Hamilton Fringe Festival

An 11-day unjuried theatre festival that happens every summer in downtown Hamilton

ALERT Spotlight: Lily Sutherland

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017

ALERT is professional development program for emerging artistic leaders who want to help redefine the theatre culture in Hamilton. Participants work with theatre artists and mentors to develop their artistic and producing skills and help produce the Frost Bites Festival in February 2018.

Lily Sutherland takes on the job of Fundraising Co-ordinator for the Frost Bites Festival.


Lily holds a degree in Theatre Studies , with special focus in the Acting Profile, from University of Ottawa. During her studies, she acted in various productions and served as a Producer of the Youth Infringement Festival, a festival which provides opportunities for emerging artists ages 16-25 to write, produce and act in original work. Currently, she produces for Toronto-based theatre company, Passing Through Theatre, which she co-founded in 2014. She has created, produced and performed in two original productions and toured to four cities on the Canadian Fringe circuit with Passing Through Theatre. She also develops and facilities workshops in improv and clown for high school students and in her spare time, volunteers for educational arts and drama programs which cater to adults with special needs. 

What excites you about the ALERT program? What drew you to it?

I’m excited to be a part of creating new and exciting site-specific work in Hamilton, while meeting and learning from creative people and contributing to the community. 

What are you looking forward to at Frost Bites?

I can’t wait to see how the festival comes together as a whole! So much imagination, planning and creativity has gone into this process so far, and I just know its going to be an incredible event. 

Why do you love Hamilton?

Hamilton has such a vibrant and supportive arts community! I am still relatively new here and I am constantly surprised and delighted by the varied and unique arts and cultural events this city has to offer.

What are your favourite spots in Hamilton?

Finding exotic and fresh ingredients at stores like Denninger’s and Starskys makes trying out new recipes a lot of fun!

For more information about the ALERT Program and its participants, click here.