What We Do
Founded in 2004, Downstage is a Calgary-based organization dedicated to producing Canadian theatre that creates conversation around social issues. With a focus on new work created by local artists, we offer artistic experiences that are entertaining, inventive, thought-provoking and highly relevant to your everyday life.
All of our performances are followed by a moderated post-show discussion where audience members can engage with each other about the ideas provoked by our shows. This post-show engagement coupled with a commitment to attracting an audience that mirrors the diversity of our city helps to create opportunities for ‘social bridging’: allowing people to form connections to others who are different from them, whether in terms of age, culture, life experience, profession or ability.
Our plays serve as a touchstone for conversation, inspiring a seniors’ life-long learning group to have a spirited debate with teenagers about our public education system after a performance of Bashir Lazhar, or ranchers and landmen to connect over shared challenges around land use during the run of Good Fences.