Community Connections

Thanks to the following Community Partners for collaborating with us on many of our initiatives:

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA), Community Partner Network (CPN), Here Magazine, Family Service of Greater Victoria (FSGV), Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC), First Peoples’ Cultural Council, Primary Colours, University of Victoria (Department Theatre; Department of Writing), Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA), District of Saanich, Canoo, Puente Theatre, Greater Victoria Public Library

Sheldon Elter, Andy Moro & Tara Beagan / The Ministry of Grace – Rehearsal Photos by Peter Pokorny

Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPoC) at the Belfry

This initiative is an opportunity for cultural administrators and artists who identify as members of the IBPoC community to meet, share, and identify their needs. It is an opportunity for cultural organizations, and those who support the IBPoC community, to listen to the thoughts and feelings of these unique individuals The Belfry is committed to supporting diverse artists and administrators and determining ways of moving forward towards greater inclusivity in the arts in our region.

The Belfry Theatre recognizes that, in many cases, extra effort is required to ensure the inclusion of IBPoC artists and administrators in the cultural ecology of this region. Our goal is to offer a safe space where they can gather, share, support one another, and help to chart a more inclusive future.

Intercultural Access

Through this program Immigrant ESL students from the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria are offered the opportunity to attend performances at the Belfry, meeting with a member of the Belfry staff prior to curtain for an introduction to the play.

This program is offered in partnership with ICA.

Canoo

As a member of Canoo, the Belfry offers free admission for new citizens during their first year of citizenship.

Canoo (formerly known as the Cultural Access Pass program) is a mobile app that helps new Canadian citizens celebrate their citizenship by providing free admission to over 1400 museums, science centres, art galleries, parks, theatres, and historic sites across Canada.

You can learn more about Canoo here.

Belfry 101 High School Program & Belfry Leadership Training Program

Belfry 101 is our signature program for students in grades 10, 11 and 12 from local inner city, suburban and private schools. Before they see the play, we lead the students through text analysis and improvisations based on themes from the plays and aspects of the production. They eat pizza, meet with the cast, see the show, and talk to the cast again afterwards. The next week they debrief their experience of the play, and participate in a Masterclass with a visiting artist or a member of Victoria’s professional theatre community. Students in Belfry 101 meet subsequently to further explore the play and develop ideas of their own production, B101 Live!, which is presented as part of our annual SPARK Festival.

Belfry 101 is generously sponsored by The Joint Pizzeria and Deli.

Belfry 101 in the Nation (Pilot Project)

Like Belfry 101, B101 in the Nation is a program for students among Indigenous Peoples on the South Island, through which we hope to build a meaningful relationship. Indigenous guest artists are invited to workshop with the students, with the objective of introducing professional theatre to young people.

Indigenous Showcase

By hosting Lindsay Delaronde’s annual Indigenous showcase, we are honoured to provide the community with a space where they can better understand and connect to the Indigenous performing arts through the works of local Indigenous artists in a contemporary and traditional/cultural performance of song, dance, and storytelling. Indigenous showcases are a valuable space for understanding the best practices of protocol and safe space for all our Indigenous guests.

Belfry@UVic Series and Belfry@CCPA

The Belfry is committed to creating opportunities for post-secondary students on the Island to meet and learn from professional Canadian theatre artists. Throughout the season, our guest artists visit UVic and the Canadian College of Performing Arts, addressing the students about their lived experience working in the theatre.

Booksmack at the Belfry

In partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library, Booksmack is fast, furious and fun! In timed rounds, five librarians speed-review their favourite books, CDs and DVDs. Booksmack is an enjoyable way to engage with community members and learn about books and videos that have the library staff buzzing.

The Flame

Your story, your voice. Based on New York’s famous Moth storytelling event, and The Flame events in Vancouver, members of our community share stories that are true and personal. Facilitated by award-winning actress and playwright Deborah Williams, you can count on a lively evening, including music from local artists, and a crowd of new and familiar faces.

Most Flame events are preceded by a two-day intensive story-telling workshop led by Deborah Williams.

The Flame is presented in partnership with HERE Magazine.

VocalEye Performance & Accessibility

Jameson Parker at a Touch Tour / Photo by Peter Pokorny

A “described” performance for patrons with low or no vision, followed by a touch-tour of the stage, with members of the cast.

The theatre is equipped with an infra-red hearing assist system. We have 6 headsets available through the Box Office.

The Belfry is wheelchair accessible, including a wheelchair accessible washroom. To avoid stairs, you can enter via the ramp on the west side of the building (off Gladstone Avenue).

To learn more about Accessibility at the Belfry, click here.

Scripts of the Season’s Plays

Want to read the script, before or after seeing the show? We have reading copies available for you to enjoy in the comfort of our lobby, as well as one of the best collection of Canadian plays on our lobby bookshelf.