ICHTHYS Theatre Productions Mission Statement
ICHTHYS Theatre Productions is a Brantford-based, Not for Profit, community theatre company, founded in the Autumn of 2000 by Artistic Director, Lorna Stratton. ICHTHYS’ signature is creative and socially relevant theatre, presented through the medium of comedies, dramedies, the classics, and family plays. The importance of learning is promoted through participation in productions. At least one show per season is dedicated to family audiences.
ICHTHYS Theatre Guiding Principles
ICHTHYS Theatre Productions seeks to be:
- an inclusive friendly community
- a welcoming, creative outlet for actors, directors, writers and production technicians to learn and apply their skills
- an opportunity for people of all ages to work together
- a source of positive messages and messages of social justice in its choice of scripts
- a seeker of community partners amongst other arts and cultural organizations, local social agencies, and businesses for mutual benefit
- a point of entry and connection to the broader artistic community
Our Founder and current Artistic Director:
Lorna Stratton founded ICHTHYS Theatre Productions in October 2000. It had been her dream for many years to begin her own community theatre company, but it was spending three weeks at the Stratford Festival Theatre in August of that year, taking her English Specialist Teacher Certification, that pushed her over the edge. Her intent was to create a company that distinguished itself from other groups through its choice of plays, its presentation style, and its friendly, inclusive nature. Innovative staging, including surround theatre, has become the ICHTHYS signature for presenting quality plays with thought-provoking stories. Interaction between the audience, the cast and the action is key to exciting theatre. Lorna earned her Specialized Honours BA in English, particularly Dramatic Literature, from the University of Guelph, and her Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Teacher Education College. She recently retired from teaching English and Drama at Paris District High School. She wishes to thank her helpmate and husband, Derek, for his unqualified support in the ICHTHYS adventure, never complaining that it seems to have taken over their lives. Thanks also to God for the strength to carry on, and for being our ultimate Problem Solver.
All members of the public who are interested in the inner workings of theatre, the ad-lib adventures, and the sweet rewards of supporting live theatre in Brantford should consider joining ICHTHYS Theatre Productions.
ICHTHYS Theatre Productions is a proud member of Volunteer Canada!