The Foster Festival

Humour with Heart in the heart of Niagara!

PACT Membership: Regular Membership

PACT Caucuses: Regional Theatres, Rural Theatres, Summer Theatres,

PACT Region: 4 – Ontario, outside Toronto

The Foster Festival is a registered Not-For-Profit, Charitable Organization #81051 0180 RR0001. At The Foster Festival, it is our mission to showcase the heart and humour of Foster's writing in a dedicated environment, employing the finest Canadian theatre practitioners and to foster and support emerging and established Canadian playwrights interested in stories that are entertaining but also deeply meaningful to and reflective of our audience.

Current Season:

2019 Summer Season
We are thrilled to back for our fourth summer season in downtown St. Catharines, the heart of Niagara!

The Writer
by Norm Foster
JUNE 19 - JULY 5, 2019
Full of compassion and Foster's trademark Humour with Heart, The Writer explores the parent child connection with touching clarity as the paternal care-giver becomes the cared for. World Premiere!

Hilda's Yard
by Norm Foster
JULY 10 - JULY 26, 2019
Set in 1956, this delightful comedy sparkles with unexpected twists and turns. Hilda’s Yard reunites Norm Foster & Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone as Sam & Hilda Fluck. Holy toot! You’re going to love it!

Beside Myself
Book & Lyrics by Norm Foster
Music & Lyrics by Steve Thomas
July 31 - August 17, 2019
Reuniting Norm Foster and composer Steve Thomas - co-creators of audience favourites Jasper Station, Race Day and Sitting Pretty, Beside Myself is a sweet musical examination of love lost and found.

Contact Information:

  • Phone Number (admin): 289-786-0950 x.0
  • Phone Number (ticketing): 905-688-0722
  • Contact Email:

Company Information:

  • Year Founded: 2015
  • Annual Budget: $500,000
  • Season Starts: June
  • Season Ends: August
  • Theatre Tours: Yes
  • Tour Locations:
    • Regionally
    • Nationally
  • Engagement Contracts:
    • CTA
  • Affiliations & Memberships (other than PACT): Theatre Ontario, Ontario Summer Theatres
  • Senior Staff:

  • Emily OrioldExecutive Director
  • Patricia VanstoneArtistic Director
  • Lou BradleyGroup Sales & Volunteer Coordinator

Rental Information:

  • Venue rental Information:

    Venue rentals: no

Solicitation Information:

  • Playwrights:

    Accept unsolicited scripts: yes
  • Policies: If wishing to send scripts, please visit our website and use the appropriate contact form. Only accepting scripts by Canadian residents.
  • Actors:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • Policies: If wishing to send an acting resume, please visit our website and use the appropriate contact form. We accept resumes throughout the year.