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Season 2024 Foreword by Dianne Toulson



REFLECTION ON 2023

As I look back on 2023 at Theatre Works, I’m filled with pride over a year that marked significant growth and deeper engagement within the theatre community. This year’s success stemmed not just from our diverse range of programming, but also from our concerted effort to foster professional and industry development. We provided rich opportunities for both emerging and established artists, underscoring the role of theatre as a catalyst for professional growth and community building.

Complementing our theatrical presentations, my focus was on nurturing our artistic community. We at Theatre Works dedicated ourselves to artist development, creating paths for talent to shine. This approach reinforced my belief in the transformative power of theatre, not only as an art form but as a vital contributor to professional and community enhancement.


A personal highlight for me was the introduction of innovative initiatives and collaborations. My debut in the director’s chair signalled a new phase in my creative engagement, bringing fresh perspectives to the art of theatre-making. The season was further enriched by an exciting mix of collaborations, bringing new artists to our stages and reinforcing bonds with long-standing members of our Theatre Works family.


The strategic initiatives we introduced this year, including solidifying programming streams, forming an Artistic Directorate, and diversifying our professional development programs with the launch of the Early-Career Artist Program, were crucial in shaping our diverse offerings and ensured that our programming was in perfect harmony with our mission and values.


In essence, 2023 at Theatre Works was a testament to our commitment to artistic excellence, community engagement, and industry support. It was a year where we showcased our ability to adapt, innovate, and celebrate the transformative power of theatre.


LOOKING AHEAD TO 2024: BUILDING ON OUR FOUNDATIONS FOR FUTURE SUCCESS

As we step into 2024, I am leading Theatre Works with a focus on nurturing our core values while embracing new challenges and opportunities. We’re balancing our foundational strengths with ambitious new projects, ensuring our every move resonates with our dedication to the arts, the artists, and the community.


PRODUCTION EXCELLENCE AND ARTIST SUPPORT: OUR TOP PRIORITIES

Our programming for 2024 is diverse and extensive, reflecting our commitment to producing high-quality theatrical works. We’ve crafted a financial model that supports a high turnover of shows without compromising quality. By enhancing production support and providing a platform for artists to showcase their talents, we’re set to improve both artistic quality and practical outcomes. This strategy is vital for strong box office results and an engaging audience experience.


ENHANCED FUNDRAISING EFFORTS IN CHALLENGING TIMES

In today’s economic landscape, our fundraising efforts have taken on new significance. I am reaching out to those who share our vision for the arts, seeking their support to help us deliver exceptional experiences for artists and audiences. This fundraising is crucial for maintaining Theatre Works as a vibrant, sustainable centre of artistic excellence.


SUSTAINABILITY AND STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

Looking forward, my focus is on ensuring the long-term sustainability of Theatre Works. We’re making strategic decisions to maintain our resilience and relevance in the arts. Strengthening our production and fundraising strategies lays the foundation for a bright future for our organisation and the artistic community at large.


VENUE TRANSFORMATION: A NEW ERA FOR THEATRE WORKS

A significant milestone for 2024 is the renovation of our venue, made possible by a generous government grant. This upgrade is more than just a physical refurbishment; it represents a significant step towards enhancing what we offer to our artists and audiences. The new facility will be state-of-the-art, aligning with our ambition and passion for theatre.


As we move through 2024, our focus will guide us towards a year that is impactful and reflective of our unwavering dedication to theatre. At Theatre Works, we’re committed to building a legacy of creativity, community engagement, and sustainable growth in the arts.

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