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ANNUAL REPORT


MISSION AND VISION For 49 years, Factory Theatre has been developing and producing some of the finest theatrical works in the national canon, giving space to some of the most gifted theatre creators in Canada. Since its founding in 1970, Factory has remained committed to exclusively producing Canadian plays, and investing in and showcasing the work of Canadian artists. Today, that mission has only deepened: to enthrall audiences with the imagination of Canadian playwrights; to develop the next generation of Canadian theatre artists; and tell stories that reflect the diversity of contemporary Canadian society.

FACTORY FIGURES For the 2018/19 Season

9,627 486 158 113 49 19 17

Tickets sold Donations received from individuals Students attended subsidized matinees Public performances in our 2018/19 season Indie artists and companies rented our theatre New works in development Early career artists in our training programs


REFLECTIONS ON OUR 49TH SEASON As a result of the excellent work by management and staff under the leadership of Artistic Director Nina Lee Aquino and Managing Director Jonathan Heppner, the 2018/19 Season saw continued achievements in many of Factory Theatre’s priority areas. Strong artistic programming resulted in good box office returns throughout the year and introduced the theatre to new audience communities from across the Greater Toronto Area. I am pleased to report that Factory Theatre ended the year in a solid financial position, thanks to steady increases in public sector support and private philanthropy paired with careful management of production and administrative expenses. This left us with a modest surplus, while still providing robust resources to artistic programming and new work development initiatives. On behalf of the board of directors, I extend my sincere gratitude to the entire team at Factory: our artists, staff, volunteers, and especially to our generous donors, supporters, and audiences. Because of you, Factory Theatre continues to be a vibrant leader in Canadian theatre.

Len Racioppo Board Chair


This was truly a groundbreaking year for Factory. We saw the launch of our national presentation series CrossCurrents Canada and with it the Toronto premiere of exciting theatrical productions from across the country. This was a momentous step forward, allowing us to engage in a dialogue with intercultural theatre artists on a national scale and establishing Factory as a one-stop shop for audiences looking for the best theatre our country has to offer. We presented Black Theatre Workshop Montreal and Tableau D’Hote’s award-winning production of Angélique; a multi-media exploration of the complexities of Japanese Canadian heritage, The Tashme Project: The Living Archives; Selfconscious Theatre’s investigation of inter-generational Polish-Jewish trauma in We Keep Coming Back; and Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre’s award-winning political dark comedy Bears. The season also included the Erin Shields’ scathing satire about the portrayal of women in film and television Beautiful Man and Anosh Irani’s heartwarming story of a family united across national borders by a shared love of playing cricket The Men in White. Our Training Enhancement Programs and New Play Development Programs continued to have a massive positive impact on Canadian artists, offering professional development and artistic creation supports for 38 artists at all stages of their career. None of this would have been possible without your support. On behalf of the artists and audiences who come to Factory to see and share their stories on the stage, I offer a sincere and heartfelt thank you.

Nina Lee Aquino Artistic Director


It has been another enriching year of new work development at Factory Theatre. With the support of our community of donors, our New Work Development programs continued to expand and attract greater interest from diverse artists across a variety of disciplines. From our flagship Natural Resources creation unit, to our Deep Development workshops and Lab Creative Residencies, we continue to engage with the best and most challenging new work in Toronto and in Canada. In 2018/19, we were able to continue long-standing relationships with projects that began development in previous years while welcoming an exciting new cohort of artists into the fold. “Since moving to Toronto, I struggled to break into the Canadian theatre scene. Factory gave me hope that I belong in the arts in Canada.” – Himanshu Sitlani

