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Studio 180’s Year-End Fundraising Campaign Is Well Under Way

Studio 180 Theatre is currently in the midst of its 2013 Year-End Fundraising Campaign. Our goal is to raise $10,000 by December 31 to support our ongoing artistic programming. If you believe that theatre has the power to change lives and transform communities, you can help us keep building community through theatre with bold productions, provocative audience engagement activities and our growing Studio 180 IN CLASS education program.

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Of late, we’ve been sharing stories from people who have been touched by our work. The following letter was written by donor, former Board member and Champion of Studio 180, Bill Poole.

Bill Poole with wife Louise and sons Stephen and Matthew, at Studio 180’s 2013 BMO Gala.

Bill Poole with wife Louise and sons Stephen and Matthew, at Studio 180’s 2013 BMO Gala.

“I did what I could.”


My name is Bill Poole. I am a donor, former Board member and a Champion of Studio 180, and I’d like to share why I’ve supported this important cultural organization for over 10 years. I’d also like to invite you to join me in supporting their vital work.

My initial connection to Studio 180 was through Joel Greenberg, who was a colleague of mine at the University of Waterloo. I heard that his newly formed theatre group was putting on a show and I wanted to be supportive, so I made a donation.

On Thursday, February 13, 2003, I attended the opening night of Studio 180’s first production, The Laramie Project at the Artword Theatre, without any idea that it would be the beginning of a decade-long relationship.

The Laramie Project was special for me – a seminal work that was challenging, moving and extraordinarily impactful. It explored the pain, anger and hope of a community struggling to cope with a tragic event, and it had a profound impact on me. This is what Studio 180 does best – produce plays that touch our hearts and minds, plays that remind us that we are inextricably connected through our humanity.

After that first performance, I was invited to join the cast at a reception, and the gratitude poured out. The cast signed a poster for me, thanked me repeatedly and treated me like visiting royalty. I returned several times with friends because I wanted everyone I knew to see the production. I was incredibly proud of what Joel and the actors accomplished. My contribution made a real difference and yours can too.

What Studio 180 has achieved in just 10 years is remarkable by any yardstick – a string of popular and critically successful productions, the creation of Beyond the Stage activities for audiences, and a rapidly expanding Studio 180 IN CLASS education program. I’m delighted to have had a part in the company’s growth, and I can’t wait to see what they will achieve in their next decade.

In Studio 180’s early years, I did what I could. And today I ask you to do what you can.

I give because I believe in the power of Studio 180’s work.

I give because productions like The Laramie Project, Stuff Happens and The Normal Heart are important, challenging and moving.

I give because Studio 180 is the catalyst for important conversations that enrich our community.

Please join me as a Champion of Studio 180 Theatre and consider making a donation. Together, we can make an even more profound impact in our community through the transformative power of theatre.

Thank you for taking the time to consider this letter and, from my family to yours, we wish you a wonderful Holiday Season.


Bill Poole

Donor, former Board member & Champion of Studio 180 Theatre

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