Tonight in John Abbott’s Casgrain Theatre ~ Paul Thompson

Accomplished Director, Paul Thompson will address an audience at 7 p.m. at John Abbott’s Casgrain Theatre.

Admission is free, but participants can donate to the Abbott food bank (bring nonperishable food items). Following is a bio of this famous Canadian: Paul Thompson, director, producer, playwright (b at Charlottetown 4 May 1940 emerged as an important figure in the Canadian alternative theatre movement as artistic director of Toronto’s THEATRE PASSE MURAILLE (1970-82).

Thompson pipaul Thompsononeered the development of the COLLECTIVE CREATION process. His productions were characterized by their Canadian subject matter and the exploration and creation of Canadian myths. They include Doukhobors (1970), The Farm Show (1972), 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt (1973, written with Rick SALUTIN), I Love You, Baby Blue (1975), Far As the Eye Can See (1977) written with Rudy WIEBE) and Linda Griffiths’ Maggie and Pierre (1980). Thompson was director-general of the National Theatre School (NTS) in Montréal from 1987 to 1991.

Thanks to associate deans Haughey and McKendy, Storyfest Hudson and Theatre Passe-Muraille for this event.

Appointment of New Director of Continuing Education

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Stephanie Hygate to the position of Director of Continuing Education and the International Office.

Stephanie’s entire career has been driven by business and project development inside and outside Canada. During her 8 year mandate as Coordinator of the International Programs Office at the College, she successfully developed and implemented academic projects and partnerships with institutions, businesses and students in several countries.
Stephanie worked for 4 years in Beijing, China, to develop business opportunities for a German engineering company. Her combined experience in business and education will continue to assist her in her new role with Cont Ed and International Programs.

Stephanie was born and raised in Germany. She obtained her Master’s in Sinology and International Business from Goettingen University, Germany and a certificate of Chinese language studies from Fudan University, Shanghai.

Art by the Lake

On September 6 and 7, the John Abbott College Foundation and the Lakeshore Association of Artists (LAA) will join forces, once again, to hold the annual West Island art exhibit.

A long standing tradition among art lovers, this annual exhibit is widely attended and attracts visitors from all regions. It is ranked as one of the largest, most popular community events of its kind in Canada.

The LAA, the College and its students are looking forward to the event with great enthusiasm. A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit the John Abbott College Foundation to help young artists in need of financial assistance. There will be student guest artists, and student volunteers will also help in running the show. It will provide an excellent opportunity for the students to showcase their work and also to experience what it is like to plan, execute and participate in a major art exhibition.

Over 40 artists will be showcasing a selection of more than 20 pieces each. Artwork in the show will include a variety of styles and media, including oil, watercolour, pastel, acrylic, mixed media, drawing and sculpture. Admission is free and the show will take place, rain or shine, September 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Stewart Hall, 176 Lakeshore Road, in Pointe Claire.

Come and enjoy the art and the ambiance – bring your friends and family and take advantage of a great way to end the summer on a high note.

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Established in October 1999, the Foundation exists to support John Abbott College’s mission
and statement of purpose. Through fundraising activities, the Foundation allows the College
to respond to the steadily increasing demands for its services, while ensuring that the
education students receive and the environment in which they learn are second-to-none.

The Lakeshore Association of Artists is composed of over 50 professional artists scattered across the West Island, from Lachine to Hudson. It contributes extensively to West Island charities.