2018/19 NEW WORK DEVELOPMENT ARTISTS Carmen Aguirre

Paul Dunn

The Seeking Bridge Collective

Eva Barrie

Chloe Hung

Rachel Blair

Bruce Gibbons Fell

Himanshu Sitlani and Neha Poduval

Yolanda Bonnell

April Leung

SaMel Tanz

Colleen Dauncy, Akiva Romer-Segal, and Matt Murray

Gary Mok

Chiamaka G. Ugwu

Marilo Nunez

Colleen Wagner

Troy de Four

Zorana Sadiq

ahdri zhina mandiela


TRAINING ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMS Since their inception five years ago, our Training Enhancement Programs have provided mentorship, networking, and master classes for nearly 100 early career theatre artists from diverse backgrounds. Training is a crucial part of our work because it is crucially important that the next generation of theatre makers have an artistic home and a connection to a peer network. This vital work is funded entirely through the generosity of private donors. Thanks to you, we were blessed to work with an amazing group of young artists again in 2018/19 and to share their collective work at the annual Sparks Fly showcase in June. “Without any question, my time in development as a writer at Factory Theater was invaluable. An invaluable time for me to strengthen my artistic voice and craft, to artistically engage with peers.” – Rouvan Silogix

2018/19 TRAINING ENHANCEMENT ARTISTS Thalia Parena Altura

Christine Nguyen

Moraes Mendoza

Keethan Krish

Sepehr Reybod

Athena Kaitlin Trinh

Shawn Lall

Tawiah Ben M’Carthy *

Rouvan Silogix ***

JD Leslie

Keshia Palm

Jennifer Villaverde

Beck Lloyd

Miquelon Rodriguez **

Sebastian Marziali

ConQueso Collective

* supported by Obsidian Theatre Company ** supported by Lindy Green and Sam Chaiton *** supported by the Toronto Arts Council Newcomer & Refugee Artist Mentoriship


IN THE PRESS THE MEN IN WHITE “THE PLAY IS BOTH COMPELLING AND FASCINATING TO WATCH” –On Stage Blog “BRINGS RENEWED URGENCY TO A QUINTESSENTIAL TOPIC IN CANADIAN LITERATURE” –Mooney on Theatre “IRANI OFFERS A MUCH-NEEDED TWIST ON THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE WITH… AN UNDENIABLE POIGNANCY” –Now Magazine

WE KEEP COMING BACK “AN INTIMATE AND WHOLLY ORIGINAL WORK”

–Now Magazine “A TOUCHING MOTHER-SON ADVENTURE”

–The Globe and Mail “A VISUALLY DYNAMIC, PERSONAL LOOK INTO JEWISH-POLISH IDENTITY”

–Broadway World

THE TASHME PROJECT: THE LIVING ARCHIVES “MANNING AND MIWA SEE AN ONGOING LOSS OF CULTURE, LANGUAGE, AND IDENTITY – AND THE TASHME PROJECT IS AN ATTEMPT TO FIGHT AGAINST THAT” –The Globe and Mail “SOMETHING EVERYONE SHOULD SEE AND LEARN ABOUT” –Mooney on Theatre


BEARS “BOASTS EXQUISITE USE OF LANGUAGE, POLITICAL BITE, AND HUMOUR”

–Now Magazine “A THRILLING THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE OF MOVEMENT AND VOICE” –On Stage Blog

ANGÉLIQUE “BIG, BOLD, AMBITIOUS, AND POLITICAL”

–Toronto Star “MAKES A MOMENT IN CANADIAN HISTORY FEEL URGENT AND RELEVANT”

–Now Magazine “ANGELIQUE’S TORONTO DEBUT SHOWS HOW LORENA GALE’S DRAMA WAS AHEAD OF ITS TIME” –The Globe and Mail

BEAUTIFUL MAN “A DARK, UNAPOLOGETIC, FIERCELY FEMINIST RESPONSE TO THE SYSTEMIC OPPRESSION OF WOMEN” –Stage Door “SHIELDS’ PLAY OFFERS AN INTENSE AND SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE”

–My Entertainment World “FEELS ESPECIALLY URGENT, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE #MeToo MOVEMENT” –Now Magazine

photos by Joseph Michael (The Men in White); Jeremy Mimnagh (We Keep Coming Back); June Park (The Tashme Project); Alexis McKeown (Bears); Andrew Alexander (Angélique); Joseph Michael (Beautiful Man).


