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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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Celebrating Foster Festival Board Member, Rosemary Hale, on International Women's Day!

Celebrating Foster Festival Board Member, Rosemary Hale, on International Women's Day!

Posted Mar 8th, 2017

Foster Festival Board Member, Rosemary Hale, was recently celebrated as an Arts Champion and honoured with an International Women's Day Award at the 16th Annual International Women's Day Luncheon in St. Catharines.

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Stage And TV Stars Join Foster Festival Second Season

Stage And TV Stars Join Foster Festival Second Season

Posted Feb 18th, 2017

Canadian TV stars and Shaw Festival veterans will join The Foster Festival for its second season in St. Catharines. In casting announced by artistic director Patricia Vanstone, real-life husband and wife Booth Savage and Janet-Laine Green will star in Norm Foster’s bittersweet romance Old Love, opening in July.

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The Foster Festival applauds playwright Norm Foster’s induction as an Officer of the Order of Canada

The Foster Festival applauds playwright Norm Foster’s induction as an Officer of the Order of Canada

Posted Jan 19th, 2017

The Foster Festival applauds the appointment of Canadian playwright Norm Foster as an Officer of the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honour in the nation.

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Best Productions of 2016

Best Productions of 2016

Posted Jan 8th, 2017

The Foster Festival's production of Norm Foster's On A First Name Basis named one of the Best Productions of 2016.

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The Foster Festival is pleased to announce their second season starting summer 2017!

The Foster Festival is pleased to announce their second season starting summer 2017!

Posted Oct 30th, 2016

Cogeco TV Niagara's The Source was there when The Foster Festival announced their 2017 Summer Season on October 26, 2016.

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Review Foster Festival - Halfway There by Norm Foster

Review Foster Festival - Halfway There by Norm Foster

Posted Aug 15th, 2016

The last play of the the first season of the Norm Foster Theatre Festival is the playwright’s own Halfway There. The Foster Festival is the first-ever theatre festival devoted to the work not only of a Canadian playwright, but of a living Canadian playwright.

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Review Foster Festival - Here On The Flight Path by Norm Foster

Review Foster Festival - Here On The Flight Path by Norm Foster

Posted Jul 17th, 2016

The new Norm Foster Festival, the first festival ever to showcase a Canadian playwright’s work, continues from strength to strength. For the second of its three shows, the Festival has chosen one of Foster’s most popular plays of plays of the 1990s – Here on the Flight Path from 1997. It’s a strong production in acting, design and direction, sure to please Foster’s legions of fans and to make converts of newcomers.

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Review Foster Festival - On A First Name Basis by Norm Foster

Review Foster Festival - On A First Name Basis by Norm Foster

Posted Jun 26th, 2016

An event of major importance in Canadian theatre history is happening this year in St. Catharines, Ontario.  There the first theatre festival ever dedicated to a Canadian playwright has started – a playwright who is not only Canadian but still living and writing. The first of the three plays at the Foster Festival is On a First Name Basis from 2013, starring Foster himself. Foster is often called the Canadian Neil Simon because he has written so many popular comedies.  Yet, First Name shows the

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