Alberta Theatre Projects Society (ATP)
Our Story Why We Exist
Alberta Theatre Projects is a Calgary-based, not-for-profit, professional theatre company that celebrates the art of live theatre. From its home in The Martha Cohen Theatre at Arts Commons, the company produces world-calibre shows with a focus on idea-driven new works, plays by Canadian playwrights, and contemporary theatre from around the world. It is also a national leader in new play development and dramaturgy.
Our Impact What We Do
Alberta Theatre Projects creates and produces great contemporary theatre with the objective of making life more beautiful and telling stories that make sense of what it means to be alive right now. From the beginning, ATP has always had a mandate of presenting new Canadian plays.
Through innovative programs such as the Enbridge playRites Festival and more recently Enbridge New Canadian Plays, ATP has continued its rich history of producing new Canadian works.
- Vision: A world where minds and hearts are opened through the life-changing experience of theatre.
- Mission: We create community by producing relevant, high quality contemporary theatre; by playing a national leadership role in the development and creation of new Canadian plays; and by bringing audience and artists together in an exchangearound the work.
Some of the new works premiered have gone onto international acclaim including Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte, The Shape of a Girl by Joan MacLeod, Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love by Brad Fraser, and Butcher by Nicolas Billon.
The reach of Alberta Theatre Projects extends far beyond the doors of our theatre. We are committed to actively engaging the community by encouraging interaction and feedback between our patrons, volunteers, supporters and artists.
ATP continues to invest in the future by supporting emerging artists and providing unique opportunities for Calgary’s youth to get involved with and grow their passion for the theatre.
Our Programs How We Do It
The Shows: The 2017-2018 season features six plays that run from September through April. We have a capacity to seat over 53,000 audience members in 140 performances, with each performance seating up to 419 patrons in the Martha Cohen Theatre.
This season ATP brings you six audacious stories that will inspire, challenge, thrill, and bring us together to celebrate the incomparable power and potential of the human spirit.
Call us what you will: rebels, rogues or mavericks. We don’t care for labels. But Albertans’ unique talent for defying expectations is a big part of our identity. It’s a collective character we draw strength and inspiration from in challenging times and a symbol of our unity, even in our diversity. Emboldened by the courage of those who’ve come before us, we use our creativity and daring to propel ourselves forward and change the course of history.
- The Last Wife By Kate Hennig, Directed by Glynis Leyshon
- To the Light By Evelyne De La Chenelière, Translated by John Murrell, Directed by Vanessa Porteous
- Charlotte's Web By E.B. White, Adapted by Joseph Robinette, Directed by Laurel Green
- Empire of the Son By Tetsuro Shigematsu, A Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre Production
- Constellations By Nick Payne, Directed by Valerie Planche
- GLORY By Tracey Power in association with Western Canada Theatre, Directed by James MacDonald
The Exchange is a series of lively and engaging events per season that help deepen the level of personal connection between the Calgary community and the work you experience on stage. Activities within The Exchange, such as our Backstage Tours or Pizza Night, are easily accessible and provide a comfortable setting to indulge one’s curiosity and gain an insight into the plays ATP produces. Afternoon Tea and Talkback Tuesday encourage audience members to engage in intimate dialogues with the artists.
Youth Engagement: One of the key mandates of ATP is to invest in future generations so that Canada’s young people appreciate and participate in the arts. We strongly believe that by involving our young people in our Youth, Outreach & Education initiatives, we not only share our passion for live theatre but also equip youth with the skills and confidence to succeed as the community and business leaders of tomorrow.
No greater is the impact of our Youth, Outreach & Education programs exemplified than in the case of our current Executive Director, Vicki Stroich. Starting off as an intern at ATP in the 1999-2000 season, Vicki has contributed to the success of the company for over 15 years. It is her internship experience at ATP in her formative years that she attributes as being a great influence on the career she has today.
Our Requests What You Can Do
It is the generosity of people like you that empowers Canadian artists to share so selflessly from their own experiences to tell the stories that touch lives and resonate long after all the lights have been dimmed. Your contribution extends far beyond the limits of the stage but serves to impact, influence, inspire and encourage the tens of thousands of audience members who come through our doors each year.
If you are passionate for creating quality theatre, help us share the joy of live theatre. There are numerous ways to deepen your involvement with Alberta Theatre Projects:
- Empower someone | By making a gift to ATP, you are enabling someone to tell a story that needs to be told, one that will go on to inspire others. Be the one to make that possible, donate today! To donate click here.
- Support our team | Our valuable team of hundreds of volunteers, some of whom have been with us for over 25 years, help us to always make ATP a welcoming, friendly environment. With positions from the lobby to the theatre and even special events, many ways to get involved at ATP. To volunteer click here.
- Bring your friends | Join us at The Exchange or as audience members in the 2016-2017 season and share your passion for live theatre by bringing your friends! Single tickets, group sales and subscriptions are now on sale.