SUMMARY OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS REVENUES (2018/19 FISCAL YEAR) Philanthropy 22%

Performance Revenue 18%

Rentals, Bar, Concessions 12%

Public Grants 43%

Interest, Endowment, Other 5%

EXPENSES (2018/19 FISCAL YEAR) Marketing 14%

Box Office, Bar, Concessions 9% Office and Administration 8% Facility 12%

Artistic, Production, Technical 53%

Fundraising 4%


FINANCIAL POSITION as of June 30 ASSETS Current Capital Assets LIABILITIES Current Long Term NET ASSETS

2019

2018

332,020 2,869,164 $ 3,201,184

277,848 2,924,893 $ 3,202,741

194,499 2,508,019* $ 2,702,518

1,036,743* 1,731,317 $ 2,768,060

$ 498,666

$ 434,681

*The mortgage is subject to a financial covenant, which was met as of June 2019. Prior to this, the full balance was presented as current liablity as Factory’s mortgage was expected to mature in March 2019.

STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS for fiscal year July 1 - June 30 REVENUES Performance Revenue Rentals, Bar, Concessions Interst, Endowment, Other Public Grants Philanthropy EXPENSES Artistic, Production, Technical Marketing Box Office, Bar, Concessions Office and Administration Facility Fundraising SURPLUS / (DEFICIT)

2018/19

2017/18

288,218 189,330 88,208 683,358 349,204 $ 1,598,318

379,498 171,974 96,167 627,609 307,932 $ 1,583,180

805,087 218,663 137,924 126,911 179,252 66,496 $ 1,534,333

791,268 212,347 114,195 144,133 171,125 57,805 $ 1,490,873

$ 63,985

$ 92,307


ARTIST REFLECTIONS “Especially within the tight, intimate circle that is the Toronto theatre community, Factory provided a safe space where diverse actors in Canada could share their experiences and learn from each other on how to best navigate through this complex industry.” -Keethan Krish Mechanicals Training Enhancement Program “As a woman of colour, Factory Theatre has always felt like coming home to me. I am challenged in the necessary ways for my growth, and I am supported in ways that are specific to my artistic path and storytelling.” -Athena Kaitlin Trinh Foundry Training Enhancement Program “My time in the Factory Foremen program gave me the space to find my voice as a director. At Factory, I forged relationships with peers and mentors that I will carry forward for the rest of my artistic career.” -Keshia Palm Foremen Training Enhancement Program “Building a community and a network of support in this manner has been an invaluable boon to my personal and artistic development. I am so very thankful that Factory Theatre exists and continues to foster and grow the next generation of artists.” -Shawn Lall Mechanicals Training Enhancement Program


FACTORY GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE SUPPORT OF 2018/19 SEASON SPONSOR

CROSSCURRENTS CANADA SPONSORS

PUBLIC FUNDERS

TRAINING ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMS

THE HENRY WHITE KINNEAR FOUNDATION

THE PAUL BUTLER & CHRIS BLACK FOUNDATION

NEW WORK DEVELOPMENT THE LINDY GREEN FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION FOUNDATION SUPPORT THE CATHERINE & MAXWELL THE RACIOPPO MEIGHEN FOUNDATION FAMILY FOUNDATION CORPORATE SPONSORS MEDIA PARTNERS

HOSPITALITY SPONSORS

AT TORONTO FOUNDATION


FACTORY DONORS LABORATORY PATRON ($10,000+) Anonymous Lindy Green & Sam Chaiton ALCHEMIST ($5,000 - $9,999) Anonymous (2) Shira Hart Bruce & Elda Ratford IATSE Local 58 CONDUCTOR ($2,500 - $4,999) Kingfisher Foundation Patricia J. Fleming (FBG) Fund at Toronto Foundation Ron Struys ACCELERATOR ($1,000 - $2,499) Anonymous (2) The S.M. Blair Family Foundation Cheryl Hawkes Larry Lubin Lynn Bevan Foundation at Toronto Foundation Jefferson & Sally Mappin Nancy’s Very Own Foundation Catherine Riggall & Keith Potter

