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Crow’s Theatre Announces New Funding From THE HILARY AND GALEN WESTON FOUNDATION, Establishing The Canadian Literature Adaptation Fund 

Jul 12, 2022

TORONTO (July 26, 2022) – Crow’s Theatre is thrilled to be the recipient of a significant gift from The Hilary and Galen Weston Foundation which will directly support the creation of theatrical adaptations of works of Canadian Literature.

Crow’s Theatre will establish The Canadian Literature Adaptation Fund to bring the work of Canadian fiction and non-fiction authors to the stage by optioning, commissioning, developing, and producing adaptations for the stage. Beginning with André Alexis’ 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning Fifteen Dogs, adapted for the stage by Marie Farsi, the work will receive its world premiere in the 2022.23 season. Crow’s will invest in other adaptations through options, commissions, and development opportunities to shine a spotlight on rich, compelling Canadian stories.

“We are immensely grateful to The Hilary and Galen Weston Foundation for this transformational gift that will allow us to enrich our theatre and theatre culture with new and beloved stories from Canadian fiction and non-fiction writers. This new initiative will also amplify our recovery efforts post-pandemic, to bring lovers of Canadian literature back to the theatre, or into it for the first time!”

Chris Abraham, Artistic Director Crow’s Theatre

The Canadian Literature Adaptation Fund will enhance the Canadian artistic sector by bridging the performing arts and literary communities and by creating new avenues for authors to share their stories on the stage.

Crow’s Theatre, always interested in cross-platform potential, will be at the forefront of connecting the creative talent in the publishing and performing arts sectors and inviting audiences to experience diverse Canadian perspectives.

For inquiries about this new program from published authors, playwrights, theatre creators, or agents, please contact Crow’s Theatre’s Artistic Director directly at canlitadaptations@crowstheatre.com.