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The theatre has always been a place for our community to come together, to laugh, to cry, to share.

On Friday, March 13 the inevitable impact of the Coronavirus reached Nova Scotia and we were forced to make the difficult decision to close the shows in the remainder of our 2019/2020 season.

The show must go on, and will go on, but we need your help . Because we are more reliant on ticket sales and less on outside funding – we are left vulnerable . With bills to pay and no shows on stage, we are quickly depleting the money needed to get shows back on our stages Your donation will help us withstand this difficult time.

Our commitment is to support our theatre community, employees, and to ensure that Neptune Theatre presents our 2020/2021 season.

Our 2020/2021 season theme is Dream It. Be It . We are working on presenting you with the delightful season of theatre we have planned. We are looking forward to opening our doors, to welcoming you back to Neptune very soon.

Your support ensures Neptune Theatre will continue to create memorable theatre experiences for all Nova Scotians.

From all of us at Neptune Theatre,



If you are able, please donate today:

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Individual Contributions

Please consider contributing to Neptune Theatre. In giving to Neptune, you are supporting a vibrant arts and education centre. It is through your generous support that we evolve and thrive. See Donor Benefits chart below. If you would like your donation to remain anonymous, please let us know.


Since the Neptune Endowment Fund was launched in 2012, nearly 100 individual donors have invested in a brighter future for Neptune. Each of these donations has been matched at an almost dollar for dollar level by the federal government! As a result, the fund has grown to more than $2.3 million.

The Neptune Endowment Fund helps the theatre keep pace with the rising cost of producing and presenting professional theatre and maintaining a leading cultural institution for the community.

All donations to this important initiative remain in the fund, while Neptune benefits from the interest earned on the fund. The bigger the endowment grows, the more interest revenue we receive! This new source of income is important to our long-term sustainability.

You can help by giving a one-time gift, making a multi-year pledge, donating public securities, or leaving us a bequest through your estate planning.

Donate to the endowment online by clicking here, or download an Endowment Pledge Sheet here.

To enjoy the tax benefits of giving a gift of public securities, download our Public Securities Transfer Form.

As a Neptune Endowment Fund Donor, you will be acknowledged for your pivotal role in helping to sustain and shape the future of Neptune.

See Donor Benefits chart below for recognition levels.

Seat Dedications

Have a plaque engraved with the name of a loved one on a seat in Fountain Hall or the Scotiabank Stage. W hat a wonderful opportunity to honour or remember a dear friend or family member who shares your love for the performing arts.

Artistic Directors Wall of Honour

Celebrate Neptune’s rich history by honouring the contributions of its Artistic Directors.  Located in the main foyer of the theatre, this feature wall pays tribute to the vision and ground-breaking work of Neptune’s Artistic Directors.  

Planned Giving

  • Leave a lasting legacy at Neptune Theatre and help us ensure a strong future.
  • Consulting your family and financial advisor is always recommended, as there are many Planned Giving options.

Your generosity allows us to fulfill our vision by:

  • Placing excellence on our stages with a wide variety of relevant, entertaining and challenging work that more than 100,000 people enjoy annually,
  • Advancing the talents and aspirations of young, emerging and established artists through creative development programs such as The Chrysallis Project, which provides training, mentorship and employment  and INKubator, which supports new play development, primarily from underserved communities .
  • Providing opportunities for all members of our community to become more deeply involved in the creative process through imaginative and original programming, created to strengthen the bond between patrons and artists.

Scholarship and Special Project Giving

Neptune has offered theatre education for over 30 years.  The Neptune Theatre School provides programming for participants of all ages, as well as a robust slate of master classes for pre-professionals and professional artists. 

The Annual School Tour travels to 40 – 50 schools across the province providing upwards of 20,000 students with the experience of live theatre.  

Neptune’s Student Matinee program welcomes another 10,000 students to the theatre’s downtown location to see age-appropriate productions on its two stages.

The theatre school offers March Break and Summer Camps, as well as intensive year-round training through its Youth Performance Company (YPCo.).  

Neptune’s PREP program provides specialized training to youth intent on applying for post-secondary training in theatre. 


Julie Martell Fund The fund gives emerging Cape Breton performers, aged 15-22 years old, the opportunity to apply for financial assistance to participate in arts activities either on or off the island.

Matt Amyotte Fund - A talented actor and musician, Matthew Amyotte was a beloved part of Neptune's family, most notably as Musical Director for the Youth Performance Company (YPCo), and as a performer in both Fountain Hall and Scotiabank Stage productions. In honour of his memory, each year, a student will receive a scholarship to the YPCo program.

The Blackmore Bursary - This bursary is awarded annually to a talented student enrolled in the technical theatre program at the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University.

Terry Irwin Fund - This fund has helped provide Neptune with a technically-advanced music room for our musicians to perform in. This room has helped improve working conditions for performers and has allowed Neptune to better the sound quality our audiences enjoy on the Fountain Hall Mainstage.

Chrysalis Project -   Initiated in 2018 this hands-on learning program provides emerging directors, designers and choreographers with experience and exposure to professional productions. Chrysalis participants are mentored by seasoned local and visiting professionals.  

INKubator  - This program supports new play development by providing emerging playwrights, particularly from underserved communities, with the supports and expertise necessary to create works for Neptune’s stages .

Wes Daniels Fund - This award honours the artistic spirit of late props builder Wes Daniels, a long-time employee of Neptune Theatre and a gifted artist. The annual award provides a matching gift to a theatre company to subsidize, for a given production, the hiring of a young professional who’s demonstrated a strong artistic sensibility in the field of theatre design.

Donor Benefits


For additional information on donating to Neptune Theatre, please contact Leslie MacDonald, Director of Development and Partnerships at

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