UPDATE: Stratford City Council has now put a timeframe on its direction on the proposed Tom Patterson redevelopment.
Council agreed to move quickly and put a clock on a decision for next month taking into account the recent public feedback.
Last month’s public meeting on the project featured a packed house of residents who asked questions of both the city and festival.
The Stratford Festival’s board chair, Dan Bernstein along with his wife Claire Foerster have pledged $10 million to the redevelopment of the Tom Patterson Theatre.
The hedge fund director who lives Connecticut says the festival is a crucial piece of theatre in North America, adding the festival means a great deal to his family.
Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino says the commitment is quite the endorsement for the Festival and its future.
So far, the province has promised $20 million to the redevelopment of the 46-year-old theatre with a decision on funding also expected from the federal government before the end of this year.