Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life
For more than 30 years Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life have generously supported the Shaw Festival – and since 2004 have been our largest supporter of Educational programming. As a leading Canadian insurer, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life offer financial and benefit plan solutions and serve the financial security needs of more than 12 million people.
Their support of the Shaw Festival benefits more than 6,000 students per season, allowing us to offer workshops with Shaw professionals, tours of our main-stage theatre, and chats with our Ensemble members. We believe that exposing youth to theatre and educating them on the arts can engage their creativity and ignite a live long passion.
Our educational programming does not end with students however. We also wish to further expand the skills of educators in drama through our Teachers Days, as well as providing Study Guide for several of our performances for teachers to use within their classrooms. None of this would be possible, however, without the loyal support of Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life.
For the past three seasons, insurance company GUARANTEE GOLD® has sponsored the Tuesday Q&A Program. GUARANTEE GOLD® is committed to delivering innovative coverage and the highest degree of customer satisfaction, a value we share at The Shaw.
Our Tuesday Q & As are a complimentary offering after all regular Tuesday evening performances, where members of the cast and stage management return to the stage for an informal question and answer period. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our patrons to ask questions about the production they’ve just watched, and about The Shaw in general. These sessions are always incredibly informative and enjoyed by all in attendance. Educational offerings such as these would not be possible without our generous partners, and we thank GUARANTEE GOLD® for ensuring the Tuesday Q&A Program will continue to provide a higher degree of customer satisfaction to our patrons.
On Saturday July 23 our Studio Theatre production of The Dance of Death had its official Opening. Staff and Ensemble, high level donors, and even the Swedish Consulate of Toronto were in attendance for the reception and a delightful dinner under the tent on the South Lawn.
Also in attendance were representatives of the production’s sponsor Paradigm Capital Inc, including company President and Shaw Board Member Ian Joseph. Ian was presented with a framed production photo, a symbol of our thanks for the generosity of Paradigm’s continued support of our most challenging and contemporary pieces. Thank you for your continued support Ian – you elevate us too!