Sep 26, 2016

Vancouver, BC – The Langara College Foundation announced that the Langara Studio 58 Legacy Fund campaign reached and exceeded its original $250,000 goal, raising over $273,000 in support of Theatre Arts at Langara.

Over 538 individual donors contributed to the success of the campaign, among them 219 Studio 58 alumni and 55 present and former faculty, directors, and designers.

“The response from our Studio 58 community was amazing,” said Moira Gookstetter, Executive Director, Langara College Foundation. “We are humbled by their generosity. With their support we raised over $136,729, which when matched by the College, will create an endowment of $273,458.

We are especially thankful for our volunteer campaign chairs Jane Heyman and Joey Lespérance. They are the real heroes of this campaign. Their enthusiasm, dedication, and tireless support have helped to create a foundation that will launch Studio 58 into the future.”

Established to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Langara’s renowned Theatre Arts at Studio 58 program, the Legacy Fund’s mandate is to support the expansion and scope of the program’s productions, training, and learning opportunities and carry on Studio 58’s tradition of excellence.

“The remarkable success of the Studio 58 Legacy Fund campaign will mean future generations of students will have access to working on productions beyond the normal scope of Studio 58, will be offered special workshops, and will have the possibility to mentor with professionals,” said Kathryn Shaw, Artistic Director, Theatre Arts at Studio 58, Langara College. “The Legacy Fund will allow Theatre Arts at Studio 58 to remain a leading force in theatre training in Canada.  All of this could not have been possible without our caring and generous donors and supporters.”

About Langara College Theatre Arts at Studio 58

One of Canada’s best theatre schools, Langara College’s prestigious Theatre Arts at Studio 58 program provides practical, hands-on training for students looking for exciting and rewarding careers in professional theatre. The program offers two streams – acting and production.

About Langara
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as house of teachings, a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located.

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Yvonne Ohara
Manager, Foundation Communications and Marketing
Langara College Foundation