For 55 years, Theatre Calgary has presented insightful programming for the enjoyment of our audiences. We are proud to be a vital component of Calgary’s creative energy. Over the past ten years, Theatre Calgary has focused our efforts on enhancing the quality of our productions on stage. We have achieved this through programming unexpected, surprising and stunning classic and contemporary plays featuring the best talents in productions of the highest quality.
Theatre Calgary strives to be an essential gathering place for the dramatic arts–to encourage and enhance theatre experiences and expand opportunities for audience participation beyond the excellence on stage. We have succeeded on many fronts. Audiences can choose to enrich their experience with educational and enlightening Talkback Tuesdays, Spotlight Saturdays, Talk Thursdays or Senior Saturdays.
Educators can add depth to school curriculum and students can enliven the learning experience through our interactive learning program. With student matinees, study guides, interactive discussions with artists, young artist club and teacher club, Theatre Calgary is making valuable community connections.
Our industry series invites theatre professionals to gather to discuss issues and ideas that affect the performing arts community. The strength of the program comes from collaborating with other theatre companies and opening up the discussion to artists and the wider community.
COMMUNITY IMPACT: 2017-18
As we celebrated our 50th anniversary, our vision was to create an opportunity for all Calgarians to experience live theatre and deepen and expand the impact of our work, on and off the stage, throughout our city’s diverse communities. This season, our ongoing interACTive pre- and post-show engagement programs included learning, participation, and discussion opportunities for seniors, students, teachers and community members, as well as theatre artists and enthusiasts.
Theatre Calgary enjoys support from 8,000+ subscribers and more than 110,000 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 2019-20 SEASON
For complete details on our season, visit our website: theatrecalgary.com
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.
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.
YOUR IMPACT – Since inception, Theatre Calgary has produced 330 plays, entertained thousands of people, encouraged Canadian playwrights, mentored emerging artists, hired hundreds of artists and craftsmen, educated and inspired thousands of students, encouraged lifelong learning and contributed greatly to Calgary’s creative energy. Our supporters are at the forefront of every achievement. And our supporters will be the catalyst for our future success. Please consider supporting Theatre Calgary.
There are numerous ways you can support Theatre Calgary and ensure the theatre remains a vital and dynamic contributor to Calgary’s arts and culture community: