TNL Media Advisory

Media Advisory | Feb 12th, 2019

Corner Brook, NL

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                         
February 13, 2019
When:  Friday, February 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: The Arts and Science Atrium, MUN Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook, NL

What: Press Conference and Reception

On behalf the of the Hon. Brian Tobin and his Campaign Cabinet, members of the media are invited to join Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, the Hon. Dwight Ball, MP Gudie Hutchings and members of the arts community and business community as we announce and celebrate major gifts from Kruger, Scotiabank, North Atlantic Refining and AON in support of a new Theatre Newfoundland Labrador facility in Cow Head, NL. An update on the progress if the Campaign will also be provided and interviews can be arranged upon request.

For almost 40 years, Theatre Newfoundland Labrador (TNL) has set the stage for magical experiences both here in this province and touring nationally and internationally. More than 12,000 people attend performances at their Gros Morne Theatre Festival (GMTF) held every summer in the community of Cow Head, in Western Newfoundland. Over the years award winning writers, actors and producers such as Petrina Bromley, Robert Chafe, Jillian Keiley and Bernie Stapleton have all worked and performed at the Festival, honing their skills to go on to great things. Today GMTF is acknowledged as a major Canadian theatre festival, a model for rural theatre companies and a key contributor to the sharing and preservation of important stories of Newfoundland and Labrador and, indeed, Canadian culture.

But now the festival is facing a significant challenge, triggered in part by its own success. With over 250,000 people visiting Gros Morne National Park each season, many looking for an authentic cultural experience, the Festival is at capacity; some nights turning away as many people as it can accommodate. Not having been purpose-built, much of the existing facilities used to produce the Festival are cramped, inadequate and reaching the practical end of their life cycle.

The Set the Stage Capital Campaign was launched in September 2018 to help build a new theatre facility in the beautiful rural community of Cow Head. Setting the stage for the next 40 years of finding and sharing important cultural experiences, this new facility will enable more ambitious productions to be performed, allow many more visitors to experience the Festival and provide opportunity for the wealth of young creative energy and talent to realize its full potential.

Please direct media inquiries to:

June Perry
President and CEO
Pilot Communications
(709) 682-2682 or (709) 753-0794