Calgary Theatre Companies
Specializing in dinner theatre, Pegasus provides entertainment, talent & characters for functions: Murder Mysteries, Medieval Feasts, Interactive, Customized & Corporate shows plus Public Dinner Theatre. Friday night murder mysteries at Calgary's Deane House.
Launched in the spring of 2000, this semi-professional theatre company is dedicated to the production and promotion of plays that explore the complexity of contemporary life.
This educational theatre company specializing in bringing original plays about science to young audiences. Residency programs in schools are available.
This non-profit theatre began in 1991 and continues today with performaces and workshops designed at promoting emerging talent. One of their most well known productions is An Eye for an Eye: a musical based on notorious Wiebo Ludwig and his battle with the Alberta gas industry.
Sage Theatre strives to bring productions with soul and intelligence to the stage through practicing Theatre of Immediacy. Watch for their festival IGNITE! which features works by emerging Calgarian playwrights.
Formed in 2008, The Shatspearean Players are an innovative group of performers inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. The Shatspearean Players combine passionate live performance, filmed sequences and live DJ sounscape, for a visceral and entertaining experience.
The goal of this company is to provide a great platform for performance in a non-recital atmosphere. They are the ensemble that gives students (and anyone who want to audition from the university and community at-large) the opportunity to perform in both musical theatre style as well as classic opera style shows each year.
Theatre Encounter is Calgary’s alternative to the mainstream. By reinventing classic literature through a modern Canadian perspective, Theatre Encounter pushes artistic boundaries through highly experimental work. The productions highlight ensemble creativity with strong emphasis on embodying movement and provocative language.
Lunchbox Theatre was formed as a theatre for downtown workers to enjoy at noon. Performing one act plays that range from the mainstream to the different, Lunchbox's plays range from comedies to dramas and tragedies.
This exciting approach to the Bard's plays in Calgary's stunning Prince's Island Park has become an annual tradition for arts-loving Calgarians! Shakespeare in the Park engages Calgary's best new actors, as well as seasoned professionals in the cast.
W.P. Puppet Theatre offers schools and communities across Western Canada, puppet shows such as "Frogs in a Blue Bucket" and Artists Residencies. Public events for adults and children in Calgary include the Just Kids Advanced Puppet Club, the Neighbourhood Tour and the Calgary Puppet Club.
Rogues Theatre is a semi-professional company with a distinct creative voice. The company is dedicated to producing plays that explore the complexity of the contemporary human experience.
While StoryBook Theatre focuses on stories for children, the productions are dynamic to capture the attention of the whole family. Part of Calgary's community for nearly 30 seasons, there are shows throughout the year, from old fashioned fairy tales to contemporary children's stories.
With a mandate to facilitate "positive social change through interactive theatre", the All Nations Theatre Society performs plays that addresses timely issues such as violence, racism and bullying through Forum Theatre, plays that encourage audience interaction in finding solutions. Actor-facilitators are used to visit work places and schools.
This physical theatre company specializes in delivering theatre residencies to schools throughout Alberta. More than 10% of Alberta's schools have already benefitted from these five-day Action Learning residencies, which include a play specifically designed to the school's requirements.
Celebrating women's lives through the art of theatre. Urban Curvz Theatre is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization.
Green Fools theatre company delivers acting and song through plays using masks and puppets. The company also does private performances and equipment rentals.
Performing for over two decades, One Yellow Rabbit (OYR) is renowned for bringing experimental and cutting edge theatre to the Calgary stage. Along with a seasonal performance calender, OYR holds its annual festival, High Performance Rodeo, every year during January and February. OYR's home theatre is the Big Secret Theatre located within the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts.
The Front Row Centre Players is a charitable community musical theatre group that was established in 1987. The group aims to make the process of bringing a production together accessible to as many as possible. Typical productions include favourites like Chicago, Oklahoma and Little Shop of Horrors.
Inside Out Theatre provides low cost, accessible theatre education, resulting in increased self-confidence, functional literacy, and interpersonal skills for participants. Through public and invited audience performances Inside Out promotes visibility, diversity and disability culture. Their mission is to enable participants with disabilities to enjoy, participate in, and benefit from the development of a training program and participation in the same, culminating in a theatre production.
Creating innovative theatre that is both electric and dynamic. Ground Zero Theatre is known for their productions with impact.
Performing at the Martha Cohen Theatre, located within the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts, Alberta Theatre Projects (APN) offers contemporary Canadian and international works. Their annual National playRites Festival celebrates work by Canadian playwrights by nuturing, developing and producing original material. The company was founded in 1972.
Bringing to the stage dynamically diverse productions of classical and contemporary plays in the heart of Calgary. They also seek to create a theatre experience centered on cultural issues which reflect the diversity and complexity of the community.
