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November 30, 2015

Donor Profile: Shira Hart

shira2Donor history: I have been a supporter of Soulpepper for the last three years.

How did you first learn about Soulpepper

I first heard about Soulpepper a number of years ago, and attended a few shows here and there.  I always enjoyed them very much.  Then, four years ago, I retired and began to attend theatre more regularly.  I have a strong memory of feeling a sense of belonging to a wonderful community very quickly.  I fell in love with the shows, pre-show chats, talk backs, and then with the musical evenings I attended.

What inspired you to support us? What has inspired you to continue your support?

On top of feeling like I was at home whenever I was at Soulpepper, I was very impressed with the Academy, Soulpepper’s long term vision, and the community outreach. I keep learning about more initiatives that I am very happy to know my gift supports.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about giving to Soulpepper? And, why do you think the arts should be a priority for philanthropy?

I would encourage anyone to give to Soulpepper.  I strongly believe that the Arts add to our understanding of our world and that we should do everything we can to ensure that Soulpepper can continue to reach out to youth, new immigrants and the wider community, and to make sure it can continue to support new, talented young artists.

How do you imagine Soulpepper in 10 years?

I see Soulpepper continuing to grow and expand while maintaining its high quality.  I imagine more communities across Canada having the opportunity to see a Soulpepper production and I see myself continuing to love every show in each season!