One Yellow Rabbit (OYR) Performance Theatre is one of the English-speaking world’s leading creation theatres. As a result of a thriving OYR, we are living in a more civil, interesting and stimulating society that nourishes its people, values and prizes the local and authentic and is thoughtful, life loving and fun. We will remain current and connected to our community.
We lead the industry with artistic excellence and creative innovation, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the world’s best arts organizations. And are ruthlessly focused on outcomes that provide the highest end result for the organization and the largest number of stakeholders – Board of Directors, Ensemble, Staff, Volunteers, Community, Partners and Patrons – and the future of our community. All parties to our decisions are treated with respect, dignity, integrity, compassion and humanity.
We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve been able to offer our community over the years, and our artistic ensemble and staff have been honoured to receive many awards and recognitions. In the past two years, Blake Brooker and Denise Clarke have both been inducted as Members of the Order of Canada, in 2007 the entire ensemble received the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award, Denise Clarke has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Calgary and Blake Brooker and Michael Green have both been the recipients of the Harry & Martha Cohen Award for Lifetime Contribution to Calgary Theatre.
Past administrative leaders have received the Chalmers Award for Arts Management – Canada’s most prestigious award in the field, as well as several Rosza Awards for Arts Management.Our mission at One Yellow Rabbit is to create and present vital and surprising performance experiences that engage and reward our audience. We believe it is through this kind of artistic work – work that arouses curiosity, ignites passion, stimulates imagination and challenges expectations – that individuals are inspired and communities flourish.
With this approach in mind, the rubber-hits-the-road for us in three important ways: (1) Ensemble Creations, (2) the High Performance Rodeo, and (3) Artist Training and Mentorship Programs
One Yellow Rabbit is a Cornerstone organization of the City of Calgary. Our programs serve as a model across the country and around the world.
Punching well above our weight, no other organization in Canada provides the level of diverse activities that One Yellow Rabbit does – creating new work; presenting work from across the country and around the world AND providing professional development to both established and emerging artists and administrators.
We offer the citizens of Calgary unique and diverse cultural experiences and strive to provide access to these experiences to all Calgarians. Support from volunteers assist us in providing the best level of service to our clients and audience members.
Financial support from sponsors assists us in bringing world class cultural events to the City of Calgary, in subsidizing the cost of ticket prices for our communities in need, in helping us employ Calgarians who contribute to the economic and cultural well being of Calgary, and in the training of the next generation of Calgary’s cultural creators.