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.