Theatre Junction exists to stir and inspire the hearts and minds of individuals through creative experiences at The GRAND. They are a 'culturehouse' supporting contemporary performance in theatre, dance, music and film, reflecting our passion to create community.
Established in 2002, Fire Exit is a faith-based community theatre company whose aim is to present pieces that explore with hope, challenge views and have the potential to make change. Members of all backgrounds and denominations are welcome. Performances take place at the Epcor Centre.
This theatre company, emphasizing theatre for all, not only creates plays, but offers workshops as well, visiting schools, daycares, festivals, summer camps and more.
CYPT started over a decade ago in Calgary as a non-profit theatre company designed to foster young people's creative development. There are a variety of drama workshops and camps for children toward high quality productions.
Workshop Theatre is one of Calgary's longest running community theatre companies, with roots that go back to the 1940s. The troupe meets and rehearses in a workshop space on Forge Road, SE and performs productions at the Pumphouse Theatre.
Quest Theatre produces a number of original and unique plays. A touring theatre company, Quest can be found entertaining Calgarians at many venues throughout the year.
Gas and Light Productions was created in 1998 and they try to bring a sense of humour and tradition to their productions. Performances take place at Pumphouse Theatres.
Teatro Berdache is and reflects the history, experiences and aspirations of Calgary's gay, lesbian, two-spirited and bisexual community. Dedicated to social activism, the theatre company's plays present the experiences of Calgary's homosexual community and confront homophobia and prejudices.
This socio-political theatre company uses Popular Theater and Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to give a voice and performance opportunities to marginalized people, especially the physically and mentally disabled, and ethnic and sexual minorities.
Since its creation in 1995, Morpheus Theatre has put on 33 plays at the Pumphouse Theatres. Productions have included plays as varied as Brighton Beach Memoirs, Pirates of Penzance, Little Women, The Mikado, Steel Magnolias and Iolanthe. Tickets are available through Storybook Theatre.
Hole In The Wall Studios presents Midnight Movies.
Trickle Creek Theatres' mission is to encourage, develop and inspire young performers to work on stage at their peak ability, through professional level training and performance opportunities.
This theatre company presents the best work of classical and contemporary Irish playwrights and writers including James Joyce, Samuel Becket and Seamus Heaney. Established in 1986, the Liffey Players welcome everyone, whether Irish or not, to participate in putting on their productions. Shows take place at Pumphouse Theatres.
Recently formed with the vision of creating a positive, friendly, encouraging environment for growth through creating opportunities for performers of all ages and levels for performance. New members are welcome, audition notices will be posted. Shows are chosen to suit the company's strengths and to give a strong moral lesson to the audience while creating an enjoyable, memorable and affordable experience.
In a sleek new theatre, suitably located at the Calgary Tower, Vertigo Mystery Theatre performs classic and contemporary mysteries, from Agatha Christie to J.B.Priestly and beyond.
Down Stage Performance Society is a theatre company that aims to present thought-provoking and entertaining material by Canadians. The company chooses both new and established work that includes themes of political or social importance.
Located in the Epcor Centre for Performing Arts, Theatre Calgary has a long history that began as early as the 1940s, and turned professional in 1968. This company focuses on bringing Canadian and international plays to life on the stage, employing local talent in all facets of the production. Performances range from well-known classics, such as A Christmas Carol, to contemporary, critically-acclaimed plays. Students and seniors can enjoy reduced matinee rates.
The Loose Moose Theatre Company was founded in 1977. Providing children's programs and improvisational theatre, the Loose Moose Theatre Company is internationally recognized. Loose Moose staples are Micetro Impro, Gorilla Theatre, TheatreSports and the Late Night Lab. The company teaches an International Improvisation School from mid-July until the first week in August annually. The Moose makes its new home at the Crossroads Market in Fall 2005.
Presenting the art of puppetry, mask and animated objects through innovative theatre. The Calgary Animated Objects Society's best-known project is their 10-day International Festival of Animated Objects held in January.
The APN is a non-profit provincial arts organization that promotes playwrighting in Alberta by offering many development programs and services, from playwright reading circles to script doctor service. Regular readings take place at the Auburn Saloon, and a variety of contests are held throughout the year.
Scorpio Theatre has been devoted to performing new works from the fringe of the dramatic world since the spring of 2000. Their specialty is comedies and past shows have included Heracles: The Mythologically Accurate Adventures, The Three Musketeers, and Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.
This multi-media performance company combines theatre, visual art, Internet and cinema into interactive performances to bring old and new stories to audiences in a fresh and unique way.
U of C Drama Department
Each year the University of Calgary's Drama Department puts on a number of classical and contemporary productions including musicals and Shakespeare. Auditions are open to both students and the public and performances take place in either the Reeve Theatre or the University Theatre on the U of C campus.