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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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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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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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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 Features - Rodman Hall Art Centre, one of our favourite places to visit in Niagara!

Foster Features - Rodman Hall Art Centre, one of our favourite places to visit in Niagara!

Posted Mar 28th, 2019

Check out this Foster Festival Feature where we visit Rodman Hall Art Centre, one of our favourite places to visit in St. Catharines.

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Foster Features - Vineland Estates Winery, one of our favourite places to visit in Niagara!

Foster Features - Vineland Estates Winery, one of our favourite places to visit in Niagara!

Posted Mar 6th, 2019

Check out our newest Foster Festival Feature where we visit Vineland Estates Winery, one of our favourite places to visit in Twenty Valley in Niagara.

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Meet Our 2019 Acting Company!

Meet Our 2019 Acting Company!

Posted Feb 15th, 2019

Foster Festival's Fourth Season Brings Niagara Stage Stars together with Exciting New Talent!

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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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2019 Surprise Subscriptions Now On Sale!

2019 Surprise Subscriptions Now On Sale!

Posted Aug 18th, 2018

The Foster Festival's 2019 Surprise Subscriptions are now on sale!

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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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Join The Foster Festival 100 @ $100 Club

Join The Foster Festival 100 @ $100 Club

Posted Jun 30th, 2018

This summer, The Foster Festival is challenging our audiences to MATCH their 2017 Total 100 Club Donation - $100 at a time!

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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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Introducing Our New Fore & Aft Lounge!

Introducing Our New Fore & Aft Lounge!

Posted Mar 27th, 2018

NEW! Join us in our new Fore & Aft Lounge and meet our artists! Pre-order your Wine & Cheese Boards and relax in our lounge while participating in pre- and post-show talk backs with our actors.

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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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Foster 45s (E28) - Sneak Peek of Foster's newest play Lunenburg

Foster 45s (E28) - Sneak Peek of Foster's newest play Lunenburg

Posted Aug 4th, 2017

Norm Foster's newest play, Lunenburg runs August 2 - August 18 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - see a sneak peek of behind the scenes of this hilarious new Foster play starring Shaw Festival veteran actors!

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Foster 45s (E27) - Sneak Peek of Our Next Production Old Love by Norm Foster

Foster 45s (E27) - Sneak Peek of Our Next Production Old Love by Norm Foster

Posted Jul 10th, 2017

Norm Foster's play, Old Love runs July 12 - July 28 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - see a sneak peek of behind the scenes of this classic Foster play!

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Foster 45s (E26) - Sneak Peek of Foster's newest play Screwball Comedy

Foster 45s (E26) - Sneak Peek of Foster's newest play Screwball Comedy

Posted Jun 15th, 2017

Norm Foster's newest play, Screwball Comedy runs June 21 - July 7 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - see a sneak peek of behind the scenes of this hilarious new Foster play!

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Discovering Humour with Heart in the heart of Niagara!

Discovering Humour with Heart in the heart of Niagara!

Posted May 26th, 2017

Audiences raved about the quality of our productions and a new theatre was born! This year we’re bursting with pride again as our namesake resident playwright Norm Foster has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada – the highest civilian honour a Canadian can receive.

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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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