Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador (TNL) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating and producing professional theatre which reflects the lives and dirversity of our audiences on the provinces's west coast, extending to labrador and across the island of Newfoundland.
Through the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, youth theatre programming, main stage, courses in threatre instruction, and by touring productions to outport communities, TNL seeks to provide Newfoundlanders with thought-provoking and relevant entertainment, with an emphasis on regional and Canadian work.
To promote Theatre Newfoundland Labrador as a leading cultural voice for its communities, and to develop and maintain a growing arts community and audience on the west coast of Newfoundland & Labrador.
TNL actively promotes the development of theatre artists and the growth of an indigenous arts community through youth theatre instruction, the fostering of emerging artists in our winter season and at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival.
TNL reaches out to its community, by providing programmes in theatre instruction, youth theatre productions, Gros Morne Theatre Festival, and by touring mainstage productions. In so doing we aspire to enrich the cultural life of our community and to inspire new audiences to a life-long love affair with the theatre. Our programming must reflect an awareness of Canadian and world theatre as well as our own, in order to bring the world to the west coast of Newfoundland & Labrador and at the same time help our audiences to see themselves.
TNL seeks to forge an alchemy of traditional theatre rendered in fresh and innovative ways, and alternative theatre produced in ways which provide access and engagement for our audiences. We are committed to finding and helping to develop emerging artists in western Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Atlantic provinces and in Canada.
As a grassroots organization heavily involved with our communities, TNL must be as concerned with the process of developing a theatre audience and a community of artists, as with production. That means we must remain devoted to audience development and young artists and provide both with artistic leadership and a stable and creative professional context in which to develop.
Theatre Newfoundland Labrador is about the stories we tell, the artists who tell them and the community we live in. We're committed to the performance, creation and development of plays for and about Newfoundland and Labrador and presenting them to the world; also producing plays from the national and international repertoire that speak to the place in which we live.
Our community is our heart. It's the community on many different levels; the community of artists, the community of communities we serve in western Newfoundland and the communities we work in. Corner Brook is our base; the community of Cow Head is the home of our Gros Morne Theatre Festival - between the two are many communities and tens of thousands of people we serve.
In Corner Brook our roots are deep, after 33 years we're very much a part of the social fabric of the community. We play a major role in the development of the Arts through our Youth Theatre as well as bringing professional theatre to the community. In Cow Head, we were referred to once as "the new fish plant in town." Eighteen years later and we continue to take great pride in bringing employment, tourists and a great sense of knowing that the stories we present are truly home-grown.
TNL is committed to a strong future of professional theatre on the west coast of Newfoundland - we continue to create and present stories of relevance, employ Newfoundland artists, and work closely with the communities we're based in. We're dedicated to working with emerging professional artists as well as independent artists within our community. We're committed to teaching and fermenting a love of theatre and the arts with the youth of our communities and we're devoted to presenting our plays to as wide an audience as possible through touring. We'll continue to promote Theatre Newfoundland Labrador as a leading cultural voice for all of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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Production/Company Manager -GMTF
TNL BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2012-2013
Katrina Basha, Chair
Jacqui Hunter, Vice-chair
Ellissa Sinnicks-House, Secretary
David Smallwood, Treasurer
Patricia Hatch, Past Chair