Artistic Director’s Message - Shaw Festival Theatre

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Artistic Director's Message
Our extraordinary 2023 Season
Try something new.
Artistic Director's Message

Try something new. That is my challenge to you this year. It is the principle on which I have done this job ever since I arrived. Each year we introduce some new idea, whether it is programming a Christmas season, Secret Theatre happenings, or outdoor concerts. And you know what? I have yet to regret any of these experiments. At the very least, they tell me more about the incredible skill of the company and the equally incredible curiosity of our audience; and sometimes, as with our use of the Festival grounds during Covid, they point to The Shaw of the future: a true Festival, indoors and out.

So: try something new. Of course you will visit the Spiegeltent – how could you resist? It will be an amazing space just to sit and have a drink in, even before the performers get to work; but there are many ways in which you can add one more experience to your time here. Perhaps you will come to a jazz concert or a pop-up patio, or just stick around for a Continue the Conversation. Or perhaps you will take a chance on a play you have never heard of. I am sure you’ve noticed that each year there is a play that comes apparently out of nowhere but which everyone raves about. See if you can guess which it will be this year. As one audience member told me: “I always book the one that I have never heard of, because I think TC must think it’s amazing to take such a big risk.”

Do I want you to add one more experience because that way we make more money? Of course. But there is a deeper reason: I like having you around. I like seeing the gardens full of people reading our Poems in the Trees. I like seeing people make new friends. I like seeing people reconnect, both with their own creative spirit and with each other. That is what keeps me here, always trying something new.

Tim Carroll, Artistic Director

Tim Carroll
Artistic Director Tim Carroll
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