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Updated: YES Theatre-STC town hall rescheduled to June 27

The two theatre companies are working together as they explore possibility of an official merger

Updated June 23 at 1:45 p.m.

YES Theatre and Sudbury Theatre Centre have announced that the town hall meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.

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A town hall meeting on the recently-announced partnership between YES Theatre and Sudbury Theatre Centre takes place Sunday, June 26 at 12 p.m. inside the Sudbury Theatre Centre auditorium. 

This special event is an opportunity for community members to have an open forum discussion with staff and leadership of both YES and STC in regards to the 2022-2023 season partnership. 

The intention of this event is to increase transparency with community and give community members an opportunity to voice their questions and concerns in an open, creative conversation. 

Alessandro Costantini (interim artistic director), Scott Denniston (interim general manager), and various members of the board will be available for questions at the event. 

More information can be found in a Q&A booklet.

Although they are still legally two separate entities — at least for now — YES Theatre and Sudbury Theatre Centre will work together with combined resources and staffing to put on a joint 2022-2023 “pilot season.”

“Before we move into any notion of official merger, we are entering into a pilot season,” said STC board co-chair John Dow, speaking at the late May press conference in which the two theatre companies announced their new relationship.

“This is our feasibility stage that we're going through this year, and there'll be a concerted effort to maximize overhead cost savings through a new business model that will create and increase opportunities for artists and audiences.”

Dow told that at this point in time, the two theatre companies see the benefit of the two organizations joining together, “but in the end, if it doesn’t work out, that’s a possibility.”

If there’s an official merger after this initial pilot season, Dow said that’s where lawyers would get involved, including the merging of assets, and creating a brand new identity, and dissolving the previous ones.