NOVEMBER 16-19, 2016 (preview november 15) at the gladstone theatre in support of Difd (Do it for daron)

On November 13, 2010, 14-year-old Daron Richardson died by suicide. From this tragedy came a movement to transform youth mental health. Spearheaded by Daron’s parents Luke and Stephanie Richardson, a decision was made to support young people who suffer in silence from the pain and stigma of mental illness. Supported by the energy and efforts of dozens of Daron’s close friends and classmates, a grassroots movement was formed with the mission of creating awareness, inspiring conversations, and transforming youth mental health.

Do It For Daron (DIFD) encourages young people to talk openly about mental illness and to ask for help when needed. DIFD provides young people, their parents, teachers, coaches and other adult role models with the resources, outlets and, most importantly, courage to overcome the shame and fear of discussing mental illness. The purple DIFD heart, a creation inspired by Daron’s favourite colour, has become the youth-driven symbol of this movement. It is a visual reminder that only love and awareness, not hiding in the shadows, can combat youth mental illness.

who we are

C. Lee Bates and Joan Edwards Frommer partnered to create indie women productions, based on a shared commitment to the production of uncompromisingly provocative theatre. Joined by Lin Dickson and Laurel Tye, the four retired educators have decades of combined experience in every aspect of theatre, including performance; artistic and musical direction; stage management; set, costume, sound and props design and production. Their vision lead to an immense success and generous donation to The Royal Ottawa Foundation.

On March 4, 2016 indie women productions formed a formal board and applied for Incorporation with the Province of Ontario as a Not for profit. Board Members include… MORE


Our Last Fundraising Recipient

indie women productions is committed to producing high-quality community theatre, particularly plays and musicals that feature strong female roles. Additionally, iwp seeks to produce socially relevant theatre that educates and raises awareness in its audiences in an entertaining context. iwp is committed to include fundraising for charitable organizations as an element of every production.

Jillian O’Connor

When you sit with Jillian O’Connor you find yourself leaning in to bask in the positive energy that radiates her love of life and formidable strength. She glows as she talks of her family and the ins and outs of living with cancer. You want to move mountains for this young woman. You catch yourself thinking you should be a stronger person.

Jillian was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer while pregnant with her son Declan. Sadly, following his birth, tests revealed that Jillian’s cancer is terminal.

She worries about the strain on her husband. “We thought we would be a two income family raising the children together. Now David is supporting us on his income alone.” But, she knows that their close knit family are by their side. Whatever is around the corner Jillian knows her family will be okay.

We raised $12,300 for Jillian and her family with Bingo Ladies!!!

Pictured right: Cynthia Bates and Joan Frommer of iwp; Jillian O’Conner, recipient; Roberta Peets and Penny Silverhorn of Studio Theatre Perth.