ACTIVATOR ($500 - $999) Noha & Nadeem Abji Stewart Adams Anonymous Roger & Janet Beck Kate Bishop & Doug Gerhart The Butterfield Family Foundation Charmain Emerson Grazyna Krupa Linda Lee Allen MacInnis Margaret & Gordon Fleming Fund at Toronto Foundation Jonathan Odumeru Greg Power Brian Rintoul Mary Sheppard Susan Sutton John Warwick & Barbara Palk

AGENT ($250 - $499) Susan Atkinson Terry Crowley Sian Ferguson & John Fraser Kamala Jean Gopie David Kinese & Teresa Walsh Dana Lafarga Harold Lane Brett Ledger & Patricia Olasker Steve Lico Anne Macdonald Christie MacInnes Gavin Magrath Yvette Nolan Thomas Payne J. Barbara Rose Leslie Sanders Sandy Spurgeon Judith Timson & Martin Heppner Gary Ursell Bob White

Listed donations for the period of July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.


ELEMENT ($25 - $249) Philip Adams Mike Ainley Philip Akin Lori Anderson Anonymous (27) Bilal Baig Suzy Bernardi Cathryn Boak Kim Bolton Ines Buchli Naomi Campbell David Carey & Jo Dmitruk Carey Mark Cassius Shannon Charnock-Davis Bessie Cheng Simon De Abreu Paul De Jong Hugh Dillon Glen Doe Zoé Doyle Julia Drake Martin Duchesne David Chayim Eden Mira Fabian Joyce Feinberg Anusha Felsher Lois Fine Deborah Finestone Barbara Fingerote Joseph Flessa Pat Flood Robert Fothergill David Gale Dr. Andrea Geddes Poole Eva Goldfinger Dr. Paul Goldhamer

Tara Goldstein, Gailey Road Productions Rob Gomes George Grant Pat Harris Joan Harvey Ronald Haynes Catherine Ho Dave Hood Larry Hughsam A Hussey Kent James J & M Johnson Shawn Kerwin Geoff Kolomayz Charlotte Kudlac Alex Lee Amy Lee & Matt Burt Linda Lee Dr. Ken Lee Choi Steven Levy & Michelle De Los Santos Torry Lowenbach Judith Mandel Laura Marshall Adam Matheson AM Matte Jackie Maxwell Marci McDonald & Clair Balfour The McGees Alastair McKeating Niko Mejia Classic Pools and Landscaping Inc. Fiona Miller Catherine Mitchell Sam Mooney Kiran P Morzaria

Sabina Nagpal Laura Nanni Afsar Naqvi Briane Nasimok Iris Nemani Eleanor O’Connor Andrew Park Elyse Parker Simon Pearson June Pinkney Ceta Ramkhalawansingh Douglas Rienzo Doug Rodger Dr. William Rodriguez In memory of Sara Rosen firefighter Michael Ross Jackie Rothstein Paul Rudmik The Rochelle & Carl Sager Foundation Adam Seelig Michael Shamata Anthony Sherwood Dr. Barbara Slater Roy Surette Regan Takenaka McCowan Sugith Varughese Vinodrai Colleen Wagner Donna Walsh Steven Wong Michelle Yagi Nathalie Younglai Susanna Yung Joyce & Fred Zemans


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STAFF ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Nina Lee Aquino MANAGING DIRECTOR Jonathan Heppner PHILANTHROPY & PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER Mark Aikman

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR Len Racioppo VICE CHAIR Greg Power

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Lucy Coren

TREASURER Noha Yahia Abji

INTERIM PRODUCTION MANAGER Alanna McConnell

SECRETARY Jonathan Odumeru

COMPANY DRAMATURGE Matt McGeachy

DIRECTORS Stewart Adams Charmain Emerson Grazyna Krupa Brian Rintoul Ebony Rose Susan Sutton

MARKETING & AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Lauren Naus PATRON SERVICES MANAGER Himanshu Sitlani

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