Sudbury’s YES Theater says $10,000 provincial grant is producing results


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Sudbury’s YES Theater said it was able to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a $10,000 Community Development Fund grant received by the provincial government last year.

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The grant, which was awarded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, has enabled the theater company to perform live shows since the pandemic began.

A statement states that YES Theatre’s mandate is to “merge the values ​​and practices of professional and community theater” to create citizen artists who live, work and play in the Sudbury community.

The provincial grant was used to help the theater company continue “to fulfill its mission while moving away from indoor performances and launching new outdoor and online programming.”

“This tremendous support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will have a profound impact on our work,” said Alessandro Costantini, Artistic Director and CEO of YES Theatre.

“We have worked so hard to keep our programming alive during the pandemic and with the launch of the Refettorio, we will help usher in a new period of artistic abundance for artists and citizens in Northern Ontario.

The release says provincial funding enabled YES Theater’s “Live at the Grotto” series and the “Night Owl Cabaret” online series.

The grant continues to support “YES Theater’s exploration of digital content through the Stagey Life series where company members lift the curtain on the practices that make their work so compelling.”

It also highlights the importance of live theater in regional communities.

“For more than two decades, YES Theater has been a place where our community comes together, lights up and changes for the better,” said Sudbury MPP Jamie West.

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“I am proud of all the exciting programming YES Theater has developed and delivered throughout 2021 with the support of the Community Building Fund grant.”

West added that the theater company has shown resilience, creativity and dedication to the performing arts in Sudbury during the pandemic.

“It is evident that Alessandro Costantini and his talented tea enthusiast put their heart and soul into their work and aspire to the overall development and growth of the arts throughout the North,” he said.

“I wish them well in their continued growth and can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2022.”

The statement said YES Theater’s work provides “a context to reimagine and reinforce the impact and intent of theater as a central pillar of society – a place to edify, inspire and bring people together.”

“The vision is fivefold: to create a legacy of arts education for a radically inclusive future, to support and develop citizen artists, and to become a leader in sustainable theater creation,” YES Theater said.

The theater company also wants Sudbury to host “the most famous musical theater festival in the country.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is a government agency and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, it invested $112 million in 1,384 community projects and partnerships “to build healthy, vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s not-for-profit sector.”

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