Donors, gov’t boost theater fund

Ontario matches Greenberg family donation

OTTAWA — The capital campaign to build the Great Canadian Theater Company’s new theater received a C$2.5 million ($2.14 million) boost this week.

On March 24, the province of Ontario announced it would match the donation from the Irving Greenberg family of Ottawa, presented in November 2004, toward construction of the Irving Greenberg Theater Center.

“We are ecstatic! I can’t begin to tell you how important this announcement is for GCTC and for the entire Ottawa theater community,” said Lise Ann Johnson, GCTC’s new artistic director.

“On the basis of our strong support from the private sector and from the city of Ottawa, GCTC has been moving forward with plans for the Irving Greenberg Theater Center, and we’re pleased to report that our construction is already above ground level. The province of Ontario’s support is a crucial step toward making the Irving Greenberg Theater Center a beautiful reality.”

The GCTC capital campaign also has secured a $1.1 million commitment from the city of Ottawa and has, to date, raised another $300,000 in private donations from the community.

The $8.6 million theater center, which will include two performing spaces, enlarged production and public areas and a lobby cafe, is slated to open in the fall of 2007.

The grant from the province was part of a funding package for the arts announced last week in the provincial budget.