What do the METAs mean to us at The Quebec Drama Federation? An opportunity to gather the community together, and collectively say, “We bare witness, and, we celebrate you.”
To the Emerging Artist, toiling in what feels to them as the shadows, the METAs say, we bear witness. To the Playwright, feeling secluded in the creative process, the METAs say, we bear witness. To the Directors, who wonder if anyone knows that their job description can include wrestling alligators, the METAs say, we bear witness. To the Artistic Directors, struggling to keep companies afloat, mostly by the force of sheer will, yet producing work that enraptures, engages, and emboldens us, the METAs say, we bear witness. To the Community and Regional Theatres, who wonder if anyone knows there is outstanding cultural life off the Island, the METAs say, we bear witness. To those Artists, who manage to overcome all the creative challenges, limited resources and isolation, to put forward efforts that take our breath away, the METAs say, bear witness and we celebrate you!
The QDF Staff and Board, join in celebrating all of the Theatre community, for their contributions to the diverse and vibrant tapestry that is English language Theatre in Quebec, and join with you, in celebrating all of the nominees and recipients of METAs for outstanding performance, as beacons of excellence.
Please note: The above is a republication of the text prepared for the 2014 META Program.