Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
July 13, 2018

Provincial Government Congratulates Stephenville Theatre Festival on 40th Anniversary

The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, today congratulated the Stephenville Theatre Festival on their 40th anniversary. Started in 1979, the Stephenville Theatre Festival is the longest running professional theatre festival in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Provincial Government, through the Cultural Economic Development Program, is pleased to provide the festival with $40,000. This program provides financial support to professional arts organizations for events or projects that stimulate sustainable economic development in the cultural industries.

This year’s festival opens today (Friday, July 13) and runs until August 12.

As part of The Way Forward, government is committed to a new Cultural Action Plan to help set priorities and key actions towards supporting and sustaining the cultural sector. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at

“An unparalleled commitment to professional theatre development has led the Stephenville Theatre Festival to become one of the most exciting repertory theatre companies across Canada. Congrats to Artistic Director Heather Braaten, and the entire Stephenville Theatre Festival team, as you celebrate your 40th anniversary. Our province is abundant in original and creative talent, and nowhere is this more evident than in Stephenville during this festival. That is why the Provincial Government is committed to supporting the arts and the cultural sector.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

“The Stephenville Theatre Festival has been entertaining audiences of all ages for 40 years. That is an amazing accomplishment. This year’s festival is a fitting tribute to founder Maxim Mazumdar and truly offers something for everyone. I commend the many talented artists, producers, organizers and volunteers who share Maxim’s dream and each summer deliver some of the best professional theatre in Canada.”
John Finn
MHA for Stephenville - Port au Port

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