017

Congratulations to The Foster Festival's Co-Founder and Executive Director Emily Oriold for being named as a recipient of this year's Business Link 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Award here in Niagara!

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Emily Oriold nominated for the 2017 Niagara 40 Under 40 Awards

Emily Oriold nominated for the 2017 Niagara 40 Under 40 Awards

Posted Mar 28th, 2017

Congratulations to The Foster Festival's Co-Founder and Executive Director Emily Oriold for being nominated for the 2017 Niagara 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Award!

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