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Media Release

Arts Club Theatre Company, April 5, 2005

Stanley Theatre moves to the next stage with $1.5 million donation

Arts Club Theatre Company Industrial Alliance Pacific

The Stanley Theatre today received a $1.5 million donation from Vancouver-based Industrial Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company. This is the largest donation ever received by The Stanley Theatre and the Arts Club Theatre Company. It is also one of the largest corporate donations to a Vancouver arts organization in recent history.

In recognition of such a significant donation, The Stanley Theatre will become The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

John Gill, President of Industrial Alliance Pacific, said, "Arts organizations make important contributions to our communities. They need our support. We are delighted to continue supporting The Stanley Theatre. Our donation will ensure its financial stability for years to come."

This announcement marks the start of a 20-year partnership between Industrial Alliance Pacific, the Arts Club Theatre Company and The Stanley Theatre Society. The Company’s donation will support the repayment of The Stanley Theatre’s mortgage. New signage for the theatre will be unveiled in May 2005.

Arts Club Theatre Company general manager Howard R. Jang stated, "This is a very exciting day for The Stanley Theatre Society and the Arts Club Theatre Company. We have entered into a partnership with a long-time supporter. Industrial Alliance Pacific is showing tremendous leadership, and sincerely cares about the arts."

Long-time artistic managing director Bill Millerd said, "This is a major development for our theatre company in ensuring our future. A big thank-you to Industrial Alliance Pacific for its belief in the power of the arts."

Industrial Alliance Pacific has been a sponsor of the Arts Club Theatre Company since the 2000-2001 season, when they sponsored Ain't Misbehavin' at The Stanley Theatre. The Company has sponsored a Stanley Theatre production in every year since then, including: The Mousetrap (2001-2002), Dial M for Murder (2002-2003), Evita (2003-2004) and Miss Saigon (2004-2005).

About Industrial Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company
Industrial Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company is part of the Industrial Alliance Group, the fifth largest life and health insurance organization in Canada. The Industrial Alliance Group insures over 1.7 million Canadians, employs more than 2,600 people and manages and administers $28.5 billion in assets. Industrial Alliance Pacific is committed to ensuring the financial security of the individuals it serves and contributing to the communities in which they live.

About The Stanley Theatre
After an intensive "Save the Stanley" campaign in the mid-90s, The Stanley Theatre re-opened to the public with Dean Regan's record-setting production of Swing in October 1998, and it is now the Arts Club Theatre Company’s main venue. An intimate version of a Broadway or London classic theatre, this elegant venue has permitted the company to move into the exciting arena of producing larger musicals, 20th century classics and acclaimed productions from around the world.

Media Contacts:

For the Arts Club Theatre Company:
Sarah Durno
Public Relations Manager
Phone: 604-687-5315 x 244

For Industrial Alliance Pacific:
Angela Koulyras
Contemporary Communications
Phone: 604-637-3041


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