2022 Emerging Arts Worker Program Participants | Hayley King, Paolo Bozzo, Abby Malcolm, & Alyssa Campbell

Foster Festival in the Community

We are deeply invested in our community here in St Catharines and Niagara. Find out more about the Foster Festival community outreach programs below.

We believe that everyone deserves to have access to the arts and feel welcome at The Foster Festival – this is our Commitment to Community. 

Artistic Director Emily Oriold & Norm Foster | 2024 Fundraiser for Local Hero Program
2023 Peter Millard as Danny & Taran Bamrah as Delilah | Danny & Delilah by Norm Foster
Artistic Director Emily Oriold on stage at the Mandeville Theatre, Ridley College

Doors Open Program

The Foster Festival believes that through the communal experience of live arts we can offer not only an afternoon or evening’s entertainment but also a great sense of wellbeing, uplifting the spirits of all who attend. Shared laughter is a balm for the soul.


The Foster Festival has joined with Bethlehem Housing and Support Services, Walker Family Cancer Centre, Pelham Cares, Community Living St. Catharines, Hospice Niagara, and Project Share to make seats available to their clients for all our productions. A donation or sponsorship to our Doors Open Program ensures complimentary tickets are made available to our partner agencies to distribute to their clientele. With increasing support, we plan to expand our program to include transportation to and from our partner agencies to our shows.


To make a donation to the program, or for more information on how to become a sponsor, click the button below.

Emerging Arts Worker Program

Emerging Arts Workers and Post-Secondary Dramatic Arts Students are given the opportunity to be mentored by one of The Foster Festival’s Senior Artists or Technicians, giving program participants their first professional experience in theatre.


These experiential learning opportunities and skills gained through the program, help the emerging artists find the confidence to advance their careers in theatre. Program participants have often secured full-time, technical positions within the Festival itself or in other professional theatres upon program completion. 

Set Designer Beckie Morris with Program Participant Zakk Milne | 2023

Support The Foster Festival

If you like to laugh and if you’d like to contribute to ensuring the future of The Foster Festival, please consider making a donation today.