How We Do It
Theatre Calgary enjoys support from 10,000+ subscribers and more than 100,000 single ticket buyers. Ticket sales represent a significant show of support from the community as well as a vital revenue stream. But since revenue from ticket sales only covers 60% of the cost of the productions, the success of Theatre Calgary is dependent upon community investment–the generous donations of corporations, foundations and individuals.
With an emphasis on fiscal responsibility, we strive to strike the necessary balance between keeping costs low and maintaining the quality of our stage productions. The success we have built on stage is built upon the success of our community partnerships. Our vision is to become a national destination, one that connects with Canadians and sets the bar for excellent entertainment.
THEATRE CALGARY’S 2016-17 SEASON
For complete details on our season, visit our website: theatrecalgary.com
- ‘da Kink in My Hair – A Joyous Celebration by Trey Anthony
- Boom – A Dazzling Theatrical Experience – by Rick Miller
- The Audience – A Riveting Drama featuring Seana McKenna – by Peter Morgan
- A Thousand Splendid Suns – A World Premiere Production with the American Conservatory Theatre – Based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini, adapted by Ursula Rani Sarma, music by David Coulter
- Crazy for You – A Romantic Musical – Music and Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, Book by Ken Ludwig
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare – A Shakespeare by the Bow Presentation (summer 2016)
- A Christmas Carol – 30 Years of Spirited Tradition – by Charles Dickens
- Skylight – A Special TC Up Close Presentation
- Songs of Resilience by the Queer Songbook Orchestra – A Presentation with One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo.
Theatre Calgary is committed to mentoring young artists and providing a bridge between post-secondary education and professional theatre. We have developed an Emerging Artists Program of the highest caliber, designed to invest in the younger generation, develop their skills and increase the pool of talent that is at the core of artistic excellence.
With a commitment to emerging artists, Theatre Calgary began producing Shakespeare by the Bow in 2012. Shakespeare by the Bow is a bridge for theatre school graduates that helps transition them to a professional acting career. Using the great texts of William Shakespeare as the foundation, these artists train in a professional setting with some of Canada’s leading professional artists. Throughout the summer they share their work with Calgarians by performing in the beautiful outdoor setting of Prince’s Island Park.
Through this program, we have inspired and mentored 57 theatre school graduates with a comprehensive learning experience. In addition to the practicum experience they receive from performing the play, they also benefit from coaching and workshops during the rehearsal process.
- “Participating in Shakespeare by the Bow was one of the best experiences I have had in theatre. It is unlike anything available to emerging artists in Alberta. In one swoop it provided me with greater understanding of Shakespearean text, performing experience, great connections with other emerging artists and influential people in professional theatre and a summer full of fantastic memories. I can honestly say that Shakespeare by the Bow launched my professional acting career.” – Julia Guy, Shakespeare by the Bow emerging artist
For Theatre Calgary, we see the development of new talent as vital to encouraging the health and well-being of the sector. We also benefit from extending our reach into the community and grow our audience. Shakespeare by the Bow is accessible and affordable and attracts people who may be experiencing theatre for the first time.
InterACTive Learning Program
Educating young people to enjoy and appreciate theatre has a positive and lasting impact. Our commitment to ensuring their experience is meaningful is firmly entrenched in our student matinee program, which provides subsidized tickets to students. The experience is further enhanced through our Young Artist Club and Teacher Club.
Our learning program also extends to adults through audience enrichment opportunities. Every time we invite audiences to pre- or post-show discussions, play readings or workshops, we have observed an overwhelming interest, curiousity and eagerness to participate in our work beyond the stage. Theatre Calgary offers a variety of extraordinary learning experiences open to all, designed to explore the creation and experience of live theatre.
FUSE: The Enbridge New Play Development Program
This program is dedicated to the development of new original scripts and theatrical adaptations that have potential for production on the Theatre Calgary stage. FUSE has become a vital part of our vision and success at Theatre Calgary. It has allowed us to expand our creative horizons and become an important and nationally-recognized source of new, Canadian, large-scale theatrical works. It has allowed us to truly embrace our role as a leader in our artistic community, by allowing us to explore the new–new voices, new stories, new directions and new perspectives. In doing so, Theatre Calgary is able to continue moving forward as a vibrant and relevant contributor to the culture of our city and beyond.
Through the FUSE program, Theatre Calgary has developed 23 new plays and 8 of these have premiered on the main stage as part of Theatre Calgary’s season. Many of these newly developed plays have enjoyed subsequent productions across the country. Most recently, Theatre Calgary produced Liberation Days by Calgary playwright David van Belle. Through several years of development through FUSE, this production was an artistic and box office success–adding an important voice to the Canadian theatre landscape.