Evergreen Theatre Society
Our Story Why We Exist
Established in 1991, the founding members were passionate about creating opportunities for a larger audience to access the excellent interpretative theatre programs they created and performed each summer in Kananaskis Provincial Park.
In the years since its inception, Evergreen has grown and expanded in diverse ways, without ever losing sight of its commitment to young audiences and the fine art of science. While touring shows and residency programs remain flagship endeavours, programming now includes the Big Green Puppet Bus, home school programs, puppet camp, and festive special events. In an effort to provide accessible and affordable space to artists and the larger community, we operated the Evergreen Community Studios on the Currie Barracks from 2007-15. In 2014, we undertook the purchase and renovation of Calgary’s newest arts facility, and our new home. In 2016 we officially took up residence in the Evergreen Community Spaces, a 24,000 sq ft studio facility in Mayland Heights. The new facility supports Evergreen Theatre’s mandate to promote the arts through space provision to artists and the greater community.
Evergreen proudly offers curriculum-based musical theatre touring shows and artist-in-residency programs for schools, as well as custom workshops, presentations, and activities for conferences and organizations nation wide. Beyond that, we also provide commissioned works for zoos, science centres, museums, and corporations. Evergreen Theatre has been on the forefront of “green” programming for nearly 25 years – here’s to the next 25!
Our Impact What We Do
"Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand"
We create distinctive, dynamic theatrical programming that explores pertinent topics through the arts, and leaves our audience feeling connected, inspired and empowered with science and the natural world. We also own and operate our own building, Evergreen Community Spaces, to promote the arts through space provision to artists and the greater community.
Our innovative curriculum-linked residencies, shows and programming get kids teaching their peers about science and the environment through theatre. Using inquiry-based learning, students are challenged to discover meaning and relevance in curriculum linked topics pertinent to natural, scientific and environmental issues. Facilitating the development of both critical and creative thinking, we raise environmental and social awareness and empower youth to take part in making positive choices.
Evergreen Community Spaces:
The Evergreen Community Spaces are proudly owned and operated by Evergreen Theatre. Our unique, 24,000 square foot facility boasts 24/7 access, flexible studios, offices, production and performance space, dressing room, storage, props and costume workshop, visitor lounge and much more. This project is an innovative venture: a community-centric, not-for-profit arts facility. This facility supports Evergreen Theatre’s mandate to promote the arts through space provision to artists and the greater community. We offer cost-effective spaces with the highest functionality possible. Because the space is multi-use and multidisciplinary, we are open to many groups and have few usage restrictions. Come find your space at Evergreen.
- Our excellent value to clients exposes over 65,000 school children and teachers annually to our dynamic programs.
- Evergreen Theatre has won many awards, click HERE to see a full list.
- Over 20 years of experience creatively educating children and caring for the environment.
- Last year, Evergreen Community Spaces saw over 100,000 people come through our doors, with 8,000-10,000 people visiting per month.
Our Programs How We Do It
Our Artistic Mandate is to collaboratively create new and choice inspiring works, within our Artistic, Educational, and Organizational ethics. We expose young audiences to the magic of live theatre, in most cases for the first time. We promote employment opportunities to emerging and established artists. We support the arts community by providing affordable office, rehearsal and performance space. We believe there is a great artistic value in producing works using resources of local arts talent. Evergreen Theatre values a balanced approach to interpretive theatre whereby the elements of entertainment and education are given equal attention and importance.
Our touring shows and residency programs remain flagship endeavours, we have created new programming that now includes the Big Green Puppet Bus; a roving theatre show housed in repurposed decomissioned city bus, home school programs, puppet camp; our hand on creative summer progam, and workshops; tailored for any audience.
Our Evergreen Theatre Programs:
Touring Stage Shows: Evergreen will perform a 50-minute signature show with 2 professional actors in your school! Our performances will engage students K-6, with opportunities for older students to perform in the show!
Grow a Show - Artist in Residency Programs: A Grow-A-Show program places a team of theatre professionals in your school. The artists will lead the school in the creation, rehearsal, and performance of a brand new, science inspired work of theatre.
Puppet Camps: Learn about, play with, build puppets and perform in our very own Puppet Theatre for family and friends at the end of the camp all with an environmental twist. Then take home your new puppet pal to create your own shows at home!
Custom Shows and Programs: Our unique use of theatre to explore scientific and educational topics gives us a tremendously creative and effective approach to helping your company get a message out. Whether you are trying to provide a public safety message, offer creative and educational activities for trade show events, connect your community to the history of your company or just have good green fun, our entertaining approach makes an unforgettable statement.
Anatomy of Educational Theatre: Interpretation Theatre Workshops for Junior/Senior/Post Secondary students.
Our Requests What You Can Do
Evergreen Theatre is a not-for-profit registered charity and relies on personal and corporate support. Due to their generous support Evergreen continues to offer some of the lowest priced programs available. Our excellent value to clients exposes over 65,000 school children and teachers annually to our dynamic programs. You can support Evergreen in a variety of ways:
Come visit us! Arrange a tour, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-228-1384.
Evergreen Theatre is a dynamic arts and science theatre company with a unique and respected status in the educational community. Our award-winning programming is highly sought after by schools, parents, and educational partners. Each season, Evergreen has a number of unique partnership opportunities available for companies or individuals interested in philanthropy. Our diversity of programs, both in size and topic, provides an excellent selection of charitable opportunities for all types of donors. Our multiple areas of expertise in arts, science and education make Evergreen an excellent fit for a wide variety of campaigns and initiatives. Our connection to a large audience, and commitment to educational and entertainment excellence, makes Evergreen Theatre the right choice for any partner.
Evergreen Theatre is grateful for all gifts received to help continue science-based theatre learning in schools and across the continent. Without your support, vital hands-on environmental education topics (such as Recycling, Global Warming and Endangered Species) may go unnoticed in the youth of today, and the opportunity for schools to afford our hands-on educational programs may be missed.
You can provide support to Evergreen in many ways including: gifts of cash, wills & bequests, life insurance and professional advice.
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