As a professional theatre company, the Belfry Theatre is dedicated to producing contemporary plays, with an emphasis on Canadian work, and to promoting artistic, cultural, and educational events in the Greater Victoria Region.
In the past 45 years the Belfry has produced more than 300 plays, including 238 Canadian plays, and more than 50 premieres. Many of those premiere productions have gone on to acclaim across Canada, in the U.S., Australia, Europe and London’s West End. Belfry productions regularly tour to other cities and have won awards in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.
The Belfry’s mission is to produce theatre that generates ideas and dialogue, and that makes the audience see the world a little differently.
The Belfry plays a crucial role in the cultural ecology of our region, supporting artists and theatre companies within our community. We believe in sharing resources with companies in BC, and support cultural diversity, and the development of Indigenous artists and stories.
While the production of exciting theatre is the heart of what we do, our creative mentorship programs, our audience engagement activities and our commitment to play development, help to make the Belfry an important cultural resource within the Capital Regional District, and beyond.
Supporting the Belfry is a way of showing gratitude for a very valuable community asset. Theatre in general presents many different views and helps to break down barriers. The Belfry, in particular, excels in this manner. It has created a comfortable and inclusive space for all. We cannot say enough about how grateful we are to have such a well-run theatre, both artistically and administratively, with a dedicated and talented staff and a strong and experienced board. The Belfry remains a constant in our lives providing thought-provoking entertainment, and we want to help ensure the Belfry endures for many more years to come.
– Ann & Robert Myers, Belfry Theatre Legacy Circle members and annual donors.
How your gift will be used
Your generosity plays a leading role in keeping the very best of contemporary theatre on our stage. Your donation helps us to fulfill our mandate of creating contemporary theatre that features leading artists from Victoria, BC and across the country, and ensures that the Belfry continues to be a vital cultural hub and resource to our community.
Here are just some of the programs that your donation supports:
- Our season of Mainstage plays, both live and livestreamed
- Play Development — online and in-person workshops to develop new plays
- The Creators’ Circle — a new initiative for playwrights to share their work and receive feedback
- Sharing Our Resources — providing space and mentorship to young theatre makers
- IGNITE! — an initiative that pairs-up young artists to spark each other’s creativity
- Maintaining and upgrading our heritage venue.