Dear Members and Friends of QDF,
I am pleased to announce that thanks to a special project grant from le Conseil des arts de Montréal, we are hosting an upcoming QDF Congress on February 9 at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts. We invite you to join us at this groundbreaking event for our sector which will allow us to shape the future of English language theatre in Quebec. It’s time to analyze the state of our industry and take steps to allow for growth and stability for years to come.
Your participation is vital to the success of the Congress. A report will be published after the event. We will be using it to launch the future vision for QDF and for our community. For full registration and additional information, see below. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with me or our QDF staff if you have any questions or concerns.
The 2016-17 season was an exceptional year for the Quebec Drama Federation. It was a year of increased services, remarkable marketing campaigns and expanded membership. It was clear by the energy in the room at the Annual General Meeting, our vibrant community is stronger than ever and excited to work together to continue to improve the overall health and well-being of our theatre network.
As many of you already know, QDF was informed over the summer that we would be receiving a drastic funding cut from one of our primary funding bodies: Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec. The sudden decrease in funding came as a surprise to Deborah Forde, the Executive Director, myself and the Board of Directors. As a direct result and after much reflection, it was decided to dissolve the position of Executive Director of the Quebec Drama Federation. This announcement was made by Deborah at the end of the AGM on October 2.
QDF has facilitated consultation with many community members to discuss the many funding changes and results which took place throughout the theatre and arts sectors in 2017. The discussion of funding English Language Theatre between CALQ, QDF, PACT and our independent theatre companies is ongoing.
Following the filing of an appeal to CALQ by QDF in September, QDF was informed that CALQ had decided to reinstate the majority of our funding for the usual term of four years. Although the original amount has not been 100% reinstated, we are proud that CALQ was able to recognize the important work of QDF. Good news indeed! At this time, the Board of Directors is evaluating the future leadership possibilities at the organization and will consult membership accordingly.
The 2017-18 season is also shaping up to be an exciting year. To date, it has been full of professional development opportunities, general/student auditions, industry events, promotional opportunities and a ton of advocacy.
Looking forward to shaping the future of our industry with you,
President, Quebec Drama Federation
QDF Congress: Shape the Future of English Language Theatre in Quebec!
Join fellow members on February 9 as we discuss the state of our sector. This one-day industry congress will include presentations on new initiatives, facilitated discussion around new directions and open space time. Participate and make a difference in our community for years to come.
February 9 from 10am-5pm
Segal Centre for the Performing Arts
5170, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Please note, a light lunch will be served.