The Staircase Newsletter-Jan/Feb

The results are in and 2011 was a Spectacular Year!

Hello Staircase Supporters,

2012 is shaping up to be a very busy year for us already with hundreds of stellar events on the books …but first we must give thanks to all of our volunteers, special event organizers, resident services and loyal patrons of the arts who helped make 2011 such a success not only for the Staircase but for all the artists who performed here.

Your continued support of Arts and Culture in Hamilton is much appreciated and allows us to continue to give back and incubate as many artists and endeavors as possible without government funding.  Your support truly overwhelmed us this year when we received both The Hamilton Spectator’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Theatre and the Hamilton Music Industry Award for Theatre of the Year in 2011.  We are thankful and honoured by these community recognitions.

Our year ended on a high note at our Annual New Year’s Eve Party where we were able to be entertained with wonderful performances from some of the year’s past artists Annie Shaw, Jezebel Dupree, Dave Gould, AJ Haygarth and Djolei Justine Gogoua and her African Drum Ensemble.  Generous  community support for our gift bags was provided by local outstanding  business which we would like to support wholeheartedly namely because they are fantastic:


Cake and Loaf Bakery (Dundurn St S and Homewood)

The Button Pushers (119B Locke St S)

Thinkhaus (25 Dundurn st N)

Bonnies Bedroom & Green 4 U soy candles (Hamilton)

Cameron’s Brewing (Oakville)

(Performers EggZeppelin, Olga Barrios Dance, The Cockwhisperer-A Love Story, Staircase Improv)


Now on to 2012.  We have started off the year with some great additions to our theatre. We are pleased to welcome

BLACK BOX FIRE to our Resident Groups/Artists.  We have had the pleasure of working closely with this extremely professional, consistently polished and inventive Hamilton theatre collaborative for the past 3 years and look forward to fulfilling our common goal of supporting and developing local theatre/talent.  We will continue to support Black Box Fire’s productions including their Emerging Artists series which provides support to local playwrights wishing to mount their original works.  Details about EAS can be found online at  as well as Ticket and Performance details for their upcoming production


March 16-31

We are also thrilled to announce the official naming of our ancillary building at 25 Dundurn street which will now be known as THE PLAYHAUS.  The Playhaus will be home to both our newest staged area, THE ELAINE MAY THEATRE (EMT) as well as the makerspace collective of THINKHAUS on the upper level.  Currently  THE IMPROV COMEDY SHOW runs every Sunday Night at 8pm in the Elaine May Theatre.


So to all of you, we wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2012 and thank you deeply for your continued support and belief in this little theatre on Dundurn.


Colette Kendall

Executive Director

The Staircase




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