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April 5, 2016

Donor Profle: Elizabeth Dalzell


Donor history:  Since 2013

How did you first learn about Soulpepper?

I remember when Soulpepper launched in the late 90’s.  My husband and I went to see Soulpepper’s production of Our Town at the Royal Alex way back in 1999.  I remember being so touched by the story and by the actors’ performances.  Although we moved out of town soon after, I watched with interest as Soulpepper grew in influence and size.

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

My cousin invited my partner and I to Soulpepper at Play in the fall of 2013. It was so much fun and the performances were so incredible we were hooked!  We have been enthusiastic supporters ever since.  I joined Top Women in early 2014 – it’s proven to be a great way to entertain business associates and introduce Soulpepper to others who love live theatre as much as I do.

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?

The arts are a critical part of any society’s culture.  It’s entertaining but done well it’s also thought-provoking, challenging and, often, transformative.   No theatre company in Canada does this better than Soulpepper!

How do you imagine Soulpepper in 10 years?

I imagine Soulpepper with more than one location in Canada or, at a minimum, collaborating with other Canadian theatre companies on a regular basis.  Soulpepper’s Academy produces amazing talent – I would love to see even more artists provided with the opportunity to train and hone their craft.