Stratford News Stratford Festival receives $5 million donation for new Tom Patterson Theatre SHARE ON: Casey Kenny, staff Monday, Jun. 10th, 2019 Challenge made to help Stratford Festival campaign reach goal.. (Image supplied by www.stratfordfestival.ca). Stratford Festival officials are celebrating a $5 million dollar donation for the new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre. The donation from Kelly and Michael Meighen and the T.R. Meighen Family Foundation is for the festival’s Tent Campaign for the new theatre bringing the $100-million Spirit of the Tent Campaign to a total of $90 million. The Stratford Festival Forum’s dedicated space in the new theatre centre will be renamed The Meighen Forum in honour of the donation. Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino says Michael and Kelly have a long history with the festival. The new Tom Patterson Theatre is scheduled to open for the Festival’s 2020 season.